The Apollo Victoria Theatre first opened as the New Victoria Cinema in 1930, and housed films, variety acts, and big bands. Closing at the start of World War II, the theatre reopened in May 1941 and shows continued to entertain audiences until it closed in 1976.
The theatre reopened in 1981 with a Shirley Bassey concert. Since then, musicals at the Apollo Victoria Theatre include The Sound of Music starring Petula Clark, and an 18-year run of Starlight Express boasting a redesigned auditorium to allow for race tracks to go through the audience. Wicked opened at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in September 2006.
The auditorium has two levels - Stalls and Dress Circle. This is a very wide auditorium. The overhang of the Dress Circle affects the view of the top of the stage from seats in Row Y and onwards.
The Dress Circle in this theatre is very deep, though the view is still excellent and the spectacle of the current production is still very much apparent from these seats.
Wicked is at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London. The Apollo Victoria Theatre is located on Wilton Road. It's close to West End theatres including the Victoria Palace Theatre, and The Other Palace.
Location: West End
Railway station: Victoria
Bus numbers: (Victoria Station) 2, 16, 36, 38, 73, 82, 170, 507, C2, C10; (Wilton Road) 24, 52, 185, 436; (Victoria Street) 44, 148, C1
Night bus numbers: (Victoria Station) 36, C2, N38, N73, N136; (Wilton Road) 24, N2, N16, N52; (Victoria Street) 148, N44
Car park: Semley Place (10mins)
Directions from tube: The theatre can be seen opposite the station.