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Closest Tube StationCharing Cross Underground Station, Covent Garden, Embankment
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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.
Constellations is the current production at Vaudeville Theatre. The upcoming booking period for Constellations at Vaudeville Theatre starts 18/06/2021 19:30:00 and runs until 12/09/2021 17:30:00. Tickets for Constellations start at £23 and are available to book now.
Alyssa, Memoirs of a Queen! is the current production at Vaudeville Theatre. The upcoming booking period for Alyssa, Memoirs of a Queen! at Vaudeville Theatre starts 07/06/2021 19:30:00 and runs until 13/06/2021 19:30:00. Tickets for Alyssa, Memoirs of a Queen! start at £24 and are available to book now.
The Last Five Years is the current production at Vaudeville Theatre. The upcoming booking period for The Last Five Years at Vaudeville Theatre starts 17/09/2021 20:00:00 and runs until 13/10/2021 20:00:00. Tickets for The Last Five Years start at £24 and are available to book now.
Magic Goes Wrong is the current production at Vaudeville Theatre. The latest booking period for Magic Goes Wrong at Vaudeville Theatre started 14/12/2019 19:30:00 and runs until 27/02/2022 19:00:00. Tickets for Magic Goes Wrong start at £24 and are available to book now.
Drag Queens of Pop is the upcoming production at Vaudeville Theatre. The upcoming booking period for Drag Queens of Pop at Vaudeville Theatre starts 17/05/2021 19:30:00 and runs until 17/05/2021 19:30:00. Tickets for Drag Queens of Pop start at £36 and are available to book now.
Public Domain is the current production at Vaudeville Theatre. The upcoming booking period for Public Domain at Vaudeville Theatre starts 27/05/2021 20:00:00 and runs until 30/05/2021 20:00:00. Tickets for Public Domain start at £18 and are available to book now.
Roles We'll Never Play is the current production at Vaudeville Theatre. The latest booking period for Roles We'll Never Play at Vaudeville Theatre started 06/12/2020 18:30:00 and runs until 23/05/2021 19:30:00. Tickets for Roles We'll Never Play start at £30 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.
Current + Upcoming Events
At The Vaudeville Theatre
Four new casts. One Relationship. Infinite Possibilites.
Experience the magic of Alyssa Edwards as she sashays into the West End
The ups and downs and back-and-forths of young love, this musical has it all.
Mischief Theatre and Penn & Teller bring Magic Goes Wrong to the Vaudeville Theatre
The Drag Queens of Pop come to the Vaudeville Theatre for one night only!
Public Domain: It's like a real life Black Mirror, with music.
Roles We'll Never Play at the Vaudeville Theatre!
Don't miss your chance to catch this Oscar Wilde comedy.
Groan Ups Mischief Theatre's newest show has come to the West End's Vaudeville Theatre!
Sam Shepard's acclaimed drama returns to the West End starring Game of Thrones' Kit Harington.
The master of comic melodrama, Oscar Wilde, is back in the West End!
Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s new play Emilia transfers to the West End from Shakespeare’s Globe
BalletBoyz comes to the West End's Vaudeville Theatre with their much acclaimed show Them/Us
The award-winning adaptation of the classic Ealing comedy The Ladykillers, returns to the West End
David Suchet stars as Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s much loved masterpiece.
8 people, 8 characters and 8 life stories... Liza Minnelli led the cast in 1991, now the the baton goes to Amanda Holden.
'The Duck House proves genuinely hilarious' The Telegraph
“Life’s a goddam laugh riot!”
Experience the stories and songs of Simon and Garfunkel.
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!
This is your last chance to see Oscar Wilde's most popular work! Don't miss this highlight of the Oscar Wilde Season!
James Acaster reflects on the best year of his life and the worst year of his life
...sometimes it is just Hobson's choice. Starring brilliant Martin Shaw as Henry Horatio Hobson at the Vaudeville this autumn.
Oscar Wilde's hauntingly beautiful tales told with original live music, imaginative storytelling and a generous dash of comedy.
The deadly comedy Dead Funny is making its West End return - with top cast!
The Worst Witch disappears from the West End 8 September, book your tickets now!
★★★★ "A triple threat and a first rate showman!” - Time Out New York
Starring them, directed by you, Mischief Movie Night is a guaranteed comedy blockbuster!
The Queen of British comedy performs her first ever and critically acclaimed solo show!
Last chance to see Freddie Fox star in Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy alongside his father.
One of the greatest love letters ever written by Oscar Wilde
A new folk opera from multi-award-winning composer, Guy Chambers