What You Need To Know About The Savoy Theatre:
The Savoy Theatre was built on the site of the ruined Savoy Palace; a historic building that dated back to 1263. The palace had been destroyed by a fire, leaving only the walls and a chapel. In 1881 the theatre opened, initially to stage Gilbert and Sullivan operas. It was all change come the Roaring Twenties however, and the beautiful interior the theatre is now famed for was introduced; designed by Frank Tugwell and Basil Ionides. The pair transformed the Savoy Theatre into a marvel of Modernism that, quite literally, sparkles to this day.
In 1990, the theatre was being renovated when a fire broke out and gutted a substantial part of the building. Plans were put forward to re-design it, but these were overruled in favour of restoring it as closely as possible to the 1929 design.
Since reopening in 1993, the Savoy Theatre has staged a combination of plays, comedies and musicals. Operas have periodically returned to the venue, but its big successes have largely come from musical theatre. Recent productions include Fiddler On The Roof, Carousel, Legally Blonde The Musical, Funny Girl and Dream Girls.
The Savoy Theatre is part of the Ambassadors Theatre Group.
Top Facts About The Savoy Theatre:
- The Savoy Theatre has an historic link to the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan: Patience was the first work to ever be performed at the venue, whilst The Gondoliers was performed to mark the re-opening of the venue in 1929.
- The Savoy Theatre was the first public building in the world to use electric lighting.
- The Victorians knew the Savoy Theatre as a venue where the air smelt of both a nearby scent factory and a fish sauce shop!
Key Information About The Savoy Theatre:
Tube: The closest tube station is Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines), which is a five to 10 minute walk from the theatre. Alternatively, use Embankment (Bakerloo, Northern, District and Circle lines) or Temple (District and Circle lines).
Train: You can easily travel to and from Charing Cross train station on The Strand, which is served by Southeastern trains and just over five minutes’ walk from the venue.
Bus: Bus numbers 6, 9, 11, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139 and 176 travel close to the theatre. To plan your journey in more detail please visit the Transport for London website.
West End parking
Q-Park car parks can be found at:
Chinatown – 20 Newport Place, WC2H 7PR
Soho – Poland Street, W1F 7NQ
Trafalgar – Spring Gardens, SW1A 2TS
Leicester Square – Whitcomb Street, WC2H 7DT
Q-Park offers discounted parking for ticket-holders visiting participating West End theatres and the Savoy Theatre is part of the Q-Park Theatreland Parking Scheme.
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: Chinatown.
The Savoy Theatre is wheelchair accessible through the entrance on Carting Lane only. When you arrive, please inform the Stage Door (also on Carting Lane) and someone will make sure the door is open and that you are informed of where to find your seat.
There is level access to the Dress Circle and the theatre has two spaces for wheelchairs, as well as transfer seating.
Accessible toilets can be found in the Dress Circle.
Working dogs are welcome in all areas of the theatre. Please contact the access line to arrange an aisle seat or for a member of staff to look after the dog during the performance.
The Savoy Theatre’s Access Champion is Michael Bond who can be contacted by emailing: [email protected].
To discuss all access requirements and to book tickets, please phone: 0800 912 6971.
The Savoy Theatre schedules Audio-described, Captioned, BSL-interpreted and Relaxed performances. It also has Sub/Sur Titled shows and Touch Tours. To find out more please email [email protected].
The Savoy Theatre has its own in-house bars that are open before the show and during the interval. This includes the Mezzanine bar, a stylish low-key area perfect for meeting friends in before the show. The Mezzanine bar opens one hour and 30 mins before curtains go up and is available exclusively for the use of ticket holders.