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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
20th November 1906 George Bernard Shaws Doctor's Dilemma, premieres in London
20th November 1898 John Fowler, English engineer (London Metropolitan Railway), dies
20th November 1852 Charles Reade/Tom Taylor's Masks and Faces, premieres in London
Rainbow Theatre & Monty Python
Monty Python rehearsed here in 1973, their 'First Farewell Tour'
Location: 232 Road, Finsbury Park, N4 3NX
Description: The 'Rainbow Theatre', originally the Astoria Theatre, is a Grade II-listed building in Finsbury Park, built as a cinema in 1930, it later became well known as a music venue and is now a Pentecostal church.
When it opened in 1930, the Astoria Cinema was one of the largest in the world, standing at the junction of Isledon Road and Seven Sisters Road on an island site, alas now it is the main base for UCKG (Universal Church of the Kingdom of God) in the UK.
But back in the day when it was a glorious venue in 1973, the 'Monty Python' team used the 3,500 seater theatre as a rehearsal space for their 'First Farewell Tour'... and even then 'Michael Palin' commented in his 'Diaries 1969 - 1979' that it was an obivious target for developers!
How right he was, what a shame!
Tagged in this Tour: Graham Chapman's Python London