Wimbledon, whilst being best-known as the home of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships since 1877 and the inspiration behind popular children’s TV show The Wombles, also boasts a rich cultural heritage. Wimbledon theatre is a thriving industry, with the area home to the eighth-largest theatre in London: the New Wimbledon Theatre. The venue primarily houses UK touring productions of musicals and plays, and back in the 60s it debuted shows such as Lionel Bart’s Oliver! and Half a Sixpence starring Tommy Steele before their moves to the West End. Wimbledon is frequently used as a filming location for television dramas and a popular spot for touring plays and musicals. In 2023, tours of hit musicals including The King and I, and family-friendly shows such as Shrek the Musical mean there’s no shortage of entertainment for residents of this London suburb.