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Queen musical to end after 4,500 standing ovations

We want to thank every one of the many hundreds of incredible musical theatre artists, musicians and crew with whom we've had the privilege of working at the Dominion since 2002.

And of course the incredible audiences who have rewarded them with over four and a half thousand standing ovations.

– Brian May, Roger Taylor and Ben Elton, creators of We Will Rock You

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London A-Z origins

Phyllis Pearsall Credit: The A-Z of Mrs P

According to her autobiography, while on her way to a party, Phyllis Pearsall tried to follow the best available map of the time (a 1919 Ordnance Survey map) but discovered that this map was not up to the task, and ended up getting lost.

After a conversation at this party, she decided to start mapping London.

She claims that the next day, she began walking the 3,000 miles of the 23,000 streets of London, waking up at 5 am every day, and not going to bed until after an 18-hour working day

New musical on Phyllis Pearsall's life opens

Phyllis Pearsall with copies of the pocket-sized London A-Z.

A new musical on the life of Phyllis Pearsall opens at the Southwark Playhouse tonight. Actress Isy Suttie will star as Pearsall, who claimed to have spent 5 years walking the capital's streets 23,000 to compile the book of maps.

The famous cover of the A-Z, which has sold millions of copies

Described as a "love letter to London", the show is called "The A-Z of Mrs P" and will run until the end of March.

Phyllis Pearsall followed in her footsteps to create the iconic book.

In 1936, Phyllis Pearsall left her husband in Venice and came to London. Here she received a telegram from her father, map publisher Alexander Gross. The tale goes that the eccentric artist put down her paints and picked up the drawing board to follow in her father’s footsteps to map a city.

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Kenneth Williams 'a storyteller who won the nation's affections'

The blue plaque awarded by English Heritage Credit: English Heritage

English Heritage has recognised the comic wit of the late actor Kenneth Williams with a blue plaque.

Howard Spencer, an historian with English Heritage said the charity wanted to recognise his legacy.

"Kenneth Williams was a unique comic talent, who as both an actor and a story-teller won the nation's affections.

His legacy endures in recordings of his radio work and chat show appearances, his notoriously frank diaries, and the Carry On films."

That legacy is now recognised by one of our blue plaques in London, the city in which he lived all his life."

Barbara Windsor unveils plaque to Kenneth Williams

Barbara Windsor unveils Kenneth William's plaque Credit: English Heritage

Barbara Windsor has unveiled a new blue plaque to her former Carry On co-star Kenneth Williams.

The comic, who would have been 88 today, has been commemorated with a blue plaque at the apartment where he lived during the 1960s.

Barbara Windsor with her carry on co-star's plaque Credit: English Heritage
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