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© Mr Anthony Rau

IoE Number: 427104
Location: THE APOLLO THEATRE, SHAFTESBURY AVENUE W1
  WESTMINSTER, CITY OF WESTMINSTER, GREATER LONDON
Photographer: Mr Anthony Rau
Date Photographed: 15 January 2006
Date listed: 28 June 1972
Date of last amendment: 28 June 1972
Grade II

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CITY OF WESTMINSTERSHAFTESBURY AVENUE W1TQ 2980 NEThe Apollo Theatre71/54(including No 8 Archer28-6-72Street)GVII

CITY OF WESTMINSTER SHAFTESBURY AVENUE W1 TQ 2980 NE The Apollo Theatre 71/54 (including No 8 Archer 28-6-72 Street) GV II Theatre,1901 by Lewen Sharp with sculptured work by T. Simpson. Stone faced, plain brick to Rupert Street and Denmark Street. Shaftesbury Avenue front in a Free Renaissance style. 3 main storeys and a tall attic. 3 major bays wide, the outer two as pavilions with shallow canted fronts. Arcaded ground floor foyer and gallery-circle entrances, under glass canopy supported on elaborate ornamental iron brackets. 1st floor central loggia and pedimented flanking windows. Attic storey above main entablature, with enriched oeil de boeuf windows and crowning cornice. The pavilion attics are treated as short circular turrets with shallow domes, rather Art Nouveau in character and are enhanced by figure sculpture of heroic scale. Rich interior (slightly simplified by Schaufelberg in 1932) with foyer and ante-room to Royal Box; the auditorium with elaborate plasterwork in "Louis XIV" style. 3 cantilevered balconies flowing into the serpentine fronts of richly ornamental tiers of boxes flanking the proscenium - single box at stage level, pairs at dress and upper circle levels with modelled terms supporting the gallery "box" above; architraved proscenium with figure relief composition to tympanum over. Richly ornamental shallow domed ceiling on pendentives, etc. Lewen Sharp's only theatre, although he also altered the Camberwell Palace of Varieties in 1908.

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