Description: The Strand Theatre
Date Listed: 20 July 1971
English Heritage Building ID: 208537
OS Grid Reference: TQ3060280949
OS Grid Coordinates: 530602, 180949
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5124, -0.1193
TQ 3080 NE CITY OF WESTMINSTER ALDWYCH, WC2
73/20 (North side)
20.7.71 The Strand Theatre
Theatre. 1905 by W.G.R. Sprague. Portland stone faced, concealed roof.
Lively Free Classicism of vaguely Beaux Arts derivation, part of the
Aldwych-Kingsway development and designed as a reverse pair to the Aldwych
Theatre q.v. flanking the Waldorf Hotel q.v. in a symmetrical composition.
4 storeys and attic storey. Identical 3-window wide elevations to
Catherine Street and Aldwych linked by inset bowed 2-window wide corner
entrance pavilion. Ground and 1st floors treated as rusticated podium with
entrance to corner under canopy returned to both fronts. Arcaded 1st floor
windows. Above 1st floor cornice rises a giant engaged Ionic order
embracing the 2nd and 3rd floors with the 2nd floor windows treated as
steep pedimented Venetian windows. Tall attic storey above main
entablature fronted to Aldwych and Catherine Street by applied pediments,
attic cornice and blocking course surmounted by ball finials. Generous use
of high and low relief statuary groups, swags and pendants. Catherine
Street facade continued as lower, giant pilastered wing. Interior has
semi-elliptical vestibule; elegant foyer with marble dressings including
Corinthian pilaster order; marble staircase with wrought iron and brass
balustrades; ceilings compartmented in C.17 style; elliptical "Dixhuitieme"
dress circle bar; fine auditorium with 3 cantilevered balconies, domed
frescoed ceiling and high quality stucco decoration in "Dixhuitieme" taste,
particularly the tiers of boxes surmounted by putti groups.
The Theatres of London; Mander and Mitchenson.
Listing NGR: TQ3058880958
Source: English Heritage
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