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The Strand Theatre, Westminster

Description: The Strand Theatre

Grade: II
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

Location: Catherine Street, Westminster, London WC2B 5 WC2R 0DE

Locality: Westminster
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: WC2R 0DE

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Listing Text

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

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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