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Novello Theatre

A Grade II Listed Building in City of Westminster, London

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Latitude: 51.5124 / 51°30'44"N

Longitude: -0.1193 / 0°7'9"W

OS Eastings: 530602

OS Northings: 180950

OS Grid: TQ306809

Mapcode National: GBR KD.C0

Mapcode Global: VHGQZ.W78Y

Plus Code: 9C3XGV6J+X7

Entry Name: Novello Theatre

Listing Date: 20 July 1971

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1066493

English Heritage Legacy ID: 208537

Also known as: Strand Theatre
The Strand Theatre

ID on this website: 101066493

Location: Strand, Westminster, London, WC2B

County: London

District: City of Westminster

Electoral Ward/Division: St James's

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: City of Westminster

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Paul Covent Garden

Church of England Diocese: London

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This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 30 January 2023 to update the name and address, remove superfluous source details from text and to reformat the text to current standards

TQ 3080 NE

ALDWYCH, WC2 (North side)
No 5, Novello Theatre

(Formerly listed as The Strand Theatre, ALDWYCH)


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. Four storeys and attic storey. Identical three window wide elevations to Catherine Street and Aldwych linked by inset bowed two window wide corner entrance pavilion. Ground and first floors treated as rusticated podium with entrance to corner under canopy returned to both fronts. Arcaded first floor windows. Above first floor cornice rises a giant engaged Ionic order embracing the second and third floors with the second 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 C17 style; elliptical "Dixhuitieme" dress circle bar; fine auditorium with three cantilevered balconies, domed frescoed ceiling and high quality stucco decoration in "Dixhuitieme" taste, particularly the tiers of boxes surmounted by putti groups.

Listing NGR: TQ3058880958

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