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Greater London Authority
City of Westminster (London Borough)
National Grid Reference:
TQ 29757 80585


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


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Books and journals
Mander, , Mitchenson, , The Theatres of London, (1975)
'Survey of London' in Trafalgar Square and neighbourhood The Parish of St Martin-in-the-Fields Part 3: Volume 20 , , Vol. 20, (1979)


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

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Date: 01 Nov 2000
Reference: IOE01/02577/26
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