© Mrs Marion Davies
THE COMEDY THEATRE, PANTON STREET SW1 (south side)
WESTMINSTER, CITY OF WESTMINSTER, GREATER LONDON
Mrs Marion Davies
01 November 2000
28 June 1972
Date of last amendment:
28 June 1972
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TQ 2980 NE CITY OF WESTMINSTER PANTON STREET, SWL
71/88 (south side)
28.6.72 The Comedy Theatre
Theatre on corner site. 1881 by Thomas Verity. Stucco (or painted stone)
and painted brick. Slate roof. Eclectic classical front or rather
frontispiece. 2 storeys. 5 windows wide. Ground floor has grouped
doorways under 1950s cantilevered canopy. Deep frieze and moulded cornice
above which is a centrepiece of 3 enriched architraved and corniced
windows with blind oeil-de-boeuf over, articulated by pilasters supporting
entablature and pediment, and flanked by lower single bay wings. Plain
return to Oxendon Street. Although vestibule foyer and bars etc. mainly
1911 and 1933 alterations (with some further changes in 1955), the
auditorium is essentially that of 1881 with 3 tiers of horseshoe shaped
balconies on slender iron columns, the 2 lower tiers continued as side slip
boxes. A pair of (formerly 2-tiered) boxes with slightly bowed fronts
flank the stage at dress circle level contained within an arch framed by
columns on brackets. Square, architraved proscenium; the main entablature
with palmette enriched frieze carried out over the boxes and with the
frieze continued around the gallery; above the entablature pendentives,
with relief decoration in the lunettes, carry decorated domed ceiling with
elaborate plasterwork to ventilator rose. Some of the original wood
drum-and-shaft flying machinery survives above the stage grid.
Survey of London; Vol. XX.
The Theatres of London; Mander and Mitchenson.