Fatal Fire Exeter Theatre Burnt.

Title

Fatal Fire Exeter Theatre Burnt.

Description

On 5 September 1887, the Theatre Royal Exeter burned to the ground, costing 186 people their lives. It was opening night of the play Romeny Rye and 800 people were in the audience enjoying the show. Around 10:25 that evening, in the middle of the fourth act, scenery caught fire and flames billowed from the stage into the audience. This image depicts the inside of the theatre as the stage raged on fire and the people of the gallery attempted to flee. It was the people in the upper gallery who suffered highest losses due to not having access to adequate exits.

Creator

Unknown

Source

“Fatal Fire Exeter Theatre Burnt,” Illustrated Police News, September 10, 1887.

Date

10 September 1887

Contributor

Kristin Bird

Format

Print

Type

Still Image

Coverage

1800-1899

Files

Kristin.jpg

Citation

Unknown, “Fatal Fire Exeter Theatre Burnt.,” Disaster History Archive, accessed October 23, 2019, http://disasterhistoryarchive.cynthiakierner.org/items/show/55.

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