What you need to know about Noel Coward Theatre:
Noel Coward Theatre first opened in 1903. Back then it was called the New Theatre. Charles Wyndham built it. He gives his name to Wyndham’s Theatre, which is located just behind Noel Coward Theatre. Wyndham was an actor and manager who gave up a potential medical career for a life in theatre. He actually appeared in the first ever production at the New Theatre along with his wife, Mary Moore.
It has stayed a theatre largely associated with dramas rather then musicals (although in 2016 Half A Sixpence opened at the venue). It has had a number of big name actors treading its boards and remains a venue for both new plays and quality revivals of the classics, including Shakespeare.
It seats 872 and has a beautiful Rococo-style interior, whilst its outside uses a classical design.
Cameron Macintosh’s Delfont Mackintosh Theatres own Noel Coward Theatre. They also own Geilgud Theatre, Novello Theatre, Prince Edward Theatre, Prince Of Wales Theatre, Queen’s Theatre, Victoria Palace Theatre and Wyndham’s Theatre.
Top facts about Noel Coward Theatre:
- The theatre was renamed in honour of Noël Coward in 2006. He performed there in 1920, when he starred in Leave It To You.
- Along with Coward, the theatre has also hosted many famous names. John Gielgud, Alec Guinness and Laurence Olivier have all performed at the venue as have, more recently, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren and Vanessa Redgrave.
- During the Second World War, bombs destroyed both the Old Vic and Sadler’s Wells. Both companies used Noel Coward Theatre for performances until their own buildings were rebuilt.
Key information about Noel Coward Theatre:
Tube: The closest tube station is Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly lines), which is just under five minutes walk from the theatre. Alternately, use Charing Cross (Northern and Bakerloo lines), which is 5-10 minutes walk straight down the road from to the corner of Trafalgar Square.
Train: Charing Cross train station on The Strand is served by Southestern trains and is a 5-10 minute walk from the Noel Coward Theatre.
Bus: Bus numbers 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29, 53, 88, 91, 139, 159 and also 176 all travel close the theatre. Check the Transport for London website to plan your journey in more detail.
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. Noel Coward 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.
There are is minimal amount of Blue Badge spaces on St Martin’s Lane.
Noel Coward Theatre is wheelchair accessible via a ramp at the front of the building. There are wheelchair and scooter spaces in Box M, plus aisle seats in the Royal Circle suitable for transferring into. The theatre has space to store two wheelchairs and two scooters. Please arrange this in advance to make sure they are available.
There is an accessible toilet on the same level as the Royal Circle and foyer.
The auditorium has an infra-red hearing system. You can borrow headsets from the duty manager in the foyer. They ask for a £10 deposit or a credit card/driving licence for the length of the performance.
The theatre welcomes working dogs, which you can either take into the auditorium with you or leave with a friendly member of staff. Please also arrange this in advance where possible.
A social story for visitors to the theatre with autism can be downloaded from the Delfont Mackintosh Noël Coward access web page.
To discuss access arrangements and to book tickets, please phone 0844 482 5137.
Noel Coward Theatre offers access discounts to disabled visitors, plus one companion. To arrange this, please phone the access line number given above.
There are three bars at Noel Coward Theatre: Noël’s bar, Lionel’s bar and the Albery bar. Visitors can buy a range of drinks and snacks before the performance and during the interval. If you’re looking for somewhere to eat before hand, head towards Leicester Square and Covent Garden, where a number of places do special pre-theatre menus, or try one of the restaurants on St Martin’s Lane.