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Shaftesbury Theatre - Theater Information

Address:
Holborn end of Shaftesbury Avenue

London,

BUILT: 1911

SEATING CAPACITY: 1300


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Shaftesbury Theatre History

The Shaftesbury was the last theatre to be built on Shaftesbury Avenue and was originally named The Princes Theatre. Opening in 1911, it has seen many notable productions and famous faces over the last century and it’s now the largest independent theatre in the West End. Notable shows over the earlier decades include Sarah Bernhardt in Daniel (1921), Sybil Thorndike and Henry Ainley in Macbeth (1926) and Funny Face with Fred Astaire (1928). Then followed a period of change when manager Firth Shepard produced successful shows described as a ‘medley of mirth and music’ like Merrie England (1934 and 1945), Fun and Games (1941) and The Shepard Show (1939 and 1946). The Theatre remained open, despite two occasions of bomb damage, during the Second World War, offering audiences a cultural programme of international talent such as Serge Diaghaleff’s Ballet featuring Margot Fonteyn and the Sadler’s Wells Opera and Ballet.

What Shows Played the Shaftesbury Theatre

DATES PRODUCTION
? - ? Be More Chill (2021)
? - ? & Juliet (2021)
? - ? Motown the Musical (2016)
9/30/2013 - ? From Here to Eternity (2013)
3/6/2013 - ? Burn the Floor (2013)
8/31/2011 - 1/17/2013 Rock of Ages (2011)
9/24/2010 - 1/15/2011 Flashdance The Musical (2010)
10/11/2007 - 3/28/2010 Hairspray (2007)
9/21/2006 - ? Daddy Cool (2006)
10/10/2005 - 1/21/2006 High Society (2005)
4/14/2005 - 9/17/2005 The Far Pavilions (2005)
8/18/2004 - 1/15/2005 Bat Boy (2004)
10/21/2003 - ? Thoroughly Modern Millie (2003)
6/26/2003 - 9/20/2003 Calamity Jane (2003)
9/17/2002 - 1/11/2003 125th Street (2002)
8/20/2001 - 10/13/2001 Peggy Sue Got Married (2001)
10/17/2000 - 2/3/2001 Napoleon (2000)
12/13/1999 - 2/26/2000 Casper (1999)
5/12/1998 - 10/30/1999 Rent (1998)
3/5/1996 - 2/8/1997 Tommy (1996)
11/23/1994 - ? Out of the Blue (1994)
9/16/1993 - ? Carousel (1992)
10/20/1992 - 7/17/1993 Kiss of the Spider Woman (1992)
7/21/1987 - 2/4/1989 Follies (1987)
12/17/1983 - 2/4/1984 Aladdin (1983)
10/1/1980 - 5/8/1982 They're Playing Our Song (1980)
? - ? Irma La Douce (1979)
12/7/1977 - ? Drake's Dream (1977)
10/12/1977 - ? Maggie (1977)
6/8/1976 - ? Liza of Lambeth (1976)
10/1/1975 - ? Dad's Army (1975)
9/27/1968 - ? Hair (1968)
12/20/1965 - ? Twang! (1965)
12/22/1964 - ? Our Man Crichton (1964)
3/28/1963 - ? How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1963)
9/14/1937 - ? Crazy Days (1937)
1/13/1936 - ? Fritzi (1935)
11/14/1934 - ? Lucky Break (1934)
4/4/1928 - ? Will o' the Whispers (1928)
6/29/1927 - ? Castles in the Air (1927)
11/17/1926 - ? My Son John (1926)
9/8/1926 - ? Just a Kiss (1926)
4/3/1926 - ? Betty in Mayfair (1925)
2/17/1926 - ? Wildflower (1926)
8/25/1925 - ? Dear Little Billie (1925)
6/9/1925 - ? Clo-Clo (1925)
5/12/1924 - ? Toni (1924)
8/30/1923 - ? Katinka (1923)
5/30/1923 - ? Stop Flirting (1923)
9/27/1920 - ? Oh, Julie (1920)
9/25/1919 - ? Baby Bunting (1919)
9/6/1917 - ? Arlette (1917)
12/22/1916 - ? Three Cheers (1916)
9/14/1916 - ? The Light Blues (1916)
3/1/1916 - ? My Lady Frayle (1916)
6/4/1914 - ? The Cinema Star (1914)
9/25/1913 - ? The Pearl Girl (1913)
2/18/1913 - ? Oh! Oh! Delphine (1913)
5/11/1912 - ? Princess Caprice (1912)
9/9/1911 - ? The Mousmé (1911)
4/28/1909 - ? The Arcadians (1909)
5/1/1907 - ? Lady Tatters (1907)
3/17/1906 - ? Mr. Popple of Ippleton (1905)
5/16/1903 - ? In Dahomey (1903)
1/21/1903 - ? From Sword of Song (1903)
7/11/1900 - ? The Casino Girl (1900)
4/25/1900 - ? The American Beauty (1900)
1/1/1900 - ? The Mystical Miss (1900)
4/9/1899 - ? The Fortune Teller (1899)
4/12/1898 - ? The Belle of New York (1898)
3/31/1897 - ? The Yashmak (1897)
4/13/1893 - ? Morocco Bound (1893)
1/14/1893 - ? La Rosière (1893)
12/22/1892 - ? Joan of Arc (1892)
? - ? Kismet (1978)
- ? Laughing Eyes (1919)
? - ? Memphis (2014)
- Motown the Musical (unknown)
- ? Lautrec (2000)
- ? My Sister and I (1931)


Frequently Asked Questions

What show is currently in Shaftesbury Theatre?
Shaftesbury Theatre's current show is Be More Chill which opened on 6/30/2021.

What when was Shaftesbury Theatre built?
Shaftesbury Theatre was built in 1911.

How many seats does Shaftesbury Theatre have?
Shaftesbury Theatre has 1300 seats.

What were the longest running shows at Shaftesbury Theatre?
Motown the Musical which ran from 2/11/2016 to 4/20/2019, Hairspray which ran from 10/30/2007 to 3/28/2010, Rock of Ages which ran from 9/27/2011 to 11/2/2013, They're Playing Our Song which ran from 10/1/1980 to 5/8/1982 and Follies which ran from 7/21/1987 to 2/4/1989,