Novello Theatre – Aldwych, London – Crazy For You

Novello Theatre – Aldwych, London – Crazy For You
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Near the Strand in London. Was here to see Crazy For You at the Novello Theatre.

This is the Novello Theatre on Aldwych in London. The theatre where we saw Crazy For You.

It was opened in 1905 as the Waldorf Theatre. Renamed in 1909 Strand Theatre. Renamed again in 2005 as Novello Theatre.

The theatre is Grade II listed.

The Strand Theatre, Westminster

73/20 (North side)

20.7.71 The Strand Theatre


Theatre. 1905 by W.G.R. Sprague. Portland stone faced, concealed roof.
Lively Free Classicism of vaguely Beaux Arts derivation, part of the
Aldwych-Kingsway development and designed as a reverse pair to the Aldwych
Theatre q.v. flanking the Waldorf Hotel q.v. in a symmetrical composition.
4 storeys and attic storey. Identical 3-window wide elevations to
Catherine Street and Aldwych linked by inset bowed 2-window wide corner
entrance pavilion. Ground and 1st floors treated as rusticated podium with
entrance to corner under canopy returned to both fronts. Arcaded 1st floor
windows. Above 1st floor cornice rises a giant engaged Ionic order
embracing the 2nd and 3rd floors with the 2nd floor windows treated as
steep pedimented Venetian windows. Tall attic storey above main
entablature fronted to Aldwych and Catherine Street by applied pediments,
attic cornice and blocking course surmounted by ball finials. Generous use
of high and low relief statuary groups, swags and pendants. Catherine
Street facade continued as lower, giant pilastered wing. Interior has
semi-elliptical vestibule; elegant foyer with marble dressings including
Corinthian pilaster order; marble staircase with wrought iron and brass
balustrades; ceilings compartmented in C.17 style; elliptical "Dixhuitieme"
dress circle bar; fine auditorium with 3 cantilevered balconies, domed
frescoed ceiling and high quality stucco decoration in "Dixhuitieme" taste,
particularly the tiers of boxes surmounted by putti groups.

The Theatres of London; Mander and Mitchenson.

Craxy For You

Crazy for You is a musical with a book by Ken Ludwig, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, and music by George Gershwin. Billed as "The New Gershwin Musical Comedy", it is largely based on the songwriting team’s 1930 musical, Girl Crazy, but interpolates songs from several other productions as well.

It was the 2011 revival. First played at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in Summer 2011. Moved to the Novello in October 2011 to July 2012.

The show was quite good. Very enjoyable.