What you need to know about Vaudeville Theatre:
Vaudeville Theatre is one of the smaller West End theatres (seating 681). You’ll find it on The Strand. Like many of London’s famous theatres, the current Vaudeville Theatre is not the first to appear on the site. In 1870, the first Vaudeville opened. It used a design by C J Phipps and had a horse-shoe shaped auditorium. Unfortunately Phipps’s design included very little space for a foyer and no space for cast dressing rooms. This changed following a major rebuilding and reopening in 1891. In 1925 it was again closed and re-designed, this time getting rid of the horseshoe interior in favour of a new oblong design for the auditorium.
Over the decades, Vaudeville Theatre has staged both plays and musicals. It’s smaller-than-normal size allows audiences to witness some of the leading names in theatre performing in a more intimate environment.
Top facts about Vaudeville Theatre:
- The first production of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler in England was performed at Vaudeville Theatre.
- From 2002 to 2007, Vaudeville Theatre was home to the hugely popular production Stomp.
- The theatre still owns several antique pieces of theatre equipment. These include a thunder drum and lightning sheets.
Key information about Vaudeville Theatre:
Tube: The closest tube station is Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines), which is just over five minutes walk from the venue. Alternatively use Embankment (Bakerloo, Northern, District and Circle), which is a five – 10 minute walk.
Train: Charing Cross train station on The Strand is served by Southeastern trains and is around five minutes walk from the theatre.
Bus: Bus numbers 1, 4 , 6, 9, 11, 13 , 15, 68, 76, 171, 176 and also 188 all travel close to the venue. Please visit the Transport for London website to plan your journey in more detail.
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. The Vaudeville 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: Q-Park Chinatown.
There are three Blue Badge spaces on Henrietta Street, outside number 6.
Vaudeville Theatre is wheelchair accessible by using an AAT Major Stair Climber. The theatre asks that visitors needing to use the Stair Climber arrive at the theatre 45 minutes before the show starts.
Spaces for wheelchair users are available in the Stalls.
The Vaudeville has no accessible toilet. However, visitors to the theatre are able to use the accessible toilet in the Adelphi Theatre next door. Theatre staff are happy to accompany visitors to the Adelphi, or you can present your Vaudeville ticket at the door.
The theatre has a Williams Sound hearing system. Headsets for using with the system are available on a first come first served basis.
Working dogs are welcome in the theatre. They can either accompany their owners into the auditorium or be looked after by a member of staff. Please arrange this in advance as the theatre only has space for two dogs to be looked after at one time.
To discuss all access requirements and to book tickets please phone the Access Line on 0330 333 4815 or email [email protected].
Vaudeville Theatre has its own bars where visitors can buy drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and small snacks before the show and during the interval. You can find these in the Dress Circle and Upper Circle.
Please note the Vaudeville Theatre does not have facilities for sit-down eating. If you are looking for somewhere to dine, we suggest heading into nearby Covent Garden where many of the restaurants do special pre-theatre menus.