Hippodrome

Definition

Theater

  • A former theater off Leicester Square, London, that has presentedeverything from circuses to musicals and cabaret. It opened in1900 with circus acts and aquatic spectacles (see aquatic drama);after renovation, it reopened in 1909 as a music hall that also featuredballet. A series of popular revues was presented from 1912 to 1925by Albert de Courville, and these were followed by musical comediessuch as Hit the Deck (1927) and Please, Teacher (1935).Other great successes included the hit revue The Fleet's Lit Up(1938) and Ivor Novello's musical comedy Perchance toDream (1945), which prompted the critic James Agate to remarkof the audience: "Mr Novello's nonsense had obviously suitedtheir nonsense." The venue was reconstructed in 1958 as TheTalk of the Town, a combined restaurant and cabaret that featuredsuch stars as Eartha Kitt; it closed in 1982 but subsequently reopenedas a nightclub.
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