Queen's Theatre

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Theater

  • A London theater in Shaftesbury Avenue, built as a twin to the Hicks Theatre (subsequently the Globe, now the Gielgud). When John Vedrenne opened it in 1907, George Bernard Shaw remarked, "He is after a knighthood. It is not for nothing that he called his theater theQueen's..." The elegant interior, largely preserveddespite wartime bomb damage, combined Italian, Georgian, and Edwardianstyles.

    By 1913 business had become so bad that 'tango teas' withdancing and a fashion show were introduced. A year later, however,the theater had its first great success with the US comedy Potashand Perlmutter (1914). It was managed from 1929 to 1933 by BarryJackson, who presented Shaw's The Apple Cart (1929; with CedricHardwicke and Edith Evans); other notable productions included RudolfBesier's The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1930). The managerfrom 1937 to 1939 was John Gielgud, who during the 1938 season aloneperformed in Richard II, The School for Scandal, ThreeSisters, and The Merchant of Venice. Notable productionssince then have included the musicals Stop the World, I Want toGet Off (1961) and Wonderful Town! (1986) and Alan Bennett'sThe Lady in the Van (1999). Since 2004 it has been home tothe RSC's Les Misérables.

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