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TOUR OF THE MONTH
ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
7th December 1980 Chelsea footballer John Terry was born in Barking.
7th December 1889 Gilbert and Sullivans Gondoliers, premieres in London
7th December 1811 The first Ratcliff Murders occur; of Tim & Celia & Tim Jr Marr at 29 Ratcliff Highway.
7th December 1783 The Theatre Royal first opened in Covent Garden.
Matinee With A Difference
'Intimate Review' - the shortest West End theatre production.
Location: Duchess Theatre, Catherine Street, WC2B 5LA
Description: It was at this very theatre in 1930 that a record was set that still stands to this very day.
Indeed the ambitious 'Intimate Review' was to be the shortest run of any West End theatre production.
What was meant to be a succession of witty scenes descended into chaos when the scene changes took up to 20 minutes. In order to get the finale on before midnight, the management decided to scrap seven scenes...it didn't open the following night!
Luckily at that time no Reality/Talent shows were involved...the sponsors would have been going mad!