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Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DF
Address: 49 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DF
The Aldwych Theatre was built in 1905 on the newly built road from which it takes its name. Though built as a pair with the Novello Theatre (known as the Waldorf at this time) by the same designer, W. G. R. Sprague, they were funded and managed by different entities, with Seymour Hicks and the American impresario Charles Frohman taking control of the Aldwych. Together they produced several musical comedies in the theatre’s early years, including the opening production Blue Bell, which starred Mr Hicks himself. The Aldwych Theatre is designed in an Edwardian Baroque style.
The Aldwych became renowned for the quality of the shows produced, particularly the series of comedies which played at the theatre beginning in 1925. These plays were written by Ben Travers and became known as ‘The Aldwych Farces’ over their eight-year hold on the theatre. Following these plays the theatre was bought by the Abrahams family and managed by Prince Littler, who steered the tone of the plays presented into more dramatic territory, notably seeing Vivien Leigh take to the stage in A Streetcar named Desire in 1949, directed by her then husband Laurence Olivier.
The 1960s saw the Aldwych become renowned for another series of plays, this time governed by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Commencing in December 1960, their reign lasted for 21 years and saw some of Britain’s best known and respected actors grace the stage in the works of the Bard.
Following this tenure, the Aldwych Theatre was bought by the Nederlander Organization who still own it today and have led the theatre from strength to strength with the productions they have secured for the house – a mix of comedies, dramas, musicals and star performers have found success at the Aldwych.
The Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical Beautiful – The Carole King Musical told the story of iconic songwriter Carole King, and in 2018 the theatre currently hosts another jukebox musical about a legedary female musican, Tina - The Tina Turner Musical.
The auditorium has three levels – Stalls, Dress Circle and Grand Circle.
In the Stalls there is a good rake for the seating which allows for good visibility of the stage. The overhang of the Dress Circle blocks the top of the stage from Row L onwards.
The Dress Circle is on an excellent rake too and there isn’t a safety bar at the front meaning that there is a great view from most seats. The Grand Circle overhangs from Row B and affects the view from Row E.
The Grand Circle is very high in this theatre, and it should be noted that seats in Row D onwards do not have armrests and are fixed seats.
Facilities At Aldwych Theatre
Seat plan: Aldwych Theatre Seat Plan
Facilities: Air conditioned
Infrared hearing loop
Access description: 1 step then 5 more up to the main entrance which has double doors opening outwards, with 4 handrails. Box Office counter on the right. No steps from the foyer to the front of the Dress Circle, or 15 steps up to the back (2 steps between rows). 26 steps down from the foyer to the Stalls, and 50+ up to the Upper Circle. All steps are highlighted, with a handrail to the left-hand side on staircases. Theatre opens 30 mins before performance.
Sound Amplification: Infra-red system in the auditorium with 5 headsets and 5 neckloops. Induction loop at left window of the box office.
Guide Dogs: One guide dog per performance allowed in Box D.
Disabled Access: Entrance to the auditorium is through a double EXIT door on Drury Lane, over a slight edge and down a ramp inside the door (handrail on the left-hand side), into a corridor which leads to the right-hand side of the Dress Circle. 2 spaces for wheelchair users plus one companion in Box D, through an outer door (76 cm wide) and inner door (69 cm wide). The doorway is too narrow for motorised wheelchairs. You will not be able to see some of the stage. Alternative space for a wheelchair user beside C1 in the Dress Circle, on a slight slope. Transfer seat at C1. Wheelchairs stored in the lobby. Each wheelchair user must bring a non-disabled companion.
Toilets: Women’s and men’s at Stalls and Upper Circle level. Further women’s in main foyer and men’s at Dress Circle level.
Disabled Toilets: Adapted toilets off main foyer at Dress Circle level
Nearest tube: Charing Cross
Tube lines: Bakerloo, Northern
Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Aldwych) RV1, X68, 1, 6, 11, 13, 23, 59, 68, 87, 91, 139, 168, 171, 172, 188, 243; (Strand) 4, 9, 15, 26, 76, 176, 341
Night bus numbers: (Aldwych) 6, 23, 139, 188, 243, N1, N11, N13, N26, N47, N68, N87, N89, N91, N155, N171, N551, N343; (Strand) 176, 341, N9, N15, N21, N44, N76
Car park: Drury Lane, Parker Street (5mins)
Within congestion zone?: Yes
Directions from tube: (10mins) Head out onto the main road Strand. Cross street where possible and go right. When you reach the fork, veer left onto Aldwych.