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The Shaw Theatre
100 - 110 Euston Road
Country  United Kingdom
Capacity 446
Opened 1971
Rebuilt 1998
Coordinates: 51°31′36″N 0°07′59″W / 51.5266°N 0.1331°W / 51.5266; -0.1331

The Shaw Theatre is a theatre in Somers Town, in the London Borough of Camden. It is located near the Euston Road, beside the British Library and St Pancras Chambers (formerly the Midland Grand Hotel), equidistant from King's Cross station and Euston station.

St Pancras library

Shaw Theatre in the heart of London at the Gateway to Europe is a part of the four star Novotel London St Pancras, with 312 rooms and the award winning Mirrors restaurant. Located 3 minutes walk from St Pancras station and 5 minutes walk from both Euston and Kings Cross Stations linking London to the rest of the UK.

Before being refurbished in 1998, the Shaw Theatre originally opened its doors in 1971 as a purpose built theatre within the St Pancras library. The opening production the show Zigger Zagger with a cast that included Barrie Rutter and Paula Wilcox. In 1972, Simon Ward and Sinéad Cusack appeared in Romeo and Juliet. Later in the same year Vanessa Redgrave, Nyree Dawn Porter and Windsor Davies starred in Twelfth Night. Other stars who appeared in the early days include Sir Ian McKellen, Mia Farrow, Julia McKenzie and Raymond Francis. The theatre hosted a series of Sunday nights at the Shaw, with many notable actors including Dame Judi Dench, Dame Flora Robson, Patricia Routledge and Michael Williams.

Library closure and refurbishment

After the refurbishment started in 1998, the Shaw has 446 seats and two large foyers, four large dressing rooms for up to 60 people and extensive high quality backstage facilities which include a workshop space and laundry facilities.

Notable musicians, actors and comedians who have performed at the Shaw Theatre include Dionne Warwick, Eartha Kitt, Boy George, Van Morrison, Harry Connick Jr., Ron Moody, and Janie Dee whose concert included a surprise performance by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. The successful An Evening With ... nights' guests included Tony Benn, Ann Widdecombe, Sir John Mortimer and Nicholas Parsons; the latter has also recorded his radio show Just a Minute at the Shaw.

For members of the public there is disabled access, cloakroom facilities and a bar serving drinks and refreshments. The two are also used for exhibitions.

The Shaw Theatre's policy as of 2009 is to present, as a receiving house, high quality drama from funded regional theatre and independent theatre companies for short to medium length runs and short term hires. The theatre is also in demand from New York based Broadway and off Broadway producers.


General Manager: Michael Vocal

Artistic Director: John-Jackson Almond



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