London Quiz - Theatre and Cinema in London (Questions)

According to a National Theatre report, almost twice as many people visit the theatre every year in London as watch Premier League football. The capital boasts well over 100 cinemas, with Leicester Square being the home of London Entertainment. In this quiz you may learn some unusual facts about the city’s cultural heritage.

If you're a cinema or theatre enthusiast, see if you can get full marks in this London quiz!

1. In which 1937 musical did the song and dance, “The Lambeth Walk” first appear?
[ ] Me and My Girl
[ ] Blue Velvet
[ ] Bow Bells
[ ] Chelsea Follies
2. Which musical includes the song, “A Room in Bloomsbury”?
[ ] Blue Magic
[ ] Excitement
[ ] Such is Life
[ ] The Boyfriend
3. In 1662 a now-famous puppet show was first performed in Covent Garden and was watched by Samuel Pepys who wrote about it in his famous diary. Known then as Pulcinello, what do we now call this figure?
[ ] Sooty
[ ] Pinocchio
[ ] Mr. Punch
[ ] Kermit
4. In which James Bond film does Bond visit the College of Arms in the City of London?
[ ] Goldeneye
[ ] On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
[ ] Octopussy
[ ] Moonraker
5. How many theatres are contained within the National Theatre’s Southbank complex?
[ ] 1
[ ] 3
[ ] 5
[ ] 7
6. In the film ‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks’, the spell-hunters travel to Portobello Road Market where they encounter a spiv called Swimburne. Which popular TV entertainer played this character?
[ ] Des O’Connor
[ ] Max Bygraves
[ ] Bruce Forsythe
[ ] Ken Dodd
7. Which London market forms the backdrop to Hitchcock’s thriller “Frenzy”?
[ ] Covent Garden
[ ] Spitalfields
[ ] Camden
[ ] Smithfield
8. Which major theatre production is next in this sequence?

The Woman in White
Monty Python’s Spamalot
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
[ ] Othello
[ ] Singing in the Rain
[ ] The Phantom of the Opera
[ ] Cats
9. Which well-known London performing arts venue is situated on the site of natural springs?
[ ] The Globe
[ ] The Old Vic
[ ] Sadler’s Wells
[ ] The Royal Opera House
10. Which award-winning 2010 film starring Colin Firth was set in London?
[ ] Black Swan
[ ] Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
[ ] Never Let Me Go
[ ] The King’s Speech

 

London Quiz - Theatre and Cinema in London (Answers)
1. In which 1937 musical did the song and dance, “The Lambeth Walk” first appear?
[x] Me and My Girl
[ ] Blue Velvet
[ ] Bow Bells
[ ] Chelsea Follies
The show also featured the song “The Sun Has Got His Hat On”
2. Which musical includes the song, “A Room in Bloomsbury”?
[ ] Blue Magic
[ ] Excitement
[ ] Such is Life
[x] The Boyfriend
The musical’s original 1954 London production ran for 2,078 performances!
3. In 1662 a now-famous puppet show was first performed in Covent Garden and was watched by Samuel Pepys who wrote about it in his famous diary. Known then as Pulcinello, what do we now call this figure?
[ ] Sooty
[ ] Pinocchio
[x] Mr. Punch
[ ] Kermit
The show was performed by an Italian called Pietro Gimonde, also known as "Signor Bologna"
4. In which James Bond film does Bond visit the College of Arms in the City of London?
[ ] Goldeneye
[x] On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
[ ] Octopussy
[ ] Moonraker
On this occasion James Bond is shown his own family Coat of Arms that bears the motto “The World Is Not Enough”
5. How many theatres are contained within the National Theatre’s Southbank complex?
[ ] 1
[x] 3
[ ] 5
[ ] 7
The three theatres are The Olivier, The Lyttelton and the Dorfman (formerly the Cottesloe)
6. In the film ‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks’, the spell-hunters travel to Portobello Road Market where they encounter a spiv called Swimburne. Which popular TV entertainer played this character?
[ ] Des O’Connor
[ ] Max Bygraves
[x] Bruce Forsythe
[ ] Ken Dodd
Bruce Forsythe also had a cameo role in the American show “Magnum P.I.”
7. Which London market forms the backdrop to Hitchcock’s thriller “Frenzy”?
[x] Covent Garden
[ ] Spitalfields
[ ] Camden
[ ] Smithfield
Most of the 1972 film was shot in and around Covent Garden. Hitchcock was the son of a Covent Garden merchant
8. Which major theatre production is next in this sequence?

The Woman in White
Monty Python’s Spamalot
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
[ ] Othello
[x] Singing in the Rain
[ ] The Phantom of the Opera
[ ] Cats
They are all major productions at The Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue
9. Which well-known London performing arts venue is situated on the site of natural springs?
[ ] The Globe
[ ] The Old Vic
[x] Sadler’s Wells
[ ] The Royal Opera House
Ancient monastic springs were discovered there in the 1600s, the water of which was thought to have medicinal properties
10. Which award-winning 2010 film starring Colin Firth was set in London?
[ ] Black Swan
[ ] Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
[ ] Never Let Me Go
[x] The King’s Speech
In the film Colin Firth played Prince Albert, the future King George VI