UK – London – New London Theatre

Official website: http://www.reallyusefultheatres.co.uk/our-theatres/about/new-london/

The New London Theatre was opened in 1973, and was designed by architect Paul Tvrtkovic and scenic designer Sean Kenny, modelled after the Walter Gropius Total Theatre Project, and seating 960 on 2 levels. The capacity is reported on another website as being 1106 seats.

In 1991 the venue was purchased by Really Useful Theatres.

Productions at the New London Theatre

  • School of Rock (24 October 2016. Now booking to 13 January 2019)
  • Show Boat (19 April 2016 – 27 August 2016)
  • War Horse (28 March 2009 – 12 March 2016)
  • Imagine This – A New Musical (19 November 2008 – 20 December 2008)
  • Gone With The Wind – A New Musical (22 April 2008 – 14 June 2008)
  • RSC Season: King Lear and The Seagull (14 November 2007 – 12 January 2008)
  • Blue Man Group (10 November 2005 – 24 June 2007)
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat (3 March 2003 – 3 September 2005)
  • Umoja (6 September 2002 – 8 February 2003)
  • Cats (11 May 1981 – 11 May 2002) 8949 performances. Making full use of the revolve on which the front section of stalls seating was built. Led to wonderfully enticing newspaper adverts (see right) warning that ‘Latecomers Not Admitted While Auditorium is in Motion’.
  • Theatre used as a Television Studio (1977 – 1980)
    • Benson & Hedges Masters Snooker Tournament (7-11 February 1977, 6-10 February 1978)
    • Music Video ‘We Are The Champions’ for Queen was shot at the theatre in October 1977.
    • Mike Yarwood – BBC1 Special (April 1977)
    • BBC Sports Personality of the Year 1977
    • BBC Song for Europe competition March 1977
    • This Is Your Life (1978 – 1980)
  • Surprise Surprise (19 December 1977 – 14 January 1978) Circus/Theatre/Magic/Cabaret
  • Laser Light Circus (3 August 1977 – ?beyond 26 August 1977) running continuously noon to 10pm daily. 25 minute show, by Holoco.  
  • Lionel (May 16 1977 – ?) Musical about the life of Lionel Bart, starring 13 year old Todd Carty 
  • Pinocchio – Da Silva Puppet Theatre (December 1976) matinees only
  • Evening News British Film Awards (tx 24 November 1976)
  • Dance Theatre of Harlem (17 November 1976)
  • So Who Needs Men? (Previews 5 October 1976, Opened 7 October 1976, Closed ?)
  • This Is Your Life  – 21 Years of Independent Television (TV Show) (tx 22 September 1976)
  • Leave Him To Heaven (June 3 1976 – ?) by Ken Lee
  • State Theatre of Northern Greece – Electra / Women in Power (1-6 December 1975)
  • Evening News British Film Awards (tx 12 November 1975)
  • Bruce Forsyth (October 14 1975 – ?) 150 minute show
  • Kwa Zulu (July 28 1975 – ?) 
  • Thurber (23 June 1975 – July 12 1975) one-man show with William Windom
  • Deja Revue (Previews from 19 December 1974, opened December 30 1974 – ?beyond April 9 1975) starring Sheila Hancock and George Cole
  • Conquering Joy Of Sammy Cahn’s Songbook (15 September 1974 – ?November 1974) With Richard Leonard, Lorna Dallas, Terry Mitchell, Laurel Ford, Sammy Cahn
  • The Wolf (2 April 1974 – ?25 May 1974) starring Edward Woodward, Judi Dench, Leo McKern (?4 April 1974 – 19 April 1974) Milo O’Shea, Prunella Scales, John York (20 April 1974 – around 25 May 1974). Originally produced at Oxford Playhouse. Transferred to Apollo Theatre: November 1973. Transferred to Queens Theatre Dec 3 1973. 
  • Grease (26 June 1973 – 16 February 1974) starring Richard Gere as Danny Zuko
  • The Unknown Solider and His Wife (2 January 1973 – ?)
  • Marlene Dietrich TV recording (1972) 

Documents


New London Theatre - Arthur Lloyd 
[External Website]
From Arthur Lloyd website
Cats - David Hersey
Cats - David Hersey (April 1981)
[LX Plan - click on the thumbnail]
From DHA Designs

Exhibits in the Backstage Heritage Collection

  • IDM Control Desk (1972)
  • IDM Sperry Memory Rack (1972)
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