Shaftesbury Theatre

On Boxing Day 1911, the theatre opened with a production of The Three Musketeers. The Melville brothers became Popular Playhouses Ltd and The Princes Theatre was born. The theatre changed its name to the New Princes Theatre in 1914 and the repertoire was slowly broadened under new manager Seymour Hicks in 1916 as light operettas such as Andre Messager’s Monsieur┬áBeaucaire starring the famous soprano Dame Maggie Teyte were introduced. This tradition was then continued on by Sir Charles Cochran, a famous veteran of variety, who presented the first Gilbert and Sullivan seasons by the D’Oyly Carte Company. The company returned over the following three decades celebrating nearly every opera written by Gilbert and Sullivan.

Contact: 020 7379 5399
Shaftesbury Theatre
210 Shaftesbury Ave
London WC2H 8DP
United Kingdom

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