DLT Entertainment's Shaftesbury Theatre

Starting in 1986 with a minority share, today DLT owns 100% of the Shaftesbury Theatre and is London's longest tenured theatre owner. In addition to producing its own shows, DLT has general managed third party productions.

Now at The Shaftesbury Theatre

Coming To The Shaftesbury Theatre

1911 Bar

Opened July 7 2021 For a Limited Run

Recorded June 18 & 19 2021

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 Coming To The Shaftesbury in May
Direct from a sensational run up in Manchester — where it played to sold-out crowds and standing ovations — the new comedy musical Mrs. Doubtfire is ready to dazzle and delight the West End from 12 May 2023!

Out-of-work actor Daniel will do anything for his kids. After losing custody in a messy divorce, he 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.

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.

& Juliet Final Performance at The Shaftesbury Theatre 25 March 2023
& Juliet, the award-winning musical which has been thrilling audiences in London since opening in 2019, will play 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.

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.

Shaftesbury Theatre Improvements Continue
Following the success of the Shaftesbury Theatre's multi-award winning Fly Tower extension, The Shaftesbury Theatre has submitted a planning application for the upgrading of the facilities and structure of the landmark building. Improvements to the auditorium, audience experience, and extension of the foyers are included.


Be More Chill Returned To The West End
With a score full of addictive earworms and a universal, sci-fi tinged story about the competing voices in all of our heads, this "fantastically funny" (The Guardian) musical "fizzes with feel-good energy" (The Stage) and features "an absolutely terrific young British cast" (The Telegraph).

It’s just your atypical love story – a guy (he wants to fit in), a girl (she wants to be noticed), and the supercomputer inside the guy’s head that tells him what to do (it wants to take over the world!).

Lady Chatterley's Lover Recorded at The Shaftesbury
A new musical adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s infamous literary classic, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, received a strictly limited West End premiere. Crafted by composer John Robinson (Behind the Iron Mask, Duchess Theatre; Closer to the Sun, Harold Pinter Theatre), this world premiere reenergised Lawrence’s sensation for a new audience.

This production was filmed at the Shaftesbury Theatre to stream later in the year.


Shaftesbury Theatre Reopened with Abba Mania
There was no better way to get the West End back on its feet after a year of silence than the belt-out, feel-good music of ABBA!

Making a long-awaited return to the West End stage, ABBA MANIA is the world’s number one touring ABBA tribute and has performed in over 30 countries around the world, delighting millions over the last two decades. Read the first reviews.

Record 13 WHAT'S ON STAGE Nominations for & Juliet
What if Juliet’s famous ending was really just her beginning? What if she decided to choose her own fate? Join Juliet on this sensational journey of self discovery and second chances, told through some of the most glittering pop anthems of the last three decades from legendary songwriter Max Martin, including …Baby One More Time, Since U Been Gone, Roar, Everybody (Backstreet’s Back), Love Me Like You Do and Can’t Feel My Face. Buy tickets here..

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.

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