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Gielgud Theatre

The Gielgud Theatre is a West End theatre, located on Shaftesbury Avenue in the City of Westminster, London, at the corner of Rupert Street. The house currently has 986 seats on three levels.
The theatre was designed by W.G.R. Sprague and opened on 27 December 1906 as the Hicks Theatre, named after Seymour Hicks, for whom it was built. The first play at the theatre was a hit musical called The Beauty of Bath co-written by Hicks. Another big success was A Waltz Dream in 1908. In 1909, the American impresario Charles Frohman became manager of the theatre and renamed the house the Globe Theatre – a name that it retained for 85 years. Call It a Day opened in 1935 and ran for 509 performances, a long run for the slow inter-war years. There's a Girl in My Soup, opening in 1966, ran for almost three years, a record for the theatre that was not surpassed until Daisy Pulls It Off opened in April 1983 to run for 1,180 performances, the theatre's longest run. In 1987 Peter Shaffer's play Lettice and Lovage opened, starring Maggie Smith, and became a hit.
The Globe's theatre cat, named Beerbohm, became famous enough to receive a front page obituary in the theatrical publication, The Stage in 1995. Refurbished in 1987, the theatre has since presented several Alan Ayckbourn premieres, including 1990's Man of the Moment, as well as a notable revival of An Ideal Husband in 1992. During reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on the South Bank, in 1994 the theatre was renamed the Gielgud Theatre in honour of John Gielgud. Another refurbishment was completed in 2008.

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News

Gielgud Theatre 12:30 on 4th June Twitter

Hi @Camdram! Gielgud Theatre wants you to buy tickets for Who's Afraid of Amsterdam.


Gielgud Theatre 05:34 on 2nd June Twitter

Gielgud Theatre wants you to buy tickets for Much Ado About Panto.


Gielgud Theatre 01:33 on 28th May Twitter

Gielgud Theatre has a really very long post. Rehersals are well underway for our very exciting new show. We're sure you'll want to hear all about it, and maybe come see it! So anyway our latest show is Pirates of Cindies.


Gielgud Theatre 15:05 on 27th May Twitter

Gielgud Theatre is excited to announce The Merchant of Panto.


Gielgud Theatre 19:44 on 21st May Twitter

Hi @Camdram! Gielgud Theatre has a really very long post. Rehersals are well underway for our very exciting new show. We're sure you'll want to hear all about it, and maybe come see it! So anyway our latest show is Pirates of Week 5.


Gielgud Theatre 02:20 on 20th May Twitter

Hi @Camdram! Gielgud Theatre wants you to buy tickets for Surviving Oxford.


Gielgud Theatre 09:03 on 18th May Twitter

Gielgud Theatre has a really very long post. Rehersals are well underway for our very exciting new show. We're sure you'll want to hear all about it, and maybe come see it! So anyway our latest show is Angels in Oxford.


Gielgud Theatre 01:00 on 18th May Twitter

Hi @Camdram! Gielgud Theatre wants you to buy tickets for Surviving Oxford.


Gielgud Theatre 03:30 on 13th May Twitter

Hi @Camdram! Gielgud Theatre has some great news! We're performing Much Ado About Oxford.


Gielgud Theatre 17:45 on 9th May Twitter

Hi @Camdram! Gielgud Theatre has some great news! We're performing A Streetcar Named Oxford.


Shows

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  • Sun 26 Dec
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  • Fri 31 Dec
  • Sat 1 Jan

Past shows

See all the shows that have been performed here at the venue history page.