Garrick Theatre



  • A London theater, off Charing Cross Road, designed by WalterEmden and decorated in the Italian Renaissance style. Built by W.S. Gilbert, the Garrick was partly underground, and initially hadthe problem of an underground river seeping into the foundations.After acquiring the site Gilbert is reported to have said that hecould never decide whether to build a theater or to lease the fishingrights. The theater opened in 1889 with Pinero's The Profligate.

    The first manager, John Hare, enjoyed a great success withthe first production of Pinero's The Notorious Mrs Ebbsmith(1895), featuring Mrs Patrick Campbell in the title role.In 1903 Arthur Bourchier, whose ghost is said to roam the theater,became the first manager in Britain to ban a critic, A. B. Walkleyof The Times.

    Later successes included a production of Walter Greenwood's Loveon the Dole, which ran for 391 performances and made the reputationof Wendy Hiller, and Frank Norman's Fings Ain't What They Used To Be (1960).From 1967 onwards Brian Rix presented a popular series offarces at the theater, while Ira Levin's shocker Deathtrapdrew large audiences in 1978. More recent productions include BrianFriel's Dancing at Lughnasa (1992), which won all London'smajor awards as Best Play, Stephen Daldry's long-running revival ofPriestley's An Inspector Calls (1995), This Is Our Youth (2002)with Matt Damon, and an acclaimed revival of Sondheim's A Little NightMusic (2009).

    A previous Garrick Theatre existed at Leman Street in Whitechapelfrom 1831 to 1881.