Cambridge Theatre

The Cambridge is on the south side of Covent Garden and is one of the youngest but most elegant of London’s theatres. Opened in 1930, the interior was designed by Russian-born architect Serge Chermayeff with bronze friezes by sculptor Anthony Gibbons Grinling. Since 2011, the incredibly popular musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book Matilda has … Continued

Savoy Theatre

The Savoy Theatre has been hosting notable theatre productions and shows since it opened in 1881, when theatrical impresario Richard D’Oyly Carte commissioned the building of a new theatre to host the original comic operas of Gilbert & Sullivan. The Grade II-listed theatre was the first public building in the world to be lit entirely … Continued

Sondheim Theatre

Formerly known as The Queen’s, the Sondheim Theatre opened in 1907 and its ornate, Edwardian auditorium is one of the finest examples in London’s Theatreland. It was originally designed as a pair of theatres (along with the adjacent Gielgud) by theatre architect WGR Sprague. It suffered a direct hit during World War II but was … Continued

Prince Edward Theatre

The Prince Edward (named after the then Prince of Wales who had a brief stint as King Edward VIII and reverted back to the Duke of Windsor after abdication) opened in 1930. It has been a theatre, a cinema and a servicemen’s club but in 1978 it was reverted back to a theatre and opened … Continued

Her Majesty’s Theatre

Her Majesty’s has played host to some of the most famous theatrical productions ever staged, including the original production of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion and Noel Coward’s Bitter Sweet as well as Paint Your Wagon, West Side Story and Fiddler on the Roof. There have been four theatres on the site and save for the … Continued

Dominion Theatre

Just a few minutes’ walk from the Rathbone, the Dominion was once the site of the St Giles’ Leper Hospital founded in 1101 by Matilda, Queen of Henry I. It was a brewery for around 160 years until construction of the theatre started in 1928, opening a year later. The Royal Variety Performance was home … Continued

Prince of Wales Theatre

Opened in January 1884 and rebuilt in an Art-Deco style 1937 by Robert Cromie, the Prince of Wales Theatre is in the heart of Leicester Square and is a traditional three-tier space seating a little over 1,100 people. Lilly Langtry, reputed to be the first ‘society’ lady to tread the boards, debuted here in 1885 … Continued

Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House is a stunningly grand, colonnaded building in the heart of Covent Garden with a magnificent horseshoe-shaped auditorium and world-class acoustics. Although the current building is ostensibly new, the Opera House has been present here since 1732 and seats almost 2,300 people over four tiers of boxes and balconies. Not only is … Continued

The London Palladium

The theatre, opened on Boxing Day 1910, is perhaps most famous for the Royal Variety Performance and Sunday Night at the London Palladium hosted by light entertainment royalty Bruce Forsyth and Jimmy Tarbuck. Over the years, shows have included The King & I with Yul Brynner, Singin’ in the Rain with Tommy Steele and Cameron … Continued

Theatre Royal Drury Lane

One of the world’s great theatres and the oldest theatre site in London still in use, the Theatre Royal has been entertaining the world since 1663 and it was here that the public first heard Rule Britannia and the National Anthem.  The Theatre Royal stage was also where King Charles II first encountered Nell Gwynne … Continued

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