Gielgud

  • About
    The theatre opened on December 27, 1906 as the Hicks Theatre in honour of actor, manager and playwright Seymour Hicks, for whom it was built. Designed by W.G.R. Sprague in Louis XVI style, the theatre originally had 970 seats, but over the years boxes and other seats have been removed. The theatre is a pair with the Queen's Theatre, which opened in 1907 on the adjacent street corner.

    The first play at the theatre was a musical called The Beauty of Bath by Hicks and Cosmo Hamilton. My Darling, another Hicks musical, followed in 1907, followed by the successful London production of the Straus operetta, A Waltz Dream in 1908. An astonishing event occurred midway through the run of the theatre's next major work, The Dashing Little Duke (1909), which was produced by Hicks. Hicks' wife, Ellaline Terriss, played the title role (a woman playing a man). When she missed several performances due to illness, Hicks stepped into the role -- possibly the only case in the history of musical theatre where a husband succeeded to his wife's role.

    In 1909, the house was renamed the Globe Theatre. Another "Globe Theatre", located on Newcastle Street, had been demolished in 1902 to make way for the Aldwych, and so the name became available. A number of notable productions ran at this Shaftesbury Avenue theatre and are listed below. Call It A Day by Dodie Smith opened in 1935 and ran for 509 performances, which was considered very successful for the slow inter-war years.

    Terence Frisby's There's a Girl in My Soup, opening in 1966, ran for 1,064 performances at the theatre, a record that was not surpassed until Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of the Olivier Award-winning comedy Daisy Pulls It Off by Densie Deegan opened in April 1983 to run for 1,180 performances, the theatre's longest run. In 1987 Peter Shaffer's play Lettice and Lovage was a hit with Maggie Smith and Margaret Tyzack, running for 2 years. The theatre has presented several Alan Ayckbourn premieres, including 1990's Man of the Moment. More recently, Oscar Wilde's classic comedy, An Ideal Husband (1992) and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (2004) saw notable revivals.

    Refurbished in 1987, with extensive work on the gold leaf in the auditorium, the theatre is particularly notable for its beautiful circular Regency staircase, oval gallery and tower.

    In 1994, in anticipation of the 1997 opening of a reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on the South Bank by Sam Wanamaker, the theatre was renamed in honour of British actor John Gielgud. In 2003, Sir Cameron Mackintosh announced plans to refurbish the Gielgud, including a joint entrance foyer, with the adjacent Queen's Theatre, facing on to Shaftesbury Avenue. Mackintosh's Delfont Mackintosh Theatres took over operational control of the Gielgud from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Theatres in 2006.

    Work on the facade of the theatre started in March 2007.
  • Address
    Shaftesbury Avenue
    London
    W1D 6AR

Connected Mandy members:

Irene Richardson
Irene Richardson
Prop Maker
2017, A Bitter Herb
ASM
Louise Brown
Louise Brown
Assistant Stage Manager
2016, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightt-time
ASM Book Cover
Simon Victor
Simon Victor
Actor
2016, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Roger/Mr Thompson/Reverend Peters
Kate Williams
Kate Williams
Deputy Stage Manager
2016, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Deputy Stage Manager (Cover CSM)
Alan Benton
Alan Benton
Technician
2016, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Automation Operator
Josephine Lewis
Josephine Lewis
Wardrobe Manager
2016, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
Dresser
Jen Levet
Jen Levet
Theatrical Milliner
2016, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
Deputy Dresser
Vicki Mackenzie
Vicki Mackenzie
Assistant Stage Manager
2016, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night -Time
ASM Book Cover
Ali Wade
Ali Wade
Company Stage Manager
2016, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Company Stage Manager (interim)
Lucy Bell
Lucy Bell
Wardrobe Supervisor
2016, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time
Dep Wardrobe Assistant & Dresser
Emma Jane Smith
Emma Jane Smith
Lighting, Followspot Operator
2015, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Follow Spot Operator
Sam Williams
Sam Williams
Stage Manager
2015, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
ASM Book Cover
Thomas Wortley
Thomas Wortley
Assistant Stage Manager
2015, No One Sees The Video
DSM
Pauline Bidegaray
Pauline Bidegaray
Costume Designer
2015, No One Sees The Video
Costume designer and supervisor
Rose Claridge
Rose Claridge
Wardrobe Manager
2014, The Trial of Lucullus
Assistant Costume Supervisor
Anita Elias
Anita Elias
Actor
2014, The Lady Killers
Member of the Ensemble at the Concert
Calum Wyllie
Calum Wyllie
Stage Manager
2014, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Deputy Stage Manager
Jason Mills
Jason Mills
Deputy Stage Manager
2014, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
ASM Dep
Dave Ryan-White
Dave Ryan-White
Stage Manager
2014, Strangers on a Train
Stage Manager
Ashley Duckworth
Ashley Duckworth
Wardrobe Manager
2014, Strangers on a Train
Deputy Wardrobe