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Stagecoach Students return to The Shaftesbury Theatre

By Lottie Wright

October 21, 2019
Stagecoach Students return to The Shaftesbury Theatre

Throughout the year, students from our schools are given the amazing opportunity to perform at some of the UK's most famous theatres.  This year, 8 of our schools are joining us to perform at The Shaftesbury Theatre. 
 

Opening its doors for the first time Boxing Day 1911 with a production of ‘The Three Musketeers’ The Shaftesbury was the last theatre to be built on the famous Shaftesbury Avenue in London.
 
Like most theatres in London, it has had its name changed many times throughout its history, finally becoming The Shaftesbury Theatre as we know it in 1962.
 
Despite bomb damage during the Second World War, surprisingly the theatre remained open. But, in 1973 ‘Hair’ was about to make history with its 2000th performance when the theatre’s roof collapsed forcing the theatre to close. The extensive damage caused meant the Shaftsbury was due to be demolished until it was saved by campaign group ‘Save Londons Theatres’. The Shaftesbury is now the largest independent theatre in the West End.
 
Last year, The Shaftesbury Theatre hosted our Charity Gala featuring the Creative Courage For Life Awards in support of our charity partner Young Minds. We are pleased to be returning to the theatre for the Charity Gala again this year.
 
Alongside the Charity Gala, Stagecoach students have been performing at The Shaftesbury since November 2014. The students performing this November are taking part in our 12th visit to the theatre. 
 
Stagecoach schools performing 24th November 2019
Berkhamsted & Hemel Hempstead
Wimbledon
Newcastle
Ealing
Blandford Forum
Shaftesbury
Chingford
Dulwich