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TOUR OF THE MONTH
ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd April 1959 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
23rd April 1925 1st London performance of operetta Fasquita staged
23rd April 1881 Gilbert and Sullivan's opera Patience produced in London
23rd April 1775 Artist J.M.W. Turner was born in Covent Garden, London.
23rd April 1705 Richard Steele's Tender Husband, premieres in London
23rd April 1702 The Coronation of Anne I in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1685 The Coronation of James II (and VII of Scotland) in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1661 English king Charles II crowned in London
23rd April 1661 The Coronation of Charles II in Westminster Abbey.
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.