New London Theatre

New London Theatre
Drury Lane

The New London Theatre is built on the site of previous music hall theatres such as the Mogul Music Hall that existed in 1847, but a place of entertainment on the location goes back much further, to Elizabethan times. Fred Astaire performed at the theatre with his sister Adele, in 1929, in Funny Face, which later became a movie starring Fred and Audrey Hepburn. In 1959, the theatre closed permanently and was replaced with the current building in 1973.

The current building was designed by Paul Tvrtkovic and opened with a production of The Unknown Solider and his Wife. It then hosted the classic musical Grease which starred Richard Gere as Danny. The most successful show to date at the New London Theatre is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Cats’, which ran for a record-breaking 21 years. Recent productions at the theatre include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Trevor Nunn’s doomed production of Gone With the Wind, and an RSC season featuring Ian McKellan as King Lear.

What’s On

The current production of War Horse has been showing at the New London Theatre since March 2009, after moving from the Nation Theatre after a successful run. War Horse is currently taking bookings though 2013.


The nearest tube stations to the New London Theatre are Holborn and Covent Garden, both 300 metres away. Holborn is on the Central and Piccadilly lines, and Covent Garden is on the Piccadilly line.

Holborn is a bustling business district, Covent Garden is the entertainment home of London and array of restaurants and cafes line the streets surrounding both areas. If you are coming to London to see War Horse and wish to stay at a hotel there are plenty of hotels near New London Theatre, London such as the 4-star Kingsway Hall. This elegant hotel includes a relaxing spa with steam rooms and Jacuzzi.


The New London Theatre has a seating capacity of 960 on two levels – Stalls and Dress Circle. Almost all seats present excellent views of the wide stage. For further assistance on where to sit, have a look at the seating plan of the theatre on the right.

Top Tips for Visiting the New London Theatre

Thanks to Gemma for the top New London tip! If you have a better tip, just enter it in the comments below.

  1. Keep in mind the performances on Tuesdays start at 7pm instead of 7:30 – had to make a mad dash to get into my seat in time! – Gemma, London
  2. It’s best to sit in the stalls where there are few bad seats given the arena-style seating. The first row of the Dress Circle is slightly obstructed by railings and lighting. – Mike, London
  3. There are a number of bars on different levels, just go up or down the stairs from your level to find the quietest bar. – Rosie, Essex
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