The Theatre Royal has held pride of place in the Merseyside town of St. Helens for over a century. Founded in 1889, the 700-seater theatre remains the town’s main entertainment venue, regularly hosting touring musicals, comedy, theatre and family shows. The Theatre Royal first opened in St. Helens on Corporation Street in 1889 before it was severely damaged by fire in 1901. The theatre was reconstructed by the famous theatre architect Frank Matcham in baroque style, giving it a grandeur to rival theatres across the country. Over the years the Theatre Royal has been completely refurbished several times but has lost none of its importance in the town of St. Helens. Today the Theatre Royal is used by local amateur societies and professional touring companies alike. Just a few of the musical productions that have taken place at the Theatre Royal in recent times include High School Musical, Blood Brothers and the Dolly Parton classic 9 to 5. Like many other regional theatres, the Theatre Royal also hosts an annual pantomime.