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The 1888 Shaftesbury had a capacity of 1196

Shaftesbury Theatre

Theatre in London's West End. The name Shaftesbury Theatre has actually been given to two separate theatres over the year.
The first Shaftesbury Theatre opened in October 1888. It was destroyed by a bomb on the 17th April 1941.
The current Shaftesbury Theatre opened as the Princes Theatre in December 1911, before gaining its current name in 1963.
Home of the Theatre Of Comedy Company 1983-?.

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Original (now demolished) Shaftesbury Theatre (1888-1941)

DateShowProgramme in our eBay Store?
October 1888 (opening production)As You Like It
Cast included: Ellen Wallis
1898The Belle Of New York
1934 (ran for a few weeks)Spring 1600
Author: Emlyn Williams. Presented and Directed by John Gielgud
Cast included: Isabel Jeans

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As the Princes Theatre (up to 1963)

DateShowProgramme in our eBay Store?
26th December 1911 - ? (opening production)The Three Musketeers
Cast included: Sarah Bernhardt (Daniel)
1921Ballet Russes
1926The Return Of Sherlock Holmes
Cast included: Sybil Thorndike, Henry Ainley
1927Ballet Russes
1928 (263 performances)Funny Face
Cast included: Astaires, Leslie Henson
1936The Frog
1937The Gusher
1940sWild Rose
By Jerome Kern
1945Three Waltzes
Oscar Strauss
Cast included: Evelyn Laye
~end 1946The Shephard Show
Cast included: Arthur Riscoe, Richard Hearne
? - May 1947 - ?Peace Comes To Peckham
Cast included: Leslie Dwyer, Bertha Belmore, Ella Retford
March 1949Ralph Slater (hypnotist)
March 1949 (curtain raiser for Ralph Slater)The Bea
Author: Anton Chekhov
March 1949Ballets de Paris de Roland Petit
1952Maurice Chevalier
1953Antony And Cleopatra
Stratford-upon-Avon production
Cast included: Michael Redgravem Peggy Ashcroft
1954Pal Joey
Cast included: Carol Bruce, Dick France
? - June 1955 - ?Wonderful Town
Cast included: Pat Kirkwood, Shani Wallis, Sidney James
1956Summer Song
Cast included: David Hughes, Sally Ann Howes
1956D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
1958D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
? - May 1958 - ?A Touch Of The Sun
Author: N.C. Hunter
Cast included: Diana Wynyard, Ronald Squire, Louise Allbritton, Michael Gwynn
1960D'Oyly Carte Opera Company

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Current Shaftesbury Theatre (1963 - now)

DateShowProgramme in our eBay Store?
1963 (opening production, over 500 performances)How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying
October 1966 - ?
(653/635 performances)
Big Bad Mouse
Cast included: Jimmy Edwards, Eric Sykes
September 1968 - 19th July 1973 (nearly 2000 performances)Hair
July 1973 - ?Closed after ceiling collapse
December 1974 - ?
(re-opening show)
West Side Story
Late 1970sKismet
Late 1970sGodspell
Late 1970sThe Canterbury Tales
Late 1970sIrma La Douce
Late 1970sPeter Pan
Late 1970sHello, Dolly!
Cast included: Carol Channing
1980They're Playing Our Song
Cast included: Tom Conti, Gemma Craven
July 1987 - ? (19 months)Follies
March 1989Eartha Kitt in Concert
20th April 1989 - December 1989 - ?M. Butterfly
Author: David Henry Hwang. Director: John Dexter
Cast included: Anthony Hopkins, G. G. Goei
March 1990French And Saunders
April 1990 - ?Song & Dance
Cast included: Wayne Sleep
September 1990 - ?Out Of Order
Author: Ray Cooney
Cast included: Donald Sinden, Michael Williams
March 1991 - ?Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell
Cast included: Peter O'Toole
August 1991 - ?Our Town
Author: Thornton Wilder
Cast included: Alan Alda
12th December 1991 - ? (previews)
18th December 1991 - 7th January 1992 - ?
Phantom Of The Opera
Author: Ken Hill
Churchill Theatre Bromley production
October 1992 - December 1992 - ?Kiss Of The Spider Woman The Musical
Cast included: Chita Rivera
September 1993 - ? (8 months)Carousel
Rodgers and Hammerstein
NT production
1995The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol
Theatre de Complicite
1995The Laurence Olivier Awards 1995
1995 (10 weeks)Eddie Izzard - Definite Article
February 1996 - ? (a year)Tommy
Author: Pete Townsend
October 1997 - ? (a season)Royal Opera (six operas inc. Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Giulio Cesare, Paul Bunyan, The Merry Widow
Late 1997/Early 1998Welsh National Opera
Late 1997/Early 1998European Opera Company
May 1998 - ? (18 months)Rent
Winter 1999 - ?Casper The Musical
Spring 2000Lautrec
30th September 2000 - November 2000 - ?Napoleon A New Musical
Director: Francesca Zambello
Cast included: Paul Baker (Napoleon), Anastasia Barzee (Josephine), David Burt (Talleyrand) and Uwe Kroger (alt Napoleon)
2001Baddiel & Skinner Unplanned - Live!
? - July 2001 - ?Peggy Sue Got Married
Cast included: Ruthie Henshall
~Late 2008Hairspray
? - December 2004 - ?Bat Boy - The Musical
11th February 2016 - ?Motown The Musical
? - December 2019 - (booking to) 30th January 2021& Juliet

History of 1888 Shaftesbury taken from an article in the Evita at Adelphi 2007 programme.