Last Updated on 19 April 2022 by Showcall Editorial Team
Shaftesbury Theatre, London
The Shaftesbury Theatre is located at 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8DP.
Nearest Tube Station
Tottenham Court Road, Covent Garden
Closest Train Station
Charing Cross Station
About the Shaftesbury Theatre
Located at the top end of Shaftesbury Avenue in the Borough of Camden, the Shaftesbury Theatre has a seating capacity of 1400 and is currently home to the musical & Juliet which combines the music of Max Miller and invents a scenario imagining that neither Romeo or Juliet were the tragic victims of that play but lived on.
Shaftesbury Theatre Historical Highlights
The Shaftesbury Theatre opened on 26 December 1911 with The Three Musketeers. Originally opened as the New Price’s Theatre it was soon renamed the Prince’s Theatre.
The theatre played host to seasons by the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company presenting the works of Gilbert and Sullivan from 1919 through 1961.
Sold to EMI in 1962, the theatre was renamed the Shaftesbury Theatre in 1963 with a host of Broadway musicals presented including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1962), How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (1963) and Little Me (1964).
During the run of Hair part of the ceiling collapsed in 1973 closing the run of the musical after 1998 performances. This prompted a campaign by Equity to have the theatre Grade II listed to save it from re-development which was granted by English Heritage in March 1984.
The Shaftesbury Theatre re-opened in 1974 with West Side Story. This was later followed with runs of They’re Playing Our Song (1980), Follies (1987), Kiss Of The Spider Woman (1992), Carousel (1992-93), Tommy (1996-97), Thoroughly Modern Millie (2003-4), Bat Boy the musical (2004-5), Fame (2007), Hairspray (2007-10)Rock Of Ages (2011-12) and Rent (1998).
In March 2006, the theatre underwent a large refurbishment, with the entire stalls and dress circle being reseated, redecorated and the front of house areas refurbished.
Shaftesbury Theatre Seating Plan