Actor/manager Charles Wyndham opened two theatres in the West End, one of which is the Wyndham's Theatre, located on Charing Cross Road in the City of Westminster.
Inside and Outside Wyndham's Theatre
Architect W.G. Sprague, who also designed six other theatres in the capital until 1916, was the designer of this theatre. The venue initially had seating for upwards of 750 people seated on three levels, which later increased to four through renovations. In September 1960, the English Heritage designated the building as Grade II listed. Inside the theatre is a spectacular pastel green, cream and pale blue décor that complements the splendour of the wonderfully painted ceiling and decorated boxes. The building's pale stone exterior features round windows and Greek-style pillars.
Charles Wyndham always wanted to build his theatre. Achieving his dream was possible, thanks to a kind patron as well as the financial support of good friends. Graced by the Prince of Wales, the Wyndham's Theatre opened on 16th November 1899 with a revival of T.W. Robertson's David Garrick. The auditorium saw immediate success and was followed by the same; another being Mrs Dane's Defence, starring Lena Ashwell as the lead, in 1900. Wyndham stated that the response of the audiences upon the curtain-fall was the most enormous applause he had known. The biggest hit was the French Riviera musical The Boy Friend, which broke records with its London premiere and also ran for a straight five years!
Fun fact: Charles Wyndham's passion and contribution to the theatre industry didn't go unrecognised; King Edward knighted him in the 1800s.
The Mackintosh Era
Cameron Mackintosh took over in May 2005. Delfont-Mackintosh Ltd began operating the theatre in September, presenting Tom Stoppard's Heroes a month later. It was the translated French play Le vent des peupliers and starred John Hurt and Richard Griffiths. A new production of Joanna Murray-Smith's Honour followed, which starred Martin Jarvis, Diana Rigg and Natascha McElhone. Wyndham's Theatre later hosted the West End transfer of Stephen Sondheim's musical Sunday In The Park With George, produced by the Menier Chocolate Factory. It starred Jenna Russell and Daniel Evans. Another big hit was the West End transfer of Alan Bennett's smash-hit, The History Boys, which ran in April 2007 and performed sold-out shows!
Through summer 2007, Ben Kenwright's production of Somerset Maugham played at Wyndham's Theatre. Later, in October, the show based on C.S. Lewis's life, Shadowlands, starred Charles Dance and Janie Dee. In December, Alan Bennett's The History Boys returned to the house, following which the building shut down for refurbishment. In September 2008, it reopened with Michael Grandage's production of Chekhov's Ivanov, starring Kenneth Branagh. Tom Stoppard was behind the show, and it was the opening play in the Donmar West End 12-month season at the Wyndham's Theatre. This season also involved actors such as Jude Law in Hamlet, Judi Dench in Yukio Mishima's Madame de Sade, and Derek Jacobi in Twelfth Night, which were all presented by Grandage.
Life of Pi is the current production at Wyndhams Theatre. The latest booking period for Life of Pi at Wyndhams Theatre started 15/11/2021 19:30:00 and runs until 27/02/2022 15:00:00. Tickets for Life of Pi start at £30 and are available to book now.
Wyndhams Theatre is located in London. The full address is Wyndhams Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0DA.
Current + Upcoming Events
At The Wyndhams Theatre
Miles Jupp stars in the show about David Tomlinson in limited West End transfer!
"Spectacular, gripping and wickedly entertaining" The Telegraph
David Tennant stars in Don Juan in Soho for a strictly limited run at London's Wyndhams Theatre
Matthew Broderick makes his West End debut in The Starry Messenger at Wyndham's Theatre
Fleabag, the play by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, returns to London for a short run at Wyndham's Theatre. Tickets on sale now.
Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville star in Eugene O’Neill’s prize-winning masterpiece!
The World Premiere of The Man in the White Suit starring Stephen Mangan and Kara Tointon
People, like particles, are naturally unpredictable.
Two of the greatest actors of their generation on stage together for the first time
Red is a play "with such fierce conviction that it never lets you look away" - The New York Times
The Catherine Tate Show Live at the Wyndham's
Curtains on the West End this Christmas
Starring Lee Evans, Sheila Hancock and Keeley Hawes
★★★★★'One of the most powerful Miller productions I have ever seen' The Telegraph
Felicity Kendal, Kara Tointon, Max Bennett and Jonathan Coy star in Alan Ayckbourn's classic comedy
★★★★★ "Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan are superb" Evening Standard
starring Brian Cox, Dervla Kirwan and Ardal O'Hanlon
“Mesmerizing! Pouring her heart into her voice, Audra McDonald breathes life into Billie Holiday’s greatest songs.” The New York Times
The comic and musician will perform at London's Wyndham's Theatre during a month-long residency from this December.
Stardust galore: Harold Pinter, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. This play is a must!
Book The Price tickets now to see David Suchet in this amazing West End transfer!
Get your tickets for Tom Stoppard's Olivier award winning play Leopoldstadt!