When the Shaw Theatre was built in 1971, it opened under the name the Library Theatre due to its housing in the St Pancras library.
Its opening production was Zigger Zagger. During these early years performers to grace the theatre included Paula Wilcox, Mia Farrow, Patricia Routledge, Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Judi Dench.
In 1985 the theatre hosted rehearsals for the Live Aid concert, which included pop and rock performers from across the world.
The library was closed and the theatre refurbished in 1998, now as part of the Pullman London St. Pancras (a 4-star hotel).
The 446-seat space has seen performances as diverse as music, comedy, theatre, musicals, radio recordings and live TV recordings. These include Eartha Kitt, Boy George, Ron Moody, the radio show Just a Minute, and the successful An Evening With… series.
The Shaw is committed to presenting work from regional and independent theatre. As such, the theatre is available to hire.