Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Things you might not have know about theatre...

The largest West End Theatre is the London Palladium, which has a capacity of 2,286!

The entirety of the 432-capacity Fortune Theatre would fit on the giant stage area of the Dominion Theatre. 

The Dominion Theatre is the site of the Great Beer Flood, a tragedy in 1814 which claimed 8 lives after 570 tons of beer crashed through the wall of a nearby brewery and flooded the area. 

In the final week of 2016, more than 439,000 people attended West End Shows, setting a new weekly attendance record. 

A record number of people attended West End shows in 2016, with an average of 801 people per show, the highest since figures were first taken. 

Under the pseudonym Doctor Spin, Andrew Lloyd Webber released a top 10 single in 1992 called "Tetris".

Ivor Novello lived above the Novello Theatre for nearly 40 years.

The Intimate Review holds the record for the shortest run in West End history, closing before the end of its first performance. 

Choreographer Bob Fosse was the first person to win a Tony, Oscar and Emmy Award in the same year - 1973.

The Savoy Theatre was the first theatre to be lit entirely with electric lights.

The sound effect of the Crunchem Hall School bell played at the start of Matilda The Musical is a recording of the actual hand bell used by RSC front of house staff in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Every member of the War Horse cast has a clause in their contract that states they cannot ride a real horse in case of injury.

The Fortune was the first theatre to be built in London after the end of the First World War.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has the longest theatre bar in London. It stretches the entire width of the auditorium.
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