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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th March 1969 Fashion designer Alexander McQueen was born in Lewisham, London.
17th March 1954 Born today: Lesley-Anne Down, London, actress (A Little Night Music, Moonraker)
17th March 1954 Born today: Wally Stocker, London, rock vocalist/guitarist (Babys-Missing You)
17th March 1931 Born today: Eunice Gayson, London England, actress (Dr No, From Russia With Love)
17th March 1928 The first James Bond girl, from Dr No, actress Eunice Gayson was born in Croydon.
17th March 1921 Dr Marie Stopes opens Britain's 1st birth control clinic (London)
17th March 1904 The Daily Mirror's Handcuff challenge to Harry Houdini at the Alhambra Theatre.
17th March 1845 Rubber band patented by Stephen Perry of London
17th March 1789 Born today: Edmund Kean, London England, tragic actor (Shylock)
The Prince Edward Theatre
This is where Evita and Mamma Mia first premiered.
Location: Old Compton Street, Soho
Description: Soho's Prince Edward Theatre was designed in 1930 by Edward A. Stone (plush interiors designed by Marc-Henri Levy and Gaston Laverdet).
It's named after Prince Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), and opened on April 3rd 1930 with the musical Rio Rita.
The theatre was the scene for the sensational London debut of famed cabaret artiste Josephine Baker, who performed her famous 'Bananas Dance' right here.
In 1935, Edward Stone converted the theatre into a dance and cabaret hall, renaming it London Casino, which did well until it was badly damaged in London's worst air raid of WWII on the 10th May 1941. It did well to survive at all.
It was restored after the war becoming a veterans club, and then a cinema until it was converted back to a theatre with the world premiere of the musical Evita on 21st June 1978.
The ABBA musical, Mamma Mia! also premiered here on the 6th April 1999.
It has seen Jersey Boys, Mary Poppins and Miss Saigon since then.