Phoenix Theatre, London

Giles Gilbert Scott, Bertie Crewe & Cecil Massey
Date Built
Charing Cross Road
The Phoenix opened on the 24th of September 1930 with "Private Lives" written by and starring Noel Coward along with Lawrence Olivier.  During that year 5 other theatres opoened in London's West End.  The theatre has two entrances, above on Charing Cross Road and another on Phoenix Street.

On September 25, 1930 "The Stage" republished an article by Mander and Mitchenson from "The Theatres of London" that described the theatre.  It said that, "... The distinguished columns here are blues and pinks on a cream ground, and the whole is lavishly picked out with modelling in gold. Large windows in the adjacent promenade allow late-comers and others who might for some reason or other be prevented from getting to their seats to view the stalls level and the stage. The circle appears to come far forward and has a commodious upper circle above it.  Care has been taken in the comfort of the seating. Each seat has sufficient body and leg room and is provided with its own hat rack. There are six roomy private boxes. The upholstery has a touch of the medieval, and is in a rare shade of dark pink with a touch of heliotrope or light purple in its pattern. In the front of the house rich reds, blues, and gold appear to be the prime colours. Bars and cloakrooms are well appointed, but no attempt has been made here in the shape of elaborate decoration. A striking feature in the interior decoration will be found in the fine reproductions of works by old masters. Here we have well executed copies of pictures by Titian, Giorgione, Tintoretto and Pinturicchio. The safety curtain carries Jacopo del Sellaio's 'The Triumph of Love' the original of which can be seen in the Oratorio di S. Ansano, Fiesole. These reproductions are the work of Vladimir Polunin."

Today the theatre is owned by the Ambassagor Group and is Grade II Listed.

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