About Savoy Theatre
One of the most prominent venues on the West End as well as one of the oldest, the Victorian-era Savoy Theatre originally opened in 1881 off the Strand in the heart of central London. At the time of its opening, the theatre was internationally renowned as the world’s first building to be lit entirely by electric lighting. The original site of the venue itself has a rich history given that the Savoy Palace had once stood in its spot, built in 1263 and subsequently passed on through generations of royal family members. After the palace burned down, the site was later used as a hospital, a military prison, and a chapel until it finally became home to the Savoy Theatre under the ownership of Richard D'Oyly Carte. Carte built the theatre for the explicit purpose of showcasing the popular operas of Gilbert and Sullivan. The Savoy Theatre has been rebuilt twice in its history: once in 1929 when Carte’s son Rupert D'Oyly Carte acquired the building, ordering a full demolition and redesign, and once in 1993 after the theatre burned down. For the first 50 years of the theatre’s existence, the Savoy Theatre continued to be known for its famous seasons of Gilbert and Sullivan shows. Eventually, Carte and later owners also incorporated new musical theatre and popular plays into its repertoire until it became the cornerstone of the West End that it is today.
- Fun Facts About the Savoy Theatre
- The name Savoy dates back to the eleventh century after the ruling family, the House of Savoy.
- During routine renovations in 1990, a fire devastated the interior of the Savoy Theatre. Demand for full restoration was high and the theatre was rebuilt as faithfully as possible to its original 1929 design, reopening in 1993.
- Since 1889, the eminent Savoy Hotel has stood in the site surrounding the Savoy Theatre. In its recent rebuild, the hotel’s health club and swimming pool were added directly above the theatre in an extra storey above the stage.
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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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