History of Phoenix Theatre:
The Phoenix Theatre opened on 24 September 1930. Its inaugural production was Private Lives by Noel Coward, which starred Coward himself, Adrienne Allen, Gertrude Lawrence, and a young Laurence Olivier. Coward returned in 1936 with Tonight at 8:30.
In 1948, the theatre played host to two new plays by Terrance Rattigan (Harlequinade and The Browning Version), followed by another return by Coward (1952’s Quadrille). He would later be honored in 1969 with a midnight matinee and the renaming of the foyer bar to the Noel Coward Bar.
The theatre experienced great success in 1968 with a musical version of The Canterbury Tales, which ran for nearly 2,000 performances, and again in 1978 with Top Stoppard’s Night and Day, which ran for 2 years.
Musicals dominated the 1980’s, with productions such as The Biograph Girl, The Baker’s Wife, and Into the Woods.
The most famous long running production in the theatre is Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers. After transferring from The Albery Theatre in 1991, the show ran for 21 years. In 2013, the theatre hosted the original West end production of Once.
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Phoenix Theatre News:
- Stranger Things: The First Shadow – Tickets now on sale – How To Book
- A Streetcar Named Desire extends West End run by one week
- Katherine Kingsley joins the West End cast of Noises Off at the Phoenix Theatre
- Almeida Theatre’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire transfers to Phoenix Theatre
- Noises Off comes to Phoenix Theatre in January 2023
- Come From Away to close in West End on 7 January 2023
- Come From Away West End welcomes new and returning cast
- Come From Away the concert cancelled
- Come From Away The Concert comes to the Phoenix Theatre for Limited Season
- Come From Away celebrates first birthday at West End’s Phoenix Theatre