London: Shaftesbury Theatre

Country: England, United Kingdom
City: London WC2
Location: 210 Shaftesbury Avenue

Built 1911 as "New Prince's Theatre" by Bertie Crewe. Opened 26 Dec 1911 with the play "The Three Musketeers". 1914 renamed "Princes Theatre". Used for opera seasons by the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in 1921, 1942, 1956, 1958, and 1960. Also used for ballet performances. 1963 renamed "Shaftesbury Theatre". 1968-1973 location of almost 2000 performances of the musical, "Hair". 1973 in danger of demolition after a ceiling fall. Saved after public support by the "Save London's Theatres Campagin" and others. 1974 reopened after repair works. 1980, 1988-1993, and 1997 roof alterations and minor interior alterations by Dowton and Hurst. 1404 seats (+ 28 standing).

Notable world premieres:

  • Ray Cooney: Out of Order (9 Oct 1990)

Links:, Wikipedia, Theatres Trust

London: Shaftesbury Theatre Folded Greeting Card
Front Text: signs: "Shaftesbury","Theatre of Comedy", posters: advertising "The Three Lives of Lucy Cabrol", performed by the "Theatre de Complicite"
Reverse Text: "The Shaftesbury Theatre"
Publisher: Marion Steggles Collection, available at Dress Circle
Type: Real Photo
Size: Modern
Not sent.

For another picture of this theatre, see London: "The Theatres of London".

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