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Vaudeville Theatre

404 Strand, London WC2R 0NH

Vaudeville Theatre Safety Policy

Health & safety measures
  • All visitors asked to wear masks
  • Regular visible cleaning of all touchable surfaces before and after performances
  • One way routing in building to minimise contact
  • Signage regarding social distancing etiquette
  • Paperless or print at home tickets
  • Availability of hand sanitiser
  • Declaration on entry to confirm you have no Covid-19 symptoms
Visitor measures
  • Limited numbers with socially distanced seating

Getting here

Closest Tube Station

Charing Cross Underground Station, Covent Garden, Embankment

Closest Train Station

Charing Cross


The Vaudeville Theatre is a well-known West End theatre located in the City of Westminster. Just like its name, the venue mostly staged musical revues, and vaudeville shows back in the day.

The Vaudeville Theatre

First opened in 1870, C. J. Phipps designed the theatre like several others in London, while George Gordon decorated it. They celebrated the grand opening with For Love Or Money, which was a comedy by Andrew Halliday, along with a famous burlesque called Don Carlos.

In 1926, the present theatre building opened. Nimax Theatres Limited owns the 690-seat venue. The theatre is just as magnificent looking inside as it is outside. It has a rectangular shape and elaborate decorations with gold patterns. It highlights an elegant burgundy ceiling with a Georgian touch.

The Theatre's History

The 1870 frontage of the present structure was originally two simple house fronts and didn't look close to being as attractive as it does now. The owners chose to invest in a better façade two decades later. They also improved the interior of the building. They included a fresh new ceiling while decreasing the tightly set up 1,000 seats to a more spacious 740. However, the Gatti family bought the theatre only a year later.

The Gatti family owned the Vaudeville for a spectacular 77 years and, under their ownership, showed popular revues and comedies. The family made more changes – the old horseshoe-shaped interior changing to a rectangular shape in 1925. The modification also involved reducing the seating capacity by another 100.

In 1968, the Vaudeville Theatre along with several other nearby venues like the Duchess Theatre, Lyceum Theatre, Garrick Theatre and Adelphi Theatre faced a threat when the GLC decided to refurbish them. However, the Musicians' Union, the actors' union Equity, and the owners of the buildings set up the powerful "Save London Theatre Campaign". Thankfully, the campaign shut down the project for good, saving the theatres in the process.

The Gatti family finally sold the theatre in 1969. Bought by Sir Peter Saunders, Peter Rice took up the task of fully renovating the venue's interior in 1970. Two years later, the English Heritage designated the theatre as a Grade II building. Max Weitzenhoffer bought the building in 2003, and in 2005, Nimax Theatres Limited purchased it.

The Theatre's Most Renowned Shows

The Vaudeville Theatre has staged numerous shows to date. In the 1950s, the smash-hit musical "Salad Days" began playing at the theatre, putting up 2,288 performances! Later, there was a 1996 revival starring Kit And The Widow, followed by She Knows You by Jean Fergusson, which received a Laurence Olivier Award nomination in 1998. In the same year, Kat And The Kings bagged the Olivier awards for Best Actor in a Musical and Best New Musical. Another long-running show was Caught In The Net, a Ray Cooney farce running for ten months in 2001.


The Vaudeville Theatre has a capacity of 690 across 3 levels: Stalls, Dress Circle, and Upper Circle.
Vaudeville Theatre Seating Plan

Constellations is the current production at Vaudeville Theatre. The latest booking period for Constellations at Vaudeville Theatre started 18/06/2021 19:30:00 and runs until 12/09/2021 17:30:00. Tickets for Constellations start at £20 and are available to book now.

Six is the current production at Vaudeville Theatre. The upcoming booking period for Six at Vaudeville Theatre starts 29/09/2021 20:00:00 and runs until 01/05/2022 19:00:00. Tickets for Six start at £32 and are available to book now.

Public transport is recommended. The nearest tube stations are Covent Garden (Piccadilly Line), Charing Cross (Northern/Bakerloo Lines), Embankment (District/Circle Lines). If arriving by rail the nearest station is Charing Cross Railway Station. The theatre is easily reached from the Bedford Street (Stop J) bus stop which is serviced by lines 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139 and 176. If driving to the theatre, the nearest car parks are in China Town and Trafalgar Square. There is also an NCP underground car park in Parker Street.

Past Events

PlayGreat Expectations

PlayAn Ideal Husband
4.664 reviews

Last chance to see Freddie Fox star in Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy alongside his father.

PlayThe Duck House

'The Duck House proves genuinely hilarious' The Telegraph

PlayVolcano

PlaySwimming with Sharks

PlayPaul Merton Out Of My Head

PlayAn Audience with David Suchet

PlayDeep Blue Sea, The

PlayPam Ann - Flying High

PlayStepping Out
4.4152 reviews

8 people, 8 characters and 8 life stories... Liza Minnelli led the cast in 1991, now the the baton goes to Amanda Holden.

MusicalSongs For a New World

Jason Robert Brown's hit Songs for a New World returns to London's West End in February 2021 after a hit run at the Palladium!

PlayWhat The Butler Saw

PlayLady Windermere's Fan
4.561 reviews

Don't miss your chance to catch this Oscar Wilde comedy.

PlayEd Byrne - Different Class

MusicalThe Worst Witch
4.350 reviews

The Worst Witch disappears from the West End 8 September, book your tickets now!

MusicalJust Jim Dale
4.938 reviews

★★★★ "A triple threat and a first rate showman!” - Time Out New York

PlayOppenheimer

PlayBetty

PlayPotted Panto

PlayThe Boys in the Band
4.251 reviews

“Life’s a goddam laugh riot!”

PlayFemale of the Species

PlayEmilia
4.7125 reviews

Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s new play Emilia transfers to the West End from Shakespeare’s Globe

PlayFlying Karamazov Brothers

PlayDi And Viv And Rose

PlayThe Ladykillers

MusicalStomp

PlayIn a Forest, Dark and Deep

PlayPrisoner of Second Avenue

PlayHand To God
3.9119 reviews

PlayThe Importance of Being Earnest
4.8116 reviews

David Suchet stars as Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s much loved masterpiece.

PlayTrue West
4.272 reviews

Sam Shepard's acclaimed drama returns to the West End starring Game of Thrones' Kit Harington.

PlayDawn French: 30 Million Minutes
4.629 reviews

The Queen of British comedy performs her first ever and critically acclaimed solo show!

PlayThe Ladykillers

The award-winning adaptation of the classic Ealing comedy The Ladykillers, returns to the West End

PlayGroan Ups
4.5147 reviews

Groan Ups Mischief Theatre's newest show has come to the West End's Vaudeville Theatre!

MusicalRise and Fall of Little Voice, The

PlayDe Profundis
4.76 reviews

One of the greatest love letters ever written by Oscar Wilde

PlaySwallows and Amazons

MusicalMegan Mullally

PlayMischief Movie Night
5.04 reviews

Starring them, directed by you, Mischief Movie Night is a guaranteed comedy blockbuster!

PlayA Woman of No Importance
4.4125 reviews

The master of comic melodrama, Oscar Wilde, is back in the West End!

PlayThe Importance of Being Earnest
4.239 reviews

This is your last chance to see Oscar Wilde's most popular work! Don't miss this highlight of the Oscar Wilde Season!

PlayBill Bailey : Limboland
4.8120 reviews

MusicalForbidden Broadway

PlayHandbagged

PlayI Believe In Unicorns
4.77 reviews

MusicalWilde Creatures
4.86 reviews

Oscar Wilde's hauntingly beautiful tales told with original live music, imaginative storytelling and a generous dash of comedy.

ConcertJames Acaster: Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999

James Acaster reflects on the best year of his life and the worst year of his life

PlayBroken Glass

PlayHobson's Choice
4.6599 reviews

...sometimes it is just Hobson's choice. Starring brilliant Martin Shaw as Henry Horatio Hobson at the Vaudeville this autumn.

DanceBalletBoyz: Them/Us
4.715 reviews

BalletBoyz comes to the West End's Vaudeville Theatre with their much acclaimed show Them/Us

PlayMaster Class

PlayDuet For One

PlayPotted Sherlock

MusicalThe Simon and Garfunkel Story Special
4.819 reviews

Experience the stories and songs of Simon and Garfunkel.

PlayThe Selfish Giant
5.01 reviews

A new folk opera from multi-award-winning composer, Guy Chambers

MusicalThe West End Men

PlayWoman In Mind

PlayDead Funny
4.1344 reviews

The deadly comedy Dead Funny is making its West End return - with top cast!

MusicalIntermissions Live

Intermissions Live is back starring Alice Fearn!

MusicalAlyssa, Memoirs of a Queen!

Experience the magic of Alyssa Edwards as she sashays into the West End

MusicalPublic Domain

Public Domain: It's like a real life Black Mirror, with music.

PlayLegends of Lockdown - Live!

From social media to the West End one night only!

MusicalDrag Queens of Pop

The Drag Queens of Pop come to the Vaudeville Theatre for one night only!