UK – London – Garrick Theatre

Dates: 1889 – present

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Seats 1200 people. All seats have excellent stage views. 

The building of the Garrick was especially difficult as it had an underground river running beneath it.

1970s Plan

The Garrick was one of five theatres that were almost demolished due to a plan to redevelop the Covent Garden area by the Greater London Council (GLC), in 1971. The GLC planned to build new theatres to replace them. However, the plan was abandoned in 1973 after a campaign by the Covent Garden Community Association. 
Guardian article about the plan which contains fascinating insights into the financial workings of West End theatre in the 1970s. 

Selected Past Productions

  • Potted Panto (11 December 2021 – 9 January 2022)
  • The Drifters Girl (4 November 2021 – 26 March 2022)
  • The Last Five Years (17 September 2021 – 17 October 2021)
  • Billionaire Boy (17 July 2021 – 22 August 2021)
  • Death Drop (19 May 2021 – 11 July 2021)
  • Bitter Wheat (7 June 2019 – ?) starring John Malkovich, written by David Mamet
  • Don Quixote (27 October 2018 – 2 February 2019)
  • Young Frankenstein (Previews 28 September 2017, Opens 10 October 2017, Closes 25 August 2018)
  • The Miser (Previews 1 March 2017, Opens 13 March 2017, Closes 3 June 2017) starring Griff Rhys Jones and Lee Mack.
  • This House (Previews 19 November 2016, Opens 30 November 2016 – 25 Feb 2017)
  • The Scottsboro Boys (4 October 2014 – 21 February 2015) transfer from The Young Vic
  • Let It Be (21 July 2014 – ? and then March 2015 – 27 September 2015)
  • Rock of Ages (2013) transferred from the Shaftesbury Theatre
  • Loserville (2012)
  • Chicago (7 November 2011 – September 1 2012) transferred from the Cambridge Theatre
  • Pygmalion (2011) starring Rupert Everett and Kara Tointon
  • A Little Night Music (2009 – 2011)
  • Zorro (2008) Musical by The Gipsy Kings
  • In 2005 veteran producers Nica Burns and Max Weitzenhoffer purchased the Garrick Theatre, along with the Apollo, Duchess and Lyric Theatres creating Nimax Theatres on 26 September 2005. The Vaudeville Theatre, solely owned by Max Weitzenhoffer, completes the Nimax portfolio.
  • This is Our Youth (2002 – 2003)
  • 2000 The Garrick becomes a Really Useful Theatre with Lord Lloyd-Webber’s Really Useful Group and Bridgepoint Capital purchased Stoll Moss Theatres Ltd.
  • An Inspector Calls (1995 – ?)
  • Kvetch (1991) Steven Berkoff
  • Dancing at Lughnasa (1991) transferred from the Phoenix
  • The Rehearsal (1990/March 1991)
  • 1986 The Garrick was acquired by Stoll Moss Theatres and refurbished. It reopened in November with Judi Dench and Michael Williams in Mr and Mrs Nobody.
  • No Sex Please, We’re British (18 January 1982-1986) transferred from the Strand Theatre. Until 1986 when it transferred to the Duchess.
  • Caught In The Act (1981)
  • Deathtrap (1978 – 1981) by Ira Levin
  • Side By Side By Sondheim (1977) transferred from Wyndham’s Theatre
  • Funny Peculiar (1976) starring Richard Beckinsale
  • Sleuth (1972 – 9 October 1973) transferred from St Martins Theatre, transferred to Fortune Theatre
  • Don’t Just Lie There Say Something (1971) with Brian Rix
  • Uproar in the House () with Brian Rix
  • Let Sleeping Wives Lie () with Brian Rix
  • Stand By Your Bedouin (1967) with Brian Rix
  • Fings Ain’t Wot They Used To Be (1960 – 1962) starring Miriam Karlin, written by Lionel Bart
  • The Dock Brief (1958) starring Maurice Denham, Michael Hordern
  • La Plume de Ma Tante (1955 – 1957)
  • Born Yesterday (1947) starring Jack Buchanan, directed by Laurence Olivier
  • 1946: Jack Buchanan became actor/manager of The Garrick
  • Better Late (1946) starring Beatrice Lille
  • Love On The Dole (1930s)
  • The Water Carrier (1930s)
  • The Bandits (1931)
  • The Lady With the Lamp (1929) starring Edith Evans
  • 1928: C B Cochran took over the lease
  • Dracula (1927) adaptation from Bram Stoker
  • The Ghost Train (1926) by Arnold Ridley
  • 1924: A E Abrahams took over the lease
  • The Man In Dress Clothes (1922)
  • The Eclipse (12 Nov 1919 – 3 Jan 1920) featuring design by Adrian Samoiloff
  • 1915: Arthur Bouchier relinquished management.
  • Kismet (1911)
  • The Walls of Jericho (1905 – 1906) by Alfred Sutro
  • The Merchant of Venice (1905)
  • Whitewashing Julia (1903)
  • The Clandestine Marriage (1903)
  • The Water Babies (1902)
  • The Wedding Guest (1900) by J.M.Barrie
  • 1900 Arthur Bouchier took over management with his wife Violet Vanbrugh 
  • 22A Curzon Street (1898)
  • The Rogues (1895)
  • The Notorious Mrs. Ebbsmith (1895) by Arthur Wing Pinero starred Mrs Patrick Campbell.
  • Robin Goodfellow (1893)
  • A Pair of Spectacles (1890)

Equipment

1971 (from The Stage Guide)
Electrics: Strand ‘SR’ board to SL. Dimmers – 91; 1 preset; 5 groups. Circuits – FOH 24; Flies 48; Stage dips 12. Socket type – 15A BESA. Total capacity available – 620A on 3 phases. Special effects supply – 100A on 1 phase. Follow spots – 2 Patt.93 in Gallery. Footlights installed and cannot be covered. 
Sound: Console SL. 1 amplifier. No tape deck. 2 Turntables. No mic sockets or loudspeakers. 

Links to information about equipment at Garrick Theatre, London over the years

  • SR / System SR (Strand)
  • Q-Master 2000 (Thorn Lighting)
  • Documents


    Garrick Theatre - Arthur Lloyd 
    [External Website]
    From Arthur Lloyd website

     

     

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