Vaudeville Theatre

History of Vaudeville Theatre

Opening in 1870, the Vaudeville Theatre held mostly vaudeville and musical shows in its early days. The first shows to grace the stage were Andrew Halliday's comedy 'For Love or Money' and burlesque 'Don Carlos or the Infante in Arms'. The original theatre housed 1,046 seats over a pit and three galleries, meaning front and backstage were very cramped. The building was rebuilt twice, however the structure of today opened in 1926 and has a comfortable capacity of 690.

Famous Shakespearean actor, Henry Irving had his first noticeable success as Digby Grant in James Albery's Two Roses which ran at the theatre for a successful 300 nights, extraordinary at the time. The first theatre production to achieve 500 consecutive performances was H.J.Byron's comedy 'Our Boys', which began at the Vaudeville Theatre in 1875.

Notable productions home to the Vaudeville Theatre include

• Kat and Kings, Olivier Best New Musical and Best Actor in a Musical award winner, 1998

• Madame Melville featuring Macaulay Culkin, 2000-2001

• Stomp, 2002-2007

• The Rise and Fall of Little Voice featuring Diana Vickers, 2009-2010

Travel Details

The Vaudeville Theatre is located in the heart of London's West End on Strand, just a stone's throw from Covent Garden and Charing Cross.

Nearest tube stations:

6 minute walk from Charing Cross (Northern, Bakerloo and mainline station)

6 minute walk from Embankment (District, Circle)

Bus routes:

1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 68, 76, 171, 176, 188


NCP at Upper St Martins Lane Masterpark at Trafalgar Square

404 Strand, London WC2R 0NH

Vaudeville Theatre Seating Information

The seating capacity of the theatre is 690 seats which is spread over three levels; Grand Circle, Dress Circle and Stalls.

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