- Gielgud Theatre
name = Gielgud Theatre
caption = "
Don Carlos" 2005
city = Westminster,
designation = Grade II listed
latitude = 51.511611
longitude = -0.133
capacity = 973 on three levels
West End theatre
opened = 27 December 1906
othernames = 1906 Hicks Theatre 1909 Globe Theatre
production = THEATRE DARK - Awaiting Show
website = www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk/Theatres/gielgud_theatre.php
The Gielgud Theatre is a
West End theatre, located on Shaftesbury Avenuein the City of Westminster, London, at the corner of Rupert Street. The house currently has 889 seats on three levels.
, which opened in 1907 on the adjacent street corner.
The first play at the theatre was a musical called "
The Beauty of Bath" by Hicks and Cosmo Hamilton. "My Darling", another Hicks musical, followed in 1907, followed by the successful London production of the Straus operetta, " A Waltz Dream" in 1908. An astonishing event occurred midway through the run of the theatre's next major work, "The Dashing Little Duke" (1909), which was produced by Hicks. Hicks' wife, Ellaline Terriss, played the title role (a woman playing a man). When she missed several performances due to illness, Hicks stepped into the role — possibly the only case in the history of musical theatre where a husband succeeded to his wife's role. [ [http://math.boisestate.edu/GaS/british/authors/hicks.html Seymour Hicks ] ]
In 1909, the house was renamed the Globe Theatre. Another "Globe Theatre", located on Newcastle Street, had been demolished in 1902 to make way for the
Aldwych, and so the name became available. A number of notable productions ran at this Shaftesbury Avenue theatre and are listed below. "Call It A Day" by Dodie Smith opened in 1935 and ran for 509 performances, which was considered very successful for the slow inter-war years. Terence Frisby's "There's a Girl in My Soup", opening in 1966, ran for 1,064 performances at the theatre, a record that was not surpassed until Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of the Olivier Award-winning comedy " Daisy Pulls It Off" by Densie Deegan opened in April 1983 to run for 1,180 performances, the theatre's longest run. [http://www.albemarle-london.com/Archive/ArchiveShow.php?Show_Name=Daisy%20Pulls%20It%20Off] In 1987 Peter Shaffer's play "Lettice and Lovage" was a hit with Maggie Smithand Margaret Tyzack, running for 2 years. The theatre has presented several Alan Ayckbournpremieres, including 1990's "Man of the Moment". More recently, Oscar Wilde's classic comedy, " An Ideal Husband" (1992) and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (2004) saw notable revivals.
Refurbished in 1987, with extensive work on the gold leaf in the auditorium, the theatre is particularly notable for its beautiful circular Regency staircase, oval gallery and tower.
In 1994, in anticipation of the 1997 opening of a reconstruction of
Shakespeare's Globe Theatreon the South Bankby Sam Wanamaker, the theatre was renamed in honour of British actor John Gielgud. In 2003, Sir Cameron Mackintoshannounced plans to refurbish the Gielgud, including a joint entrance foyer, with the adjacent Queen's Theatre, facing on to Shaftesbury Avenue. Mackintosh's Delfont Mackintosh Theatres took over operational control of the Gielgud from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Theatres in 2006. The Delfont Mackintosh group also consists of the Noel Coward Theatre, Novello Theatre, Prince Edward Theatre, Prince of Wales Theatre, Queen's Theatre, and Wyndham's Theatre. Work on the facade of the theatre started in March 2007.
Brewster's Millions" by Winchell Smith& Byron Ongley
A Waltz Dream" an operettaby Oscar Straus
*1914: "Kismet", a revival of
Edward Knoblock's play, with Henry Daniellin his London debut.
Peg O' My Heart" by John Hartley Manners
Fédora", a revival of the 1882 play by Victorien Sardou, with Basil Rathboneas Loris Ipanoff
*1925: "Fallen Angels" by
Noël Coward, starring Tallulah Bankhead
The Improper Duchess" by James B. Fagan, starring Yvonne Arnaud
Call it a Day" by Dodie Smith
The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde, with John Gielgudstarring as well as directing
The Petrified Forest" by Robert Sherwood
The Lady's Not for Burning" by Christopher Fry, with Richard Burtonin a supporting role
The Complaisant Lover" by Graham Greene, starring Ralph Richardson
A Man For All Seasons" by Robert Bolt, starring Paul Scofield
*1966: "There's a Girl in My Soup" by
The Matchgirls" by Bill Owen
*1976: A season of
Barry Humphriesas " Dame Edna Everage"
Design for Living" by Noël Coward, starring Vanessa Redgrave
Daisy Pulls It Off" by Densie Deegan
Lettice and Lovage" by Peter Shaffer, starring Maggie Smithand Margaret Tyzack
*1990: "Man of the Moment" by
An Ideal Husband" by Oscar Wilde
Design for Living", starring Rachel Weisz
Recent and present productions
Tell Me on a Sunday" by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with Denise Van Outen
*2004: "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", starring
Christian Slater, Frances Barberand Mackenzie Crook
*2005: "Don Carlos" by
Friedrich Schiller, starring Derek Jacobi
*2005: "Some Girls" by
Neil LaBute, starring David Schwimmerand Catherine Tate
And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie, starring Tara Fitzgerald
*2006: The RSC's "
The Crucible", starring Iain Glen
*2006: The RSC's "
The Canterbury Tales"
Frost/Nixon" by Peter Morgan, starring Michael Sheenand Frank Langella
*2007: "Equus" by
Peter Shaffer, starring Daniel Radcliffeand Richard Griffiths
Macbeth" by William Shakespeare, starring Patrick Stewart
*2007: "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby: Part One" by
*2007: "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby: Part Two" by
Carl Rosa Operapresents "The Gilbert & SullivanSeason"
God of Carnage" by Yasmina Reza, with Ralph Fiennesand Tamsin Greig
* The Gielgud/Globe used to be home to a resident theatre cat named Beerbohm, who is the only cat to have received a front page obituary in the theatrical publication,
The Stage. He died in March 1995 at the age of 20.
* [http://londontheatredirect.com/theatreInfo/Gielgud-Theatre.htm History of the theatre]
* [http://www.arthurlloyd.co.uk/GielgudTheatre.htm History and photos of the theatre and other images]
* [http://www.show-and-stay.co.uk/LONDON-THEATRES/gielgud-theatre.html Description of the theatre and its architecture]
* [http://www.monplaisir.co.uk/gielgud_theatre.htm Profile of theatre with list of productions]
* [http://www.lastminutetheatretickets.com/index.php?pr=Gielgud_Theatre Profile of the theatre]
* [http://uk.holidaysguide.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-29057-action-describe-gielgud_theater_london-i Another profile of the theatre]
* "Guide to British Theatres 1750-1950", John Earl and Michael Sell pp. 112 (Theatres Trust, 2000) ISBN 0-7136-5688-3
* "Who's Who in the Theatre", edited by John Parker, tenth edition, revised, London, 1947, pp. 477-478 and 1183.
* Bergan, Ronald, "The Great Theatres of London. An Illustrated Companion" (Prion, 1990) (ISBN 1-85375-057-3).
* Berry, Patricia Dee, "Theatrical London (Britain in Old Photographs" series) (Alan Sutton, 1995) (ISBN 0-7509-0942-0).
* [http://www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/theatres/display/cm/contentId/67185 Gielgud Theatre] from the London Theatre Guide, a website of
the Society of London Theatre
* [http://www.gielgud-theatre.com/ Gielgud Theatre link from the London Theatre Land website]
* [http://math.boisestate.edu/GaS/british/authors/hicks.html Profile of Seymour Hicks]
* [http://www.albemarle-london.com/Archive/ArchiveShow.php?Show_Name=Daisy%20Pulls%20It%20Off Information about "Daisy Pulls It Off"]
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