7 things you didn't know about the Theatre scene

3 September 2019

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During the closing decade of the 20th Century, critics were becoming increasingly despondent about the longevity of theatre. Many believed that because of the increasing popularity of TV and internet that performing arts will gradually become obsolete. They believed that London theatre shows will be unfashionable and not used by society as a whole.

They were completely wrong! Performing arts haven’t diminished into nothing but have flourished greatly. They are continuing to attract fresh new talent and expertise.

Here are a few historical things you didn’t know about the Theatre scene:

  1. The repertory theatre came about after the World wars. They were initially sponsored by the rich benefactors who introduced the audience from different back grounds to a wide variety of theatre performances. The London show tickets were made affordable so everyone could enjoy the arts. These benefactors supported local writers and helped train young actors.
  2. The first women that appeared in a show was in a Shakespeare play in 1660, previously it was illegal for a woman to act on stage in England.
  3. The old superstition of no whistling on stage comes from when the theatres used to hire sailors as stagehands and rigger. The cues were called using whistling commands, this can cause accidental call cue causing an accident or early curtain call.
  4. The major use of revolving stages first began in Japan in the 1750’s and is currently more notably used in the Les Miserables which has 63 rotations per performance.
  5. Currently the oldest and most haunted theatre is in London, it is Theatre Royal Drury Lane. The theatre was being refurbished in 1840 and a cavity was found that contained a skeleton with a knife in the chest. One of the best west end shows Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is currently being shown in theatre.
  6. The word theatre comes from an ancient Greek word meaning a place of seeing.
  7. The Dominion theatre stands upon the site of the Great Beer Floor of 1814. This flood happened when the brewery burst open and flooded the surrounding area with more than 570 tons of beer causing a 15ft waves that claimed the lives of 8 people.

Thinking of going to the Theatre sometime soon? Are you looking for live London theatre shows? Come and check out the shows we have on offer at KX Tickets and book your London theatre show tickets now!