Shaftesbury Theatre

London, England

Performance History

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The Shaftesbury Theatre is a historic West End theater located at 210 Shaftesbury Avenue in London, England. It first opened its doors in 1911 and has since become one of the iconic landmarks of London's theater district. The theater has a seating capacity of over 1,400, making it one of the larger theaters in the West End. Its design showcases an elegant Edwardian architectural style, with a striking façade and a spacious interior. The Shaftesbury Theatre has undergone several renovations and refurbishments over the years to maintain its charm and accommodate modern theatrical productions. Throughout its history, the Shaftesbury Theatre has been home to a wide range of productions, including plays, musicals, and dance performances. It has hosted celebrated shows such as "West Side Story," "Hairspray," "Motown the Musical," and "Memphis." The theater is known for showcasing both classic and contemporary productions, attracting theater lovers from all over the world. The Shaftesbury Theatre's prime location on Shaftesbury Avenue, a bustling street in the heart of London's theaterland, contributes to its popularity and accessibility. With its rich history, impressive architecture, and a diverse range of productions, the Shaftesbury Theatre continues to be a beloved destination for theatergoers seeking unforgettable experiences in the vibrant world of West End theater.}


Venue Info

Built: 1911
Venue Status: year not entered yet
Demolished: year not entered yet
Seating Capacity: 1300

Location Info

210 Shaftesbury Ave.
London, England
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Other Names

  • Shaftesbury Theatre (1962)
  • Prince's Theatre (1914)
  • New Prince's Theatre (1911)

Trivia & History

The building was badly bombed in 1940-1941 but it stayed open. In 1962, it was renovated and reopened with a new name. It was saved from demolition between 1968 and 1974 and led to the founding of the Theatres Trust, which protects endangered theatres.

Renamed in 1962 in honor of the original Shaftesbury Theatre which was destroyed during bombings in World War II.

On July 20, 1973, after a performance of Hair, part of the ceiling collapsed and the theatre remained closed until a revival of West Side Story played there in December of 1974.

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