The Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon opened in 1879 and produced an annual summer Shakespeare season. When the theatre burnt down in 1926 it was replaced with a new building officially opened on Shakespeare's birthday in 1932 by the Prince of Wales and former Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin. Despite the large-scale celebrations which included a broadcast by the BBC of Richard II, the new theatre met with much criticsm from the theatre profession.