Wyndham's Theatre

Wyndham's Theatre

Address: 
32-36 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DA
Location: 
West End
Capacity: 
750

The Wyndham’s Theatre opened on 16th November 1899. Designed by renowned theatre architect W. G. R. Sprague, the theatre was commissioned by Charles Wyndham who also managed the Criterion Theatre.  He had 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. Wyndham also oversaw the construction of the nearby Noel Coward Theatre, named the New Theatre at the time, which opened four years later in 1903.

The theatre changed hands in its early years, with Wyndham passing over managerial duties to Gerald du Maurier in 1910. du Maurier also acted in a number of plays at the theatre including productions of Raffles by E. W. Hornung & Eugene Wiley and Bull-Dog Drummond in 1921. In 1930 the lease was taken over by Edgar Wallace who produced a number of successful crime plays at the venue.

In 1954, the Wyndham’s welcomed its first long-running production – Sandy Wilson’s musical The Boyfriend opened on 14th January 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 most recent long-running show at the Wyndham’s is Yasmin Reza’s play Art, which opened in 1996 for over 2,000 performances before transferring to the Whitehall Theatre in 2001.

The theatre has seen many notable actors grace the stage, including Alec Guinness, Vanessa Redgarve, Diana Rigg, Maggie Smith, Richard Griffiths, Helen McCrory and Judi Dench as well as celebrities such as Ruby Wax 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 reopened with a twelve month season of plays produced by the Donmar Warehouse.

Seating

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 4 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, though the legroom could be better.

The Grand Circle is set very high in this theatre and the legroom at this level is problematic.

The Balcony is set behind and above the Grand Circle, so does feel far from the stage, but the view is unobstructed and the pricing is relative to this levels shortcomings.

Last Decade of Productions

Show Opened Closed Links
The Truth June 2016 - Review
People, Places and Things March 2016 June 2016 Review
Hangmen December 2015 March 2016 Review
The Father October 2015 November 2015  
The Mentalists July 2015 August 2015 Review
American Buffalo April 2015 June 2015 Review
A View from the Bridge February 2015 April 2015 Review
King Charles III September 2014 January 2015 Review
Skylight June 2014 August 2014 Review
Unce Vanya & Three Sisters April 2014 May 2014  
The Weir January 2014 April 2014 Reivew
Barking in Essex September 2013 January 2014 Review
Relatively Speaking May 2013 August 2013 Review
Quartermaine's Terms January 2013 April 2013 Review
Dreamboats and Petticoats October 2012 January 2013  
Abigail's Party May 2012 September 2012 Review
The King's Speech March 2012 May 2012 Review
Jackie Mason - Fearless February 2012 March 2012  
The Rat Pack: Live from Las Vegas January 2012 January 2012 Review
Christmas with the Rat Pack: Live from Las Vegas December 2011 January 2012  
Driving Miss Daisy October 2011 December 2011 Review
Much Ado About Nothing June 2011 September 2011 Review
Clybourne Park  February 2011 May 2011 Review
Bill Bailey - Dandelion Mind November 2011 December 2011  
Avenue Q March 2010 October 2010 Review
An Inspector Calls December 2009 March 2010  
The Shawshank Redemption September 2009 November 2009 Review
Hamlet June 2009 August 2009 Review
Madame de Sade March 2009 May 2009 Review
Twelfth Night December 2008 March 2009 Review
Ivanov September 2008 November 2008 Review
The History Boys December 2007 April 2008  
Shadowlands October 2007 December 2007 Review
The Letter April 2007 August 2007 Review
The History Boys December 2006 April 2007  
A Voyage Round My Father September 2006 November 2006  
Sunday in the Park with George May 2006 September 2006 Review

 

Travel Info
Nearest tube: 
Leicester Square
Tube lines: 
Piccadilly, Northern
Railway station: 
Charing Cross
Bus numbers: 
(Charing Cross Road) 24, 29, 176; (Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, 19, 38
Night bus numbers: 
(Charing Cross Road) 24, 176, N5, N20, N29, N41, N279; (Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, N19, N38
Car park: 
St Martin's Lane Hotel (2mins)
Within congestion zone?: 
Yes
Directions from tube: 
The theatre can be seen opposite the station.
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