Noel Coward Theatre

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The theatre opened on 12 March 1903 under the name the New Theatre and with an inaugural production of Rosemary. It starred the theatre’s builder Charles Wyndham. In 1920 the theatre I’ll Leave it to You; Noel Coward’s first play. Many famous names would grace the theatre in the 1920’s and 30’s, mainly due to legendary productions starring John Gielgud. In Hamlet, Gielgud acted alongside Jessica Tandy and a young Alec Guinness, and in Romeo and Juliet, he appeared with Peggy Ashcroft, Edith Evans, and Laurence Olivier. During the Blitz, the theatre became the home of the Old Vic and Sadler’s Well Theatre Companies, who both lose their theatres in the bombings. They would remain there until their theatres were reconstructed in the 50’s. 30 June 1960 saw the opening of Lionel Bart’s Oliver!, which proved a great success and ran for 2,618 performances.

The latter half of the 20th Century would bring more big names into the theatre. Examples include Judi Dench, Roger Rees and Donald Sinden in London Assurance (1974), Trevor Eve in Children of a Lesser God (1981), and Helen Mirren and John Hurt in A Month in the Country (1994). The Royal Shakespeare Company held exclusive rights to perform their London Season of tragedies there (the 2004/05 season saw Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet Macbeth, King Lear, and Hecuba).

Delfont Mackintosh Limited purchased the theatre in 2005 and, after a major refurbishment, re-opened the theatre as the Noel Coward Theatre on 1 June 2006 for the London premiere of Avenue Q.

Noel Coward Theatre Seating Plan

Noel Coward Theatre Seating Plan

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS:
Wheelchair spaces and transfer seating available.

Are there adapted toilets?
An adapted toilet is available on the foyer level.

ASSISTED PERFORMANCES:
Are there facilities for the hard-of-hearing?
There is an infrared system working throughout the auditorium (20 headsets)

Are guide dogs and/or hearing dogs permitted?
Access dogs are not allowed inside the auditorium. Staff dog-sitting available.

Please contact the theatre directly for further information.

Shakespeare In Love (2nd July 2014 – 18 April 2015)
The Full Monty (2014)
Henry V
(2014)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
(17 September 2012 – 16 November 2013)
The Cripple of Inishmaan (18 June 2013 – 31 August 2013)
Peter and Alice (25 March 2013 – 1 June 2013)
Privates On Parade (10 December 2012 – 2 March 2013)
Uncle Vanya (5 November 2012 – 10 November 2012)
Much Ado About Nothing (22 September 2012 – 27 October 2012)
Julius Caesar (8 August 2012 – 15 September 2012)
Gatz (13 June 2012 – 15 July 2012)
Hay Fever (23 February 2012 – 2 June 2012)
Million Dollar Quartet (28 February 2011 – 14 January 2012)
Deathtrap (7 September 2010 – 15 January 2011)
Enron (26 January 2010 – 14 August 2010)
Calendar Girls (13 April 2009 – 9 January 2010)
Avenue Q (28 June 2006 – 28 March 2009)

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