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Playhouse Theatre

A Grade II Listed Building in St James's, London

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Latitude: 51.507 / 51°30'25"N

Longitude: -0.1236 / 0°7'25"W

OS Eastings: 530318

OS Northings: 180345

OS Grid: TQ303803

Mapcode National: GBR JF.DY

Mapcode Global: VHGQZ.TD02

Entry Name: Playhouse Theatre

Listing Date: 9 January 1970

Last Amended: 1 December 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1356962

English Heritage Legacy ID: 209379

Location: Westminster, London, WC2N

County: London

District: City of Westminster

Electoral Ward/Division: St James's

Built-Up Area: City of Westminster

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Martin-in-the-Fields

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text

9.1.70 Playhouse Theatre


Theatre. 1881-82 by F.H. Fowler as the Royal Avenue Theatre, interior
reconstructed 1906-07 by Blow and Billerey. Painted stone, concealed
roof. Restrained and elegant classical design. 2 storeys. 11 windows
wide with curved south east end. Ground floor doorways grouped to corner
under canopy, and blind architraved and corniced windows in rusticated
ground floor articulated by modified Corinthian pilasters supporting
entablature. The tall upper storey has architraved windows with
pediments on consoles and blind oculi above, articulated by giant
pilasters supporting full entablature and balustraded parapet. The
interior is an elegant exercise in Blow and Billerey's Louis XV manner:
kidney-shaped outer foyer with cresting of ribboned sprigs to inner
archway; panelled inner foyer with cartouche-trophy of musical
instruments; the auditorium has basket-arch proscenium set in deep reveal
framing the boxes, the arch surmounted by an achievement of figures of
Fame crowning Thalia; kidney-shaped lower and upper balconies, the lower
continuing the line of the upper boxes, all with turned baluster fronts;
caryatids flank the (former) lower boxes, supporting upper ones; sweeping
basket arch frames uppermost part of auditorium; circular dome and oval
panel of ceiling and the basket arch wall panels all decorated in
grisaille. Stage machinery probably dating from 1906-07 reconstruction.

The Theatres of London; Mander and Mitchenson.

Listing NGR: TQ3031880345

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