The Sondheim Theatre opened on 8 Oct. 1907. TThe Sondheim was built as a pair with the Hicks Theatre, now called the Gielgud Theatre.
The theatre was badly damaged in September 1940 when a World War II German bomb dropped directly on the building. The façade and front of house areas were destroyed. It took 20 years before the damage was repaired and the theatre reopened. Whilst the auditorium remained untouched, the exterior and foyer were rebuilt with a modern look.
The theatre has seen performances from several notable stars, including Fred Astaire, Noel Coward, and Kenneth Branagh.
The Sondheim Theatre is currently home to Les Misérables, where it's played since 2004.
The auditorium has three levels - Stalls, Dress Circle and Upper Circle.
The Stalls offers good views of the stage, helped by a noticable rake in the seating from Row H onwards.
The Dress Circle offers good legroom, but the curving of the area means that the sightlines from the outermost seats to suffer.
The Upper Circle has a very good rake in the seating allowing for good views.
Les Miserables is at the Sondheim Theatre in London. The Sondheim Theatre is located on Shaftesbury Theatre. It's close to West End theatres including the Lyric Theatre and the Gielgud Theatre.
Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Shaftesbury Avenue) 12, 14, 19, 38; (Regent Street) 6, 13, 15, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453
Night bus numbers: (Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, N19, N38; (Regent Street) 6, 12, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453, N3, N13, N15, N109, N18, N136
Car park: Chinatown (3mins)
Directions from tube: (3mins) Take Shaftesbury Avenue along where the famous illuminated signs are. The theatre will be on your left about 100 metres along, just after the Gielgud Theatre.