The Aldwych Theatre in Aldwych, London was designed and built by W.G.R. Sprague alongside the present Novello Theatre, which was originally named the Waldorf Theatre. It opened in 1905 and has since hosted numerous plays and musicals. In 1949 Vivienne Leigh starred in the stage production of A Streetcar Named Desire at The Aldwych, in which she had previously won an Oscar for her role in the film version. Beginning in 1960, the Royal Shakespeare Company took up residence at the Aldwych, staging productions for over 20 years there including Nicholas Nick Other notable stage productions at The Aldwych include Private Lives starring Joan Collins in 1990, and the musical Fame from 2002 until 2006, followed by Dirty Dancing, which closed in 2011. Olivier Award winning Top Hat arrived in 2012 and was replaced by Andrew Lloyd Webbers Stephen Ward in 2013.
Currently showing at The Aldwych are Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies.
The nearest tube station to Aldwych Theatre is Covent Garden Station which is a 5 to 10 minute walk away to the theatre. Covent Garden is on the Piccadilly Line.
There are countless theatres, shops, attractions and hotels nearby as it is located in the heart of London’s Theatreland near to bustling districts of The Strand and Covent Garden. Most of the hotels in the area are at the higher end of the price scale, including the highly recommended 5-star Waldorf Hilton. Featuring a distinguished restaurant serving European food, and a health club with indoor pool, sauna and gym, it is the perfect place to relax.
The Aldwych Theatre has a seating capacity of 1,200 on 3 levels – Stalls, Dress Circle and Grand Circle.
Top Tips for Visiting the Aldwych Theatre
Thanks to Rebecca for our top Aldwych tip – let us know if you’ve got a better tip by commenting below.
- The stage is actually quite low, so the first few row (which normally have you craning your neck up in other theatres) actually have a great view. – Rebecca, Cambridge
- There are bars located on every level; avoid the front foyer bar as it’s very crowded, but the stalls bar further inside the theatre was not crowded at all because everyone congregated in the front. - Mary Jane, London
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