Monthly Archives: March 2021

The Original Architectural Twin Theatres: Waldorf and Aldwych

Yes, that’s right…before the architectural twins of Hicks Theatre (the Gielgud) and Queen’s Theatre (the Sondheim) were designed and constructed in 1906 and 1907, the Waldorf Theatre opened May 22, 1905 followed by its twin on the other end of … Continue reading

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Architectural Twin: The Queens Theatre

The Queens opened in 1907, an architectural twin to the one on the other end of the block: Hicks Theatre, renamed Gielgud in 1994. See the comparison: One could be excused for thinking “twins?” The obvious similarities are the corner … Continue reading

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White-throated sparrow

Just hanging out here in the brush and bushes, looking for dinner. According to Cornell Labs Merlin Bird ID, they eat the seeds of grasses and weeds (a lot of them along the edge of the hillside and in the … Continue reading

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The Gielgud Theatre

Next along the row of theatres is the Gielgud on the corner. The Gielgud opened in 1906 as the Hicks Theatre, as it was constructed for Seymour Hicks, a British actor, playwright, and manager. W. G. R. Sprague designed the … Continue reading

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The Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue

As previously noted, next to the Lyric Theatre–the oldest original building on the theatre street–sits the Apollo, and further down the street on the corner, the Gielgud. The Apollo opened February 21, 1901, with the American musical The Belle of … Continue reading

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The West End: Lyric Theatre

The Lyric, constructed in 1888, was the second theatre to be built on the new Shaftesbury Avenue near Picadilly Circus in London’s West End. The Renaissance style facade is constructed of red brick and Portland stone. Portland stone is mostly … Continue reading

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Word Full Wednesday

Hopeful Anticipation Longing Embracing Warming Jubliation Grateful Thankful We get our first vaccine shot today.

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The Giant’s Causeway: County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Source: By code poet on flickr. – https://www.flickr.com/photos/alphageek/20005235/, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=666823 A second place in the 1,000 places to see before you die calendar was Northern Ireland’s “otherworldly Giant’s Causeway.” These interlocking basalt columns are the result of volcanic … Continue reading

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