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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
18th July 1977 Hugh Leonard's Da, premieres in London
18th July 1975 Singer and rapper M.I.A. was born Mathangi Arulpragasam in Mitcham, South London.
18th July 1961 Football manager Alan Pardew was born in Wimbledon.
18th July 1955 Born today: Teresa Ann Savoy, London England, actress (Caligula)
18th July 1945 Born today: Danny McCullock, London, rocker (Animals)
18th July 1939 Born today: Brian Auger, London, fusion keyboardist (Befour, Genesis)
18th July 1926 Born today: Jane Hylton, London England, actress (Adv of Sir Lancelot, Daybreak)
18th July 1895 Born today: Marie Ney, London England, actress (Brief Ecstasy, Simba, Witchcraft)
The Lyric Theatre
The Lyric Theatre, oldest on Shaftesbury Avenue.
Location: Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, W1D 7ES
Description: The Lyric Theatre was designed by architect CJ Phipps for the producer Henry Leslie using grand profits from the Alfred Cellier and BC Stephenson hit, Dorothy. He moved this show here from the Prince of Wales Theatre on the 17th December 1888.
It's early days saw it stage mostly comic operas, and then light comedies, musicals and straight dramas.
The theatre is one of the few to still use water to hydraulically operate its iron curtain.
Rising Damp legend Leonard Rossiter died here from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in 1984 while waiting to go onstage, where he was performing in Joe Orton's play Loot.
The theatre was Grade II listed by English Heritage in September 1960.