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Wyndham's Theatre

A guide to the Wyndham's Theatre in London's West End

The Wyndhams Theatre, which opened for business in 1899, has a long and illustrious history with many landmark productions including premieres of classic drama and blockbuster musicals. 

Then there's the debut of Madonna in the sell-out production of Up for Grabs in 2002. Located at the heart of the West End, the theatre is in a great location if you're looking to combine your trip to the theatre with some sightseeing. Or perhaps pre- or post-theatre drinks or a meal deal there are lots of great restaurants and pubs nearby.

The theatre is situated on Charing Cross Road, next door to Leicester Square tube station, or four minutes walk from Covent Garden. The venue has a capacity of 759, accommodated over four levels including stalls, royal circle, grand circle and balcony. The theatre's interior still sports its original and ornate turquoise, cream and gold colour scheme, providing a wonderful setting for that great family day out, or treat for two.

The history

Designed by the prolific architect W G R Sprague, the Wyndhams Theatre opened with a production of T W Robertson's play David Garrick. It was followed by the West End stage debut of the American film actress Tallulah Bankhead and, in 1953, the venue premiered Graham Greene's first play, The Living Room. More milestones followed. In 1954 Sandy Wilson's The Boy Friend transferred from the smaller Players' Theatre and ran for 2,078 performances before transferring to Broadway. The 1960s were marked by plays like Abelard and Heloise, starring Diana Rigg, and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie featuring Vanessa Redgrave.

In 1972 Andrew Lloyd-Webber's blockbuster musical Godspell opened with David Essex, Marti Webb and Jeremy Irons and ran for two years. The world premiere of Arthur Miller's The Ride Down Mt. Morgan and the West End premiere of Edward Albee's Three Tall Women starring Maggie Smith followed, as did a widely praised production of Medea starring Diana Rigg. In 1996 Yasmin Reza's new play Art with Albert Finney, Ken Stott and Tom Courtenay opened. It enjoyed a long run before transferring to the Whitehall Theatre in 2001. More hits followed including the transfer of Alan Bennett's The History Boys which had two runs.

Recent years have also seen comedy shows by the likes of Bill Bailey, Jackie Mason and Dylan Moran and a season of plays by the director Michael Grandage. These included Hamlet with Jude Law and Twelfth Night starring Derek Jacobi. There were also revivals of J B Priestley's An Inspector Calls, Abigail's Party and The Weir, Russian productions of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya and Three Sisters, and Mike Bartlett's King Charles III.

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