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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th January 1899 Born today: Nevil Shute [Norway], London, novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice)
17th January 1886 Born today: Ronald Firbank, London, novelist (Flower Beneath the Foot)
17th January 1775 R B Sheridan's Rivals, premieres in London
17th January 1670 Highwayman Claude Duval found guilty of 6 robberies and sentenced to death.
The Old Mercury Theatre
This was the first ever home of the National Ballet.
Location: Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3BT
Description: The Old Mercury Theatre has a long and interesting artistic and social history. The building has been through several incarnations, most recently as a small and extremely well known London theatre until its closure in the 1980s. However, before it was a theatre the site was the first ever home of the National Ballet.
Once the home of Ballet Rambert and the Ballet Club, saw many stars and prodigy's pass through these halls including the film star Audrey Hepburn.