The Gielgud Theatre is located on Shaftesbury Avenue in the West End, close to Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus as well as London’s famous Soho and Chinatown districts.
The Gielgud was designed as a pair, with the adjacent Queen’s Theatre as its counterpart, by W.G.R. Sprague, an architect who worked on several West End Theatres as well as some outside of London. Originally named the Hicks Theatre, in honour of Seymour Hicks, a prominent actor-manager-playwright of his time, it opened to one of his musical productions, The Beauty of Bath, on December 27th 1906.
In 1909 it was renamed the Globe Theatre, taking on the name of the recently demolished theatre from Newcastle Street.
Several noteworthy productions to have played here include Dodie Smith’s Call It A Day (1935), Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Daisy Pulls It Off (1983), Lettice and Lovage (1987) starring Maggie Smith, Man of the Moment (1990) by Alan Ayckbourn, Wilde’s An Ideal Husband (1992) and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (2004).
When plans were announced for Shakespeare’s Globe, a reconstruction of the Globe Theatre located on London’s South Bank, the theatre was re-named the Gielgud in 1994 after prestigious actor John Gielgud. The Gielgud’s theatre cat, named Beerbohm, was itself such a star of Theatreland that when it died in 1995 it received a front page obituary in the theatrical publication, The Stage.
In 2006, Delfont Macktintosh Theatre, owned by Cameron Mackintosh, acquired the Gielgud from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group and another refurbishment was completed in 2008. Since then the theatre has hosted a number of productions including Avenue Q (2009), Hair (2010), The Ladykillers (2011) and Blithe Spirit staring Angela Lansbury (2014). From 2014 the theatre has been home to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
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