Apollo Victoria Theatre
17 Wilton Road
Designed by Ernest Wamsley Lewis and William Edward Trent, the Apollo Victoria in London was built in 1930 as a cinema originally. It remains one of the most impressive architectural displays of the Art Deco style in London, with chrome accents and a nautical-themed interior. In 1975, it closed for six years and later re-opened as a theatre. In the 80’s it hosted revivals of The Sound of Music, The Fiddler on the Roof, and Camelot. It has hosted numerous musicals since, with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express being performed at the Apollo Victoria for a successful run of 18 years. After the success of Starlight Express and Wicked, the theatre now has a reputation for hosting large-scale musicals that build themselves into the venue, with sets for both productions extending into the auditorium.
The current musical production of Wicked has been showing at the Apollo Victoria since late 2006. The show is one of the most successful the theatre has ever seen, and it is currently taking bookings into 2013.
The Apollo Victoria is located on Wilton Road, just a one minute walk opposite the main entrance to the train and tube station of Victoria. Victoria tube station is on the District, Circle and Victoria lines.
The Apollo Victoria Theatre is located almost directly opposite Victoria rail and tube station, near the greenery of Hyde Park , the stately Buckingham Palace, shops and hotels. For nearby hotels, try the 4-star Hesperia Hotel Victoria, situated just 200 metres away and featuring Earth-toned, modern guestrooms equipped with flat-screen TVs and free internet access. Extra amenities include a sauna, indoor pool and Mediterranean restaurant.
The seating capacity of the Apollo Victoria is 2,208, one of the largest in London. There are two levels – Stalls and the Dress Circle. View to seating map on the right to help you decide where you would like to sit.
Top Tips for Visiting the Apollo Victoria Theatre
Thanks to Michael for our top Apollo Victoria tip – if you’ve got a better tip, be sure to let us know by commenting below.
- Binoculars are available in the Circle, and given the distance from many of these seats to the stage, you may find them helpful. You will need a £1 coin to use the binoculars. – Michael, London
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