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Bertie Crewe (d.1937)

Bertie Crewe trained in Paris and London, where as a young man he was a frequent visitor to Frank Matcham’s home and may have worked with him. Crewe became known as one of the most dynamic architects of the 1890s-1900s, specialising entirely in theatres and later cinemas.

Up to the mid 1890’s Crewe collaborated with Sprague, producing the Lincoln Theatre Royal as well as a number of theatres around London (all now demolished). It was after he branched out on his own that he developed what was to become his characteristic style, Baroque-influenced and showing a flamboyance that at times rivalled Matcham’s. His work around the turn of the century was marked by horizontal balconies tied to ranges of stage boxes and by magnificent caryatids, gods and other elaborate ornamental features. He designed theatres all over the country, though sadly, few of them survive today.

London theatres include:

1890 Olympic (with W. G. R. Sprague) (now demolished)
1901 Sadlers Wells – remodelled
1904 Lyceum – new auditorium
1911 Stoll (now demolished)
1911 Shaftesbury (originally Prince’s)
1913 Golders Green Hippodrome
1928 Piccadilly (with Edward Stone)
1930 Phoenix, Camden
1931 Saville, Camden

The Lyceum - interior
The Lyceum - interior

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