Names on the buses

605 Ellen Nye Chart

Connections with Brighton and Hove : Henry Nye Chart took over the Theatre Royal in Brighton in 1854, built a new auditorium, and played most of the leading roles in his productions there. In 1865, a young actress called Ellen Rollason made her debut in the company and was an immediate success in productions such as The School for Scandal. Two years later, she married Mr Chart and they were a successful duo in Brighton. When Nye Chart died in 1875, his widow took over and started a period of remarkable brilliance for the theatre. Local casts were often replaced by actors from London and West End stars would appear there. At Christmas time, many comedians destined to find fame and fortune in London, appeared in Theatre Royal pantomimes. Great actresses such as Ellen Terry and Mrs Patrick Campbell appeared at the Royal while actors there included Sir Henry Irving and Seymour Hicks. Mrs Chart died in 1892 and her ghost is still said to haunt the historic theatre.

605 Scania Omnidekka carried name since delivery in June 2003, reapinted into new livery April 2006. Repainted in Route 50 livery May 2012.

Theatre Royal