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The Queen's Theatre in London is located along the famous road of Shaftesbury Avenue, which is home to several other theatres. It opened in 1907 as part of a pair with the Gielgud Theatre, and both were designed by architect W.G.R Sprague. The Queen's Theatre had a slow start, but once it gained popularity it was hosting several hit shows such as The Fanatics and Tango Teas. It also put on classic Shakespeare dramas and saw acting talent grace its stage in the form of John Gielgud, Fred Astaire, Marlene Dietrich, Maggie Smith and Laurence Olivier.
In 1940 the Queen's Theatre was sadly hit by a bomb which destroyed the front of the building, plunging it into inactibity for an incredible 20 years. Following extensive refurbishments however, it reopened in 1959 and continued its previous success.
More recently, the Queen's Theatre has hosted several brilliant shows such as The Hobbit and The Taming of the Shrew, but from 2004 it has been the home of classic musical Les Miserables, which transferred there following an 18-year run at the nearby Palace Theatre.