Season Dates

The date at which each theatrical season begins varies from season to season, with most dates falling in September.

The start of the season in most cases is the date at which the two patent houses, Drury Lane and Covent Garden, opened for business, and the summer theatres then closed. The patent theatres did not necessarily open on the same date; for instance, on 24 September 1822, Covent Garden was advertising it would open on 1 October, while on 30 September, Drury Lane was announcing that it would commence performances on 12 October. For two periods — 1822 to 1823 and 1827 to 1831 — 1 October was the start of the season.

For the purposes of the calendar, the opening night of the season is taken to be first performance at a patent house each Autumn.

These dates are relevant to the results in the Search function, where they are counted by season, not by calendar year.

    Monday   15 September 1800         Tuesday    1 October   1822 
    Saturday 12 September 1801         Thursday   1 October   1823
    Monday   13 September 1802         Monday    27 September 1824
    Saturday 10 September 1803         Monday    24 September 1825
    Saturday 15 September 1804         Saturday  23 September 1826
    Saturday 14 September 1805         Monday     1 October   1827
    Saturday 13 September 1806         Wednesday  1 October   1828
    Friday   17 September 1807         Thursday   1 October   1829
    Friday   16 September 1808         Friday     1 October   1830
    Monday   18 September 1809         Saturday   1 October   1831
    Monday   10 September 1810         Saturday  22 September 1832
    Monday    9 September 1811         Saturday   5 October   1833
    Monday    7 September 1812         Wednesday  1 October   1834
    Monday    6 September 1813         Thursday   1 October   1835
    Monday   12 September 1814         Saturday   8 October   1836
    Saturday 16 September 1815         Saturday  30 September 1837
    Monday    9 September 1816         Monday    24 September 1838
    Saturday  6 September 1817         Saturday   5 October   1839
    Monday    7 September 1818         Monday     7 September 1840
    Monday    6 September 1819         Monday     4 October   1841
    Monday   18 September 1820         Saturday   1 October   1842
    Monday   24 September 1821         Saturday  30 September 1843