- 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
- Limited numbers with socially distanced seating
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.
Six is the current production at Vaudeville Theatre. The latest booking period for Six at Vaudeville Theatre started 29/09/2021 20:00:00 and runs until 01/05/2022 19:00:00. Tickets for Six start at £20 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
Last chance to see Freddie Fox star in Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy alongside his father.
'The Duck House proves genuinely hilarious' The Telegraph
8 people, 8 characters and 8 life stories... Liza Minnelli led the cast in 1991, now the the baton goes to Amanda Holden.
Don't miss your chance to catch this Oscar Wilde comedy.
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
“Life’s a goddam laugh riot!”
Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s new play Emilia transfers to the West End from Shakespeare’s Globe
David Suchet stars as Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s much loved masterpiece.
Sam Shepard's acclaimed drama returns to the West End starring Game of Thrones' Kit Harington.
The Queen of British comedy performs her first ever and critically acclaimed solo show!
The award-winning adaptation of the classic Ealing comedy The Ladykillers, returns to the West End
Groan Ups Mischief Theatre's newest show has come to the West End's Vaudeville Theatre!
One of the greatest love letters ever written by Oscar Wilde
Starring them, directed by you, Mischief Movie Night is a guaranteed comedy blockbuster!
The master of comic melodrama, Oscar Wilde, is back in the West End!
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.
BalletBoyz comes to the West End's Vaudeville Theatre with their much acclaimed show Them/Us
Experience the stories and songs of Simon and Garfunkel.
A new folk opera from multi-award-winning composer, Guy Chambers
The deadly comedy Dead Funny is making its West End return - with top cast!
Intermissions Live is back starring Alice Fearn!
Experience the magic of Alyssa Edwards as she sashays into the West End
Public Domain: It's like a real life Black Mirror, with music.
From social media to the West End one night only!
The Drag Queens of Pop come to the Vaudeville Theatre for one night only!
Four new casts. One Relationship. Infinite Possibilites.
Oscar Wilde's hauntingly beautiful tales told with original live music, imaginative storytelling and a generous dash of comedy.
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!
See if the comedians can make it through a set without touching the old rope.
Outside the Box Comedy in London's West End one night only!
Grown Up Comedy, Babies Welcome!
The Enby Show comes to the Vaudeville for one night only!
West End Musical Celebration is heading to the Vaudeville Theatre this Winter!