UK – London – Trafalgar Theatre

Formerly known as the Whitehall Theatre (until 2004) and as Trafalgar Studios (to 2021), the venue reopens as the Trafalgar Theatre in Spring 2021, with a restored single auditorium and new seating.

Official website: https://www.atgtickets.com/venues/trafalgar-theatre/

Designed by Edward Stone as a small art deco theatre. Became closely associated with farce, especially those starring and put on by Brian Rix which became known as the Whitehall Farces (1944-1967). The Grade II listed theatre was extensively refurbished in 1985 resulting in a capacity of 646, and in 2004 was divided into two studio theatres. The single venue layout was restored in 2021. 

Dates: 1930 – present

Past Productions

  • 2020 – The venue was closed to re-establish a single auditorium with new seating, renamed Trafalgar Theatre
  • Nine Night (from the National Theatre)
  • Misty (from the Bush Theatre)
  • Killer Joe () starring Orlando Bloom
  • The Grinning Man (2018)
  • Apologia, starring Stockard Channing, directed by Jamie Lloyd
  • Buried Child, starring Ed Harris
  • The Spoils, written by and starring Jesse Eisenberg (Studio 1)
  • The Maids, starring Uzo Aduba
  • The Homecoming (2015) directed by Jamie Lloyd
  • Oresteia (2015) directed by Robert Icke (Studio 1)
  • Golem ()
  • The Ruling Class () starring James McAvoy
  • East is East () starring Jane Horrocks
  • Richard III () starring Martin Freeman, directed by Jamie Lloyd (Trafalgar Transformed 2nd season)
  • Ghosts () starring Lesley Manville
  • The Pride () starring Hayley Attwell
  • The Hothouse () starring Simon Russell Beale and John Simm (Trafalgar Transformed)
  • Macbeth (2013) starring James McAvoy (Studio 1 – Trafalgar Transformed)
  • Othello, starring Lenny Henry
  • The Mountaintop
  • Entertaining Mr Sloane, starring Imelda Staunton and Matthew Horne
  • Riflemind directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • A Night in November (starring Warren Mitchell)
  • Elling (starring John Simm and Adrian Bower)
  • African Snow
  • The Dumb Waiter (starring Lee Evans and Jason Isaacs) 50th Anniversary production of the play written by Harold Pinter
  • The New Statesman: Alan B’stard’s Extremely Secret Weapon (starring Rik Mayall)
  • Bent (starring Alan Cumming)
  • Gunpowder Season from the RSC
  • Shoot the Crow (starring James Nesbitt)
  • Losing Louis (starring Alison Steadman)
  • Simply Heavenly (transfer from The Young Vic)
  • Sweeney Todd (transfer from the Watermill Theatre) directed by John Doyle
  • Othello – Royal Shakespeare Company, starring Antony Sher as Iago
  • 2004 26th May – Trafalgar Studios opened with two auditoria under a single roof, becoming the first theatre of its kind in the heart of London’s West End. Trafalgar Studio 1
  • Abigail’s Party (to 12 July 2003) transferred from Ambassadors Theatre
  • Art (October 2001 – 4 January 2003) transferred from Wyndham’s Theatre
  • Rampant in Whitehall – Les Patterson has a Stand Up (featuring Barry Humphries) (1996)
  • Journey’s End
  • A Tribute to the Blues Brothers
  • A Touch of Danger (1988) starring William Franklyn
  • Refurbished in 1985
  • Thoughts of Chairman Alf (January 17 1977 – ?) starring Warren Mitchell as Alf Garnett
  • Whitehall Farces (1944-1967)
    • Details coming soon
    • Come Spy With Me (June 1966) by Derek Malcolm, directed by Brian Blackburn
    • Chase Me Comrade (July 1964 – ?) starring Brian Rix
    • One for the Pot (August 1961 – July 1964) by Ray Cooney and Tony Hilton, starring Brian Rix in 4 parts, later John Slater
    • Simple Spymen (1958) by John Chapman, starring Brian Rix and Leo Franklyn
    • Dry Rot (August 31st 1954 -1958) by John Chapman, starring Brian Rix, Basil Lord, Leo Franklyn

 

Documents


Trafalgar Studios - Arthur Lloyd 
[External Website]
From Arthur Lloyd website

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