Wyndham’s Theatre London

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Wyndham's Theatre
Address: 32-36 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DA
Nearest Tube or Train: Leicester Square (Northern line, Piccadilly line)
Nearest Buses: 24, 29, 176

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Theatre Quick Facts

Date opened: 16 November 1899
Designer: W G R Sprague
First production: David Garrick by T.W. Robertson starring Sir Charles Wyndham
Number of seats: 759
Theatre owner: Delfont Mackintosh Theatres

Theatre History

Recent production highlights at the Wyndhams Theatre:

1899 Wyndham’s opened on 16 November with a revival of David Garrick by T W Robertson in which the theatre’s owner Charles Wyndham and his future wife, Mary Moore, both appeared. The theatre was designed by the architect W G R Sprague in the Louis XVI style.

1910 Gerald du Maurier became actor-manager of Wyndham’s for more than a decade. Some of his most famous roles were in Raffles and Bull-Dog Drummond.

1916 The original theatre plans included a winter garden on the roof. The Council refused permission for this, but it was used once for a rehearsal of a charity performance of J M Barrie’s The Admirable Crichton at which G B Shaw was also present.

1923 Tallulah Bankhead was the talk of London when she made her debut in The Dancers written by Gerald du Maurier and Viola Tree. Her most famous scene was one in which she performed an Indian dance costumed in feathers and jewels.

1930 The bestselling author Edgar Wallace took the lease on the theatre and presented a series of crime plays including The Ringer, The Calendar and On the Spot.

1945 Daphne du Maurier, Gerald’s daughter, continued the family association with Wyndham’s when her play The Years Between opened on 10 January.

1953 Graham Greene’s first stage play, The Living Room, a moral story that generated much debate and starred Dorothy Tutin and Eric Portman, opened on 16 April.

1954 Sandy Wilson’s 1920s musical The Boy Friend transferred on 14 January. Having started as a short piece at the Players’ Theatre, the extended version went on to run at Wyndham’s for 2,078 performances.

1959 For a number of years Joan Littlewood’s famous Theatre Workshop productions played at Wyndham’s, including the 19-year-old Shelagh Delaney’s A Taste of Honey, The Hostage by Brendan Behan and Oh What a Lovely War.

1964 John Osborne’s Inadmissable Evidence won the Critics’ Award for Best Play of 1964.

1968 Alec Guinness both directed and appeared in The Cocktail Party as the Unidentified Guest.

1972 Godspell transferred from the Roundhouse and ran for almost three years. The cast included Julie Covington, David Essex, Marti Webb and Jeremy Irons.

1975 A seminal production of Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land was directed by Peter Hall and starred John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson.

1976 Cameron Mackintosh transferred Side by Side by Sondheim to Wyndham’s. This compilation of the best of Sondheim’s clever, perceptive songs introduced his work to many British audiences and became Cameron’s first international hit.

1986 The Young Vic production of Ghosts with Vanessa Redgrave and Tom Wilkinson enjoyed great success both at Wyndham’s and subsequently in Ibsen’s native country Norway.

1991 World premiere of Arthur Miller’s comedy The Ride Down Mt. Morgan with Tom Conti as the insurance magnate visited in hospital by his two wives – Gemma Jones and Clare Higgins.

1994 Edward Albee’s autobiographical play Three Tall Women received its British premiere at Wyndham’s, winning Maggie Smith an Evening Standard Award for Best Actress.

1996 Art, Yasmina Reza’s satirical triple-hander, ran for over 2,000 performances before transferring to the Whitehall Theatre where its 27th cast gave their final performance on 4 January 2003.

2005 On 19 September the long lease on the theatre reverted from the Ambassador Theatre Group to Delfont Mackintosh Theatres.

2006 Stephen Sondheim’s highly acclaimed production of Sunday in the Park with George transferred from the Menier Chocolate Factory and swept the board at the 2007 Olivier Awards where it won in five different categories.

2008 Wyndham’s re-opened on 17 September following a major four-month refurbishment programme with a highly acclaimed year-long season presented by the Donmar Warehouse. The season included Ivanov, Twelfth Night, Madame de Sade and Hamlet starring Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi, Judi Dench and Jude Law.

2012 The award-winning stage version of Driving Miss Daisy transferred from Broadway and brought with it combative, touching and memorable performances by two great stars – Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones.

2014-16 Wyndham’s hosted a series of notable plays including Skylight, King Charles III, A View from the Bridge and People Places and Things.

2016 41 years on another seminal production of No Man’s Land was directed by Sean Mathias and starred Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart.

2017-19 The theatre’s reputation as a favourite playhouse continued with productions of Long Day’s Journey into Night, Red and The Price.

2020 As the pandemic struck Tom Stoppard’s autobiographical last play Leopoldstadt was playing to packed houses.

Theatre Previous Shows

Past shows playing at the Wyndham's Theatre:

​The Life I Lead
The Man In The White Suit
The Starry Messenger
The Catherine Tate Show Live
Bill Bailey - Larks In Transit
The Price
The Height of the Storm
Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle
Don Juan in Soho
The Kite Runner
No Man’s Land
The Truth
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
People, Places and Things
The Mentalists
American Buffalo
A View From The Bridge
King Charles III
Three Sisters
Uncle Vanya
The Weir
Relatively Speaking
Barking in Essex
Dreamboats and Petticoats
Quartermaine's Terms
The King's Speech
Driving Miss Daisy
Much Ado About Nothing
Clybourne Park
Avenue Q
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