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Rear Premises Of The Vaudeville Theatre

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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1870/04/16 Charles J Phipps Architect Vaudeville Theatre theatre, designed by architect C J Phipps and decorated in a Romanesque style by George Gordon, opens with Andrew Halliday's comedy, For Love Or Money and a burlesque, Don Carlos or the Infante in Arms.
1889/00/00 Charles J Phipps Architect Lessee Thomas Thorne demolishes two houses to create a foyer block in the Adamesque style, behind a Portland Stone facade on the Strand. The theatre is refurbished with more spacious seating and an ornate ceiling.
1891/01/13 Jerome K Jerome Playwright The Vaudeville reopens with a performance of Jerome K Jerome's comedy, Woodbarrow Farm, preceded by Herbert Keith's one-act play The Note of Hand. The foyer and the four storey frontage survive from this period.
1891/06/00 William Schwenck Gilbert Playwright W S Gilbert's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, a burlesque "in Three Short 'Tableaux'", is presented as a benefit matinee at the Vaudeville Theatre.
1901/12/00 Seymour Hicks and his wife Ellaline Terriss star in a series of Christmas entertainments at the Vaudeville, including their popular Bluebell in Fairyland.
1902/00/00 J M Barrie Playwright Quality Street, a Regency-set comedy in four acts by J M Barrie, opens at the Vaudeville. Starring Seymour Hicks and his wife Ellaline Terriss, the play ran for 459 performances.
1904/00/00 Seymour Hicks and Zena Dare musical, The Catch of the Season, written by Hicks and Cosmo Hamilton, based on the fairy tale Cinderella, holds the stage for 621 performances.
1925/11/07 The Vaudeville closes to reconstruct the interior. Designed by Robert Atkins, the auditorium is changed from a horseshoe to a rectangle, the seating is reduced and a new dressing room block with an ornate boardroom is built near Maiden Ln.
1926/02/23 The Vaudeville theatre reopens with a popular revue by Archie de Bear called RSVP, notable because its final rehearsal was broadcast by the BBC.
1930/09/30 W Somerset Maugham Playwright William Somerset Maugham's comedy, The Bread-Winner, premieres.
1940/05/01 Peril at End House, adapted into a play by Arnold Ridley, opens in the West End. Poirot is played by Francis L Sullivan. Peril at End House
1954/08/05 Salad Days moves to the Vaudeville. Premiering in the UK at the Theatre Royal, Bristol in June 1954, it ran for 2,283 shows to become the longest-running show in musical theatre history until My Fair Lady in the US (1956) and Oliver! in the UK (1960).
2008/01/22 Oscar Wilde Playwright "The Importance of Being Earnest" is revived at the Vaudeville theatre. Starring Penelope Keith, the comedy ran until 26 April 2008. The Importance of Being Earnest (play)

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Particulars for The Vaudeville Theatre:
Area of Significance Entertainment - Recreation
Area of Significance Performing Arts
Historic use Playhouse
Area of Significance Social History
Area of Significance Theatre
Historic use Vaudeville Theatre

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English Listed Building List Entry Number: 1264459



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