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Apollo Theatre, London

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The Apollo Theatre is a Grade II listed West End theatre, on Shaftesbury Avenue in the City of Westminster, in central London. Designed by the architect Lewin Sharp for owner Henry Lowenfeld, it became the fourth legitimate theatre to be constructed on the street when it opened its doors on 21 February 1901, with the American musical comedy The Belle of Bohemia.HistoryConstructionHenry Lowenfeld had bought land on the newly created Shaftesbury Avenue at the turn of the 20th century—next door to the Lyric Theatre, which opened in 1888—and as a consequence the Apollo is one of the few theatres in London to be freehold.The only complete theatre design of architect Lewin Sharp, the Apollo was specifically designed for musical theatre and named after the Greek god of the arts and leader of the muses. It was constructed by builder Walter Wallis of plain London brick in keeping with the neighbouring streets; the front piece is in the Renaissance style with a sculpted stone fascia by T. Simpson. The structure encloses a four-level auditorium, with three cantilevered balconies and a first-floor central loggia, decorated in the Louis XIV Style by Hubert van Hooydonk. In keeping with then European style, each level has its own foyer and promenade.
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  • I first attended a musical and opted for Mamma mia because I knew the story well. Great musical cast, orchestra and corps de ballet. I had a great time. Great view from the stalls. An experience to do absolutely if you go to London. They've been replicating the show for 20 years!!! awesome!
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  • It is a musical. Good music singing and dancing. It is about a school boy called Jamie who wants to be a drag Queen. A very good story. The theatre was comfortable with a good view. Had a glass of win...  more »
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  • Fantastic theatre. Intimate and welcoming, plenty of clean loos and a very reasonable bar. Great selection of restaurants nearby and close to public transport. Wonderful night out there. Recommended!
  • Really good theatre. Was slightly late due to traffic and we were quickly brought to our seats which was a great experience after being nervous about it. Beautiful theatre, not the biggest but even the seating with some obstructions was not problematic at all. Would recommend a show here!
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