Cambridge Theatre, London
The Royal Shakespeare Company's award-winning production of Matilda The Musical, based on the book by Roald Dahl and featuring songs by Tim Minchin
|Architect: Wimperis, Simpson and Guthrie|
Opened: 4 September 1930
Listed: Grade II
|Seats: 1,231 on 3 levels|
Archive: Previous shows at this theatre
A modern theatre, facing Seven Dials, built using steel and concrete and is notable for it's elegant and clean lines of design. The theatre was refurbished in 1950 - the original gold and silver decor was painted over in red and candelabras and chandeliers were added! Thankfully in 1987 the theatre was once again refurbished, this time by Carl Toms, and much of the original was restored.
Productions at the Cambridge Theatre have been characterised by relatively short runs interspered with several dark periods and the theatre was used for trade film shows in the late 1930s and again in 1969 as a cinema. Amongst the short runs at the theatre, notable productions include Tommy Steele in Half a Sixpence in 1963 and in the late 1970s the Kander and Ebb musical Chicago run for 590 performances. More recently the 'rock'n'roll' musical Return to the Forbidden Planet which was based Shakespeare's The Tempest and used 1950s and 1960s songs opened in September 1989 and lasted until early 1993, winning the Olivier Award for Best New Musical - beating the favourite, Miss Saigon.
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