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The Savoy Theatre is a West End theatre located in the Strand in the City of Westminster. It is one of the most famous theatre at the moment and has enjoyed the favour of many important ladies and gentlemen like aristocrats, officials and foreign diplomats.
This theatre was built by Mr. D’Oyley Carte from designs by Mr. C. J. Phipps, mainly for the performance of the Gilbert and Sullivan form of comic opera, which has been so popular during the last few years.
The Savoy was first opened on Monday, October 10, 1881, with Messrs. Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Patience”. The Times commented: “A perfect view of the stage can be had from every seat in the house.” The decoration by Collinson and Locke is “in the manner of the Italian Renaissance”, with white, pale yellow and gold predominating, including a gold satin curtain, red boxes and dark blue seats. Exits on all four sides of the theatre are provided, and fireproof materials were used to ensure maximum safety. The Savoy is a state-of-the-art theatre and enjoys the distinction of having been the first theatre in London – if not in the world – to be lighted throughout by the electric light. Sir Joseph Swan, inventor of the incandescent light bulb, supplied about 1,200 Swan incandescent lamps, and the lights are powered by a 120 horsepower generator on open land near the theatre. The experiment has proved a most signal success and the Times, in its review, said that the theatre “is admirably adapted for its purpose, its acoustic qualities are excellent, and all reasonable demands of comfort and taste are complied with.”
Now performing the highly acclaimed “Princess Ida”, an opera from Gilbert and Sullivan. Shows available until end of the year.
Soon “Mikado”, from March 1885.