Alhambra Theatre: The Sphere MagazineSociety of London Theatre & UKT
The second half of the 20th century in the UK saw subsidy entering into the business of theatre with funds distributed by the new Arts Council. At the same time over a third of the traditional theatre stock was demolished, or became bingo halls, as variety waned in the face of competition from television.
Oklahoma! Poster (1947)Society of London Theatre & UKT
The Mousetrap is the longest running show of any kind in the world. The show has now been presented in 27 languages in more than 50 countries. Since it opened on 25th November 1952, over 460 actors and actresses have appeared in the play.
Look Back in Anger ProgrammeSociety of London Theatre & UKT
Oh! Calcutta! Leaflet (1970) by The Royalty TheatreSociety of London Theatre & UKT
Censorship was eventually dropped allowing much greater freedom on stage, with an immediate flurry of plays, musicals, and revues containing full-frontal nudity!
LIFE Photo Collection
...including Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, and Boublil and Schönberg's Les Misérables, both produced by Cameron Mackintosh. They repeated these London successes with simultaneous replica productions all over the world and, at the same time, reinvented the way shows were marketed and merchandised.
Foyer at Barbican Centre, City of London (2009-10-09) by James O DaviesHistoric England
The new National Theatre took over the Old Vic under Laurence Olivier's leadership, before finally moving into its own building on The South Bank in 1976. The Royal Shakespeare Company continued operations in Stratford-Upon-Avon, whilst taking over the Aldwych Theatre as a London base. This was before moving into the purpose-built Barbican Centre as a permanent home (until 2001).
By Leonard MccombeLIFE Photo Collection
The jukebox musical is also a new phenomenon spearheaded by the success of ABBA's Mamma Mia!
Kids Week: Auditorium by Society of London TheatreSociety of London Theatre & UKT