Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London.
The most ornate of all the Shaftesbury Avenue Theatres, the Apollo Theatre fittingly boasts the four daughters or muses of the greek god Apollo at the attic level on its Shaftesbury Avenue elevation. The restoration could not have come soon enough as days after the front elevation was scaffolded, the bath stone wing of the Melpomence, the muse of tragedy, detached itself from the facade of the building! The facade works required extensive repairs and replacement of the stone sculptured features, stabilising and treating the porous ashlar, restoring the roof cupolas and street canopy.The whole facade was redecorated and specialist joinery repairs undertaken to the main entrance doors and the box office foyer restored. The front facade had a new low energy lighting system installed. Other separate building contracts have provided much needed restoration and enlargement of the ladies stalls cloakroom and wheelchair accessible toilet facilities. All the works have taken place with the theatre remaining open.