O.P. riots

Definition

Theater

  • A series of riots that took place at Covent Gardenin 1809. Following the destruction by fire of the first Covent Gardentheater in 1808, a new theater was quickly constructed and openedthe next year. Due to the smaller capacity of the new theater, however,admission prices were raised. Riots broke out and continued for threemonths, with crowds disrupting performances with shouts of "O.P."(old prices) and doing considerable damage to the theater itself.The ferocity of the riots eventually forced the theater's managementinto submission and the old prices were brought back.
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