The Shaftesbury Theatre is located on Shaftesbury Ave in London's West End. The Shaftesbury Theatre was designed by Bertie Crewe and it opened on December 26, 1911, as the Princes Theatre. In 1963, EMI bought the theatre and changed its name to the Shaftesbury Theatre. Part of the Shaftesbury Theatre ceiling fell in on July 20, 1973, closing the production of the musical Hair. The Shaftesbury Theatre almost fell victim to redevelopment, but a campaign by Equity succeded in having the theatre placed on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special architectural or Historic Interest. The Shaftesbury Theatre reopened with West Side Story a year later. The Shaftesbury Theatre has a current seating capacity of around 1,400.
No babes in arms. Young children are admitted but not encouraged unless the parent is confident that the child is old enough to be attentive to the performance and not a distraction for other members of the audience. Everyone must have a valid ticket and occupy a seat. Accompanying adults will be asked to remove any noisy infants