Apollo Victoria Theatre Box Office
Address: Apollo Victoria Theatre, 17 Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG
Tube lines: District, Circle, Victoria
Nearest tube: Victoria
Directions from Victoria:
The theatre can be seen opposite the station.
Nearest rail: Victoria
Bus routes: (Victoria Station) 2, 16, 36, 38, 73, 82, 170, 507, C2, C10; (Wilton Road) 24, 52, 185, 436; (Victoria Street) 44, 148, C1
Night buses: (Victoria Station) 36, C2, N38, N73, N136 ; (Wilton Road) 24, N2, N16, N52; (Victoria Street) 148, N44
Car park: Semley Place (10mins)
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 Apollo Victoria Theatre
Apollo Victoria Theatre Information
Customer Service: 0844 871 7627
Access Bookings: 020 7828 7074
Venue Access Information
Guide, hearing and other working dogs are welcome in all parts of the theatre
There is seating for 2,208 on two levels - the Stalls and the Dress Circle. This is a large capacity, and the front couple of rows in the Stalls are, unusually, considered to be among the best seats in the theatre.
There are 2 bars, a cloakroom and male & female toilets on both levels.
If you are driving, there are NCP car parks at the following addresses:
Semley Place, London, SW1W 9QL
Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 9SA
Mayfair, London, W1J 7AF
You can see these, and other NCP car parks on their 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 Apollo Victoria Theatre is at Winchester Street, London, SW1V 4JQ. The rates for this car park are £3 per hour, up to 7 hours, and after that it is £24 for 24 hours.
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.
For more transport information and to plan your journey visit Transport for London https://tfl.gov.uk/
In The Area
Cash/ATM – There is an HSBC branch up Wilton Road, heading towards Victoria underground station – it is, in fact opposite the Victoria Palace Theatre.
Drinking – As the theatre is very close to Victoria Station there are a wide choice of cafes & bars in the station, including Sports Bar & Grill, Starbucks and Weatherspoons.
Eating – There is a Burger King and Wasabi Sushi & Bento both in the station. There is also Lime Orange, Korean fusion restaurant on Vauxhall Bridge Road, or Le Pain Quotidien & Giraffe further down on Wilton Road.
This theatre was first opened as the New Victoria Cinema in 1930. The building was designed by Ernest Wamsley Lewis and William Edward Trent for Provincial Cinematograph Theatres in the “art deco” style. The building was unusually built with two identical “fronts” on both Wilton Road and Vauxhall Bridge Road.
In June 1939, the BBC presented a live showing of the Epsom Derby in the Apollo Victoria and 2 other cinemas in London. During World War II, the cinema was closed for a period, but it was not damaged during the War and re-opened soon after. It was saved from demolition in the 1950s and went on to present ballet, live shows and films until November 1975 when the last films shown were Legend of the Werewolf and Vampire Circus. From 1976 until 1981 the theatre was closed and re-opened with a new name, the Apollo Victoria Theatre and a concert by Shirley Bassey.
Musical theatre began in 1981 with The Sound of Music. In 1984 the arrival of Starlight Express meant that the theatre needed some modifications in order for performers on roller skates to pass through the audience on a “race track”. The Andrew Lloyd Webber show was a huge success and ran for 18 years from 1984 to 2002. When the “race track” needed removing there was a remodelling of the interior.
There followed a series of productions, including Bombay Dreams, Saturday Night Fever and Movin' Out, between 2002 and 2006 when Wicked opened. The show was an immediate success with record-breaking takings of £761,000 during the first 8 performances. Wicked celebrated its 5th birthday at the Apollo Victoria on Tuesday 27th September 2011 with a curtain call reunion of former cast members and is now into its 9th year at the theatre.