This beautifully illustrated book covers 53 of the best-known and most historic theatres within Central London. Over 200 exquisite cameos capture the theatres as they are now, at the beginning of the new millennium, while the fascinating text brings to life each theatre's colourful and varied past. With a wealth of information for both casual visitors and more serious enthusiasts, London's Theatres is the ultimate reference guide to the capital's magnificent cultural history. Mike Kilburn's lively and authoritative text explores the remarkable evolution of London's theatres within a city which, itself, never ceases to grow and change. He reveals the Adelphi Theatre's origins in the back rooms of a 19th-century, magic-lantern salesman's shop -- and shares the extraordinary story of legendary performers Margot Fonteyn and Donald Albury's conversion of a beer and bananas warehouse into the premier fringe theatre, the Donmar Warehouse.New Princea#39;s Theatre designed by architect Bertie Crewe for Walter and Frederick Melville; opens 26 December. ... Between the two is a series of dull blocks including, in particular, Endeavour House, accompanied by an excess of concrete paving and young trees. ... succeeded in crossing that delicate bridge between brilliance and genius, particularly so far as exterior design and massing is concerned.
|Publisher||:||New Holland Publishers - 2002|