Savoy Theatre

Savoy Theatre London

The Savoy Theatre opened in 1881 after theatrical impresario Richard D’Oyly Carte commissioned the development to host the original comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan. The Grade II-listed building was designed by C.J. Phipps and was an architectural breakthrough in its use of lighting.

The Savoy was the first building in the world to be lit entirely by electricity, after Sir Joseph Swan supplied 1,200 incandescent lamps which were powered by a 120-horsepower generator. Carte explained that electric lighting was brought in because the enjoyment of theatrical performances were being spoilt by “foul air” and heat from gas-burners.

The building was renovated in 1929 and rebuilt in 1993 after a fire.

Travel Details

Savoy Court, The Strand, London WC2R 0ET

Nearby tube stations

Covent Garden: 8 minute walk
Embankment: 5 minute walk
Charing Cross (tube and mainline): 4 minute walk
Bus routes along The Strand include: 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 26, 59, 68, 76, 77a, 91, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, RV1

The Savoy Theatre
Savoy Court, The Strand, London WC2R 0ET

Savoy Theatre London Seating Plan

The seating capacity of the theatre is 1,158 spread over three levels; Stalls, Dress Circle and Upper Circle.

Disabled access

  • Guide dogs are allowed in the auditorium
  • A dog-sitting service can be arranged upon request
  • There is an accessible toilet in the Dress Circle
  • Headsets are available for the hard of hearing
  • Drinks can be brought to disabled customers in the auditorium upon request
  • Please contact the theatre management prior to your visit with any requirements you might need
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

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