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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
21st March 1968 Hill, Hawkins and Coghill's musical premieres in London
21st March 1963 David Hendon and Douglas Cross' musical premieres in London
21st March 1958 Actor Gary Oldman was born in New Cross, London.
21st March 1925 Born today: Peter Brook, London, director (1776)/TV writer
21st March 1888 Arthur Pinero's Sweet Lavender, premieres in London
21st March 1853 Alfred Cops, zookeeper at the Tower of London, died at the Tower of London 18 years after his menagerie closed.
21st March 1681 3rd Exclusion Parliament meets in London
The Ambassadors Theatre
The tiny theatre where Vivien Leigh made her West End debut.
Location: West Street, Seven Dials, Covent Garden
Description: The Grade II listed Ambassadors Theatre in Seven Dials is one of the most intimate West End theatres seating a maximum of just 444, causing owner Sir Cameron Mackintosh to put in plans in (February 2018) to demolish the interior to accommodate more customers.
It was designed by architect WGR Sprague, opening on 5th June 1913, 3 years before its non-identical twin St Martins across the street eventually opened.
Academy award-winning actress Vivien Leigh made her West End debut here in 1935, starring in The Mask of Virtue. Laurence Olivier first saw her perform here and congratulated her on her performance after the show, the start of a friendship which turned into an affair later.
Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap, started here, running from 1952 to 1974 before moving next door to the St Martin's Theatre where it continues it's record-run today.
Comedy book-adaptation Deburau, here in 1921 saw Ivor Novello make his first stage appearance.