Gielgud Theatre boasts a proud theatrical heritage
Designed by legendary theatre architect W.G.R. Sprague, the Gielgud Theatre has become one of the shining lights of Shaftesbury Avenue and of the West End circuit in general. This capacity 1,000 seat playhouse has been known by many names over its history, but its theatrical heritage is beyond dispute. Gielgud Theatre tickets are ready now to buy or to sell via StubHub.
Two acts: Hicks Theatre and The Globe
Act 1 of the Gielgud Theatre begins in 1906, when it was known as the Hicks Theatre, the first of two theatres that Sprague designed for Shaftesbury Avenue: its twin, Queens Theatre, would occupy a corner in 1907. The musical 'The Beauty of Bath' raised the curtain as the first performance and the theatre enjoyed its first long-running performance with operetta 'A Waltz Dream' two years later. Since then, it has gone on to host several major productions, including An Ideal Husband, The Crucible and Yes Prime Minister. Act II of the Gielgud started one year later in 1909, when it was renamed The Globe by new owner Charles Frohman, who chose as his debut performance a piece written by the mother of Winston Churchill and other works by Noel Coward, and a superb performance by John Gielgud would follow soon thereafter. Gielgud went on to launch several plays at the theatre that now bears his name, such as 'The Lady's Not for Burning' in 1949 and 'A Man for all Seasons' in 1960. Gielgud Theatre tickets are available now for purchase or sale via StubHub.
Act III: Gielgud Theatre takes its place
It is a fitting tribute that Sir John Gielgud should have the theatre with which he has been so closely associated bear his name, and other noteworthy personalities such as Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Royal Shakespeare Company have also developed close ties with it over the years (Andrew Lloyd Webber owned the Gielgud Theatre from 1999-2006). An extensive refurbishment was undertaken a few years later and the one following that in 2003 created a shared façade with its sibling Queens Theatre. Further restoration work was done in 2007 that helped rank the Gielgud Theatre among the premier members of London's theatre district in 2012. The musical format was revived with 'Avenue Q' in 2009 and 'Hair' and 'Yes Prime Minister' in 2010, the last two becoming huge successes for the Gielgud, which greatly enhanced its profile. The theatre has been a part of many changes over its brief evolution, yet it represents a cherished part of the British theatrical landscape, properly represented by its beloved mascot Beerbohm the cat. Gielgud Theatre tickets are ready now to buy or to sell via StubHub.
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