National Theatre Officially Opened - 40th Anniversary Thimble

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On 25 October 1976, HM Queen Elizabeth II officially opened The National Theatre on the South Bank in London after years of delays. In 1951 HM the Queen laid a foundation stone at the site next to the Festival Hall, but official building work did not start until 1969 following a series of funding problems. The theatre complex was expected to open in 1973 but was delayed due to construction issues. When the day of opening finally arrived, bands, fanfares, an outdoor carnival and fireworks greeted the large crowds who had turned out despite the pouring rain.

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On 25 October 1976, HM Queen Elizabeth II officially opened The National Theatre on the South Bank in London after years of delays. In 1951 HM the Queen laid a foundation stone at the site next to the Festival Hall, but official building work did not start until 1969 following a series of funding problems. The theatre complex was expected to open in 1973 but was delayed due to construction issues. When the day of opening finally arrived, bands, fanfares, an outdoor carnival and fireworks greeted the large crowds who had turned out despite the pouring rain.