Playhouse Theatre

Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DE


Playhouse Theatre Playhouse Theatre

Originally built as the Royal Avenue Theatre by Sefton Henry Parry, this West End theatre opened in 1882, and had a seating capacity of 679. The premiere production was Madame Favart by Jacques Offenbach, and for the first few years it hosted mostly burlesques, farces and comic operas. In 1894, George Bernard Shaw made his West End debut there with Arms and the Man. The production was sufficiently successful to allow him to become a full-time playwright.

In 1905, the theatre was rebuilt to Blow and Billerey designs, and became the Playhouse Theatre. In 1951 it was turned into a BBC live recording studio, which it remained until 1976, when it was refurbished to its original glory. Notable productions that have been presented at this theatre include Jane Eyre, On Approval, Funny Money, Romeo and Juliet, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Vincent in Brixton, Dancing in the Streets, La Cage Aux Folles, The Adventures of Tintin and The Harder They Come.

The current Playhouse Theatre was built in 1907, and it still has its original under-stage mechanisms. It is situated at Northumberland Avenue, Strand, London, WC2N 5DE, and seats 786. The closest public transport is the London Underground at Embankment.


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