London: Playhouse

Country: England, United Kingdom
City: London
Borough: City of Westminster
Location: Northumberland Avenue / Craven Street

Built 1882 as "Royal Avenue Theatre" by F. H. Fowler and Hill. 1890 redecoration by F. H. Fowler and Hill. 1905 beginning of auditorium rebuilding. During construction works in 1907, a wall of Charing Cross Railway Station collapsed on the building, killing six workmen. Subsequently rebuilt by Detmar Blow and Fernand Billerrey. Interior decoration by Mortimer Menpes. 1933 renamed "Playhouse". 1951-1976 used as a radio studio by the BBC. 1987 reconverted into a theatre and redecoration by Graham Berry (largely to the 1907 designs). The theatre still has a complete set of substage machinery fom the time of its building. 786 seats.

Links:, Theatres Trust, Wikipedia

London: Playhouse Front Text: "The Playhouse, London", signs: "The Playhouse", "Diversions & Delights starring Donald Sinden", signed: "N. Charlesworth 1990"
Reverse Text: Drawn by Nicholas Charlesworth
Publisher: The Badger Press, Westbury; Vaudeville Postcards
Size: Modern
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For another picture of this theatre, see London: "The Theatres of London".

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