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St James's Theatre - SWET St James's Theatre

Plaque: St James's Theatre - SWET


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St James's Theatre
On this site stood the St James's Theatre, demolished in 1957 despite an epic campaign of protest led by Vivien Leigh and Sir Laurence Olivier. George Alexander, manager from 1890 - 1918, staged both Oscar Wilde's "Lady Windermere's Fan" and "The Importance of Being Earnest" for the first time.
A joint venture by the City of Westminster and the Society of West End Theatre.

Site: St James's Theatre (3 memorials)

SW1, King Street, 23-24

The passageway between the pub and the modern building houses the SWET plaque and the Olivier relief. The other 3 reliefs are at the far end of the passageway.

We believe the reliefs used to adorn the balconies of the first building to replace the theatre, now demolished.

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This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
St James's Theatre - SWET

Information Subjects commemorated


St James's Theatre

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Sir George Alexander

Actor-manager. Ran the St James's Theatre from about 1891 until his death in...

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Vivien Leigh

Born Darjeeling, India.  With her husband Laurence Olivier, she managed the S...

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Laurence Olivier

Born Dorking, Surrey. With his wife Vivien Leigh, he managed the St James's T...

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Oscar Wilde

Born in Dublin as Oscar Fingal O'Flaherty Wills Wilde. 'Importance of Being E...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
St James's Theatre - SWET

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Society of West End Theatre/London Theatre

1908 Formed as West End Theatre Managers. 1976 By now it is called Society o...

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Westminster City Council

Created in 1965 from the former area of the Metropolitan Boroughs of St Maryl...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
St James's Theatre - SWET

Information Also at this site


St James's Theatre - 3 reliefs

The four bas-relief panels by Edward Bainbridge Copnall depict the heads of G...

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St James's Theatre - Olivier relief

We choose this as our featured memorial in March 2007 since this year sees th...

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