The Comedy Theatre

1 Nov 2000
The Comedy Theatre, Panton Street Sw1, Westminster, City Of Westminster, Greater London, SW1Y 4DL
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.

TQ 2980 NE CITY OF WESTMINSTER PANTON STREET, SWL 71/88 (south side) 28.6.72 The Comedy Theatre - II Theatre on corner site. 1881 by Thomas Verity. Stucco (or painted stone) and painted brick. Slate roof. Eclectic classical front or rather frontispiece. 2 storeys. 5 windows wide. Ground floor has grouped doorways under 1950s cantilevered canopy. Deep frieze and moulded cornice above which is a centrepiece of 3 enriched architraved and corniced windows with blind oeil-de-boeuf over, articulated by pilasters supporting entablature and pediment, and flanked by lower single bay wings. Plain return to Oxendon Street. Although vestibule foyer and bars etc. mainly 1911 and 1933 alterations (with some further changes in 1955), the auditorium is essentially that of 1881 with 3 tiers of horseshoe shaped balconies on slender iron columns, the 2 lower tiers continued as side slip boxes. A pair of (formerly 2-tiered) boxes with slightly bowed fronts flank the stage at dress circle level contained within an arch framed by columns on brackets. Square, architraved proscenium; the main entablature with palmette enriched frieze carried out over the boxes and with the frieze continued around the gallery; above the entablature pendentives, with relief decoration in the lunettes, carry decorated domed ceiling with elaborate plasterwork to ventilator rose. Some of the original wood drum-and-shaft flying machinery survives above the stage grid.

Survey of London; Vol. XX.

The Theatres of London; Mander and Mitchenson.

Listing NGR: TQ2975780585


This is part of the Series: IOE01/0554 IOE Records taken by Marion Davies; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mrs Marion Davies. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Davies, Marion

Rights Holder: Davies, Marion


Brick, Slate, Stone, Stucco, Victorian Theatre, Recreational, Music Speech And Dance Venue