Location: Crooms Hill
Access: Greenwich & Cutty Sark
The site was initially used as a music hall, firstly by John Green in 1855 and called the Rose and Crown Music Hall, and then by Charles Crowder in 1871 and named the Crowders Music Hall. Crowder was prosecuted for the unlawful performance of stage plays, but continued to play host to burlesque, concerts and ballets.
The theatre was rebuilt in 1898 and the facade designed by John George Buckle can still be seen today at the side of the theatre.
In 1902, Samuel and Daniel Barnard took over the theatre, converting it into a film and live performance venue known as the Greenwich Hippodrome Picture Palace. However, the theatre lost its licence in 1924, restricting its film screenings. A second blow came when a bomb fell on the building during the WWII Blitz.
The theatre remained empty for many years before the Council bought the site for demolition purposes. A actor and director, Ewan Hooper, rallied the support of locals to support the building of a new theatre. On 21st October 1969, the theatre reopened with Martin Luther King, a piece written by Hooper.
The new theatre was home to many notable productions including, Chekhov’s Three Sisters, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Pinter’s The Caretaker, before closing again in the late 90s.
In 2002, the Greenwich Theatre reopened with Sadly Solo Joe. Since then, the theatre has played host to many successful productions, including Avenue Q, The Adventures of Pinocchio, The Who’s rock opera Tommy, Frankenstein, and Lizzie. Also, in a fruitful collaboration for the Stage on Screen film company, it was the venue for productions of Doctor Faustus, The School For Scandal, The Duchess of Malfi and Volpone, which were recorded live and sold on DVD.
Greenwich Theatre is located in central Greenwich, close to the Cutty Sark and Greenwich Market. The theatre itself is a nice venue with spacious bar and a comfortable auditorium, and despite being a small venue, productions are well staged with impressive lighting and sound quality.
Our favourite restaurants nearby are:
- Ye Olde Rose & Crown – Crooms Hill, pub
- Al Pancino – Stockwell Street, Italian
- Jamie’s Italian – Nelson Street, chain
Reviews from the Greenwich
Lizzie – ★★★★★ “…a thrilling, chilling, electric interpretation of the Borden murder-mystery legend set to an incredible rock score.” Read more >>>