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The original London Pavilion, Piccadilly Circus

Posted in Historical articles, History, London, Theatre, Uncategorized on Saturday, 8 June 2013

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The original London Pavilion

The original London Pavilion was located on the north-east side of Piccadilly Circus. It was designed by Loibi and Sonnhammer and occupied two buildings, the facades of which can be seen in the right of this contemporary watercolour. The first London Pavilion was basically a music hall staging popular entertainment for the lower middle and working class Londoner, as well as for louche upper class gentlemen like Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray. This theatre lasted from 1859 to 1885, during which time its hotch potch expansion involved covering over the large yard of the Black Horse Inn. These buildings were demolished as part of the development of Shaftesbury Avenue and in 1885 a new theatre was built which served as the prototype for the grander deluxe music halls of the late Victorian and Edwardian period.

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