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Queens Theatre Positioned on the popular theatre street, the historic Shaftesbury Avenue which is in the heart of London Westend, Queens’s Theatre is certainly one of the most popular theatres of the beautiful city. Year 1907 marked the opening of theatre which was intended as twin for the Gielgud Theatre. W G R Sprague designed both the buildings, where Queen’s was decorated in stunning Edwardian Renaissance Style having beautiful façade.
Queen’s Theatrestarted with a very slow start as the initial production The Sugar Bowl received poor reviews. Later, the theatre went on becoming the significant venue for best entertainment. Some of the most popular and blockbuster shows were hosted here such as Tango Teas, Potash and Perlmutter and The Fanatics.
Queen’s Theatre also hosted the classic works of Shakespeare and Restoration Drama. Some of the finest talents have been witnessed here such as John Gielgud, Fred Astaire, Kenneth Branagh, Marlene Dietrich, Alec Guinness, Laurence Olivier, Basil Rathbone and Maggie Smith.
During the Second World War in the year 1940, a bomb hit the theatre and destroyed front of the building. After undergoing refurbishments of £250,000, theatre was reopened in the year 1959 and started ruling with some blockbuster dramatic and musical productions. During the opening years of 21st century, theatre hosted some innovative productions such as The Hobbit, Contact, The Rocky Horror Show, Cyberjam, The Taming of the Shrew and The Tamer Tamed.
After enjoy 18 years run in Palace Theatre, Les Miserables was transferred to the Queen’s Theatre in the year 2004 and still running with packed houses. The show has become the longest running shows of London.