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About Aldwych Theatre

The Aldwych Theatre has been a prominent pillar of the West End for more than a century, bolstered by the consistent quality and notoriety of its productions. Its stalwart standard for presenting outstanding shows since its foundation in 1905 has earned the venue a position as a cornerstone of the London theatre scene. Although it has always been a playhouse, the Aldwych’s popularity is marked by three distinct eras of theatre in its history. The early years of famed pantomimes, dramas with top billed celebrities, and Ben Travers’s twelve farces made up the first 50 years at the theatre until the Royal Shakespeare Company took over the venue in 1960. The RSC made the Aldwych Theatre its base in London (the second chapter in the theatre’s history), transferring all of its major productions from Stratford-Upon-Avon for 20 years until the company moved to the Barbican in 1981. Since then, under the ownership of the Nederlander Organization, the Aldwych has become known for its superior musical theatre productions, presenting numerous hit shows and cementing its place as a crowd favourite for decades of London theatregoers.
  • Fun Facts About the Aldwych Theatre
  • In the summer of 2017, the Aldwych Theatre underwent a full restoration which included several million pounds of refurbishments, including the recreation of historical details from its original early nineteenth century design.
  • Numerous big names have graced the stage of Aldwych over the years including Dame Judi Dench, Charles B Cochran, Gertrude Lawrence, Dame Maggie Smith, and David Suchet.
  • The Nederlander Organization owns the Adelphi and Dominion Theatres in addition to the Aldwych. Since 1912, the company has additionally acquired nine theatres on Broadway and 17 others in North America.
Notable Shows and Performances: The Aldwych Theatre was the first theatre in England to premiere Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard,” and presented the London premiere of “A Streetcar Named Desire” directed by Laurence Olivier and starring Vivien Leigh. Its longest running production was the hit musical adaptation of “Dirty Dancing,” which ran from 2006 to 2011.

Transportation & Parking

Bus Routes: 1, 4, 11, 13, 15, 68, 98 The nearest car parks are in Chinatown and Trafalgar Square. If you are planning to drive into the city we recommend that you take advantage of Q-Park’s Theatreland Parking Scheme – simply have your car park ticket validated at Adelphi Theatre and the 50% discount will automatically be applied when you pay at the car park pay machine. Please visit the Q-Park website. Alternatively, there is an NCP underground car park in Parker Street.
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