About Savoy Theatre
Designed by C I Phipps and decorated by Collinson & Locke, the most beautifully fitted theatre in Europe opened its doors on 10th October 1881 with a transfer from the Opera Comique of Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera Patience. Built at the instigation of Impresario Richard D’Oyly Carte, who wanted his own theatre in order to stage the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, the Savoy Theatre became famous as the first public building in the world to be lit by Incandescent electric lights and in one way or another it has been blazing ever since. On 3rd June, 1929, the Victorian auditorium was invaded by workmen and demolished and, 135 days later “a gleaming palace had sprung up”, a magic miracle of modernism built by Rupert D’Oyly Carte with Frank Tugwell as the architect and decorative designs by Basil Ionides. The Theatre re‑opened on 21st October 1929 with a revival of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers,designed by Charles Ricketts and conducted by Dr Malcolm Sargent.
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Transportation & Parking
If you're driving into the West End to see the show, take advantage of the Q-Park Theatreland Parking Scheme saving you 50% off car parking for up to 24 hours. To qualify, present your Q-Park car park ticket for validation at our box office. Please note the discount does not apply to the pre-booking service, for full terms and conditions, participating car parks and locations visit the Q-Park website. The nearest car park is in Chinatown and the next nearest is by Trafalgar Square.
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