The Savoy Theatre first opened its doors in October 1881 and became famous as the first public building in the world to be lit with incandescent electircal lights. It was built to stage the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, which it did on several occasions. The theatre was eventually listed, but was ravaged by a fire in the early morning of 12th February 1990 and has since been restored to the 1929 vision of the theatre.
It was reopened with a Royal Gala, performed by the English National Ballet in 1993, in the prescence of HRH The Princess Of Wales. As a tribute to Gilbert and Sullivan, the overture to 'Patience' was played. Since 1997, productions have included: 'The Importance of being Oscar' , the Pet Shop Boys in concert, The Royal Shakespeare company's production of 'Richard III' and Noel Coward's 'Hay Fever' . More recent productions include: John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men' and ' Pirates of Penzance' . The theatre is currently the home to the musical 'Legally Blonde' .