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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1066493



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Greater London Authority

District: City of Westminster

District Type: London Borough


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 20-Jul-1971

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 208537

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TQ 3080 NE CITY OF WESTMINSTER ALDWYCH, WC2 73/20 (North side)

20.7.71 The Strand Theatre


Theatre. 1905 by W.G.R. Sprague. Portland stone faced, concealed roof. Lively Free Classicism of vaguely Beaux Arts derivation, part of the Aldwych-Kingsway development and designed as a reverse pair to the Aldwych Theatre q.v. flanking the Waldorf Hotel q.v. in a symmetrical composition. 4 storeys and attic storey. Identical 3-window wide elevations to Catherine Street and Aldwych linked by inset bowed 2-window wide corner entrance pavilion. Ground and 1st floors treated as rusticated podium with entrance to corner under canopy returned to both fronts. Arcaded 1st floor windows. Above 1st floor cornice rises a giant engaged Ionic order embracing the 2nd and 3rd floors with the 2nd floor windows treated as steep pedimented Venetian windows. Tall attic storey above main entablature fronted to Aldwych and Catherine Street by applied pediments, attic cornice and blocking course surmounted by ball finials. Generous use of high and low relief statuary groups, swags and pendants. Catherine Street facade continued as lower, giant pilastered wing. Interior has semi-elliptical vestibule; elegant foyer with marble dressings including Corinthian pilaster order; marble staircase with wrought iron and brass balustrades; ceilings compartmented in C.17 style; elliptical "Dixhuitieme" dress circle bar; fine auditorium with 3 cantilevered balconies, domed frescoed ceiling and high quality stucco decoration in "Dixhuitieme" taste, particularly the tiers of boxes surmounted by putti groups.

The Theatres of London; Mander and Mitchenson.

Listing NGR: TQ3058880958

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Mander, , Mitchenson, , The Theatres of London, (1975)

National Grid Reference: TQ 30602 80949


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