Gielgud Theatre



  • A theater in Shaftesbury Avenue, London, that opened as the Hicks Theatre in 1906. Designed by W. G. R. Sprague, it was named after the actor-manager Seymour Hicks, who commissioned it with Charles Frohman. The theater enjoyed its first hit with Brewster's Millions in 1907 and was renamed the Globein 1909. A riot took place in 1917, when the French music hall artiste Gaby Deslys appeared. The theater's successes have included Terence Rattigan's While the Sun Shines (1943), Christopher Fry's The Lady's Not for Burning (1949), with John Gielgud, Robert Bolt's A Man forAll Seasons (1960) with Paul Scofield, Terence Frisby's There'sA Girl in My Soup (1966), and Peter Shaffer's Lettice and Lovage(1987) with Maggie Smith. The Globe was renamed the Gielgud Theatre,in honour of Sir John Gielgud, in 1996. Subsequent productions haveincluded Sir Peter Hall's staging of Wilde's An Ideal Husband (1997),the RSC's revival of Miller's The Crucible (2005), and a newproduction of Shaffer's Equus (2007) starring Daniel Radcliffe.