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The Cambridge Theatre
Completed in 1930 on a corner site in Earlham Street facing Seven Dials, in the London Borough of Camden, The Cambridge Theatre is quite a modern theatre compared to the other theatres in the West End. Designed by Wimperis, Simpson and Guthrie and built by Gee Walker Slater Ltd, the building had auditoriums on three levels and a capacity of 1,275.
It was refurbished in 1950. The auditorium was given a coat of garish red paint and re-lit with chandeliers and large candelabra. However, Carl Toms restored it to its original state in 1987. It was built using steel and concrete and is notable for its elegant and clean lines of design
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The Cambridge was but one of many Theatres which opened in London's West End in 1930, and one of several opening in the same month.
The theater has a history of bizarre and spectacular productions. In its time, its auditorium has played host to a cinema, an opera company, the Comedie Francaise, the National Theatre, a magic show and some of the most important figures in theatre.
Productions at the Cambridge Theatre have been characterised by relatively short runs interspersed with several dark periods and the theatre was used for trade film shows in the late 1930s and again in 1969 as a cinema.
In the string of its successful productions, one success was 'Elizabeth of England' which had a reasonable run in 1931. Another success was the Bernard Shaw Rep Season from 1935 for several years before the Theatre was given over to Film for a while. In the 1980s one of the projectors was still there in the follow spot box. 'A Night in Venice' had a good run of 433 performances opening in 1944, and from 1946 to 1948 a season of Opera and Ballet was staged at the Theatre by Jay Pomeroy. 'Billy Liar' opened in 1960 and ran for two years.
Ingrid Bergman was at the Cambridge Theatre in 1965 with 'A Month In The Country.' She also directed Lawrence Olivier in 'The Merchant of Venice '(1970) here, and Bruce Forsyth and Tommy Steele had some of their biggest stage musical hits on this stage including ?Half a Sixpense' which ran for 677 performances.
The Cambridge then fell out of favor and in 1967 it became a cinema again for a year. It was then home to a great many short but successful plays, many of them revivals. 'Peter Pan' ran at the Theatre for the second time in November 1987 and 'The Rink' in 1988 was a bit of a failure but 'Budgie' in 1988 was a success.
The most notable production in recent times is Return to the Forbidden Planet, which ran for four years in the early 1990s. A new musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton in 2000 'The Beautiful Game,' was not the success they had hoped, but a production of 'Fame,' in 1995 and 2000, and which seems to be on tour around the West End for most of the time, did well as usual. In 2000 the Madness Musical 'Our House' ran for a year and then Jerry Springer?s The Opera of KKK was a great success in 2003, despite the hullabaloo surrounding it.