The Queen's Theatre opens
The first theatre on the existing site opened in 1705, with the permission of Queen Anne. The venue was managed by John Vanbrugh and William Congreve. The first performance was an Italian opera 'The Loves of Ergasto'. The venue quickly became known for producing high quality opera and was the first of its kind in the UK, let alone London. Handel worked at The Queen's in 1711, conducting his first opera 'Rinaldo', and later 'Esther' - the first oratorio to be heard in England.