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Greenwich Theatre

Greenwich Theatre
1855 Rose and Crown Music Hall
1871 Crowder's Music Hall
1879 Royal Borough Theatre of Varieties
1897 Greenwich Hippodrome
1898 Parthenon Theatre of Varieties
The two facades of the Greenwich Theatre, to either side of the Rose and Crown pub, on 3 February 2007
Address Crooms Hill
Greenwich, London
Coordinates
Capacity 421 seated
Production Visiting productions
Construction
Opened 1969
Rebuilt 1871, 1898, 1969
Architect B Meeking (1969 rebuild)
Website
www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk

The Greenwich Theatre is a local theatre located in Croom's Hill close to the centre of Greenwich in south-east London.

Contents

  • Building history 1
  • Theatrical history 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Building history

The building was originally a music hall created in 1855 as part of the neighbouring Rose and Crown public house, but the Rose and Crown Music Hall was reconstructed in 1871 and renamed Crowder's Music Hall. It briefly rejoiced in the name 'Crowder's Music Hall and Temple of Varieties', but was renamed in 1879 as Royal Borough Theatre of Varieties. This name lasted less than 20 years. After a brief spell as the Greenwich Hippodrome, it was rebuilt in 1898 and became the Parthenon Theatre of Varieties.

Having shown both live performances and films since 1915, in 1924 it was converted into a cinema. In 1949, the building was closed and it took a concerted campaign to save it from demolition during the 1960s. After substantial alterations, the building eventually reopened as the Greenwich Theatre in 1969 under Artistic Director Ewan Hooper and Director Alan Vaughan Williams, who directed the opening production and world premiere of Martin Luther King, written by Ewan Hooper. In 1975, Vivien Merchant and Timothy Dalton headed the cast of a revival of Noël Coward's The Vortex.[1]

It had to survive a further crisis in the late 1990s prompted by the 1997 withdrawal of its annual subsidy from the London Arts Board. It eventually reopened in November 1999.

The seating capacity is currently 421, around an open thrust stage.

Theatrical history

From 1969, the theatre became a showcase for many new dramatic works. Early plays included Chekhov's Three Sisters and Jean Genet's The Maids,[2] featuring Glenda Jackson, Susannah York and Vivien Merchant - many of the Greenwich cast featured in the subsequent film version. Greenwich Theatre also saw the première of John Mortimer's A Voyage Round My Father[3] and, on 5 November 1981, Rupert Everett appeared in the 1981 première of Another Country - another play which successfully transferred to celluloid,[4] having also won accolades in the West End.

In 2009, the theatre returned to producing, collaborating with a new company, Stage on Screen, to stage and film plays, making them available on DVD for theatre lovers and students. The first two productions were Dr Faustus and The School for Scandal, followed in 2010 by Volpone and The Duchess of Malfi.

In 2013, Sell a Door Theatre Company partnered with the Greenwich Theatre following nine productions at the South London venue. James Haddrell and David Hutchinson officially announced the partnership on 19 November 2013.[5]

In April 2015, it was announced that a revival of The Who's musical Tommy was to be performed at the venue, from 29 July to 23 August 2015, its first London run for over 20 years.[6]

See also

References

  1. ^ (1975–1976)"The Vortex", Timothy Dalton - Shakespearean James Bond, accessed June 28, 2012
  2. ^ The Maids (1974) at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ A Voyage Round My Father (1982) at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ Another Country (1984) at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ "Greenwich Theatre Partners with Sell a Door". The Stage. 19 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Who’s Tommy has anniversary production at Greenwich Theatre this summer". Musical Theatre Review. 24 April 2015. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  • Guide to British Theatres 1750-1950, John Earl and Michael Sell pp. 113–4 (Theatres Trust, 2000) ISBN 0-7136-5688-3

External links

  • Greenwich Theatre website
  • (Arthur Lloyd, theatre history)Theatres and Halls in Greenwich, London
  • Stage on Screen website
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