PLAYHOUSE THEATRE

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1356962
Date first listed:
09-Jan-1970
Date of most recent amendment:
01-Dec-1987
Statutory Address:
PLAYHOUSE THEATRE, CRAVEN STREET WC2
Statutory Address:
PLAYHOUSE THEATRE, EMBANKMENT PLACE WC2

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Location

Statutory Address:
PLAYHOUSE THEATRE, CRAVEN STREET WC2
Statutory Address:
PLAYHOUSE THEATRE, EMBANKMENT PLACE WC2

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

County:
Greater London Authority
District:
City of Westminster (London Borough)
National Grid Reference:
TQ 30318 80345

Details

TO 3080 SW CITY OF WESTMINSTER CRAVEN STREET, WC2 83/46 9.1.70 Playhouse Theatre

G.V. II

Theatre. 1881-82 by F.H. Fowler as the Royal Avenue Theatre, interior reconstructed 1906-07 by Blow and Billerey. Painted stone, concealed roof. Restrained and elegant classical design. 2 storeys. 11 windows wide with curved south east end. Ground floor doorways grouped to corner under canopy, and blind architraved and corniced windows in rusticated ground floor articulated by modified Corinthian pilasters supporting entablature. The tall upper storey has architraved windows with pediments on consoles and blind oculi above, articulated by giant pilasters supporting full entablature and balustraded parapet. The interior is an elegant exercise in Blow and Billerey's Louis XV manner: kidney-shaped outer foyer with cresting of ribboned sprigs to inner archway; panelled inner foyer with cartouche-trophy of musical instruments; the auditorium has basket-arch proscenium set in deep reveal framing the boxes, the arch surmounted by an achievement of figures of Fame crowning Thalia; kidney-shaped lower and upper balconies, the lower continuing the line of the upper boxes, all with turned baluster fronts; caryatids flank the (former) lower boxes, supporting upper ones; sweeping basket arch frames uppermost part of auditorium; circular dome and oval panel of ceiling and the basket arch wall panels all decorated in grisaille. Stage machinery probably dating from 1906-07 reconstruction.

The Theatres of London; Mander and Mitchenson.

Listing NGR: TQ3031880345

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
209379
Legacy System:
LBS

Sources

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

Legal

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

End of official listing

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Date: 01 Apr 2007
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