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APOLLO THEATRE

31 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES

A SHORT HISTORY OF APOLLO THEATRE

Considered the first Edwardian theatre in London owing to the death of queen Victoria a month before its February 1901 opening, the Apollo has been remained a successful theatre ever since. Originally seating around 1,200 (as reported in The Stage at the time) and specifically designed for musical theatre, its inaugural production was the London premiere The Belle of Bohemia which managed a 72 performance run. Over the years it has hosted many scores of shows that fall under the banner of its four Greek figures carved on the exterior, each representing music, poetry, comedy and dance.

Coming through the war years intact, it survived largely as built until a fateful night in 2013 that saw the ceiling collapse during a performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time, which injured 80 audience members and saw the theatre closed for a substantial amount of time. It re-opened in 2014 with a run of Let the Right One in and has yet to collapse again thankfully. Now sitting around 775, The Apollo is a charming building in the renaissance style with lavish art nouveau interiors.

Top tip for vertigo sufferers: the third tier is considered the steepest in London, so the faint hearted might benefit from booking a seat a little closer to the ground.

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