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Sondheim Theatre London

Sondheim Theatre, London - The Home of Les Misérables

About the Sondheim Theatre

The Sondheim Theatre originally opened as the Queen's Theatre in 1907 and is situated on the famous Shaftesbury Avenue, where many other major West End houses including the Gielgud Theatre are located. The theatre was designed by architect W. G. R. Sprague and has an Edwardian auditorium, but the façade and lobby were destroyed in WWII by a direct hit from a German bomb. The foyer was then rebuilt in a modern style. Further refurbishment took place in 2009, which improved public spaces and increased seating capacity.

In 2019, the Queen's Theatre was closed for a £13.8 million restoration to improve the facilities and restore some original Edwardian features. The theatre was renamed in honour of prolific composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim on 15 July 2019 and reopened in December of that year.

The theatre has housed legendary musical Les Misérables since 2004, which transferred to the venue from the Palace Theatre and remains one of the must-see shows in the West End. When the theatre reopened in 2019, a new production of Les Misérables was introduced, with updated staging and more modern direction.

Plan your visit

The theatre opens 45 minutes before the show starts. Upon arrival you will be directed to a dedicated entrance, suitable for your seat location. The bars and cloakroom should open straight away but they can get crowded so it is recommended that you arrive with plenty of time to purchase refreshments and get comfortable in your seat.
There are cloakroom facilities at the theatre where small bags and coats can be checked for a small fee. Items left in the cloakroom may be subject to security checks. Large suitcases can't be accepted so it is recommended you take minimal belongings with you to the theatre and ensure your bags are no larger than a handbag or backpack.
The venue features four bars covering all levels of the venue; the Foyer Bar, Stalls Bar, Dress Circle Bar and Grand Circle Bar. Wine, beers, spirits and soft drinks are available as well as snacks such as nuts and crisps, confectionery and ice creams. Before the show, drinks can be pre-ordered for the interval, which is recommended to avoid queues in the limited time between acts.
Located on Shaftesbury Avenue, the theatre is a very short walk from the bars and restaurants of Soho, Chinatown and Leicester Square, giving you a huge choice of dining options. If you're in a rush, grab a bite from healthy fast-food restaurant Leon, which is across the road from the theatre. Alternatively, London's historic Chinatown is very close, with many restaurants to choose from for a memorable pre-theatre dinner.
The Premier Inn Leicester Square is just a five-minute walk away from the theatre and offers a range of affordable rooms in the heart of London's West End. If you're looking to make your trip extra-special, spend the night at the five-star Hotel Café Royal, which is a five-minute walk from the theatre and offers state-of-the-art wellbeing facilities as well as truly luxurious rooms.

Help booking tickets

The box office is open from 12am until 7.30pm on Monday-Saturday for in-person bookings and collection. On Sundays the box office is open 11.30am - 3pm.
The theatre does not currently have a dedicated box office phone number. Patrons can contact the box office by using the contact form on https://www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk/contact-us.
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