Queen's Theatre

Get ready to be the part of one of the longest running musicals of all time, Les Miserables at the magnificent Queen’s Theatre! The heart touching London saga is adapted from the popular classic by Victor Hugo and is based on the backdrop of French Revolution. The poignant saga of Jean Valjean has touched hearts of millions of viewers. 54 million people from all over the globe have enjoyed the London classic. The remarkable show is also the winner of several prestigious awards and acclamations.

The stunning Queens Theatre is a popular London Westend Theatre which is positioned in the Shaftesbury Avenue on Wardour Street in the City of Westminster. The theatre marked its opening on 8th October 1907 and was designed by W G R Sprague. According to the reports, the current venue was originally to be named as Central Theatre. After huge discussions, theatre was named as Queen’s Theatre and a portrait of Queen Alexandra was also there in the foyer.

A comedy show by Madeline Lucette Ryley, The Sugar Bowl is the first production at Queen’s Theatre . The show collapsed at the box office with just 36 performances. Interestingly, the theatre received some great reviews. On 10th October 1907, The Stage quoted Queen’s Theatre as ‘A two tier house with an exorbitant occupancy of 1200. The walls and roof are painted white and gold, whereas carpets were of green color. Other significant features of the theatre are hangings and upholstery. The magnificent velvet tableau curtain simply heightens the beauty.

Some of the finest talents of world have given scintillating performances at the opulent Queen’s Theatre. To name a few, Peggy Ashcroft, Fred and Adele Astaire, Tallulah Bankhead, Kenneth Branagh, Noël Coward, Henry Daniell, Marlene Dietrich, Robert Donat, Edith Evans, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., John Gielgud, Cedric Hardwicke, Jack Hawkins and many more.

Queen’s Theatre has undergone several ups and downs, as on September 1940, theatre was attacked by a German bomb which led to the destruction of façade and lobby areas. At that time, Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca was running which starred Celia Johnson, Owen Nares and Margaret Rutherford. Theatre undergone a huge renovation which costs around 250,000 GBP by Westwood Sons & Partners but its Edwardian décor was retained. Currently, Cameron Mackintosh's production of Les Misérables is ruling the theatre and creating and breaking records and history!

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