Whitehall Theatre



  • A London theater in Whitehall, near Trafalgar Square. It opened in 1930and was for many years identified with farces and sex revues. The stripteaseartiste Phyllis Dixey appeared here regularly from 1943 to 1947, when a runof R. F. Delderfield's Worm's Eye View marked a return to comedy. Analmost continuous string of Brian Rix farces began in 1950 withColin Morris's army play Reluctant Heroes, which ran for four years.Rix managed the theater from 1950 to 1967, bringing the era of theWhitehall farces to a close with his own Uproar in the House.Paul Raymond found equal success in 1969, when his nude show Pyjama Tops,opened to run for 2498 performances. Two years later he bought the lease. TheWhitehall subsequently offered more varied fare, including John Wells's politicalspoof Anyone for Denis (1981), the thriller Murder by Misadventure(1992), a dramatization of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting (1995),and Puppetry of the Penis (2000), in which two uniquely talented maleperformers demonstrated "the ancient art of genital origami".

    In 2003 - 04 the theater underwent a major refurbishment in which theinterior was divided into two separate performance areas; it reopened as theTrafalgar Studios in 2004 and has since presented mainly seriousdrama. Recent productions have included several short seasons by the RSC andKatori Hill's award-winning The Mountain Top (2009).