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7 Monmouth St, Covent Garden, WC2H 9DAShow on map
Covent Garden has a noted place in London's history as the longest running market in the city and as a more salubrious footnote as the home of London's theatre district, which was once synonymous with... Read More »
5 star city chic deluxe hotel
10 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9HBShow on map
"Chic hotel with opulent rooms in the heart of London's entertainment district" Covent Garden Hotel is a 5-Star deluxe hotel in London’s theatre district. This is the place to stay if you want luxurious... Read More »
3 star modern hotel
10 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, WC2B 5REShow on map
"Stay in London's vibrant Theatreland without wasting your budget on unnecessary frills" A low-cost hotel in the heart of London’s West End, Travelodge London Covent Garden offers affordable... Read More »
4 star modern hotel
9-13 Bloomsbury Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3QDShow on map
Our Comment: Really good guest reviews at this 4 star Blomsbury hotel make it a serious contender. As for the location, just walk across New Oxford Street and you are in Theatreland and Covent Garden... Read More »
4 star classic hotel
Bloomsbury Way, WC1A - New Oxford Street, WC1A 2SDShow on map
The Kingsley Hotel is located at the heart of intellectual, historic and fashion-conscious Bloomsbury This 4-Star hotel with 129 bedrooms is well located in the heart of London between Holborn and Tottenham... Read More »
4 star contemporary hotel
20 Mercer Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9HDShow on map
The quintessential Covent Garden rendezvous, the newly transformed Radisson Edwardian Mercer Street effortlessly blends with the boutique appeal of its neighbourhood. A landmark in Seven Dials village, this is... Read More »
4 star classic hotel
97 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3BLShow on map
Situated in Bloomsbury, the Radisson Edwardian Kenilworth is just a short walk from the austere British Museum. A luxurious hotel in the heart of London, the hotel is both characterful and calming,... Read More »
4 star classic hotel
16-22 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3NNShow on map
LH Comment: The Bloomsbury Hotel gets fantastic guest reviews and "ticks" every requirement. The location is also superb with many of Londons attractions being walking distance away. Within ten minutes on... Read More »
3 star classic hotel
110 Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3NAShow on map
The Cheshire Hotel is perhaps one of London's prime hotels for shopping enthusiasts. Situated just minutes from Tottenham Court Road train station, the hotel allows guests easy access to the 300-plus shops... Read More »
36 Bloomsbury Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3QJShow on map
The Gresham Hotel is situated along Bloomsbury Street, in one of London's most literary districts, home to the Bloomsbury publishing house, the Bloomsbury Group of writers, which included Virginia Woolf, and... Read More »
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The Shaftesbury Theatre, London was the last theatre to be built on Shaftesbury Avenue, and remains one of the West Ends largest venues (although it seated almost 2,400 people when it opened in 1911). Home to an interesting mix of large, spectacular musicals and some new work, the Shaftesbury is one of the West Ends more interesting and lasting experiments.
When it was built in 1911, the Melville brother (Walter and Frederick) saw the theatre as a home for the fashionable melodramas they produced, and it opened with a production of The Three Musketeers. Over the next few years the theatres repertoire broadened particularly under Seymour Hicks, to include comic operas, which proved to be a great success at the theatre, and it often put on seasons of Gilbert and Sullivans work.
Despite being bombed not once, but twice in the Second World War, the theatre remained open throughout, and offered a program that was heavy on international culture, including Serge Diaghilevs Ballet, which featured Margot Fonteyn, and the Sadlers Wells Opera and Ballet. Under manager Firth Shepard the Shaftesburys program was described (by Shepard) as a medley of mirth and music. After the war, when Bertram Montague took over the program remained just as varied, presenting shows like Ram Gopal And His Indian Dancers and Hellzapoppin.
To mark the end of censorship in British theatre under the Lord Chamberlain, the Shaftesbury produced Hair in 1968, which ran for five years. It was in the cast of Hair that Richard O Brien met Tim Curry, for whom he would later go on to create The Rocky Horror Show. Only the need to renovate the theatre made Hair close at the Shaftesbury, after 2,000 performances.
In 1983 Ray Cooney put together The Theatre of Comedy Company, which brought together stars of the stage, screen, producers, directors, and writers to promote new comic writing in the West End. Their first show at the Shaftesbury was such a success that they were able to buy the theatre in 1984, and have run it ever since, with a varied program of large musicals, comic revivals and new work.
Right in the middle of Shaftesbury Avenue, the nearest tube stop is Tottenham Court Road, although the theatre is an easy walk from Holborn, Covent Garden, and Leicester Square. If you need a mainline railway station then it can be walked to from Charing Cross. If you intend to drive, be aware that you will be subject to the congestion charge if you drive to the theatre, and remember to take advantage of the Theatreland parking scheme, which offers a 50% discount on some car parks.
If you use a wheelchair you should inform the theatre when booking, and that the ground floor level is the Royal Circle, so those are the tickets you will need. Guide dogs are welcome at the theatre, and there are occasional BSL-signed performances for the hard of hearing.
The Shaftesbury is a spectacular theatre, aging well into the new millennium.