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Vaudeville Theatre London

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. In September 2021, after demand for Six the Musical tickets outstripped capacity at its former home the Arts Theatre, the homegrown smash-hit pop musical about Henry VIII's wives transferred to the Vaudeville. It has remained a hugely popular choice for theatregoers ever since and is now one of the longest-running productions at the venue.

Map and Address

The Strand, London, WC2R 0NH

The Vaudeville Theatre is in the centre of The Strand, only a few doors down from the Adelphi Theatre. Close to the theatre are several excellent transport links and many things to see and do. Covent Garden and the London Transport Museum are a few minutes away, as are the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and Somerset House. The theatre is also close to the River Thames, with Embankment Gardens providing peaceful river views. Do consult www.tfl.gov.uk for travel updates before embarking on your journey.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time does the Vaudeville Theatre box office open and how do I collect tickets?

The box office at the theatre is open from 12pm until 8pm for in-person bookings and collection.

What time does the Vaudeville Theatre open for a show?

The theatre opens 45 minutes before the show starts.

What food and drink are available at the Vaudeville Theatre?

There are two bars in the 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.

Does the Vaudeville Theatre have a cloakroom?

The 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.

Is the Vaudeville Theatre air-conditioned?

Yes, the theatre is air-conditioned.

Where should I eat near the Vaudeville Theatre?

The 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.

What is the best hotel to stay at near the Vaudeville Theatre?

The legendary Savoy Hotel is a short walk from the 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.

How do I contact the box office?

The box office can be contacted via email on boxoffice@nimaxtheatres.com or via phone by calling 0330 333 4814.
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