The Wyndham’s Theatre opened on 16 Nov. 1899. Designed by renowned theatre architect W. G. R. Sprague, the theatre was commissioned by Charles Wyndham who also managed the Criterion Theatre. He dreamed of building a theatre of his own, and left his duties at the Criterion to oversee the ambitious project of building the Wyndham’s Theatre. The theatre changed hands in its early years, with Wyndham passing over managerial duties to Gerald du Maurier in 1910. In 1930 the lease was taken over by Edgar Wallace who produced a number of successful crime plays at the venue.
The Wyndham’s welcomed its first long-running production – Sandy Wilson’s musical The Boyfriend opened on 14 Jan. 1959 and ran for over 2,000 performances. Another successful musical came to the theatre in 1972, the Roundhouse’s production of Stephen Schwartz’s Godspell, which ran for three years. The theatre has seen many notable actors grace the stage, including Alec Guinness, Vanessa Redgrave, Diana Rigg and Madonna.
In May 2005, the Wyndham’s Theatre was bought by Cameron Mackintosh through his company Delfont Mackintosh Theatres. The theatre was renovated in 2008 and plays regularly run for limited engagements at the Wyndham's Theatre.
Wyndham's Theatre Seating Information
The auditorium has four levels - Stalls, Royal Circle, Grand Circle and Balcony.
In the Stalls, the overhang of the Royal Circle affects the view from Row N onwards. The front four rows of seating are not raked, but other than that the seats in the Stalls offer excellent views of the stage.
Only the seats in Row G of the Royal Circle are affected by the overhang of the Grand Circle. Seats are well raked, offering great views of the stage.
The Grand Circle is set very high in this theatre.
The Balcony is set behind and above the Grand Circle, so does feel far from the stage, but the view is unobstructed.