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Aldwych Theatre in April 2007

The Aldwych Theatre is a West End theatre, located on Aldwych in the City of Westminster. The theatre was listed Grade II on July 20, 1971[1] Its seating capacity is 1,200. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixels Full resolution (1944 × 2592 pixel, file size: 772 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) The Aldwych Theatre in April 2007, currently showing Dirty Dancing. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixels Full resolution (1944 × 2592 pixel, file size: 772 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) The Aldwych Theatre in April 2007, currently showing Dirty Dancing. ... West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre in... Aldwych is a place and road in the City of Westminster in London. ... The City of Westminster is a London borough with city status, situated to the west of the City of London and north of the River Thames. ... Buckingham Palace, a Grade I listed building. ... July 20 is the 201st day (202nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 164 days remaining. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday. ...




The theatre was built as a pair with the Waldorf Theatre (now called the Novello Theatre), both being designed by W.G.R. Sprague. Funded by Seymour Hicks, in association with the American impressario Charles Frohman, and built by Walter Wallis of Balham. The ornate decorations were in the Georgian style. The theatre was constructed on the newly built Aldwych. The Novello Theatre is a theatre on Aldwych in the West End of London. ... Aldwych Theatre W.G.R. Sprague (born 1863 in Australia; died 1933 in Maidenhead) was a theatre designer in the grand age. ... Seymour Hicks Seymour Hicks (30 January 1871 - 6 April 1949) was a British actor and music hall performer. ... Charles Frohman (1860 - 1915) was a U.S. theatre manager. ... Balham is: Balham, a place in the London Borough of Wandsworth in London, England. ...

The Aldwych theatre opened on 23 December 1905 with a production of Blue Bell, a new version of Hicks' popular pantomime Bluebell in Fairyland. In 1906, Hicks' The Beauty of Bath, followed in 1907 by The Gay Gordons played at the theatre. In 1920, Basil Rathbone played Major Wharton in The Unknown. From 1925-1933, it was used for performances of Ben Travers's farces, also known as The Aldwych Farces. Members of Travers's company included Tom Walls, Yvonne Arnaud, Norma Varden, Ralph Lynn, Mary Brough, Winifred Shotter, and Robertson Hare. In 1933, Richard Tauber presented and starred in a new version of Das Dreimäderlhaus at the Aldwych under the title Lilac Time. From the mid-1930s until about 1960, the theatre was owned by the Abrahams family.[2] December 23 is the 357th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (358th in leap years). ... 1905 (MCMV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar). ... The Christmas Pantomime colour lithograph bookcover, 1890 Pantomime (informally, panto) refers to a theatrical genre, traditionally found in Great Britain, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Ireland, which is usually performed around the Christmas and New Year holiday season. ... The Beauty of Bath is a musical comedy by Seymour Hicks and Cosmo Hamilton, with lyrics by C. H. Taylor, and music by Herbert Haines; additional lyrics were provided by P. G. Wodehouse, with music by Jerome Kern. ... Basil Rathbone (13 June 1892 – 21 July 1967) was an English actor most famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes and swashbuckler film villain roles. ... Ben Travers (12 November 1886 - 12 December 1980) CBE, was a British playwright most famous for his farces. ... Tom Kirby Walls (18 February 1883 - 27 November 1949) was a popular English stage and motion-pictures character actor, and film director. ... Yvonne Arnaud ( December 20, 1892 - September 20, 1958) was a French-born pianist, singer and actress. ... Norma Varden, (20 January 1898-19 January 1989) was an English actress with a long film career in Hollywood. ... Mary Bessie Brough (1863 – 1934) was an English stage actress and star of silent films and early talkies. ... J. Robertson Hare (December 17, 1891 - January 25, 1979) was an English comedy actor, best remembered by modern audiences for his performances as the Archdeacon in the popular sitcom, All Gas and Gaiters. ... Richard Tauber (16 May 1891 – 8 January 1948) was an Austrian tenor acclaimed as one of the greatest singers of the 20th century. ... Das Dreimäderlhaus (House of the Three Girls), adapted into English language versions as Blossom Time and Lilac Time, is a Viennese operetta featuring the music of Franz Schubert and gives a fictionalized account of Schuberts romantic life. ...

Post-war years and Royal Shakespeare Company

Vivien Leigh, who had won an Academy Award for the film version, appeared in a 1949 London production of A Streetcar Named Desire at the Aldwych, which was directed by her husband, Laurence Olivier. Bonar Colleano co-starred as Stanley. Vivien Leigh (November 5, 1913 – July 8, 1967) was an English actress. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... ok yeah so let me just sum up this play for all u nigs this crazy ass nigga fucks the shit out of this dumb beezy bitch named stella and stella is all like OMFGLOLZWTFZHAX a babY LOLZ!!!!!!!!!!!1 stanley is like LOLOMFG LOL BABY LOLZOLEOLZE!!!!one!!!1!1!1... Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM (22 May 1907–11 July 1989) was an Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA and four-time Emmy winning English actor, director, and producer. ... Kathleen Byron and Bonar Colleano Stairway to Heaven Bonar Colleano (14 March 1924 - 18 August 1958) was a charismatic, American-born British stage and motion-picture performer. ...

On 15 December 1960, after intense speculation, it was announced that the Royal Shakespeare Company of Stratford-upon-Avon was to base its London productions in the Aldwych Theatre for the next three years. In fact they stayed for over 20 years, finally moving to the Barbican Arts Centre in 1982. Among many notable productions were The Wars of the Roses, The Greeks, and Nicholas Nickleby, as well as numerous Shakespeare productions. December 15 is the 349th day of the year (350th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon The Royal Shakespeare Company is a British theatre company. ... Stratford-upon-Avon Stratford-upon-Avon is a town in Warwickshire, England. ... Barbican Arts Centre and lakeside terrace Interior - concert hall foyer; library and gallery above The Barbican Arts Centre opened in 1982, after a long and at times painful gestation which dated right back to the area having been badly bombed during World War II. The Barbican is owned, funded and... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Shakespeare redirects here. ...

In 1990-91, Joan Collins starred in Private Lives at the Aldwych. Other notable recent productions are listed below. The theatre is referred to in Julio Cortázar's short story Instructions for John Howell (Instrucciones para John Howell) in the anthology All Fires the Fire (Todos los fuegos el fuego). Joan Henrietta Collins OBE (born May 23, 1933) is a Golden Globe Award winning British actress and bestselling author. ... Private Lives is a play written by Noel Coward in 1930. ... Julio Cortázar. ...

A New Millennium

Since 2000, the theatre has hosted a mixture of plays, comedies and musical productions, but has now become a recognised musical house with the large amount currently taking to the West End. Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Whistle Down the Wind played until 2001, whilst Fame enjoyed an extended run through 2006. Since then, the venue has hosted the quick transfer of Dancing in the Streets from the Cambridge Theatre which subsequently moved to the Playhouse Theatre to make way for the British premiere of the stage version of Dirty Dancing which plays today. Whistle Down the Wind is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on the 1961 film Whistle Down the Wind. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... Jerry Springer – The Opera at the Cambridge Theatre The Cambridge Theatre in London is a modern theatre, facing Seven Dials, built using steel and concrete and is notable for its elegant and clean lines of design. ... The Playhouse, with hoarding for 2006 production of My Name Is Rachel Corrie The Playhouse Theatre is a West End theatre in the City of Westminster, located in Northumberland Avenue, near Trafalgar Square and very close to the river Thames. ... Dirty Dancing is a 1987 romance film directed by Emile Ardolino. ...

Notable Productions

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Recent and present productions

  • An Inspector Calls (August 25, 1993 - January 21, 1995)
  • Indian Ink (February 27, 1995 - January 6, 1996) by Tom Stoppard
  • The Fields of Ambrosia (January 31, 1996 - Februayry 11, 1996) by Joel Higgins and Martin Silvestri
  • Present Laughter (February 27, 1996 - April 20, 1996) by Noel Coward
  • Tolstoy (April 30, 1996 - May 18, 1996) by James Goldman
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (November 6, 1996 - March 22, 1997) by Edward Albee
  • Tom and Clem (April 14, 1997 - July 26, 1997) by Stephen Churchett
  • Life Support (August 5, 1997 - October 18, 1997) by Simon Gray
  • The Boys in the Band (October 29, 1997 - December 20, 1997) by Mark Crowley
  • Amy's View (January 14, 1998 - April 18, 1998) by David Hare
  • Whistle Down The Wind (July 1, 1998 - January 6, 2001) by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman
  • The RSC's The Secret Garden (February 27, 2001 - June 2, 2001) by Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon
  • Mahler's Canversion (October 2, 2001 - November 3, 2001) by Ronald Harwood
  • Thunderbirds FAB (December 11, 2001 - January 6, 2002) by Andrew Dawson, Gavin Robertson from Gerry Anderson
  • Top Girls (January 9, 2002 - February 2, 2002) by Caryl Churchill
  • Mother Clap's Molly House (February 8, 2002 - March 23, 2002) by Mark Ravenhill and Matthew Scott
  • Bedroom Farce (April 8, 2002 - June 29, 2002) by Alan Ayckbourn
  • Fame - The Musical (September 6, 2002 - April 22, 2006) by Jacques Levy and Steve Margoshes
  • Dancing In The Streets (April 27, 2006 - July 16, 2006)
  • Dirty Dancing (September 28, 2006 - ) by Eleanor Bergstein

It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles. ... Tom Stoppard in a 1985 documentary for the film Brazil Sir Tom Stoppard, OM, CBE (born Tomáš Straussler on July 3, 1937) is an Academy Award winning British playwright. ... Noel Coward Sir Noel Peirce Coward (December 16, 1899 – March 26, 1973) was an English actor, playwright, and composer of popular music. ... Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a play by Edward Albee that opened on Broadway at the Billy Rose Theater on October 13, 1962. ... Edward Albee, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1961 Edward Franklin Albee III (born March 12, 1928) is an American playwright known for works including Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Zoo Story, and The Sandbox. ... Whistle Down the Wind is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on the 1961 film Whistle Down the Wind. ... Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber (born 22 March 1948) is a highly successful English composer of musical theatre, the elder brother of Julian Lloyd Webber. ... Jim Steinman (born November 1, 1947 in New York, New York) is an American rock and musical theater composer. ... Thunderbird refers to several things: The Thunderbird is a mythical creature common to Native American religion. ... Gerry Anderson (MBE), born 14 April 1929, is a British producer, director and writer, famous for his futuristic television programmes, particularly those involving specially modified marionettes, a process called Supermarionation. His first television production was the 1957 Roberta Leigh childrens series The Adventures of Twizzle. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... Dirty Dancing is a 1987 romance film directed by Emile Ardolino. ...


  • Who's Who in the Theatre, edited by John Parker, tenth edition, revised, London, 1947, p.1183.

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