About Apollo Theatre
Named for the Greek god of the arts and leader of the muses, because it was designed and built as a venue for musical entertainment, The Apollo Theatre first opened its doors in February 1901. The first production, The Belle of Bohemia, was not a particular success and Tom B Davis quickly acquired the leasehold in 1902. Early musical successes at the theatre included Kitty Grey, Three Little Maids and The Girl from Kay’s, all presented by George ‘Gaiety’ Edwardes. The light opera Veronique (1904) with music by André Messager starred Ruth Vincent and was big hit. Cicely Courtneidge made her London debut in Tom Jones (1907) with music by Edward German, and from 1908 until 1912 the theatre was home to H G Pelissier’s The Follies. From then on the policy for musical comedy was replaced with far more varied fare, the most successful of which, during the First World War, was Harold Brighouse’s Hobson’s Choice (1916).
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Transportation & Parking
Parking: Q-Park - Chinatown, Newport Place. If you’re driving into the West End to see a show, take advantage of Q-Park's Theatreland Parking Scheme saving 50% off off-street car parking charges for up to 24 hours. To qualify, simply present your Q-Park car park ticket for validation at our box office and the car park machine will automatically charge you half price. For details of locations and prices please visit Q-Park's website. Bus Routes: 1, 14, 19, 22, 24, 29, 38, 55, 176
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