No-Tourist London No.3 – The Shaw Theatre
Poor tourists, queuing for returns to see ‘Love Never dies’, only to find themselves sitting through the tackiest show ever to turn up on the West End stage, when they could have gone here for a fraction of the price and had a better night out.
The Shaw looks like a conference centre, and is tucked behind the Novotel hotel on Euston Road by the British Library, but what a treat there often is in store for those who bother to find it. Their ‘Show Business Legends’ season has hosted everyone from Chita Rivera to Boy George. Their shows include stand-up, jazz, classical, experimental – none of it discovered by tourists.
This summer I turned up on the off-chance and saw Michel Legrand with a huge orchestra and Alison Moyet singing The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Not bad for a local theatre.
It’s also a very comfortable venue with good sightlines and a pleasant bar. I’d rather see something here or at the Peacock in Kingsway or Sadler’s Wells in Roseberry Avenue, than in the West End any day. At night it’s now lit in rainbow colours, making it harder to miss.