Novello Theatre Box Office
Address: Novello Theatre, 5 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4LD
Tube lines: Piccadilly
Nearest tube: Covent Garden
Directions from Covent Garden:
(5mins) Go right on Long Acre; turn right into Bow Street and after 100 metres turn left (Russell Street) then immediately right onto Catherine Street, where the theatre is located 100 metres down on the corner with 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 (7mins)
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 Novello Theatre
Novello 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
Brewer Street, London, W1F 0LA
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 Novello Theatre is at 20 Newport Place, London, WC2H 7PR.
Don't forget to pay the £11.50 (£1 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/
The theatre puts on audio described and signed performances of Mamma Mia! Please contact the theatre direct to find out about these performances and book seats.
There are some offers on concession tickets for disabled visitors, which are available from the theatre direct.
The auditorium does have an infrared system installed.
Guide dogs are not allowed in the theatre, but can be looked after by theatre staff during performances. You should contact the theatre regarding this prior to your visit.
Wheelchair access can be gained from Catherine Street. There are transfer seats available, but only one for each performance and wheelchair users who require this service must have an able-bodied companion with them. There are, in addition, spaces for wheelchairs during the performances in the Dress Circle. Disabled toilets are available on the Dress Circle level.
The theatre is host to 4 licenced bars; Sam's Bar, Shubert Bar, Ivor's Bar and The Waldorf Bar. Sam's Bar is accessible via Catherine Street and a wheelchair lift. The others all need to negotiate a variety of number of steps.
Delfont Mackintosh now also provide a visual tool for parents and carers to use with autistic visitors. Please visit their website for more information, and to download a social story for the Novello Theatre.
In the Area
Cash/ATM - HSBC is located at 16 King Street ( approx. 7 minute walk ); Barclays is located at 366 Strand ( approx. 3 minute walk ); Nat West is located at 65 Aldwych ( approx. 2 minute walk ).
Don't forget that a lot of the London theatres do not accept card payments at their bars or facilities, so be prepared with your cash!
Eating & Drinking - Cucina Asellina is within the ME London Hotel, 336-337 The Strand – offering rustic New York style Italian cuisine with bread from the wood oven and a glamourous setting. The Radio Rooftop Bar is also within the ME London Hotel and offers a refined, cool rooftop bar with panoramic views of London, cocktails and tapas. Homage is within The Waldorf Hilton Hotel, Aldwych and is a grand dining room which has undergone a contemporary makeover and serves modern European cuisine. Loch Fyne seafood restaurant is located on Catherine Street.
For something a little simpler, perhaps you would like to visit the Double Shot Coffee Company at 38A Tavistock Street, a cheerful venue for coffee, sandwiches, pastries and afternoon tea, with the added extras of WiFi and magazines.
There are hospitality packages available at the theatre, but you will need to contact the theatre for more details.
Hire The Venue
With a variety of VIP rooms it is possible to hire these small areas. Again, please contact the theatre direct for this information.
The theatre opened in 1905, then called the Waldorf Theatre. In 1913 the theatre became known as the Strand. During the war the entrance to the theatre pit was bombed, but, true to theatrical ethos, the show carried on. The show that night was The Scarlet Pimpernel with Fred Terry in the lead role.
In 1940 the theatre was again bombed, and again the show continued! Over the years the theatre has had several “owners” and has seen a wide range of theatre productions including comedy and Shakespeare. Productions such as Arsenic & Old Lace, And So To Bed, William Golding's one and only stage play – Brass Butterfly, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to The Forum, No Sex Please – We're British – which was the most successful show up until it opened in 1971 and continued for 11 years, after a record of 6,671 performances.
In 2005 the theatre closed for 6 months for a major refurbishment and reopened as the Novello Theatre. As the Novello it has played host to 3 Shakespeare seasons, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof & Betty Blue Eyes, amongst others.
Currently, it is the home of the very successful musical production Mamma Mia! Which has now thrilled and entertained over 54 million theatre-goers since it opened at the Novello.