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New Wimbledon Theatre

A guide to the New Wimbledon Theatre in London

The New Wimbledon Theatre is an Edwardian playhouse, the eighth-largest theatre in London, and opened its doors on The Broadway, Wimbledon in 1910 with the pantomime Jack and Jill. Close to rail and tube stations, it offers a memorable setting for a great afternoon or evening of theatre. There are lots of popular pubs, cafes and restaurants close at hand enabling you to easily access pre- or post-theatre drinks or a meal.

Perhaps the most famous artiste to have appeared at the venue is Marlene Dietrich who gave concerts there in 1973, and again in 1975. The latter marked her final London appearances.

The venue is five minutes walk from both Wimbledon tube and railway station and nine minutes from South Wimbledon tube station. The theatre can accommodate 1,670 across three levels stalls, dress circle and upper circle. In addition, there is an adjoining studio which has a capacity of 80 and which houses small drama or comedy productions, often prior to West End or Edinburgh Festival runs.

The history

The main theatre, which underwent refurbishment in the 1990s, retains many of its Georgian and Italian Renaissance looks including Baroque and Adam-style features. It provides a handsome setting for your visit to the theatre, whether you're looking for a special family day out, a visit with friends or a treat for two.

One of the most notable landmarks in the venue's history came when it hosted the world premiere of Oliver! by Lionel Bart in 1960. This ran for two weeks, prior to a transfer to the West End. It also hosted the world premiere of Half a Sixpence starring Tommy Steele. Among the acts to have appeared here are Laurel and Hardy, Gracie Fields and Dirk Bogarde. In 2008 it hosted the Prince of Wales' fundraising 60th Birthday Gala, 'We Are Most Amused', featuring comedians including Robin Williams, Joan Rivers and John Cleese.

More recently it has staged West End shows such as Saturday Night Fever, Footloose, Blood Brothers, Jesus Christ Superstar and the London revival of Andrew Lloyd-Webber's Cats, as well as Christmas pantomimes.

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