The Savoy Theatre is located in the heart of Theatreland, on London’s famous street, The Strand. It was built on the site of the old Savoy Palace by Richard D’Oyly Carte and opened on 10th October 1881. The theatre originally showed the popular comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan. The Savoy is notable for being the first public building, and the first theatre in the world to be entirely lit by electricity. Eight years after the building of the theatre in 1889, D’Oyly built the Savoy Hotel adjacent to it, which still stands today, although it was recently rebuilt in 1993 following a fire. Though the hotel is now arguably more famous, it was actually the profits from the theatre that enabled the iconic Savoy Hotel to be built.
The Savoy stage has been host to many musicals in its time since the Gilbert and Sullivan days. Over the years, it has hosted the premieres of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit and Relative Values, as well as revivals of Porgy and Bess, The Fiddler on the Roof, and The Importance of Being Earnest. Recent performances include the Take That musical Never Forget in 2008, and the first few months of Dreamboats and Petticoats in 2009. It recently hosted Legally Blonde the Musical, The Sunshine Boys with Danny DeVito, and Soul Sister.
Currently showing at the Savoy Theatre is new musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
The Savoy Theatre is in a prominent location in London as it is situated on the Strand, famous for housing many of London’s top theatres. The nearest tube stations to the theatre are Embankment and Charing Cross, both less than 5 minutes walk from the Savoy. Embankment station is on the District, Circle and Bakerloo Lines, whilst Charing Cross is on the Northern and Bakerloo Lines, as well as being a main line railway station.
The Strand is the main road linking the West side of the city with the East, and several theatres line the street such as the Adelphi and the Vaudeville. Top hotels such as the Savoy, one of the best in the world, are located in the area, and there are plenty of other hotels near Savoy Theatre London such as the 4-star Trafalgar Hilton, a 5-10 minute walk away from the theatre. Features include a roof garden, restaurant and DVD systems in rooms, adorned with walnut wood furniture.
The Savoy Theatre is relatively large, with a seating capacity of 1,150 on three levels – Stalls, Dress Circle and Grand Circle. Stalls are located on the ground floor, with the Dress Circle on level 1 and the Upper Circle on level 2. For guidance on where to sit at the Savoy, have a look at the seating plan on the right.
Top Tips for Visiting the Savoy Theatre
Thanks to Alex for the top Savoy tip! If you’ve got a better tip, please comment below.
- There are a lot of stairs from the street level down to the stalls, so the upper levels are best for people who find stairs difficult. – Beth, London