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Encyclopedia > St James's Theatre

The St James's Theatre was in King Street, London opening in 1835 and was demolished in 1957. It was for a short while called The Prince's. St. ...


It had a long and distinguished theatre life, and many famous people performed there including Oscar Wilde, Henry Irving, Lillie Langtry, George Alexander (who also managed it for over 25 years until he died), Claude Rains, Charles Hawtrey, Laurence Olivier and his wife Vivien Leigh and Orson Welles. Sir Gerald Du Maurier was actor-manager of the St James's for several years in the 1920s and 1930s. Oscar Wilde Oscar Fingal OFlahertie Wills Wilde (October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900) was an Anglo-Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and short story writer. ... Henry Irving, as Hamlet, in a 1893 illustration from The Idler magazine John Henry Brodribb Irving (February 6, 1838–October 13, 1905), better known as Sir Henry Irving, was one of the most famous stage actors of all time. ... Lillie Langtry (née Emilie Charlotte Le Breton, nicknamed the Jersey Lily) (13 October 1853 - 12 February 1929) was a British actress born on the island of Jersey in 1853. ... Sir George Alexander (nee George Samson) (June 18, 1858 - 1918) was a British actor and stage manager born in Reading, England. ... Claude Rains (November 10, 1889 - May 30, 1967) was an English actor. ... There have been two notable actors named Charles Hawtrey: Sir Charles Hawtrey (1858-1923), stage and silent film actor; Charles Hawtrey (1914-1988), who named himself after the earlier actor, and is best known for the Carry On films. ... Laurence Olivier, as photographed in 1939 by Carl Van Vechten Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM (May 22, 1907 – July 11, 1989) was an English actor and director, esteemed by many as the greatest actor of the 20th century. ... Vivien Leigh (1913-1967) Vivien Leigh (November 5, 1913 – July 7, 1967) was an English actress who was born Vivian Mary Hartley in Darjeeling, India. ... Orson Welles, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1937 George Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985) is generally considered one of Hollywoods greatest directors, as well as a fine actor, broadcaster and screenwriter. ... Sir Gerald Hubert Edward Du Maurier (1873-1934) was a British actor-manager. ...


Other performances included opera, Shakespearian readings, burlesque, ballet and modern plays. The foyer of Charles Garniers Opéra, Paris, opened 1875 Opera is an art form consisting of a dramatic stage performance set to music. ... Burlesque was originally a form of art that mocked by imitation, referring to everything from comic sketches to dance routines and usually lampooning the social attitudes of upper classes. ... The Waltz of the Snowflakes from Tchaikovskys The Nutcracker Ballet is the name given to a specific dance form and technique. ...


There was a campaign against its closure, led by Vivien Leigh, which included street marches and a protest in the House of Lords. It was demolished in 1957. Vivien Leigh (1913-1967) Vivien Leigh (November 5, 1913 – July 7, 1967) was an English actress who was born Vivian Mary Hartley in Darjeeling, India. ... This article is about the British House of Lords. ...


External links

  • St James's Theatre for an extensive history of the theatre and its performances.

 
 

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