The ornate Savoy Theatre has a long and interesting history that dates back to 1881. The theatre gets its name from The House of Savoy – a family that contained within its ranks Count Peter of Savoy who was related to the queen consort of King Henry III. The latter gave Peter the land on which the current Savoy Theatre stands in 1246 and on the site an array of buildings existed here right up until a fire burned it all in 1864.
The theatre is located next to the recently refurbished Savoy hotel on the Strand in London’s West End, and the theatre immediately made it into the history books as it was the first theatre to be lit by electricity. The design was by C J Phipps, the well known architect responsible for a whole host of London theatres, including the Queen’s Theatre, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Garrick Theatre, Lyric Theatre and the Vaudeville Theatre.
The owner was once Richard D’Oyly Carte, and the theatre was naturally used to house a number of productions of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company and then, during the 20th century, a wider range of plays and musicals. Unfortunately the productions were interrupted by a fire in 1990 but after renovation work the Savoy reopened to stage further high profile shows.
In the last decade the Savoy Theatre has continued to welcome some high profile productions. Famous names to appear at the Savoy Theatre include Robert Lindsay, Dawn French, Alison Steadman, Ruthie Henshall, Edward Fox, Sheridan Smith, Duncan James, Denise Van Outen and Richard Fleeshman. Famous hit musicals include Fiddler on the Roof, Never Forget (based on the story of Take That) and Carousel, which starred Lesley Garrett.
In 2009, the venue became the home of the West End premiere of Legally Blonde the Musical, based on the 2001 movie and transferring from Broadway.
In 2012, The Sunshine Boys landed on the stage of the Savoy Theatre starring Golden Globe and Emmy award-winner Danny DeVito. In 2015 Imelda Staunton starred in the hugely successful revival of Gypsy, which was followed by a revival of Guys and Dolls.
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