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Date Opened 1882
Demolished
Venue Capacity 786
Venue URL
Venue Address Northumberland Avenue,
London,
WC2N 5DE



Venue Information


Originally the Royal Avenue Theatre, it opened on March 11, 1882 with 679 seats.

The theatre was rebuilt in 1905 to the designs of Blow and Billerey.

In 1951 it was taken over by the BBC as a recording studio for live performances.

When the BBC left around 1976, the theatre went dark and was in danger of demolition, but it was saved and restored to its 1907 design, opening again in October 1987 with a commercial building now erected above the theatre.

In 1996, the theatre was sold and closed again for refurbishment, reopening in 1997 as a producing house.

This was poorly received, and the theatre returned to life as a commercial receiving house. However, the auditorium is luxuriously decorated, with grandiose murals, caryatids, golden pillars, carved balustrades, and shining gold decoration.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playhouse_Theatre



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