News: Sir Cameron Mackintosh raises the roof

Interesting news that Sir Cameron Mackintosh has submitted plans for a two-storey penthouse and roof garden above the 1100-seat Novello Theatre, part of his Delfont Mackintosh Theatres group of eight fine and well-cared for West End theatres. It is reported that the design has a mix of work/life spaces where he can also conduct business. The upper area accommodations that already existed have been occupied by many others over the years, most notably acting as the home for the legendary Welsh composer and actor Ivor Novello from 1913 to his death in 1951. The theatre was originally built as The Waldorf (but quite soon renamed The Strand), and was renamed in 2005, its centenary year, by new owner Sir Cameron after a thorough, loving refurbishment. The Novello is currently home to the long-runner MAMMA MIA!, which looks set to run for a few more years yet. Let’s wish Sir Cameron all the best for his proposals, they will no doubt be something even Ivor would envy.

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