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Vaudeville Theatre London

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About the Vaudeville Theatre

The Vaudeville Theatre originally opened in 1870. Designed by C. J. Phipps, the theatre was largely used for the vaudeville style of entertainment that gave the theatre its name, with short-form performances by a variety of entertainers including dancers, singers, comedians and actors. The theatre was demolished and re-built between 1889 and 1891 and reopened to a more varied mix of productions including musicals, plays and revues.

In 1925 the interior was completely reconstructed and the auditorium was changed from a horseshoe shape to its current rectangular shape. Further renovations happened throughout the 20th Century to improve the comfort in the auditorium and the backstage facilities. The theatre was granted Grade II listing in 1972.

In recent years the Vaudeville has seen a broad mix of plays, musicals and comedy on its stage. In 2019 Mischief Theatre, creators of The Play That Goes Wrong, started a residency at the Vaudeville with Groan Ups, followed by Magic Goes Wrong. The smash-hit pop concert musical SIX made the Vaudeville its new home in September 2021.

Plan your visit

The Vaudeville Theatre opens 45 minutes before the show starts. The Box Office is open from 10am on Monday-Saturday and from 10:30am on Sundays.
There is no dress code at the Vaudeville Theatre. Most patrons will wear comfortable, smart-casual attire.
Yes, the Vaudeville Theatre is air-conditioned.
The Vaudeville Theatre has a small cloakroom for storing items that are too large to take into the auditorium for a small fee. All items will be subject to security checks.
Security staff will undertake a bag and ticket checks upon entry to the Vaudeville Theatre. Make sure you arrive early to avoid excessive queues. Please note that food and drink purchased outside the venue will not be permitted.
There are two bars in the Vaudeville Theatre. One is located in the Dress Circle and is also accessible from the Stalls, the other is in the Upper Circle. Both bars serve a range of alcoholic and soft drinks as well as snacks such as crisps, sweets and ice creams.
The Vaudeville Theatre is well-positioned to take advantage of the many dining establishments on and around the Strand. Just across the Strand from the venue is Leon, offering a healthier take on fast food. For a truly theatrical experience, visit Joe Allen a two-minute walk away. They offer comforting American classics with a wealth of theatre memorabilia.
The legendary Savoy Hotel is a short walk from the Vaudeville Theatre and is the perfect choice for a luxury stay in London. Those on a budget should consider Z Hotel Trafalgar, just a 2-3 minute walk around the corner, for simple rooms at affordable prices.
The Vaudeville Theatre was built on the site of a failed billiards club in 1870. It was rebuilt twice, with the current building being built in 1925. As the name suggests, it most often hosted vaudeville shows in its early life. The theatre became a popular choice for comedy plays, with Noel Coward's Present Laughter and Blithe Spirit both having major productions there. From 2002-2007, Stomp was resident at the Vaudeville Theatre. West End comedy legends Mischief Theatre are the current residents with Magic Goes Wrong.

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 box office at the Vaudeville Theatre is open from 10am until 8pm for in-person bookings and collection.
The Vaudeville Theatre box office can be contacted via email on or via phone by calling 0330 333 4814.
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.
You cannot currently hire the Vaudeville Theatre for private events and corporate functions.
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