Aldwych Theatre London

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Aldwych Theatre London
49 Aldwych ,
WC2B 4DF London

Venue information

There can be no other theatre in the world which has two such distinct and diverse claims to fame as the Aldwych.

During the period from 1925 until 1933 the theatre housed a series of farces by Ben Travers which have gone down in history as ‘The Aldwych Farces’. They included such familiar titles as A Cuckoo in the Nest, Rookery Nook, Thark, Plunder and A Cup of Kindness. Among the members of the company were Tom Walls, Ralph Lynn, Mary Brough, Winifred Shotter and Roberston Hare.

Nearly 30 years later, on 15 December 1960, the Royal Shakespeare Company from Stratford-upon-Avon took over the Aldwych as its London base.

During the next 21 years, prior to the company moving to its theatre in the Barbican, history was frequently made.

Memorable productions such as The Wars of the Roses, The Greeks and Nicholas Nickleby immediately spring to mind, together with the numerous distinguished Shakespearean productions featuring every well-known actor in the country. Also during this period the theatre was the annual home of the late Sir Peter Daubeny’s World Theatre Season which succeeded against all odds in bringing to London the best of world theatre.

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Address: Aldwych Theatre
49 Aldwych , WC2B 4DF London
Public transport
Nearest Tube

Covent Garden/Holborn/Charing Cross

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By Bus

The Theatre is well served by buses with the following routes stopping within easy walking distance of the Theatre: 1,4,11,13,15,68,98



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The theatre prefers to speak directly to the customer about their specific needs and allocate them the best seat available to serve these needs.

Please call 020 7836 5537 to discuss your requirements, alternatively textphone 020 7240 9660, Fax 020 7379 5779 or Email

An FM assisted listening system is available for people with hearing impairments. A returnable deposit of £25 is requested.

Guide dogs are welcome and can be looked after if required.

The theatre has wheelchair access, please contact us to discuss your requirements.