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

Opeded 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.


& Juliet Annouces New Cast Member: Keala Settle
A new face has joined the smash-hit five-star musical & Juliet.

The Greatest Showman star Keala Settle will make her West End debut as the Nurse. She joins Miriam-Teak Lee – who was awarded a WhatsOnStage Award, an Olivier Award for Best Actress and a Black British Theatre Award for her performance as Juliet – will once more lead the company, alongside Cassidy Janson, who also won an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Anne Hathaway, Oliver Tompsett as William Shakespeare.


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. You can have a look at the plans on the Shaftesbury Theatre web site here..


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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