Now at The Shaftesbury Theatre
Opened November 21, 2019
Opened July 7 2021 For a Limited Run
Sara Pascoe Performed February 12 2023
Opened March 8 2016
Opened October 30, 2007
Opened September 29, 2011
In 1986, DLT Entertainment broadened its entertainment base into the world of live theatre by becoming a substantial shareholder in the West End’s Theatre of Comedy—a unique theatrical production entity that also owns its own West End theatre, The Shaftesbury Theatre, a 1400 seat, beautifully restored turn-of-the-century theatre..
The Theatre of Comedy was founded by Ray Cooney, one of the world’s top creator/writers of Farce—a theatrical tradition in which the British excel. Cooney assembled a company of 35 of the foremost comedy performers and writers to create an entity that would specialize in the creation and production of comedy entertainment on the West End, and that would also help develop and continue the U.K.’s rich tradition through bringing forward new plays and new talent.
In its U.K. television production activities (its newest endeavor), The Theatre of Comedy has produced for the BBC As Time Goes By, starring Theatre of Comedy Founder Members Dame Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer.
In the U.S., Taffner’s New York live theatre productions or co-productions include Run For Your Wife (Virginia Theatre), Stand Up Tragedy (Criterion Theatre), and Return To The Forbidden Planet (Variety Arts Theatre).
Today, DLT Entertainment is the sole owner of The Theatre of Comedy and Shaftesbury Theatre and has invested in a flytower extension and master plan expansion.
Mrs. Doubtfire Extends Run into June 2024 At The Shaftesbury Theatre
The hit musical Mrs. Doubtfire
has extened it's run through June 2024 after a successfull opening June 22.
After losing custody in a messy divorce, Out-of-work actor Daniel creates the alter ego of Scottish nanny Euphegenia Doubtfire in a desperate attempt to stay in their lives. As his new character takes on a life of its own, Mrs. Doubtfire teaches Daniel more than he bargained for about how to be a father.
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Shaftesbury Spotlights Employees for International Women’s Day
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Shaftesbury Theatre has been telling the inspiring stories of the women who work every day to keep the Theatre going.
Deputy Head of Ticketing, Fiona Brooke-Holland; Deputy Head of House Management, Natalie Gardner; and Deputy Head of Electrics, Irma Kent, are all featured in the humorous and light-hearted HERstory campaign videos, which explore the employee’s backgrounds, motivations for working in theatre, and the unusual and eventful experiences they’ve had along the way.
Next Phase of The Shaftesbury Theatre's Masterplan Completed
The 1911 bar is the latest in a series of major works which have been undertaken at the Grade II listed building. This includes the development of a second private hospitality space, the Taffner Suite, the installation of a cutting-edge air-conditioning system designed to reduce energy costs, the fitting of a lift which allows people with mobility issues to access the Stalls, and the addition of thirteen spaces for wheelchairs in the Theatre’s auditorium.
Shaftesbury Theatre Nominated for RIBA Open Door Award
In anticipation of the opening of several new bars and hospitality suites, the Shaftesbury has announced its partnership with several award-winning brands, including BrewDog, Halewood and Amalia. With all brands offering an impressive track record on quality and sustainability, the Theatre is dedicated to providing locally-sourced, unique food and drinks for all its future guests.
Having already won two RIBA awards in 2018, the Open Door Award nomination is another accolade for the Shaftesbury Theatre as we continue with our Dramatic Transformation. Our transformation aims to honour the rich past of the Theatre while also acknowledging the needs of a modern audience. With Bennetts Associates Architects, our new fly tower was designed to house new offices, increase the technical capabilities of the Theatre, and protect the existing Grade II listed Edwardian building.
& Juliet Finishes run at The Shaftesbury Theatre
, the award-winning musical which has been thrilling audiences in London since opening in 2019, played its final performance at the Shaftesbury Theatre on Saturday 25 March 2023.
& Juliet first opened at the Manchester Opera House in October 2019. It transferred to London the following month and ever since has played to nightly standing ovations. As well as three Olivier Awards, & Juliet also won 6 Whatsonstage Awards – the most of any production in 2020 – and won further awards at The Black Theatre Awards and The Mousetrap Theatre Awards.
Shaftesbury Theatre Partners with Award-Winning Brands
The Shaftesbury Theatre has been selected as a finalist for the RIBA Open Door Award. As a partnership between RIBA and The British Council, Open Door celebrates architecturally outstanding work in China and the UK with an emphasis on conservation. It recognises the talent of architects who have been qualified for ten years or less and highlights the importance of reinventing heritage buildings for the 21st century.
Hello Harry! | A Celebration of 40 Years at Stage Door
West End legend was awarded an inaugural Olivier Be Inspired Award, having been nominated by friends and family for his commitment to inspiring others through his love of theatre in his personal and professional life. Harry has worked at the Shaftesbury Theatre for 40 years this year, and performers from across the West End and beyond are coming together to celebrate his incredible career. Watch here