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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Tuesday, 6 January 2015

The Phoenix theatre

 The Phoenix theatre in the West End of London, opened in 1930 with the play 'Private Lives' by Noel Coward and the star of the play - Noel Coward.



















The theatre was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. By coincidence I happened to be walking near Hyde Park today and came across this blue plaque on a house.

 I like to make connections. When I got home I did a little more research and discovered that he also designed Liverpool Cathedral, Battersea Power station and the red K2 telephone box as well as numerous other buildings including his home here.


19 comments:

  1. His is not a name I had heard but he certainly designed some important buildings.

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  2. I hadn't made these connections amongst these iconic structures. Thank you and best wishes for 2015.

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  3. What a lovely old Theatre and good to see it is still being used for the purpose it was built

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  4. I especially love that ornate door!

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  5. The characteristics of his buildings seem to be based around the combination of red-brick color and white and plus blue-grey. It’s to my taste. The Phoenix Theater is a grandeur but I like his home designed by himself better. I’ve heard about blue plaque. It’s a good idea.

    Yoko

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  6. That is a great pice of history about the theatre and Noel Coward. What a coincidence seeing the architect's house.

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  7. This confirms once more that blogging enlarges the general knowledge and teaches you things you would never have paid attention too !

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  8. I have heard of the Phonex and the play and we all see the Red K2 phoneboxes but I doubt anyone makes the connection on the designer

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  9. so nice. I think I had to visit London once more to see all the beautiful places.

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  10. i think he would be pleased that that phone booth would always associated with Great Britain.

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  11. Architects rock. I dreamed. But I just hated the math. Ended up in the IT program. Meh. Should have gotten a degree in Literature and waited tables until my break out novel.

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  12. Happy New Year! Your photos are very beautiful. I enjoyed your former posts too. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. How interesting to know who actually was responsible for the design of the red telephone box. He has quite a variety of buildings to his name.

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  14. It wouldn't have been London without him!

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