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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 Theatre (formerly Waldorf), 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 Theatre. During this time The Aldwych hosted many notable RSC productions with lauded actors such as Ben Kingsley and Patrick Stewart.

Frequently Asked Questions

The box office 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 venue opens approximately 1 hour before the show starts, with the bars and auditorium opening 45 minutes before. The Aldwych is a very beautiful theatre that underwent a large 14-week refurbishment in 2017, so it is worth arriving with plenty of time to enjoy a glass of wine and appreciate the stunning interior.
The venue features three licensed bars, one on each level of the theatre. A variety of wines, champagne, beers, spirits and cocktails as well as soft drinks are available along with snacks such as crisps and ice creams. Please note that food and alcohol purchased outside the theatre is strictly forbidden to be consumed on the premises. Drinks can be pre-ordered before a performance or at the venue for the interval. You should receive a text message before your booked performance with details on how to do this.
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.
There is an air conditioning system in the auditorium to ensure audiences are comfortable during the performance.
The 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, and offers a range of classic Central European dishes in a grand café setting. 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 and state of the art wellbeing and fitness facilities. For a budget option, the Covent Garden Travelodge offers affordable rooms and is only a 6-minute walk up Drury Lane.
The box office can be contacted directly on 0345 200 7981. For further contact options and venue information, visit
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