Aldwych Theatre Box Office
Address: Aldwych Theatre, 49 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DF
Tube lines: Bakerloo, Northern
Nearest tube: Charing Cross
Directions from Charing Cross:
(10mins) Head out onto the main road Strand. Cross street where possible and go right. When you reach the fork, veer left onto Aldwych.
Nearest rail: Charing Cross
Bus routes: (Aldwych) RV1, X68, 1, 6, 11, 13, 23, 59, 68, 87, 91, 139, 168, 171, 172, 188, 243; (Strand) 4, 9, 15, 26, 76, 176, 341
Night buses: (Aldwych) 6, 23, 139, 188, 243, N1, N11, N13, N26, N47, N68, N87, N89, N91, N155, N171, N551, N343; (Strand) 176, 341, N9, N15, N21, N44, N76
Car park: Drury Lane, Parker Street (5mins)
In congestion zone?: Yes
Please note: The location shown on the map is an approximate location of the theatre. In the majority of cases the theatre will be marked on the map so please make sure you locate the exact location yourself. If the theatre is not shown on the map please make sure you locate the correct road name and take account of the directions.
What's On at the Aldwych Theatre
Aldwych Theatre Information
If you are driving, there are NCP car parks at the following addresses:
Parker Street, Parker Mews, London, WC2B 5NT
Selkirk House, Museum Street, London, WC1A 1JP
St Martins Lane Hotel
45 St Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4HX
International Press Centre
76 Shoe Lane, London, EC4A 3JB
You can see these, and other NCP car parks on their website http://www.ncp.co.uk/
However, you can participate in the Q-Parks Theatreland Parking Scheme and get 50% off your parking costs by validating your parking ticket in the foyer at the theatre.
For more information on Q-Parks Theatreland Parking Scheme either call +44 (0)870 442 0104 or visit Q-Parks website http://www.q-park.co.uk/theatreland
The closest participating car park for the Aldwych Theatre is at 20 Newport Place, London, WC2H 7PR.
Don't forget to pay the £11.50 (less if you register, but that costs you £10 for a car) daily congestion charge for central London which applies from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays, if you are driving into London.
Alternatively, plan your journey using Transport for London journey planner https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/
If you have specific access needs please speak directly with the theatre. Call on 020 7836 5537 or Textphone 020 7240 9660, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
An FM assisted listening system is available for people with hearing impairments. Please speak to the theatre direct regarding costs.
Guide dogs are welcome and can be looked after if required.
There is wheelchair access, plus please contact the theatre direct if you wish to discuss your requirements.
In The Area
Cash – better to make sure you have your cash before you go, you will have to walk round to The Strand to get to Barclays ATM - don't forget most of the London theatres only accept cash at their bars.
Eating – on the opposite corner to the theatre is The Delaunay Grand Café which is a brasserie open all-day serving modern and classic European dishes. Round the corner on Kingsway you will find a Wasabi Sushi & Bento
Drinks – further down Aldwych is Good Godfreys – an elegant cocktail-lounge bar at the Waldorf Hilton hotel, or Caffé Fratelli which is next to the Novello Theatre. On Kingsway you will also find a Costa & Starbucks coffee shops.
Aldwych Theatre was designed by W.G.R. Sprague and was built as one of a pair, its twin being the Waldorf, now known as the Novello Theatre. Aldwych opened in December 1905 and the building was listed as Grade II in July 1971. It is a 3 level theatre, with a large auditorium and a seating capacity of 1200.
The first production at the Aldwych was Blue Bell, which was a version of the pantomime Bluebell in Fairyland. This was followed by two more Hicks productions, The Beauty of Bath and The Gay Gordons.
During World War 1 the theatre was used as a Club for Australian servicemen and was thought of as the home of English farce and a very popular London theatre until the early 1930s.
London theatres were not busy during a very lean period, even though attempts were made to increase sales, with the introduction of the equivalent of a BOGOF offer (buy one get one free), known then as the Privilege Ticket. However in 1942 the anti-Nazi play, Watch On The Rhine persuaded audiences to return.
In 1949 Vivien Leigh appeared in A Streetcar Named Desire, which was directed by her husband Laurence Olivier and co-starred Bonar Colleano. Leigh had won an Academy Award for her part in the film version.
From 1960 – 1982 the Royal Shakespeare Company based its London productions at the Adlwych until they moved to the Barbican Arts Centre. There were, of course, many notable productions during this time, including The Wars of the Roses, The Greeks and Nicholas Nickleby.
1990-1991 saw Joan Collins star in a revival of Noel Coward's Private Lives (incidentally one of the best comedy plays I have had the opportunity to see).
Since 2000 there have been a series of musicals including Andrew Lloyd Webber's Whistle Down the Wind, Fame, Dirty Dancing and currently Top Hat starring Tom Chambers, who of course won Strictly Come Dancing in 2008 with Camilla Dallerup.