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Novello Theatre

Formerly Strand Theatre (until 2005)

Theatre in London's West End. Opened as the Waldorf Theatre on 22nd May 1905, becoming Strand Theatre in 1909 (with a brief stint as the Whitney Theatre, 1911-1913). Renamed the Novello Theatre in 2005.

As the Strand Theatre (1909-2005)
DateShowProgramme in our eBay Store?
Mid 1910sThe Barrier
Mid 1910sMr Wu
Mid 1910sThe Scarlet Pimpernel
1920sAt the Villa Rose
Author: W. Mason
1920sAnna Christie
Author: Eugene O'Neill
1920sA Safety Match
Author: Ian Hay
Christmas 1926Treasure Island
Cast included: Robert Morley and Arthur Bourchier
? - 5th August 1929 - ?Beauty
Cast included: Charles Laughton
Late 1920sBachelor Father
Cast included: Miriam Hopkins
Early 1930sIt's A Boy
Early 1930sCounsel's Opinion
Early 1930sIt's A Girl
Early 1930sParty
Early 1930sNight of the Garter
Early 1930sNice Goings On
Early 1930sLucky Break
Late 1930s1066 And All That
Late 1930sAren't Men Beasts!
Cast included: Alfred Drayton, Robertson Hare
Late 1930sJudgement Day
Author: Elmer Rice
Late 1930sA Spot of Bother
1937The Great Romancer
Cast included Robert Morley
? - 21st January 1939 (then tour)Banana Ridge
Author: Ben Travers
Cast included: Robertson Hare, Alfred Drayton
March 1942 - ?The Tales of Hoffman
December 1942 - ? (1337 performances)Arsenic And Old Lace
Cast included: Lilian Braithwaite, Mary Jerrold, Frank Pettingell, Naunton Wayne
~end 1946 - May 1947 (2nd year) - ?Fifty Fifty
Cast included: Harry Green, Frank Pettingell
? - 26th July 1948 - ?Cage Me A Peacock
Author: Noel Langley
Cast included: Bill O'Conoor and Linda Gray
26th July 1948 edition
24th January 1949 - ?Miss Mabel (transfer 'across the road')Miss Mabel
May 1949Marriage Story
Cast included: Angela Baddeley
1950Queen Elizabeth Slept Here
Author: Talbot Rothwell. Adapted from a play by George S. Kaufman & Moss Hart
Cast included: Jimmy Hanley, Rosalyn Boulter, Kenneth Connor, Winifred Melville, Julien Mitchell
6th September 1950 - ?Will Any Gentleman?
Author: Vernon Sylvaine. Director: Richard Bird
18/12/50 ed., 5/3/51 ed.
November 1954 - February 1955Simon And Laura
Author: Alan Melville
Cast included: Coral Browne, Roland Culver, Dora Bryan, Ian Carmichael
February 1955 - 1958 (1231 performances)Sailor Beware
1958For Adults Only
Late 1950s/Early 1960sRollo
Late 1950s/Early 1960sThe More The Merrie
Cast included: Anna Neagle
Late 1950s/Early 1960s
transfer from Royal Court
Casy included: Laurence Olivier
Late 1950s/Early 1960sSettle Out Of Court
Cast included: Nigel Patrick, Maxine Audley
Late 1950s/Early 1960sGoodnight Mrs. Puffin
Cast included: irene Handl
Late 1950s/Early 1960s (1 year)The Affair
Author: C. P. Snow
October 1963 - July 1965A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
Late 1965Too True To Be Good
Cast included: Alastair Sim, Dora Bryan
~1966An Ideal Husband
Cast included: Margaret Lockwood
? - September 1966 - ?Wait Until Dark
Author: Frederick Knott
Cast included: Honor Blackman
Late 1960sGetting Married
Late 1960sNo. 10
Cast included: Alistair Sim, Michael Denison, Dulcie Gray
Late 1960sDear Octopus
Cast included: Cicley Courtneidge, Jack Hulbert, Richard Todd
June 1968 - ? (18 months)Not Now Darling
Cast included: Donald Sinden, Bernad Cribbins
? - November 1969 - ?Toad Of Toad Hall
Cast included: Nicky Henson (Toad)
~1969/70Come As You Are
Author: J. B. Priestley
Cast included: Glynis Johns
~1969/70When We Are Married
Cast included: Peggy Mount
June 1971 - 16th August 1974 (1338 performances)No Sex, Please - We're British
Authors: Anthony Marriott and Alistair Foot
Cast included: Maureen O'Sullivan, Liza Goddard, Richard Caldicot and Derek Royle
1970s/80sMurder In Mind
1970s/80sThe Understanding
Cast included: Ralph Richardson, Joan Greenwood
1970s/80s (over 2 years)The Real Thing
Author: Tom Stoppard
1970s/80sWhy Me
Cast included: RIchard Briers
1986Look No Hans!
Cast included: David Jason
? - July 1986 - ?Cabaret
Late 1989Exclusive
Author: Jeffrey Archer. Director: Michael Rudman
Cast included: Paul Scofield, Alec McCowen, Eileen Atkins
1992Lost In Yonkers
Author: Neil Simon. Director: David Taylor
Cast included: Maureen Lipman, Rosemary Harris
? - April 1998 (9th year) - July 2001 - ?Buddy The Buddy Holly Story
? - July 2002 - ?ABBA Mania
2nd October 2002 - ?Mrs Warren's Profession
Author: George Bernard Shaw. Director: Peter Hall
Cast included: Brenda Blethyn
14th February 2003 - ?Arsenic And Old Lace
Author: Joseph Kesselring
Cast included: Stephen Tompkinson, Michael Richards, Thelma Barlow, Marcia Warren, Rupert Vansittart, Hattie Morahan

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As the Novello Theatre (2005 - now)
DateShowProgramme in our eBay Store?
6th - 20th January 2006The Comedy Of Errors
2nd - 25th February 2006A Midsummer Night's Dream
2nd - 25th March 2006As You Like It
? - October 2006 - ?Footloose The Musical
? - 4th August 2007Drowsy Chaperone A New Musical Comedy
12th October 2007 - December 2007 - ?Desperately Seeking Susan
22nd September - 14th November 2009An Inspector Calls
Author: J. B. Priestley. Director: Stephen Daldry
21st November 2009 - ? (limited season)Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
Author: Tennesse Williams. Director: Debbie Allen
Cast included: Sanaa Lathan, Adrian Lester, Phylicia Rashad, James Earl
September 2012 - December 2015 - ?Mamma Mia!

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Early history taken from article in Cabaret 1986 programme