New London Theatre

About

Whilst the New London is a modern building there has been entertainment on the site since Elizabethan times. The theatre is close to both Covent Garden and Holborn tubes.

The first production in the current building was a television recording of Marlene Dietrich’s one-woman show and the first full  production was The Unknown Soldier and his Wife in 1973, written by and starring Peter Ustinov. Subsequent productions include Grease with Richard Gere, Bruce Forsyth’s one-man show and Sheila Hancock in Deja Revue.

1981 saw the debut of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats starring Elaine Paige, Brian Blessed, Wayne Sleep, Paul Nicholas, Sarah Brightman and Bonnie Langford. Direction was by Trevor Nunn with choreography by Gillian Lynne. The show ran for 21 years. Umoja, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Blue Man Group and Gone with the Wind have subsequently played at the theatre which was previously home to the National Theatre’s record breaking production of War Horse. The theatre is currently playing to host to Andrew Lloyd Webber's new show, School of Rock the Musical

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1972

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Bernard Delfont opened the theatre with a television recording of Marlene Dietrich’s one-woman show.

Bernard Delfont opened the theatre with a television recording of Marlene Dietrich’s one-woman show.

1973

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Richard Gere starred as Danny Zuko in Grease.

Richard Gere starred as Danny Zuko in Grease.

1974

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Deja Revue was directed by Victor Spinetti and starred Sheila Hancock and George Cole.

Deja Revue was directed by Victor Spinetti and starred Sheila Hancock and George Cole.

1977

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Lionel was a musical based upon the works of Lionel Bart which featured Clarke Peters and a very young Todd Carty.

Lionel was a musical based upon the works of Lionel Bart which featured Clarke Peters and a very young Todd Carty.

1980

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The theatre was mainly used as a television studio for productions including This Is Your Life and Championship Snooker.

The theatre was mainly used as a television studio for productions including This Is Your Life and Championship Snooker.

1981

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The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats, produced by Cameron Mackintosh, began its record-breaking run of 21 years.

The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats, produced by Cameron Mackintosh, began its record-breaking run of 21 years.

2002

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Umoja – The Spirit of Togetherness re-opened the theatre following a major refurbishment.

Umoja – The Spirit of Togetherness re-opened the theatre following a major refurbishment.

2003

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Bill Kenwright’s production of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat starred Stephen Gately.

Bill Kenwright’s production of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat starred Stephen Gately.

2007

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Ian McKellen led The Royal Shakespeare Company in productions of King Lear and The Seagull.

Ian McKellen led The Royal Shakespeare Company in productions of King Lear and The Seagull.

2009

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The current sell-out production of War Horse transferred from the National Theatre.

The current sell-out production of War Horse transferred from the National Theatre.

2016

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Show Boat transfers from The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.

Show Boat transfers from The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.
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