Lyric Theatre, London


The Verse Theater is a West End theatre on Shaftesbury Road in the City of Westminster. It was worked for the maker Henry Leslie, who supported it from the benefits of the light drama hit, Dorothy, which he moved from its unique scene to open the new auditorium on 17 December 1888.

Under Leslie and his initial replacements, the house had some expertise in melodic theater, and that custom has continued discontinuously throughout the theater’s presence. Melodic creations in the theater’s initial forty years included The Charlatans (1892), His Excellency (1894), The Duchess of Dantzig (1903), The Chocolate Warrior (1910), and Lilac Time (1922). Later melodic shows included Irma La Douce (1958), Robert and Elizabeth (1964), John, Paul, George, Ringo, and, what’s more, Bert (1974), Kindred Spirits (1983), Five People Named Moe (1990), and Spine Chiller Live (2009).

Numerous non-melodic creations have been arranged at the Verse, from Shakespeare to O’Neill and Strindberg, as well as new pieces by Nol Quitter, Terence Rattigan, Alan Ayckbourn, Alan Bennett, and others. Stars showing up at the theatre included, in the early years, Marie Storm, Johnston Forbes-Robertson, Eleonora Duse, Ellen Terry, and Tallulah Bankhead; and during the twentieth century, Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, and Vivien Leigh. All the more as of late Alec Guinness, Joan Plowright, Glenda Jackson, John Malkovich, Woody Harrelson and Ian McKellen have featured.

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