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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 theatres 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 Sondheim Theatre opens around 60 minutes before the show starts. The Box Office opens from 10am on Monday-Saturday.
There isn't a strict dress code policy for shows at the Sondheim Theatre. You should wear something comfortable and appropriate for the occasion.
There is air conditioning throughout the Sondheim Theatre.
Yes, there are cloakroom facilities at the Sondheim Theatre for bags and coats to be checked for a small fee. Items left in the cloakroom will be subject to security checks.
Upon entry to the theatre, security staff will undertake bag and ticket checks. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early to allow plenty of time.
There are four bars in the Sondheim Theatre – the Foyer Bar, Stalls Bar, Dress Circle Bar and Grand Circle Bar. Patrons can purchase alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, snacks, confectionery and ice creams.
Located on Shaftesbury Avenue, the Sondheim 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, head to one of Chinatown's many restaurants 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 to the Sondheim Theatre extra-special, spend the night at the five-star W London Hotel, which is less than a three-minute walk from the theatre.
The Sondheim Theatre opened in 1906 and was designed by architect W.G.R. Spragueas a twin to the neighbouring Gielgud Theatre, which opened the previous year. Originally named the Queen's Theatre, after Queen Alexandra, the theatre was renamed in honour of celebrated musical theatre composer Stephen Sondheim in 2019. The theatre has been the home of Les Miserables since 2004.

Help booking tickets

Tickets are held at the box office for collection on the day of your performance. Patrons should try to arrive as early as possible to avoid queues and allow enough time to enter the auditorium. Please ensure you bring your confirmation email and a form of ID.
The Sondheim Theatre box office is open from 10am until 8pm on Monday-Saturday for in-person bookings and collection.
The Sondheim Theatre box office can be contacted via email on
STAR (Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers) are the industry body that regulates the sale of London theatre tickets. When booking from a company you can check their 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 Sondheim Theatre's auditorium, along with its bar spaces and VIP rooms can be hired for private and corporate events. For full details of pricing and what the theatre can offer email
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