Shaftesbury Theatre (1911-Present)
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The Shaftesbury Theatre is a West End Theatre, located on Shaftesbury Avenue, in the London Borough of Camden. It was designed for the brothers Walter and Frederick Melville by Bertie Crewe and opened on 26 December 1911 with a production of The Three Musketeers, as the New Prince's Theatre, becoming the Prince's Theatre in 1914. It had a capacity of 2,392 and a stage 31' 10" wide by 31' deep.

The Prince's was the last theatre to be built in Shaftesbury Avenue, and is located near New Oxford Street, perhaps explaining the many gaps between performances in its early years. It had considerable success with an 18 week season of Gilbert and Sullivan operas, presented by the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, in 1919. These became a regular attraction at the theatre in the 1920s, interspersed with runs of theatre productions transferred from other venues. Basil Rathbone appeared at the Prince's Theatre in May 1933 when he played Julian Beauclerc in a revival of Diplomacy. The Rose of Persia was revived at the theatre in 1935. The D'Oyly Carte returned in 1942.

The theatre was sold to EMI in 1962, and became the Shaftesbury Theatre the following year. Broadway productions that transferred to the theatre for long runs in the 1960s included Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1962)and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1963).

Part of the ceiling fell in on 20 July 1973, forcing the closure of the long-running musical Hair, after 1,998 performances. The theatre almost fell victim to redevelopment, but a campaign by Equity succeeded in having the theatre placed on the 'Statutory List of Buildings of Special architectural or Historic Interest', and the theatre was Grade II listed by English Heritage in March 1974.

The theatre reopened with West Side Story a year later. Long runs in the 1980s included They're Playing Our Song (1980) and Follies (1987). The next decade included long runs of Kiss of the Spider Woman (1992), Eddie Izzard: Definite Article (1995) and Rent (1998). During the redevelopment of the Royal Opera House in nearby Covent Garden in the late 1990s, the theatre was booked as an alternative London venue for performances including Benjamin Britten's Paul Bunyan. A series of musicals followed.

The venue is currently owned by the Theatre of Comedy Company, who have owned the venue since 1984.

In March 2006, the 1,400 seat theatre underwent an internal refurbishment, with the entire auditorium being reseated and recarpeted and the front of house areas redecorated. Since reopening, the theatre has hosted several revivals, including the European premiere of the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit Hairspray, which opened in October 2007 and closed in March 2010. Flashdance The Musical open in September 2010 and closing in January 2011.

Production History

As the Shaftesbury Theatre (1963-Present)

Date Play
Sep 30, 2013 From Here to Eternity, The Musical
Sep 27, 2012 Rock of Ages
Feb 24, 2011 Comedy Rush
Sep 26, 2010 Flashdance
Oct 11, 2007 Hairspray
May 4, 2007 Fame
Aug 15, 2006 Daddy Cool
Oct 10, 2005 High Society
Mar 24, 2005 The Far Pavilions
Aug 27, 2004 Bat Boy: The Musical
Oct 21, 2003 Thoroughly Modern Millie
Jun 26, 2003 Calamity Jane
Sep 17, 2002 125th Street
Sep 18, 2001 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Aug 2, 2001 Peggy Sue Got Married
Oct 17, 2000 Napoleon
Mar 27, 2000 Lautrec
Dec 13, 1999 Casper: The Musical
May 12, 1998 RENT
Oct 23, 1997 * The Royal Opera Season
Mar 5, 1996 Tommy
Dec 19, 1996 Return to the Forbidden Planet
May 16, 1995 Harvey
Jan 18, 1995 The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol
Nov 4, 1994 Out of the Blue
Sep 10, 1993 Carousel
Oct 8, 1992 Kiss of the Spider Woman
Apr 28, 1992 A Slip of the Tongue
Dec 12, 1991 The Phantom of the Opera
Aug 28, 1991 Our Town, the Musical
Jul 7, 1992 Re:Joyce
May 26, 1991 The Kaliber Improthon
Mar 20, 1991 Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell
Sep 28, 1990 Out of Order
Apr 5, 1990 Song and Dance
Apr 14, 1989 M. Butterfly
Jul 4, 1987 Follies
Dec 5, 1986 An Italian Straw Hat
Apr 25, 1986 Rookery Nook
Mar 26, 1986 The Entertainer
Oct 15, 1984 Two Into One
Sep 3, 1984 See How They Run
Jul 9, 1984 A Friend Indeed
May 10, 1984 Pygmalion
Feb 8, 1984 See How They Run
Mar 29, 1983 Run for Your Wife
Oct 1, 1980 They're Playing Our Song
Nov 28, 1979 Irma la Douce
Oct 29, 1979 Tin Pan Alley
Apr 24, 1979 Canterbury Tales
Sep 13, 1978 Dracula
Jul 14, 1978 Godspell
Mar 21, 1978 Kismet
Nov 30, 1977 Drake's Dream
Oct 12, 1977 Maggie
Jun 21, 1977 Edith Piaf, Je Vous Aime
May 11, 1977 Rolls Hyphen Royce
Jun 8, 1976 Liza of Lambeth
Oct 2, 1975 Dads Army
Dec 19, 1974 West Side Story
Sep 27, 1968 Hair
Oct 17, 1966 Big Bad Mouse
Dec 20, 1965 Twang!
Dec 22, 1964 Our Man Crichton

As the Prince's Theatre (1914-1963)

Date Play
Mar 28, 1963 How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Aug 20, 1962 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Feb 1, 1962 The Big Killing
Dec 26, 1961 Salad Days
Nov 1, 1961 * Polish State Theatre Season
Feb 23, 1961 King Kong - African Musical
Dec 19, 1960 * Gilbert & Sullivan Season
Nov 5, 1960 * A Week of Italian Opera
Sep 8, 1960 * Carl Rosa Opera
Jun 20, 1960 The Laughing Academy
May 4, 1960 Over the Bridge
Apr 19, 1960 Johnny the Priest
Feb 15, 1960 Girl on the Highway
Dec 22, 1959 Noddy in Toyland
Nov 26, 1959 Kookaburra
May 4, 1959 * Brief Season of Municipal Theatre
Mar 16, 1959 * Season of French Comedies
Dec 15, 1958 * D'Oyly Carte Christmas Season
Aug 11, 1958 A Hatful of Rain
May 10, 1958 A Touch of the Sun
Mar 4, 1958 School
Dec 23, 1957 Noddy in Toyland
Nov 27, 1957 Royal Suite
Oct 17, 1957 Man of Distinction
Jun 7, 1957 Kismet
Mar 7, 1957 A Hatful of Rain
Oct 3, 1956 * D'Oyly Carte Christmas Season
Feb 16, 1956 Summer Song
Dec 24, 1955 The Famous Five
Dec 23, 1955 Noddy in Toyland
Feb 23, 1955 Wonderful Town
Mar 31, 1954 Pal Joey
Feb 9, 1954 Alice Through the Looking Glass
Nov 4, 1953 Anthony and Cleopatra
Aug 22, 1953 Age of Consent
May 23, 1953 Happy as a King
Apr 14, 1953 Stalag
Feb 13, 1953 The Shrike
Dec 20, 1952 Where the Rainbow Ends
Jun 2, 1951 Man and Superman
Mar 14, 1951 The Seventh Veil
Oct 31, 1950 Party Manners
May 23, 1950 His Excellency
Mar 25, 1950 Detective Story
Nov 15, 1949 Lady Audley's Secret
Oct 10, 1949 Buoyant Billions
May 17, 1949 A Man About a Dog
Sep 30, 1948 The Kid from Stratford
Feb 25, 1948 Burlesque
Oct 8, 1947 The Dubarry
Jul 15, 1947 the Nightingale
Mar 17, 1947 Peace Comes to Peckham
Sep 6, 1945 Merrie England (Operetta)
Mar 1, 1945 Three Waltzes
Apr 20, 1944 The Love Racket
Feb 17, 1943 Old Chelsea
Aug 6, 1942 Wild Rose
Jun 8, 1942 * Gilbert & Sullivan Season
Aug 21, 1941 Fun and Games
Aug 17, 1939 Sitting Pretty
Mar 27, 1939 When We Are Married
Jul 31, 1936 The Gusher
Apr 11, 1936 The Frog
May 14, 1935 Gay Masquerade
Apr 1, 1935 The Alchemist
Feb 28, 1935 The Rose of Persia
Sep 6, 1934 Merrie England
Mar 8, 1934 Sweet Nell of Old Drury
Aug 29, 1933 The Wandering Jew
May 27, 1933 Diplomacy
Dec 26, 1931 Peg o' My Heart
Oct 20, 1931 Henry the Ninth
Dec 24, 1929 A Warm Corner
Nov 27, 1929 The Flying Fool
Nov 28, 1928 Funny Face
Jul 27, 1928 Contraband
Sep 28, 1927 Compromising Daphne
May 5, 1927 The Medea of Euripides
Mar 4, 1927 Angela
Feb 23, 1927 The Greater Love
Dec 24, 1926 Macbeth
Nov 29, 1926 The Yeomen of the Guard
Nov 22, 1926 Princess
Nov 15, 1926 Ruddigore
Nov 8, 1926 Cox & Box
Nov 8, 1926 H.M.S. Pinafore
Sep 20, 1926 The Mikado
Jul 28, 1926 Down Hill
May 20, 1926 Secret Service
Dec 21, 1925 When Knights Were Bold
Sep 18, 1925 White Cargo
Jun 14, 1925 Mango Island
Apr 23, 1925 Frasquita
Mar 8, 1925 Tunnel Trench
Dec 24, 1924 Alf's Button
Oct 11, 1924 The Blue Peter
May 12, 1924 The Yeoman of the Guard
May 5, 1924 The Sorcerer
Apr 28, 1924 H.M.S. Pinafore
Apr 28, 1924 Cox and Box
Apr 14, 1924 The Mikado
Mar 31, 1924 Patience
Mar 24, 1924 Trial by Jury
Mar 10, 1924 The Gondoliers
Mar 3, 1924 Princess Ida
Feb 18, 1924 Ruddigore
Jan 9, 1924 Iolanthe
Oct 9, 1923 The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Feb 24, 1923 The Cousins
Jul 3, 1922 Le Grand Duc
Jun 26, 1922 Jacqueline
Jun 19, 1922 L'Illusioniste
Jun 19, 1922 Le Misanthrope
Jun 12, 1922 Pasteur
Jan 22, 1922 H.M.S. Pinafore
Jan 22, 1922 Princess Ida
Dec 19, 1921 The Mikado
Dec 5, 1921 The Yeomen of the Guard
Nov 28, 1921 Cox & Box
Nov 28, 1921 The Sorcerer
Nov 14, 1921 Patience
Oct 24, 1921 Ruddigore
Oct 17, 1921 Trial by Jury
Oct 3, 1921 The Gondoliers
Sep 6, 1921 The Knave of Diamonds
May 9, 1921 Arsene Lupin
Apr 26, 1921 Le Coeur Dispose
Apr 4, 1921 Daniel
Feb 1921 The Blue Lagoon
Dec 20, 1920 Charley's Aunt
Nov 23, 1920 Columbine
Sep 16, 1920 The Man Who Came Back
Aug 3, 1920 * Gilbert & Sullivan Season
Feb 17, 1920 Pretty Peggy
Jan 13, 1920 The Sorcerer
Jan 6, 1920 Trial by Jury
Dec 30, 1919 Princess Ida
Dec 1, 1919 The Yeoman of the Guard
Nov 24, 1919 Patience
Nov 3, 1919 The Mikado
Oct 20, 1919 Iolanthe
Sep 29, 1919 The Gondoliers
Apr 19, 1919 Monsieur Beaucaire (Opera)
Feb 14, 1919 The Officers Mess
Nov 29, 1918 Jolly Jack Tar
Feb 27, 1918 The Girl and the Puppet
Dec 17, 1917 Carminetta
May 2, 1917 Good News
Feb 17, 1917 The Catch of the Season
Dec 2, 1916 Bluebell
Sep 6, 1916 Broadway Jones
Sep 9, 1915 When London Sleeps
Jul 26, 1915 For England Home and Beauty

As the New Prince Theatre (1911-1914)

Date Play
Dec 26, 1914 On His Majesty's Service
Nov 15, 1914 The Merchant of Venice
Oct 17, 1914 Cheer Boys! Cheer!
Aug 1, 1914 Queen at Seventeen
Dec 20, 1913 The Story of the Rosary
May 12, 1913 Brewster's Millions
Mar 22, 1913 Romeo and Juliet
Feb 5, 1913 The Indian Mutiny
Oct 9, 1912 The Adventure of the Count de Monte Christo
Jul 3, 1912 Ben-My-Chree
Jun 10, 1912 The Monk and the Woman
Apr 17, 1912 The Apple of Eden
Feb 7, 1912 Woman and Wine
Dec 26, 1911 The Three Musketeers

Additional Events, Concerts, Stand-Up Comics

Date Event
Mar 6, 2013 Burn the Floor
Jun 8, 2011 Derren Brown's "Svengali"
Jul 21, 2010 Burn the Floor
Nov 12, 2001 Umoja - The Spirit of Togetherness
Apr 17, 2001 Baddiel and Skinner
Jul 9, 2000 Chubby Brown
Apr 22, 1997 Sinderella
Oct 10, 1995 Eddie Izzard: Definite Article
May 5, 1995 Pavarotti International Voice Competition
May 3, 1995 Neil Sedaka
Apr 2, 1995 Laurence Olivier Awards
Mar 16, 1995 Global Mission - Billy Graham Evangelical Meeting
Feb 13, 1994 Dear Ralph - a Valentine Gala
Nov 8, 1993 Angels of America
Mar 25, 1990 Stars Celebrate the Musical / Tribute
Mar 12, 1990 French and Saunders
Mar 13, 1989 Eartha Kitt
1986 Comic Relief
Apr 20, 1986 Night of 100 Stars
Dec 16, 1983 Aladdin (Panto)
May 7, 1962 England our England - Revue
Mar 7, 1960 Ram Gopal and Markova
Jan 20, 1958 Rumanian National Dance & Music Company "Giulesti"
Dec 18, 1957 Season of Danish Pantomime Theater
Mar 1957 Ukranian State Cossack Company
Oct 31, 1956 Luisillo and his Spanish Dance Theatre
Sep 28, 1956 Variet Theatre of China
1955 Don Giovanni Film Screening
Dec 23, 1954 Toad of Toad Hall (Panto)
Nov 4, 1954 Japanese Ballet of Miho Hanayagui
Dec 21, 1953 Podrecca's Piccoli Theatre
Oct 19, 1953 The Vienna Ballet
Sep 22, 1953 Walter Gore Ballet Company
Sep 20, 1953 Old Carthusian All Star Concert
Nov 17, 1952 Maurice Chevalir - In concert
Dec 21, 1951 Cinderella (Panto)
Dec 4, 1951 Uday Shankar and Amala Troupe
Oct 31, 1951 Dark Rhythms - Pear Primus and Her Co.
Feb 12, 1951 The Swedish Ballet Season
Dec 23, 1950 Mother Goose (Panto)
Dec 22, 1949 Dick Whittington (Panto)
Sep 26, 1949 Variety Bill - Jane Russell
Apr 25, 1949 Ballets de Paris de Roland Petit
Apr 4, 1949 The Amazing Ralph Slater - Hypnotist
Mar 21, 1949 Mariemma and Enrique Luzuriaga
Feb 16, 1949 Ballets de Paris de Roland Petit
Dec 23, 1948 Babes in the Wood (Panto)
Aug 31, 1948 Les Ballet des Champs Elysees
Jun 15, 1948 Carmen Amaya and Dancers
Apr 10, 1948 Helzapoppin
Dec 24, 1947 Babes in the Wood (Panto)
Nov 24, 1947 Ram Gopal and his Indian Dancers and Musicians
Feb 16, 1947 Green Room Rags - Revue
Sep 26, 1946 The Shepherds Pie (Variety)
Sep 27, 1944 Sadler's Wells Ballet Season
Aug 7, 1944 Sadler's Wells Opera Season
Dec 8, 1943 Halfway to Heaven (Variety)
May 27, 1943 Magic Carpet (Variety)
Dec 26, 1939 The Shepherds Pie (Variety)
Dec 26, 1938 The Band Wagon (Radio Play)
Apr 13, 1938 Wild Oats (Revue)
Dec 27, 1936 Cinderella (Panto)
Dec 20, 1933 On With the Show (Revue)
Dec 23, 1927 Bits & Pieces (Revue)
Jun 27, 1927 Concert - Conducted by Igor Stravinsky
Jun 13, 1927 Serge Diaghaleff's Ballet
Dec 11, 1923 5th Annual Sunshine matinee (Variety)
May 8, 1922 Harry Lauder (Variety)
May 29, 1921 Serge Diaghaleff's Ballet
Jul 6, 1920 The Walpurgis Night the Fairy Doll (Ballet)
Jul 6, 1920 Divertissements (Ballet)
Nov 2, 1915 Lila Fields Matinee
Dec 26, 1912 Cinderella (Panto)
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