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Aldwych Theatre London

Aldwych Theatre, London - The Home of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

About the Aldwych Theatre

The Aldwych Theatre dates back to 1905. It was designed by W. G. R. Sprague in the Edwardian style to match the Waldorf Hotel and the Novello (formerly Waldorf) Theatre, which all stand together in the same block. The theatre is named after the Aldwych, the crescent-shaped street that branches from The Strand. Today the theatre is Grade II listed and is known across the West End as the home of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, which has played at the theatre since March 2018.

Throughout its history, the Aldwych Theatre has been home to many successful musicals and plays. Notable examples include Dirty Dancing, Whistle Down the Wind and the hit Carole King musical Beautiful. The first London production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire opened at the Aldwych in 1949, starring Vivien Leigh as Blanche DuBois, who would later win the Oscar for the same role in the film version.

Between 1960 and 1982, The Aldwych was the London home of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), before they moved their residency to The Barbican. During this time The Aldwych hosted many notable RSC productions with lauded actors such as Ben Kingsley and Patrick Stewart.

Plan your visit

The theatre and box office open 1 hour before the performance starts. The bars open approximately 30 minutes before the performance.
There is no dress code at the theatre, but patrons should aim to wear attire that is comfortable and appropriate for the occasion.
The Aldwych Theatre is air-conditioned.
There is a cloakroom located in the foyer where patrons can leave coats, bags, foldable bikes and other items. Charges range from £1 - £3 depending on the size of the item.
The Aldwych Theatre is part of a security network run by the Society of London Theatres, which quickly shares information that may impact the safety of theatre patrons. CCTV surveillance is active inside and outside of the theatre and regular security checks occur throughout. Bag searches and random body checks are performed on arrival, so patrons are encouraged to arrive early to allow plenty of time.
The Aldwych Theatre features three licensed bars, one on each level of the theatre. A variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are available as well as snacks such as crisps and ice creams. Please note that food and alcohol purchased outside the theatre is forbidden to be consumed on the premises.
The Aldwych Theatre is located not far from the Strand and there are a wide range of restaurants and pubs within a short walk. The Delaunay restaurant is located very near to the theatre, just across Drury Lane. For quick bites and sandwiches, Lundenwic coffee shop sits practically next to the theatre entrance.
One Aldwych is an independently owned luxury hotel located a 2-minute walk away, providing upmarket accommodation. For a budget option, the Covent Garden Travelodge offers affordable rooms and is only a 6-minute walk up Drury Lane.
The Aldwych Theatre was built in 1905. From 1961-1982 it was owned by the Royal Shakespeare Company before being acquired by Nederlander. Since 2018 the Aldwych has been the home of Tina – The Tina Turner Musical, which has become a popular highlight of the West End.

Help booking tickets

Ticket collection is available at the box office from one hour before the performance starts. We recommend patrons arrive as early as possible to avoid queues and allow enough time to enter the auditorium. Please ensure to bring your confirmation email and your ID.
The box office at the Aldwych Theatre is open from 10am until 8pm Monday and Wednesday to Saturday. On Tuesday, opening hours are 10am – 7:30pm. Patrons can make in-person purchases during these periods. Pre-bought tickets can be collected an hour before the performance starts.
The Aldwych Theatre box office can be contacted directly on 0345 200 7981.
STAR (Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers) is the industry body that regulates the sale of London theatre tickets. When booking from a company you can check the STAR ticket seller database to see if they are registered and conforming to STAR practices. When buying online, you should also check for the padlock in your browser URL bar to ensure the connection is secure.
The Aldwych Theatre auditorium (capacity of 1,150), can be hired on Sundays for one-off performances, hosted talks and more. For full details or to make an enquiry, email aldwych.events@nederlander.co.uk.
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