The modern world is one of hustle and hurry. Many forget how to slow down, relax and enjoy a little entertainment. There are few pleasures as rewarding as a night out, including a sumptuous meal and play at a classy London theatre. Imagine dressing up in fine clothing and taking part in such an enjoyable outing!
London is home to some of the beautiful theatres with rich historical roots. If only walls could tell stories! The Adelphi Theatre is one such beauty. Built in 1806, going by the name of Sans Pareil, it later opened as the new Adelphi in 1858. It weathered a few more name changes; however, London seems comfortable with, Adelphi Theatre. In times past, it hosted old time treats, such as pantomimes and melodramas. Past musical hits include, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Love Never Dies”. Currently, it features the well received, “Sweeny Todd”!
The Savoy Theatre was once home to, Gilbert and Sullivan and their well-known comic operas. It is also marked as an architectural milestone, featuring the world’s first public building that was completely powered with electricity! In 1929, the Savoy underwent an interesting renovation which included a ceiling that was painted blue, to reflect sky, and also included seating that was to resemble flowers in various hues. The 1929 reopening brought the production of Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” and “The Man Who Came to Dinner”. “Legally Blonde” opened in 2009 due to frequent public acclaim! Currently at the Savoy, tickets can be purchased for, “The Sunshine Boys”, starring Danny DeVito.
Three stories high, built in bricks, the mammoth Palace Theatre stands proudly. In 1891, dreamers, Thomas Edward Collcutt and Richard D’Oyly Carte, designed the building and desired that it become English grand opera’s home. Arthur Sullivan’s, “Ivanhoe” opened and ran for about six months. Upon the play’s closing, Carte sold the theatre at a loss, since he did not have another play ready. “No, No Nanette” opened in 1911, under the theatre’s new name, the Palace Theatre. The beloved, “Sound of Music” ran there in the 1960 era, while, “Jesus Christ Superstar” captured the 1970’s. The world’s most treasured production, “Les Miserables”, had a nineteen year run at the Palace, until it was moved to the Queen’s Theatre, where it is still playing!
Rich history, stunning old buildings and remarkable memories are only part of the experience that awaits one in a London theatre.