Dates: 4 September 1930 – present
Situated on Cambridge Circus.
Owned by Really Useful Theatres
Official website: http://www.reallyusefultheatres.co.uk/our-theatres/cambridge
Some information from LW Theatres History page
- Matilda (Previews from 24 October 2011, opened 24 November 2011 – present)
- Chicago (April 2006 – 27 August 2011) transferred from the Adelphi Theatre. Moved into Garrick Theatre from November 7 2011.
- Dancing in the Streets (2005 – April 22 2006)
- Something Wicked This Way Comes (2005) starring Derren Brown
- 2005 Cambridge Theatre became 100% owned by The Really Useful Group Ltd, now LW Theatres
- Jerry Springer: The Opera (2003 – transfer from the National Theatre)
- Our House (28 October 2002 to 16 August 2003)
- The Beautiful Game (Previews 5 September 2000, Opens 26 September 2000)
- 2000 – Venue taken over by Really Useful Theatres, now LW Theatres, when they purchased Stoll Moss Theatres Litd.
- Grease (1996 – 3 years) transferred from the Dominion Theatre
- Fame – The Musical (1995)
- Peter Pan – The British Musical (1994) starring Ron Moody and Nicola Stapleton
- Return to the Forbidden Planet (1989 – 1992)
- The Secret Policeman’s Biggest Ball (30 August – 2 September 1989)
- Sherlock Holmes The Musical (1989) transferred from the Northcott Theatre, Exeter
- Budgle The Musical (1988)
- The New D’Oyly Carte Company – Iolanthe and The Yeoman of the Guard (1988)
- Peter Pan – The Musical (1987) – Lulu as Peter and George Cole as Captain Hook
- 1986 – Taken over by Stoll Moss Theatres and refurbished under the supervision of Carl Toms
- ?1986 Attempt to turn the building into The Magic Castle of Seven Dials as a permanent venue for magic shows
- Man and Superman (1983, for 6 weeks) starring Peter O’Toole, Jackie Smith Wood, James Grout, Joyce Carey, Robert Beatty and Tony Selby. Directed by Patrick Dromgoole.
- Worzel Gummidge (Previews 18 December 1981, opened 22 December 1981 – ?) starring Jon Pertwee
- One Mo’ Time (14 July 1981 – ?) starring Vernal Bagneris
- Ipi Tombi (12 May – 13 June 1981)
- The Last of Mrs Cheyney (23 October 1980 – 24 January 1981) by Frederick Lonsdale, starring Joan Collins
- Man and Superman (1980) starring Peter O’Toole
- Chicago (April 10 1979 – September 20 1980) London premiere
- Troubadour (December 19 1978 – )
- Ipi Tombi (transferred from Her Majesty’s Theatre from 16 March 1977 – 6 December 1978) Transferred to Whitehall Theatre
- Anastasia (1976) starring Nyree Dawn Porter
- The Three Sisters (1976) starring Janet Suzman
- The Black Mikado (1975) featuring Michael Denison as Pooh Bah and an otherwise all black cast
- Behind the Fridge (1972) Peter Cook & Dudley Moore
- Hamlet (1971) starring Ian McKellen
- West of Suez (1971) starring Ralph Richardson
- Captain Brassbound’s Conversion (1971) starring Ingrid Bergman
- National Theatre Season, including
- Hedda Gabler (1970)
- Cyrano de Bergerac (1970)
- The Desert Song (1968) Bernard Delfont & Emile Littler’s revival, starring John Hanson
- The Judge (1967) starring Patrick Wymark
- Little Me (1964) – starring Bruce Forsyth and Avril Angers
- Half a Sixpence (1963) – starring Tommy Steele. Harold Fielding production.
- The Merry Widow (1963) starring Lizbeth Webb
- Signpost to Murder (1962) starring Margaret Lockwood
- Billy Liar (1960 – 1962) by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall
- The Reluctant Debutante (1955-1956) starring Deborah Kerr
- 1950 – Tom Arnold and Prince Littler took control of the Cambridge Theatre and renewed the interior decoration
- Sauce Piquant (1950) Revue (featuring Audrey Hepburn in the chorus)
- Sauce Tartar (1949) revue by Cecil Landau
- A Night in Venice (1944) operetta
- Peter Pan (1943) starring Glynis Johns as Peter
- Heartbreak House (1943) with Edith Evans, Robert Donat & Ursula Jeans
- 1066 And All That (1937) Revue
- Elizabeth of England (1931)
- Kong (Feb 5 1931 – ?) The first musical play to be performed at the Cambridge, starring Oscar Asche and Ursula Jeans
- On The Spot () Edgar Wallace thriller starring Charles Laughton
- Masquerade (4 September 1930 – ?) – Andre Charlot’s revue, starring Beatrice Lilllie.
- The theatre was opened by Bertie Meyer
Architects: Wimperis, Simpson & Guthrie.
Builders: Gee, Walker & Slater Ltd.
Decorative Scheme: Waring & Gillow and their artist S. Chermayeff.
Consulting Electrical Engineer: W. S. Veness (of Venreco)
- The theatre was opened by Bertie Meyer
The original stage lighting installation was by manufacturers Venreco, who were based in the 7 Dials area.
1971 (from The Stage Guide)
Electrics: Strand CDTH board on SL perch. Dimmers – 120; groups – 14 memory pistons. Circuits – FOH 20; Flies 70; Stage dips 24. Socket type 15A BESA. Total capacity available – 900A on 3 phases. Special effects supply – 60A on 1 phase. Follow spots – 2 Stelmar. Footlights installed and cannot be covered.
Sound: No permanent installation.
Links to information about equipment at Cambridge Theatre, London over the years
Cambridge Theatre - Arthur Lloyd
From Arthur Lloyd website