Yesterday I was invited to a little taste of the new musical & Juliet. The launch event was held at Jack Solomons and was buzzing with excitement and interest. Not many details had previously been known about the production and the big draw so far seems to be the music with all the hit songs featured being from Max Martin. The official website says about this new exciting show: '& Juliet is the irreverent and fun-loving new West End musical that asks: what if Juliet’s famous ending … [Read more...]
Shaftesbury Theatre London
Direct from a sensational run in Manchester — where it played to sold-out crowds and standing ovations — the new comedy musical MRS. DOUBTFIRE is ready to dazzle and delight the West End from 12 May 2023!
Out-of-work actor Daniel will do anything for his kids. After losing custody in a messy divorce, he creates the alter ego of Scottish nanny Euphegenia Doubtfire in a desperate attempt to stay in their lives. As his new character takes on a life of its own, Mrs. Doubtfire teaches Daniel more than he bargained for about how to be a father.
MRS. DOUBTFIRE has been created by a transatlantic team of award-winning artists, with a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, original music and lyrics by Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick (the Tony Award-nominated team behind Something Rotten!, along with O’Farrell), direction by 4-time Tony winner Jerry Zaks (Hello, Dolly!), scenic design by David Korins (Hamilton), choreography by Lorin Latarro (Waitress), and music supervision by Ethan Popp (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical).
A hilarious and heartfelt story about holding onto your loved ones against all odds, MRS. DOUBTFIRE is the musical comedy we need right now.
210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8DP
Shaftesbury Theatre Seating Plan
Venue and Travel Information
Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road
Tube Lines: Central, Northern
Directions from nearest tube: Turn right onto New Oxford Street (past the Dominion) for 200 metres, and then turn right onto Shaftesbury Avenue, where the venue will be on your left 100 metres down.
Railway Station: King’s Cross St Pancras
Bus Numbers: (Tottenham Court Road Station) 8, 29, 55, 134, 176, 242, 390; (Museum St) 1, 19, 25, 38, 98
Night Bus Numbers: (Tottenham Court Road Station) 134, 176, 242, 390, N8, N29, N35, N41, N55, N68, N98, N121, N253; (Museum St) 25, N1, N19, N38, N207
Car Park: Holborn, Selkirk House Museum Street
Within Congestion Zone: Yes
Venue Facilities: Air conditioned, Bar, Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Toilets and Wheelchair accessible
The Shaftesbury Theatre
The venue was designed for the brothers Walter and Frederick Melville by Bertie Crewe and first opened on 26th December 1911 as The New Prince’s Theatre with a production of The Three Musketeers, and then became the Prince’s Theatre in 1914. It had a seating capacity of 2392 and a stage that had a width of 31 feet 10 inches and a depth of 31 feet.
Located near New Oxford Street the theatre was the last to be built in Shaftesbury Avenue. It had considerable success with an 18 week season of operas in 1919 by Gilbert and Sullivan, which were presented by the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. These became frequent entertainment at the venue in the 1920s, interspersed with runs of productions transferred from other venues. The popular Basil Rathbone performed at the Prince’s Theatre in May 1933 when he played the role of Julian Beauclerc in a revival of Diplomacy. A revival of The Rose of Persia played at the theatre in 1935 with The D’Oyly Carte returning in 1942.
The theatre was bought by EMI in 1962 and was named the Shaftesbury Theatre the subsequent year. Broadway productions transferred to the theatre in the 1960s including the musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1962), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1963) and Little Me (1964).
Part of the ceiling collapsed on 20th July 1973, forcing the closure of the long-running musical Hair, after 1998 performances. The theatre almost fell victim to subsequent redevelopment, but a successful campaign by Equity resulted in the theatre being placed on the ‘Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest’, and in March 1974 the theatre was Grade II listed by English Heritage.
The theatre reopened with the musical West Side Story a year later. Shows in the 1980s included They’re Playing Our Song (1980) and Follies (1987). The 1990s included Kiss of the Spider Woman (1992), Eddie Izzard: Definite Article (1995) and the musical Rent (1998). During the redevelopment of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden in the late 1990s, the theatre was used as an alternative venue for performances including Benjamin Britten’s Paul Bunyan.
Just as there is a reason why certain plays and musicals aren’t revived very often (put bluntly, they’re not very good), there’s a reason why songs from the Simon & Garfunkel repertoire are still enjoyed by many people decades after they were released – put just as bluntly, they’re brilliant. It is, therefore, a tall order for anyone to take on a production like The Simon & Garfunkel Story (which really, although life events and professional milestones are all explained during the course … [Read more...]
The world’s biggest selling magic spectacular, The Illusionists – Direct From Broadway, will return to London’s West End this summer with a brand new show from Saturday 6th July to Sunday 1st September at the Shaftesbury Theatre. The all-star line-up will see audiences wowed by The Showman James More, The Unforgettable Enzo, The Manipulator Yu Ho-Jin, The Futurist Adam Trent, The Mentalist Chris Cox, The Trickster Paul Dabek and The Daredevil Jonathan Goodwin. Tickets are now sale. Last seen … [Read more...]
& Juliet is the joyous, new West End musical that asks: what if Juliet’s famous ending was really just her beginning? What if she decided to choose her own fate? Soaring with the music of Max Martin, the acclaimed songwriter of some of the biggest pop anthems of the last 30 years, & Juliet is to star the award-winning Miriam-Teak Lee. Miriam-Teak was awarded Best Actress in a Musical at The Stage Debut Awards for her role of Claire DeLoone in On The Town. She was one of the stars … [Read more...]
The world’s biggest selling magic spectacular, The Illusionists – Direct From Broadway, will return to London next summer with a brand new show from Saturday 6th July to Saturday 1st September 2019 at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Tickets are now sale and the cast will be announced in the new year. Last seen in the West End in 2015, The Illusionists is a mind-blowing spectacular showcasing the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth. Collectively these performers … [Read more...]