Much preparation is made at London theatres when members of the Royal Family are to attend. A writer in the ‘ Pall Mall Gazette ’ explains that “ first the manager prepares the best box—if necessary, knocking a couple of boxes into one for the use of the Royalists—while another is prepared for the people in attendance. If the boxes should happen to be taken notice is sent to those who have engaged them to the effect that they are wanted for the Royal Family, and the money is returned. About half a dozen programmes are printed on colored satin by the regular printers, several large bouquets are purchased for presentation to the female members of the party, and a large stock of scarlet cloth is used for decorative purposes. A carpet is laid down at the entrance, the visitors are received by the manager and conducted to their box, or, in the case of the new theatres, to the royal apartment; the rising of the curtain is delayed till their arrival, and on their appearance the band plays the National Anthem, In the intervals refreshments are sent up, the whole being done at the expense of the manager or lessee.”
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Royal Deadheads., Evening Star, Issue 8029, 4 October 1889
Royal Deadheads. Evening Star, Issue 8029, 4 October 1889
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