Since it opened in 1880, this longstanding theatre has staged many notable productions including operetta, comedy, classic drama, pop concerts and, most recently, some of London biggest musicals. Close to many attractions, including the sights of Leicester Square, and within easy access of popular pubs and restaurants, the venue is ideally placed for pre- or post-theatre drinks or a meal courtesy of a great lastminute.com theatre meal deal.
Located on the Strand, the Savoy Theatre is just 600m from Embankment tube station and 400m from Charing Cross and has a capacity of 1,158 accommodated over three levels: stalls, dress and royal circle. This attractive Art Deco venue features the 1929 design by Frank A Tugwell and Basil Ionides. The ceiling is painted to resemble an April sky and the walls are decorated with translucent gold on silver, providing a sparkling setting for a great visit to the theatre, whether you're planning a family day out or a treat for two.
The building was commissioned by theatre impresario Richard D'Oyly Carte to host the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan and was built on the site of Sir John of Gaunt's Savoy Palace, which was destroyed by fire during the Peasants' Revolt. Originally, the Savoy Theatre next door was the company's base. However, the venture did not prove a success. The theatre, which was designed by William Emden, was state-of-the-art and featured many innovations and was the first to be lit entirely by electric rather than gas lighting. It was also noted for its excellent acoustics, great sightlines from every seat and numbered seating. The venue, like the palace before it, burnt down in 1929 and was rebuilt, and in 1990 was gutted by fire but was restored.
Notable productions have included the premier of R C Sherriff's Journey's End (1929); the first performances in England of Oscar Wilde's Salome (1931) and the premiere of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit (1941). More recently, the theatre staged Tom Stoppard's comedy Travesties featuring Anthony Sher, J B Priestley's When We Are Married with Dawn French, Robert Lindsay in the transfer of RSC's production of Richard III, the Pet Shop Boys in concert, Return of the Forbidden Planet and Yasmin Reza's Life x 3.
The 20th century also marked the return of opera productions by the re-constituted D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, as well as hit musicals including The Rat Pack, Live from Vegas, Porgy and Bess, Never Forget, based on the songs of Take That, Carousel, Legally Blonde, Cabaret, Let It Be and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
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