The Gielgud Theatre


The Gielgud Theatre

The place where Angela Lansbury's mother Moyna Macgill debuted.

Location: Shaftesbury Avenue

Description: The Gielgud Theatre actually opened here on December 27, 1906 as the Hicks Theatre in honour of actor, manager and playwright Seymour Hicks. It was built in conjunction with the Queen's Theatre, which opened a year later across the road.

They were designed by W.G.R. Sprague in an extravagant Louis XVI style. It opened to Hick's The Beauty of Bath.

During an early production, midway through the 1909 run of Hick's The Dashing Little Duke, a first occurred. Hicks' wife, Ellaline Terriss, played the title role of The Duke, and when she was ill, her husband stepped into the role!

In 1994, in anticipation of the 1997 opening of a reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on the South Bank by Sam Wanamaker, the theatre was renamed in honour of British actor John Gielgud.

In 2014 actress Angela Lansbury returned to the West End after 40 years away, and starred in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit. This was further remarkable for the fact that her mother Moyna Macgill had made her debut on stage here in 1918's Love in a Cottage.

Themes: TheatreTheatre Theme
The Gielgud Theatre

The place where Angela Lansbury's mother Moyna Macgill debuted.

Ranking This Month: 1224/2925

Pages Hit This Month: 45


Other places nearby:


Comedy of Errors 1st Performance», 1.0km

The First ever London Theatre», 2.4km

Matinee With A Difference», 0.5km

Playwright Harold Pinter's Home», 4.6km

Trafalgar Studio's», 0.4km

St Martins Theatre», 0.2km

The Royal Court Theatre», 1.6km

Magic St Georges Hall», 0.5km

Fortune Theatre», 0.5km

Sir John Gielgud's birthplace», 2.6km

Location Pinpointed: