Graphic His­tory

London’s Theatre­land

History Revealed - - CONTENTS -

London’s Theatre­land is one of those places where dreams are born – and made. Few have em­bod­ied that more than Restora­tion-era celebrity Nell Gwyn, whose rag-to-riches story saw her morph from pen­ni­less orange seller in the aisles to star of the stage and then mistress to the King of Eng­land, the flam­boy­ant Charles II – then lose it all, only to be res­cued from poverty by the benefice of the freshly crowned James VII and II.

Theatre took off in London in the El­iz­a­bethan era and – aside from an in­ter­reg­num-en­forced in­ter­val – has been a main­stay of the city ever since. There are now more than 40 venues in the vicin­ity, mak­ing Theatre­land one of the dens­est clus­ters of play­houses any­where in the world. Each night, they stage tragedies, come­dies, mu­si­cals and more for cheer­ing crowds, with no signs of a fi­nal cur­tain any time soon.

London theatre au­di­ences topped 15 mil­lion is 2017, the high­est since record col­lect­ing be­gan in 1986. 2010 saw NASA use hit song ‘De­fy­ing Grav­ity’ from Wicked as an astronaut wake-up call dur­ing one of its mis­sions of The ear­li­est men­tion works be­ing Shakespeare’s is from staged in London of 1592 – in the form was not an in­sult that he a true play­wright Among the West End’s more un­ex­pected play­wrights overt was Ital­ian dic­ta­tor and who fas­cist Ben­ito Mus­solini, hero wrote a play about his Napoleon. It closed af­ter only 32 per­for­mances in 1932.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.