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Gielgud Theatre

35 - 37 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6AR

The Gielgud Theatre is located on Shaftesbury Avenue at the corner of Rupert Street in the City of Westminster, near Piccadilly Circus, London.

The Gielgud theatre had its grand opening on 27 December 1906 as the Hicks Theatre. This London Theatre was built in honour of playwright Seymour Hicks. It was designed by the famous W.G.R. Sprague in Louis XVI style.  The Theatre was re named the Globe Theatre in 1909.

During slow inter-war years Call It A Day by Dodie Smith, ran for 509 performances, was considered very successful for a West end Theatre at that time. But the biggest success was Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of the Daisy Pulls It Off by Densie Deegan. It was opened in April 1983 and run for 1,180 performances.

The Gielgud Theatre is known for its stunning circular Regency staircase, tower and oval gallery. They were refurbished in 1987, with extensive work in the auditorium. In 1994 The Globe Theatre was renamed in honour of British artist John Gielgud.

In 2006 Mackintosh's Delfont Mackintosh Theatres took over management of the Gielgud from Really Useful Theatres. The Delfont Mackintosh group also consists of the Noël Coward Theatre, Novello Theatre, Prince Edward Theatre, Prince of Wales Theatre, Queen's Theatre, and Wyndham's Theatre.

The Gielgud Theatre is a Grade II listed theatre and has 889 seats on three levels.


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