The Novello Theatre opened as the Waldorf Theatre on 22 May 1905. The theatre was built as a pair with the Aldwych Theatre. The theatre has had several name changes: the Strand Theatre (1909), Whitney Theatre (1911), Strand Theatre (1913), and the Novello Theatre (2005). Its current name is after Welsh composer Ivor Novello who lived in the flat above the theatre for nearly 40 years.
The theatre has played host to several successful productions, including the 1941 premiere of the black comedy Arsenic and Old Lace, which enjoyed a run of 1337 performances, and the 1955 comedy Sailor, Beware!, playing 1231 performances.
No Sex Please, We’re British ran at the Novello Theatre for 10 years from 1971 before transferring to the Garrick Theatre. Mamma Mia! transferred from the Prince of Wales Theatre to the Novello Theatre in 2012.
The auditorium has four levels - Stalls, Dress Circle, Grand Circle and Balcony.
The stalls seats are well-raked and have no obstructions.
Dress Circle, Grand Circle, and Balcony seats may feel high, due to the theatre's narrow auditorium.
Mamma Mia! is at the Novello Theatre. The Novello Theatre is located on Aldwych in the West End. It's near the Aldwych Theatre and Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Aldwych) RV1, X68, 1, 6, 11, 13, 23, 59, 68, 87, 91, 139, 168, 171, 172, 188, 243; (Strand) 4, 9, 15, 26, 76, 176, 341
Night bus numbers: (Aldwych) 6, 23, 139, 188, 243, N1, N11, N13, N26, N47, N68, N87, N89, N91, N155, N171, N551, N343; (Strand) 176, 341, N9, N15, N21, N44, N76 Car park: Drury Lane, Parker Street (7mins)
Directions from tube: (5mins) Go right on Long Acre; turn right into Bow Street and after 100 metres turn left (Russell Street) then immediately right onto Catherine Street, where the theatre is located 100 metres down on the corner with Aldwych.