Novello Theatre, London
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Novello Theatre

Novello Theatre

5 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4LD

The Novello Theatre opened on 22 May 1905 as the Waldorf Theatre. Managed by the Shubert Organisztion, the theatre was built as a pair with the Aldwych Theatre in a design by W. G. R. Sprague. The theatre has had several name changes, the first occurring in 1909 when it became the Strand Theatre, likely due to its location being just off the Strand. In 1911 the name was changed to the Whitney Theatre before reverting back to the Strand Theatre in 1913. This is how it remained until 2005 when Sir Cameron Mackintosh bought the theatre through Delfont Mackintosh Theatres and renamed it the Novello Theatre after Ivor Novello, who owned a flat above the theatre, which he lived in from 1913 to 1951.

The theatre has been refurbished three times in its lifetime, once in 1930, again in the early 1970s and most recently in 2005 when it was lovingly restored by Cameron Mackintosh’s company for its 100th anniversary.

The Novello 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. The comedy Sailor, Beware! Opened in 1955 for a run of 1231 performances. Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum had its West End premiere in 1963 and stayed for two years, and the hugely successful comedy No Sex Please, We’re British ran for 10 years from 1971 before transferring to the Garrick Theatre.


The auditorium has four levels - Stalls, Dress Circle, Grand Circle and Balcony.


Productions since renovation and name change

Show Opened Closed Links
Mamma Mia!

September 2012

(Transferred from Prince of Wales Theatre)

- Review
Derren Brown: Svengali July 2012 August 2012  
Noises Off March 2012 June 2012 Review
Crazy for You October 2011 March 2012 Review
Betty Blue Eyes March 2011 September 2012 Review
Onassis October 2010 January 2011 Review
Tap Dogs June 2010 September 2010  
Grumpy Old Women Live 2 - Chin Up Britain April 2010 June 2010  
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof December 2009 April 2010 Review
An Inspector Calls September 2009 November 2009  
Spring Awakening March 2009 May 2009  
The RSC's The Taming of the Shrew February 2009 March 2009  
The RSC's A Midsummer Night's Dream January 2009 February 2009  
The RSC's Hamlet December 2008 January 2009  
Eurobeat - Almost Eurovision September 2008 November 2008 Review
Into the Hoods March 2008 August 2008  
Shadowlands December 2007 February 2008 Review
Desperately Seeking Susan November 2007 December 2007 Review
The Drowsy Chaperone June 2007 August 2007 Review
The RSC's The Tempest March 2007 March 2007 Review
The RSC's Antony and Cleopatra January 2007 February 2007 Review
The RSC's Much Ado About Nothing December 2006 January 2007 Review
Footloose - The Musical  April 2006 November 2006 Review
The RSC's As You Like It March 2006 March 2006 Review
The RSC's A Midsummer Night's Dream February 2006 February 2006 Review
The RSC's The Comedy of Errors January 2006 January 2006  
The RSC's Twelfth Night December 2005 December 2005 Review


Seating Plan
Novello Theatre seat plan
Novello Theatre Map and Travel Info
Nearest tube: 
Covent Garden
Tube lines: 
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)
Within congestion zone?: 
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.
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