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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
21st November 1943 7 Belgian ministers in London sentence King Leopold III
21st November 1941 Born today: Juliet Mills, London England, actress (Nanny and the Professor, QB VII)
21st November 1934 Uiver returns from Schiphol in London-Melbourne air race
21st November 1781 Watercolour artist Cornelius Varley born in Hackney, East London.
21st November 1696 J Vanbrughes Relapse or Virtue in Danger, premieres in London
The Lyric Theatre
The Lyric Theatre, oldest on Shaftesbury Avenue.
Location: Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, W1D 7ES
Description: The Lyric Theatre was designed by architect CJ Phipps for the producer Henry Leslie using grand profits from the Alfred Cellier and BC Stephenson hit, Dorothy. He moved this show here from the Prince of Wales Theatre on the 17th December 1888.
It's early days saw it stage mostly comic operas, and then light comedies, musicals and straight dramas.
The theatre is one of the few to still use water to hydraulically operate its iron curtain.
Rising Damp legend Leonard Rossiter died here from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in 1984 while waiting to go onstage, where he was performing in Joe Orton's play Loot.
The theatre was Grade II listed by English Heritage in September 1960.