The West End production of Motown the Musical, opening at the Shaftesbury Theatre in February 2016, is to hold open casting auditions in July 2015 for the opportunity to portray the artists of Motown the Musical. The open auditions will be at The London Welsh Centre on Tuesday 7th July 2015, with registration open on the day from 10am until 1pm. With music and lyrics from the legendary Motown catalogue and book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, Motown the Musical is directed by Charles … [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.
There are two reviews of Memphis the Musical at the Shaftsbury Theatre available here to the discerning reader. First, the very concise version: It’s awesome! Get your tickets now! And now the longer one: Can music and a true belief in what is right solve life’s problems? In an underground nightclub in Memphis, Tennessee in the 1950s it doesn’t feel like it. The music is hot, amazingly hot, but segregation is the norm and race is a major issue for everyone. The club is owned and managed … [Read more...]
The Pajama Game, first seen at Chichester's Minerva Theatre earlier this summer in 2013, is to transfer to London's Shaftesbury Theatre, with performances commencing 1st May, 2014, ahead of an official opening 13th May 2014. Joanna Riding will reprise her role of Babe Williams that she portrayed at Chichester, with Michael Xavier joining the cast to replace Hadley Fraser as Sid Sorokin, superintendent at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory where she is the union rep for the workers. The Pajama … [Read more...]
As I walked into Shaftesbury Theatre I was greeted as if I had just come off a flight to Honolulu. A Hawaiian lei (flower garland) was placed over my head and I was welcomed into the romantic, exotic world of the Pacific. Everyone was smiling as we sat, garlanded, waiting to watch the world premiere of this new musical. The production is based on James Jones’ novel about the lives and loves of the American GIs in Hawaii in the months leading up to the Pearl Harbor Invasion in … [Read more...]