Wimbledon Theatre

Wimbledon Theatres

An iconic area of London, Wimbledon is best-known for two things: tennis and theatre. The town has hosted the Wimbledon Tennis Championships every year since its humble beginnings in 1877, as well as hosting the Wimbledon BookFest each October. Wimbledon is also known for its lush green Wimbledon Common (name-checked in the theme song of TV show The Wombles). Wimbledon theatre is a thriving industry, with the area giving home to the eighth-largest theatre in London: The New Wimbledon Theatre. The venue primarily houses UK touring productions of musicals and plays, which have recently included The Addams Family Musical, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Avenue Q. Back in the 60s, the theatre debuted new – and now iconic – shows such as Lionel Bart’s Oliver! and Half a Sixpence starring Tommy Steele before their moves to the West End. The theatre is frequently used as a filming location for television dramas and was also used to film annual television pantomimes including 2002’s Dick Whittington starring Julian Clary.