What you need to know about Wyndham’s Theatre:
Wyndham’s Theatre is a Grade II listed theatre designed by architect W. G. R. Sprange. He designed a host of theatres in London and further afield. The theatre’s creation, however, was the work of Charles Wyndham, the actor-manager who was also behind the Criterion Theatre.
Since it opened in 1899, Wyndham’s Theatre has had a consistent reputation for staging the best of classic and contemporary drama. This has seen it stage works by Graham Greene, John Osborne, Henrik Ibsen, Harold Pinter, Edward Albee, Arthur Miller… the list really does go on. One of its biggest successes in recent times was the record-breaking run of Yasmina Reza’s satirical hit Art. It opened in 1996 and closed in 2003 after a transfer to the Whitehall Theatre (now Trafalgar Studios) in 2001.
Wyndham’s Theatre was refurbished in 2008 and reopened the same year. It is part of the Delfont Mackintosh group of theatres that also includes Gielgud Theatre, Noel Coward Theatre, Novello Theatre, Prince Edward Theatre, Prince Of Wales Theatre, Queen’s Theatre and Victoria Palace Theatre.
Top facts about Wyndham’s Theatre:
- In 1910, Gerald du Maurier became the actor-manager of Wyndham’s Theatre. His daughter Daphne (who would later write Rebecca) watched him from the wings and, thirty years later, saw her own play, The Years Between, staged at the same venue.
- Madonna’s West End debut was at Wyndham’s Theatre in 2002 with a performance in Up For Grabs.
- Universal Studios, Orlando, have a large-scale replica of the theatre’s façade in their London-themed area.
Key information about Wyndham’s Theatre:
Tube: Wyndham’s Theatre is conveniently located right next to Leicester Square tube station (Northern and Piccadilly lines). Alternatively use Charing Cross (Northern and Bakerloo lines) or Holborn (Northern and Central lines).
Train: Charing Cross train station on The Strand is just over a ten minute walk from the venue.
Bus: Bus numbers 24, 29 and also 176 all travel close to the theatre. 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. Wyndham’s 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.
Wyndham’s Theatre has an infra-red hearing system. You can borrow headsets from the Stalls kiosk and cloakroom areas.
Working dogs are welcome in all areas of the theatre. You can either arrange for them to accompany you into the auditorium or for a friendly member of staff to dog-sit. Please arrange this in advance with the Access Line.
The bar areas are only accessible via stairs. Staff are happy to bring drinks and other refreshments to visitors with limited mobility in the auditorium.
Please note that Wyndham’s Theatre does not have fully accessible toilets.
Delfont Mackintosh have developed a social story for visitors with Autism and other sensory needs who might benefit from being more familiar with the theatre before arriving. Download the social story.
To discuss all access requirements and to book tickets, please contact the Access Line on 0344 482 5137 or email [email protected].
Wyndham’s Theatre schedules captioned and audio described performances, plus touch tours. To find out about future dates and to book tickets, please contact the Access Line on the number given above.
Wyndham’s 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 Stalls, Royal Circle and also Balcony areas.
Please note that Wyndham’s Theatre does not have facilities for sit-down dining. If you are looking for somewhere to eat, we suggest heading into nearby Leicester Square or Covent Garden where many of the restaurants do special pre-theatre menus.