The Cambridge Theatre is located in the heart of London’s West End, on a famous junction of seven roads known as Seven Dials, with Covent Garden and Leicester Square just a stone’s throw away.
The Cambridge Theatre opened on September 4th 1930, and is therefore a relatively new building in comparison to the other great theatres in London. The inaugural show starred Beatrice Lille in the revue Masquerade, produced by André Charlot.
In the late 30s, the theatre played host to an assortment of film trade shows and various concerts. However, the Cambridge returned to its roots and has seen many prominent productions staged since then with an array of glittering stars, including Cecil Laundau’s Sauce Piquant in 1950 with Audrey Hepburn amongst the cast, and Neil Simon’s Little Me in 1964, where Bruce Forsyth took on eight characters in Little Me.
1971 was a good year for the Cambridge Theatre, with names such as Ingrid Bergman in a production of Captain Brassbound’s Conversion as well as Ian McKellan’s Hamlet. In 1977, the original London production of Chicago the Musical was staged at the Cambridge.
The 80s saw household names treading the boards, including Joan Collins starring in The Last of Mrs Cheyney in 1980 and Peter O’Toole in Man and Superman in 1983.
In 1986, the theatre underwent a restoration after being acquired by Stoll Moss Theatres Ltd, reopening in 1987 to Peter Pan the Musical, starring Lulu and George Cole.
Fame the Musical made its debut at the Cambridge Theatre in 1995, followed by Grease in 1996 which transferred from London’s Dominion Theatre, staying put for three years.
In 2000, the Cambridge was acquired by the Really Useful Group, and it was here that The Beautiful Game, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton’s new musical, had its world premiere.
The controversial National Theatre production Jerry Springer the Opera made its West End debut at the Cambridge Theatre in 2003. More recently, Chicago the Musical transferred back to the Cambridge Theatre in 2006, following a record-breaking West End revival at the Adelphi Theatre, essentially “coming home” and staying put for 5 years.
In 2011, Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, made its West End debut, transferring in from Stratford-Upon-Avon to rave reviews and has since opened on Broadway in 2013.
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