The Hudson Theatre is a Broadway theater located at 139–141 West 44th Street, between Times Square and 6th Avenue, New York City. Opened in 1903, it became a leading theatrical venue before serving in years as a network radio and television studio, a night club, a movie theater, a corporate event space; the Hudson Theatre reopened as a Broadway theater on February 11, 2017. The UK-based Ambassador Theatre Group signed a long term lease on the theater in 2015 and invested in a complete refurbishment of the venue, bringing it back into full-time use as a Broadway playhouse; the theater is owned by Copthorne Hotels. In 2016, the Hudson Theatre was listed on the National Register of Historic Places; the architectural firm of J. B. McElfatrick & Son made initial drawings for the Hudson Theatre in 1902, but the firm of Israels & Harder took the project over by 1903; when the Hudson opened, on October 19 of that year with Ethel Barrymore starring in Cousin Kate, it had a number of distinctive architectural features, including an unusually large foyer, a triple-domed ceiling, a system of diffused lighting.
Built by theatrical producer Henry B. Harris, the theatre was managed by his wife Renee Harris following his death on the RMS Titanic. From the 1930s through the 1940s the theater served as a CBS Radio studio in between theatrical engagements. In 1950, NBC converted it for permanent use as a television studio. Broadway Open House and The Kate Smith Hour were among the shows. In 1954, the Hudson became home to The Tonight Show which remained there, first with host Steve Allen and Jack Paar, until 1959. Developer Abraham Hirschfeld purchased the structure in 1956, returned it to use as a legitimate theater from 1960 to 1968, it became a movie house for adult films in 1974. In 1980 it became the Savoy rock club. In 1987, the building was granted landmark status by the City of New York; when owner Henry Macklowe developed the surrounding lots into a new luxury hotel, the Macklowe Hotel, he incorporated the landmarked theater, using it as a conference center and auditorium. Millennium & Copthorne Hotels bought the hotel and the Hudson in 1995, renaming the hotel the Millennium Broadway.
During its time as a conference center for the hotel. The Hudson Theatre was the site of stand-up comedy shows which were taped for broadcast on the Comedy Central cable network. In 2015 it was announced that the British-based Ambassador Theatre Group would assume management of the Hudson from the hotel and convert it back into a legitimate Broadway theater. Upon reopening in 2017, the Hudson became the 41st theater operating on Broadway and the oldest, having opened earlier in 1903 than the Lyceum and New Amsterdam Theatres; the Tony Awards Administration Committee ruled in October 2016 that the Hudson Theatre is deemed to be a Tony-eligible theatre, with "970 seats without the use of the orchestra pit and 948 seats when the orchestra pit is utilized by a production."The Hudson reopened as a Broadway theater in 2017 with a revival of the Stephen Sondheim musical Sunday in the Park with George. The limited 10-week run featured Jake Gyllenhaal and opened February 11 for previews with an official opening on February 23, 2017.
Gyllenhaal and his co-star Annaleigh Ashford participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the theater on February 8, 2017. Hudson Theatre 1903: Cousin Kate 1905: Man and Superman 1907: The Lion and the Mouse 1908: Love's Comedy 1914: The Taming of the Shrew 1922: So This is London 1926: The Noose 1929: Hot Chocolate 1938: Who's Who 1941: Arsenic and Old Lace 1945: State of the Union 1947: The Voice of the Turtle 1949: Detective Story 1960: Toys in the Attic 1961: BecketThe Savoy 1981: Genesis 1983: King Sunny Adé and his African BeatsReopened Hudson Theatre 2017: Sunday in the Park with George. Scotty Moore website. Retrieved June 22, 2014
Jean Marie Lucien Pierre Anouilh was a French dramatist whose career spanned five decades. Though his work ranged from high drama to absurdist farce, Anouilh is best known for his 1944 play Antigone, an adaptation of Sophocles' classical drama, seen as an attack on Marshal Pétain's Vichy government. One of France's most prolific writers after World War II, much of Anouilh's work deals with themes of maintaining integrity in a world of moral compromise. Anouilh was born in Cérisole, a small village on the outskirts of Bordeaux, had Basque ancestry, his father, François Anouilh, was a tailor, Anouilh maintained that he inherited from him a pride in conscientious craftmanship. He may owe his artistic bent to his mother, Marie-Magdeleine, a violinist who supplemented the family's meager income by playing summer seasons in the casino orchestra in the nearby seaside resort of Arcachon. Marie-Magdeleine worked the night shifts in the music-hall orchestras and sometimes accompanied stage presentations, affording Anouilh ample opportunity to absorb the dramatic performances from backstage.
He attended rehearsals and solicited the resident authors to let him read scripts until bedtime. He first tried his hand at playwriting here, at the age of 12, though his earliest works do not survive. In 1918 the family moved to Paris where the young Anouilh received his secondary education at the Lycée Chaptal. Jean-Louis Barrault a major French director, was a pupil there at the same time and recalls Anouilh as an intense, rather dandified figure who hardly noticed a boy some two years younger than himself, he earned acceptance into the law school at the Sorbonne but, unable to support himself financially, he left after just 18 months to seek work as a copywriter at the advertising agency Publicité Damour. He liked the work, spoke more than once with wry approval of the lessons in the classical virtues of brevity and precision of language he learned while drafting advertising copy. Anouilh's financial troubles continued after he was called up to military service in 1929. Supported by only his meager conscription salary, Anouilh married the actress Monelle Valentin in 1931.
Though Valentin starred in many of his plays, Anouilh's daughter Caroline, claims that the marriage was not a happy one. Anouilh's youngest daughter Colombe claims that there was never an official marriage between Anouilh and Valentin, she had multiple extramarital affairs, which caused Anouilh much pain and suffering. The infidelity weighed on the dramatist as a result of the uncertainty about his own parentage. According to Caroline, Anouilh had learned that his mother had had a lover at the theatre in Arcachon, his biological father. In spite of this and Valentin had a daughter, Catherine, in 1934 who followed the pair into theatre work at an early age. Anouilh's growing family placed further strain on his limited finances. Determined to break into writing full-time, he began to write comic scenes for the cinema to supplement their income. At the age of 25, Anouilh found work as a secretary to the French actor and director Louis Jouvet at the Comédie des Champs-Elysées. Though Anouilh's boss had lent him some of the set furniture left over from the production of Jean Giraudoux's play Siegfried to furnish his modest home, the director was not interested in encouraging his assistant's attempts at playwriting.
Jouvet had risen to fame in the early 1930s through his collaborations with the playwright Giraudoux, together the two worked to shift focus from the authorial voice of the director back to the playwright and his text. Giraudoux was an inspiration to Anouilh and, with the encouragement of the acclaimed playwright, he began writing again in 1929. Before the end of the year he made his theatrical debut with Humulus le muet, a collaborative project with Jean Aurenche, it was followed by his first solo projects, L'Hermine in 1932 and Mandarine in 1933, both produced by Aurélien Lugné-Poe, an innovative actor and stage manager, head of the Théâtre de l'Œuvre. Ruled by the philosophy, "the word creates the decor," Lugné-Poe let Anouilh's lyrical prose shine in front of a backdrop of simple compositions of line and color that created a unity of style and mood; the plays were not great successes, closing after 37 and 13 performances but Anouilh persevered, following it up with a string of productions, most notably Y'avait un prisonnier.
These works, most in collaboration with the experimental Russian director Georges Pitoëff, were considered promising despite their lack of commercial profits, the duo continued to work together until they had their first major success in 1937 with Le voyageur sans bagage. In subsequent years, there was a season in Paris that did not prominently feature a new Anouilh play and many of these were being exported to England and America. After 1938, much of Anouilh's work was directed by the prominent Paris scenic designer André Barsacq, who had taken over as director of the Théâtre de l'Atelier after Charles Dullin's retirement in 1940. Barsacq was a champion for Anouilh and their affiliation was a major factor in the playwright's continued success after the war. In the 1940s, Anouilh turned from contemporary tales to more mythical and historic subjects. With protagonists who asserted their independence from the fated past, themes during this period are more related to the existential concerns of such writers as Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus.
The most famous play of this group is Antigone, which "established Anouilh as a leading dramati
Thomas Becket known as Saint Thomas of Canterbury, Thomas of London and Thomas à Becket, was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder in 1170. He is venerated as a martyr by both the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion, he engaged in conflict with Henry II, King of England, over the rights and privileges of the Church and was murdered by followers of the king in Canterbury Cathedral. Soon after his death, he was canonised by Pope Alexander III; the main sources for the life of Becket are a number of biographies written by contemporaries. A few of these documents are by unknown writers, although traditional historiography has given them names; the known biographers are John of Salisbury, Edward Grim, Benedict of Peterborough, William of Canterbury, William fitzStephen, Guernes of Pont-Sainte-Maxence, Robert of Cricklade, Alan of Tewkesbury, Benet of St Albans, Herbert of Bosham. The other biographers, who remain anonymous, are given the pseudonyms of Anonymous I, Anonymous II, Anonymous III.
Besides these accounts, there are two other accounts that are contemporary that appear in the Quadrilogus II and the Thómas saga erkibyskups. Besides these biographies, there is the mention of the events of Becket's life in the chroniclers of the time; these include Robert of Torigni's work, Roger of Howden's Gesta Regis Henrici Secundi and Chronica, Ralph Diceto's works, William of Newburgh's Historia Rerum, Gervase of Canterbury's works. Becket was born about 1119, or in 1120 according to tradition, he was born in Cheapside, London, on 21 December, the feast day of St Thomas the Apostle. He was the son of Matilda Beket. Gilbert's father was from Thierville in the lordship of Brionne in Normandy, was either a small landowner or a petty knight. Matilda was of Norman descent, her family may have originated near Caen. Gilbert was related to Theobald of Bec, whose family was from Thierville. Gilbert began his life as a merchant as a textile merchant, but by the 1120s he was living in London and was a property owner, living on the rental income from his properties.
He served as the sheriff of the city at some point. They were buried in Old St Paul's Cathedral. One of Becket's father's wealthy friends, Richer de L'Aigle invited Thomas to his estates in Sussex where Becket was exposed to hunting and hawking. According to Grim, Becket learned much from Richer, a signatory of the Constitutions of Clarendon against Thomas. Beginning when he was 10, Becket was sent as a student to Merton Priory in England and attended a grammar school in London the one at St Paul's Cathedral, he did not study any subjects beyond the quadrivium at these schools. He spent about a year in Paris around age 20, he did not, study canon or civil law at this time and his Latin skill always remained somewhat rudimentary. Some time after Becket began his schooling, Gilbert Beket suffered financial reverses, the younger Becket was forced to earn a living as a clerk. Gilbert first secured a place for his son in the business of a relative—Osbert Huitdeniers—and later Becket acquired a position in the household of Theobald of Bec, by now the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Theobald entrusted him with several important missions to Rome and sent him to Bologna and Auxerre to study canon law. Theobald in 1154 named Becket Archdeacon of Canterbury, other ecclesiastical offices included a number of benefices, prebends at Lincoln Cathedral and St Paul's Cathedral, the office of Provost of Beverley, his efficiency in those posts led to Theobald recommending him to King Henry II for the vacant post of Lord Chancellor, to which Becket was appointed in January 1155. As Chancellor, Becket enforced the king's traditional sources of revenue that were exacted from all landowners, including churches and bishoprics. King Henry sent his son Henry to live in Becket's household, it being the custom for noble children to be fostered out to other noble houses; the younger Henry was reported to have said Becket showed him more fatherly love in a day than his father did for his entire life. Becket was nominated as Archbishop of Canterbury in 1162, several months after the death of Theobald.
His election was confirmed on 23 May 1162 by a royal council of noblemen. Henry may have hoped that Becket would continue to put the royal government first, rather than the church. However, the famous transformation of Becket into an ascetic occurred at this time. Becket enthroned as Archbishop of Canterbury from a Nottingham Alabaster in the Victoria & Albert Museum Becket was ordained a priest on 2 June 1162 at Canterbury, on 3 June 1162 was consecrated as archbishop by Henry of Blois, the Bishop of Winchester and the other suffragan bishops of Canterbury. A rift grew between Henry and Becket as the new archbishop resigned his chancellorship and sought to recover and extend the rights of the archbishopric; this led to a series of conflicts with the King, including that over the jurisdiction of secular courts over English clergymen, which accelerated antipathy between Becket and the king. Attempts by Henry to influence the other bishops against Becket began in Westminster in October 1163, where the King sought approval of the traditional rights of the royal government in regard to the church.
This led to the Constitutions of Clarendon, where Becket was asked to agree to the King's rights or face political repercussions. King Henry II presided over the assemblies of most of the higher English clergy at Clarendon Palace on 30 January 1164. In sixteen constitutions, he sought less clerical independence and a weaker connec
Paris is the capital and most populous city of France, with an area of 105 square kilometres and an official estimated population of 2,140,526 residents as of 1 January 2019. Since the 17th century, Paris has been one of Europe's major centres of finance, commerce, fashion and the arts; the City of Paris is the centre and seat of government of the Île-de-France, or Paris Region, which has an estimated official 2019 population of 12,213,364, or about 18 percent of the population of France. The Paris Region had a GDP of €681 billion in 2016, accounting for 31 percent of the GDP of France, was the 5th largest region by GDP in the world. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit Worldwide Cost of Living Survey in 2018, Paris was the second most expensive city in the world, after Singapore, ahead of Zurich, Hong Kong and Geneva. Another source ranked Paris as most expensive, on a par with Singapore and Hong-Kong, in 2018; the city is a major rail and air-transport hub served by two international airports: Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly.
Opened in 1900, the city's subway system, the Paris Métro, serves 5.23 million passengers daily, is the second busiest metro system in Europe after Moscow Metro. Gare du Nord is the 24th busiest railway station in the world, the first located outside Japan, with 262 million passengers in 2015. Paris is known for its museums and architectural landmarks: the Louvre was the most visited art museum in the world in 2018, with 10.2 million visitors. The Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie are noted for their collections of French Impressionist art, the Pompidou Centre Musée National d'Art Moderne has the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe; the historical district along the Seine in the city centre is classified as a UNESCO Heritage Site. Popular landmarks in the centre of the city include the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris and the Gothic royal chapel of Sainte-Chapelle, both on the Île de la Cité. Paris received 23 million visitors in 2017, measured by hotel stays, with the largest numbers of foreign visitors coming from the United States, the UK, Germany and China.
It was ranked as the third most visited travel destination in the world in 2017, after Bangkok and London. The football club Paris Saint-Germain and the rugby union club Stade Français are based in Paris; the 80,000-seat Stade de France, built for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, is located just north of Paris in the neighbouring commune of Saint-Denis. Paris hosts the annual French Open Grand Slam tennis tournament on the red clay of Roland Garros. Paris will host the 2024 Summer Olympics; the 1938 and 1998 FIFA World Cups, the 2007 Rugby World Cup, the 1960, 1984, 2016 UEFA European Championships were held in the city and, every July, the Tour de France bicycle race finishes there. The name "Paris" is derived from the Celtic Parisii tribe; the city's name is not related to the Paris of Greek mythology. Paris is referred to as the City of Light, both because of its leading role during the Age of Enlightenment and more because Paris was one of the first large European cities to use gas street lighting on a grand scale on its boulevards and monuments.
Gas lights were installed on the Place du Carousel, Rue de Rivoli and Place Vendome in 1829. By 1857, the Grand boulevards were lit. By the 1860s, the boulevards and streets of Paris were illuminated by 56,000 gas lamps. Since the late 19th century, Paris has been known as Panam in French slang. Inhabitants are known in French as Parisiens, they are pejoratively called Parigots. The Parisii, a sub-tribe of the Celtic Senones, inhabited the Paris area from around the middle of the 3rd century BC. One of the area's major north–south trade routes crossed the Seine on the île de la Cité; the Parisii minted their own coins for that purpose. The Romans began their settlement on Paris' Left Bank; the Roman town was called Lutetia. It became a prosperous city with a forum, temples, an amphitheatre. By the end of the Western Roman Empire, the town was known as Parisius, a Latin name that would become Paris in French. Christianity was introduced in the middle of the 3rd century AD by Saint Denis, the first Bishop of Paris: according to legend, when he refused to renounce his faith before the Roman occupiers, he was beheaded on the hill which became known as Mons Martyrum "Montmartre", from where he walked headless to the north of the city.
Clovis the Frank, the first king of the Merovingian dynasty, made the city his capital from 508. As the Frankish domination of Gaul began, there was a gradual immigration by the Franks to Paris and the Parisian Francien dialects were born. Fortification of the Île-de-la-Citie failed to avert sacking by Vikings in 845, but Paris' strategic importance—with its bridges prevent
Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre called the Royale Theatre and the John Golden Theatre, is a Broadway theatre located at 242 West 45th Street in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Designed by architect Herbert J. Krapp, it opened as the Royale Theatre on January 11, 1927, with a musical entitled Piggy. Produced by William B. Friedlander, Piggy had a weak script, but the popular comedian Sam Bernard played the starring role and carried the show for 79 performances. Bernard died. Built as part of a three theater complex, alongside the 800-seat Theatre Masque, the 1,600-seat Majestic, the Lincoln Hotel, the theater features an ornate stone facade, with vaulted large windows above the street frontage; the landmarked interior features murals by Willy Pogany and one balcony level all under an expansive vaulted plasterwork ceiling. With a seating capacity just over 1,100, the theater has been home to both plays and musical productions in its ninety-year history. Producer John Golden leased the theatre and renamed it for himself from 1932 to 1937.
The Shubert Organization assumed ownership and leased the theatre to CBS Radio. In 1940, the Royale was restored to use as a legitimate theatre under its original name. On May 9, 2005, it was renamed for longtime Shubert Organization president Bernard B. Jacobs. 1928: Diamond Lil 1933: Both Your Houses 1934: Small Miracle 1940: Du Barry Was a Lady 1941: The Corn Is Green 1946: The Glass Menagerie 1947: Our Lan' 1949: The Madwoman of Chaillot 1952: New Faces of 1952 1954: The Immoralist 1954: The Boy Friend 1955: The Matchmaker 1957: The Tunnel of Love 1958: The Entertainer 1958: Gigi 1960: Becket 1961: The Night of the Iguana 1964: The Subject Was Roses 1965: The Owl and the Pussycat. Jacobs Theatre; the production grossed $1,447,598 over nine performances, for the week ending December 30, 2012. List of New York City Designated Landmarks in Manhattan from 59th to 110th Streets National Register of Historic Places listings in Manhattan from 59th to 110th Streets Official website Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre at the Internet Broadway Database Bernard B.
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Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, was an English actor and director who, along with his contemporaries Ralph Richardson, Peggy Ashcroft and John Gielgud, dominated the British stage of the mid-20th century. He worked in films throughout his career, playing more than fifty cinema roles. Late in his career, he had considerable success in television roles, his family had no theatrical connections, but Olivier's father, a clergyman, decided that his son should become an actor. After attending a drama school in London, Olivier learned his craft in a succession of acting jobs during the late 1920s. In 1930 he had his first important West End success in Noël Coward's Private Lives, he appeared in his first film. In 1935 he played in a celebrated production of Romeo and Juliet alongside Gielgud and Ashcroft, by the end of the decade he was an established star. In the 1940s, together with Richardson and John Burrell, Olivier was the co-director of the Old Vic, building it into a respected company.
There his most celebrated roles included Sophocles's Oedipus. In the 1950s Olivier was an independent actor-manager, but his stage career was in the doldrums until he joined the avant garde English Stage Company in 1957 to play the title role in The Entertainer, a part he played on film. From 1963 to 1973 he was the founding director of Britain's National Theatre, running a resident company that fostered many future stars, his own parts there included the title role in Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. Among Olivier's films are Wuthering Heights, a trilogy of Shakespeare films as actor-director: Henry V, Richard III, his films included The Shoes of the Fisherman, Marathon Man, The Boys from Brazil. His television appearances included an adaptation of The Moon and Sixpence, Long Day's Journey into Night, Love Among the Ruins, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Brideshead Revisited and King Lear. Olivier's honours included a life peerage and the Order of Merit. For his on-screen work he received four Academy Awards, two British Academy Film Awards, five Emmy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards.
The National Theatre's largest auditorium is named in his honour, he is commemorated in the Laurence Olivier Awards, given annually by the Society of London Theatre. He was married three times, to the actresses Jill Esmond from 1930 to 1940, Vivien Leigh from 1940 to 1960, Joan Plowright from 1961 until his death. Olivier was born in Dorking, the youngest of the three children of the Reverend Gerard Kerr Olivier and his wife Agnes Louise, née Crookenden, their elder children were Sybille and Gerard Dacres "Dickie". His great-great-grandfather was of French Huguenot descent, Olivier came from a long line of Protestant clergymen. Gerard Olivier had begun a career as a schoolmaster, but in his thirties he discovered a strong religious vocation and was ordained as a priest of the Church of England, he practised high church, ritualist Anglicanism and liked to be addressed as "Father Olivier". This made him unacceptable to most Anglican congregations, the only church posts he was offered were temporary deputising for regular incumbents in their absence.
This meant a nomadic existence, for Laurence's first few years, he never lived in one place long enough to make friends. In 1912, when Olivier was five, his father secured a permanent appointment as assistant rector at St Saviour's, Pimlico, he held the post for six years, a stable family life was at last possible. Olivier was devoted to his mother, but not to his father, whom he found a remote parent, he learned a great deal of the art of performing from him. As a young man Gerard Olivier had considered a stage career and was a dramatic and effective preacher. Olivier wrote that his father knew "when to drop the voice, when to bellow about the perils of hellfire, when to slip in a gag, when to wax sentimental... The quick changes of mood and manner absorbed me, I have never forgotten them." In 1916, after attending a series of preparatory schools, Olivier passed the singing examination for admission to the choir school of All Saints, Margaret Street, in central London. His elder brother was a pupil, Olivier settled in, though he felt himself to be something of an outsider.
The church's style of worship was Anglo-Catholic, with emphasis on ritual and incense. The theatricality of the services appealed to Olivier, the vicar encouraged the students to develop a taste for secular as well as religious drama. In a school production of Julius Caesar in 1917, the ten-year-old Olivier's performance as Brutus impressed an audience that included Lady Tree, the young Sybil Thorndike, Ellen Terry, who wrote in her diary, "The small boy who played Brutus is a great actor." He won praise in other schoolboy productions, as Maria in Twelfth Night and Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew. From All Saints, Olivier went on to St Edward's School, from 1920 to 1924, he made little mark until his final year, when he played Puck in the school's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. In January 1924, his brother left England to work in India as a rubber planter. Olivier missed him and asked his father how soon he could follow, he recalled in his memoirs that his father replied, "Don't be such a fool, you're not going to India, you're going on the stage."
In 1924 Gerard Olivier, a habitually fru
The Gielgud Theatre is a West End theatre, located on Shaftesbury Avenue in the City of Westminster, London, at the corner of Rupert Street. The house has 986 seats on three levels; the theatre was designed by W. G. R. Sprague and opened on 27 December 1906 as the Hicks Theatre, named after Seymour Hicks, for whom it was built; the first play at the theatre was a hit musical called The Beauty of Bath co-written by Hicks. Another big success was A Waltz Dream in 1908. In 1909, the American impresario Charles Frohman became manager of the theatre and renamed the house the Globe Theatre – a name that it retained for 85 years. Call It a Day opened in 1935 and ran for 509 performances, a long run for the slow inter-war years. There's a Girl in My Soup, opening in 1966, ran for three years, a record for the theatre, not surpassed until Daisy Pulls It Off opened in April 1983 to run for 1,180 performances. Refurbished in 1987, the theatre has since presented several Alan Ayckbourn premieres, including Man of the Moment, as well as a notable revival of An Ideal Husband in 1992.
During reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe theatre on the South Bank, in 1994 the theatre was renamed the Gielgud Theatre in honour of John Gielgud. Another refurbishment was completed in 2008; the Globe's theatre cat, became famous enough to receive a front-page obituary in the theatrical publication The Stage in 1995. The theatre opened on 27 December 1906 as the Hicks Theatre in honour of actor and playwright Seymour Hicks, for whom it was built. Designed by W. G. R. Sprague in Louis XVI style, the theatre had 970 seats, but over the years boxes and other seats have been removed; the theatre is a pair with the Queen's Theatre. The first play at the theatre was a musical called The Beauty of Bath by Cosmo Hamilton. My Darling, another Hicks musical, followed in 1907, followed by the original London production of Brewster's Millions, the next year, the long-running London premiere production of the Straus operetta, A Waltz Dream. An astonishing event occurred midway through the run of the theatre's next major work, a musical titled The Dashing Little Duke, produced by Hicks.
Hicks' wife, Ellaline Terriss, played the title role. When she missed several performances due to illness, Hicks stepped into the role – the only case in the history of musical theatre where a husband succeeded to his wife's role. In 1909, the American impresario Charles Frohman became sole manager of the theatre and renamed the house Globe Theatre; the reopening production was His Borrowed Plumes, written by Lady Randolph Churchill, Winston Churchill's mother. During the First World War, the musical Peg O' My Heart was a success at the theatre. Noël Coward debuted his Fallen Angels here in 1925. Call It a Day by Dodie Smith opened in 1935 and ran for 509 performances, an unusually long run for the slow inter-war years. Shakespeare and classic plays, as well as musicals, were seen at the theatre in the decades that followed. In 1938, actor John Gielgud directed and starred in a revival of The Importance of Being Earnest, "regarded at the time as the definitive production of the 20th century." Gielgud took his production of The Lady's Not for Burning, by Christopher Fry, to the Globe Theatre in 1949 for a successful West End premiere.
In 1960, A Man For All Seasons had its stage premiere here. Terence Frisby's There's a Girl in My Soup, opening in 1966, ran for 1,064 performances at the theatre, a record, not surpassed until Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of the Olivier Award-winning comedy Daisy Pulls It Off by Denise Deegan opened in April 1983 to run for 1,180 performances, the theatre's longest run. In 1987 Peter Shaffer's play Lettice and Lovage had a hit London premiere, starring Maggie Smith and Margaret Tyzack, running for two years. One of several Coward revivals in recent decades, Design for Living, starring Rachel Weisz, transferred to the theatre in 1995; when Lloyd Webber rewrote Tell Me on a Sunday, he relaunched it at the theatre to good notices. The Globe was the home of a resident theatre cat named Beerbohm, after actor Herbert Beerbohm Tree; the tabby's portrait still hangs in the corridor near the stalls. Beerbohm appeared on stage at least once in every production, he always chose to occupy certain actors' dressing rooms while they were at the theatre, including Peter Bowles, Michael Gambon and Penelope Keith.
Beerbohm was mentioned several times on Desert Island Discs, he was the only cat to have received a front-page obituary in the theatrical publication, The Stage. He died in March 1995 at the age of 20. Refurbished in 1987, with extensive work on the gold leaf in the auditorium, the theatre is notable for its beautiful circular Regency staircase, oval gallery and tower; the theatre has presented several Alan Ayckbourn premieres, including Man of the Moment. Oscar Wilde's classic comedy, An Ideal Husband and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest saw notable revivals, the Royal Shakespeare Company and others have brought several Shakespeare and classic play revivals to the theatre in recent decades; the 2007 production of Equus attracted considerable press for the nude appearance of 17-year-old Daniel Radcliffe, still filming the Harry Potter films. The production ran to 2009 there. Musicals returned in 2009 with a transfer of Avenue Q, a transfer from Broadway of Hair the next year, followed by the West End premiere of the stage version of Yes, Prime Minister bef