What you need to know about Aldwych Theatre:
Aldwych Theatre opened in 1905. Architect W. G. R Sprague designed it as part of pair with Novello Theatre (at the time called the Waldorf Theatre). A classic Edwardian Baroque venue, Aldwych Theatre is now a Grade II listed building.
In modern times it has become a venue for long-running West End musicals and drama. Successful productions in recent years have included Beautiful – The Carole King Musical and the stage adaptations of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies.
In 2012, Aldwych Theatre committed to a programme of regeneration for the theatre. This has so far included improvements to the structural frame of the theatre, the box office and the toilets. They are planning more restoration projects for the near future.
The Aldwych Theatre is part of Nederlander Theatres.
Top facts about Aldwych Theatre:
- In 1913, Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes rehearsed The Rite Of Spring at Aldwych Theatre. When the ballet premiered in Paris later in the year it famously provoked a riot.
- In 1942, Aldwych Theatre hosted the first London production of A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. Directed by Laurence Olivier, it starred Olivier’s wife Vivien Leigh as Blanche DuBois.
- Other notable productions include the first performance in England of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard.
- From 1960–1982, Aldwych Theatre was the London home of the Royal Shakespeare Company. The arrangement ended when the RSC moved to the Barbican.
Key information about Aldwych Theatre:
Tube: Aldwych Theatre is pretty much bang in the middle of four different tube stations, all of which are a 5 – 10 minute walk from theatre. The closest is Covent Garden (Piccadilly line), but Holborn (Central and Piccadilly lines), Charing Cross (Northern and Bakerloo lines) and Temple (District and Circle lines) are all within easy walking distance.
Train: Charing Cross train station on The Strand is served by Southeastern trains and is approximately 10 minutes walk from the theatre.
Bus: Bus numbers 1, 4, 11, 13, 15, 68 and also 98 all stop close to the theatre. To plan your journey in more detail, please visit the Transport for London website.
West End Q-Park car parks can be found at:
Chinatown – 20 Newport Place, WC2H 7PR
Soho – Poland Street, W1F 7NQ
Trafalgar Square – Spring Gardens, SW1A 2TS
Leicester Square – Whitcomb Street, WC2H 7DT
Q-Park offers discounted parking for ticket-holders visiting participating West End theatres. Aldwych Theatre is part of the Q-Park Theatreland Parking Scheme.
West End NCP car parks can be found at:
Shaftesbury – Selkirk House, Museum Street, WC1A 1JR
Covent Garden – Parker Street, WC2B 5NT
The closest car park to the theatre is: Q-Park Chinatown.
For Blue Badge parking information, click here.
The theatre has step-free access to a specific range of seats in the Dress Circle. You will find two spaces for wheelchair users in the same area.
Accessible toilets are available.
The theatre is fitted with a Sennheiser infra-red loop system. You can find the equipment for using it at the cloakroom. The system work in: Stalls rows E – P, Dress Circle rows A – K, Grand Circle rows A-C.
Working dogs are welcome in the auditorium or can be looked after by staff. If you wish to take the dog into the auditorium please arrange this in advance so a seat with enough space can be booked.
To discuss all access requirements and to book tickets, please phone the access line on 020 7836 5537 or email [email protected]
The access line is open from 10am- 5.30pm, Monday – Friday. Or you can book in person at the theatre box office.
Aldwych Theatre offers concessionary rates for visitors with disabilities. However, people have taken advantage of this service in the past, so you may have to provide proof of disabilities when booking via the access line (details above).
Aldwych Theatre has a selection of bars. The Dress Circle bar opens an hour before performances start and the Stalls and Grand Circle bars opens 30 minutes before performances start. The bars serve a selection of beers, wines and also soft drinks, plus small snacks and ice creams.
If you are looking for sit-down dining, we advise heading to nearby Covent Garden for a range of dining options including many restaurants offering pre-theatre menus.