Noel Coward Theatre
Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy returns to the London stage after premiering at the National Theatre in 1996. Set on the West Coast of Ireland, this play follows one crippled boy who dreams of escaping his environment, and when a film crew arrive in Ireland he seizes his opportunity.
Sheridan Smith and David Walliams join the Michael Grandage Company’s production of Shakespeare’s classic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Titania, Queen of the Fairies and Bottom, the Weaver. The first Shakespeare offering in the Michael Grandage year long residency at the Noel Coward Theatre is set to be one of the theatrical highlights of 2013.
Michael Grandage and Jude Law continue to create theatrical magic in this brand new production of Shakespeare’s classic history play, Henry V. As the final show in the inaugural Michael Grandage Season, Law brings one of the most powerful Shakespeare characters to life in a lively new production.
In 1997, a British film about six out of work Sheffield steelworkers with nothing to lose, took the world by storm. And now they're back, live on stage, only this time, for them, it really has to be. The Full Monty!
The Noel Coward Theatre is located on St Martin’s Lane, which is very close to the bustling market of Covent Garden. On the same road is the Royal Opera House as well as an array of shops and cafés, and the area is perfectly set up to receive theatregoers with a number of affordable restaurants offering pre-show deals.
By Tube: The nearest tube station to the theatre is Leicester Square which is a very short walk away and can be reached on the Northern or Piccadilly lines.
By bus: Numbers 24, 29 and 176 all stop on Charing Cross Road just a short walk from the theatre.
By taxi or car: The nearest car park is at the St Martin’s Lane Hotel, just 2 minutes from the theatre. They charge £18.00 for 4 hours.
The Noel Coward Theatre has quite a small seating capacity of 872 people on four levels – the Stalls, Royal Circle, Grand Circle and Balcony. As you can see from the seating plan on the right, the Stalls is the largest section and is closest to the stage. Tickets here are the most expensive in the theatre due to the great views, but cheaper seats can be found towards the back of this section. The Stalls is not divided by any form of aisle, instead exists as one fairly deep and narrow section. Most seats fall within the proscenium, but for better views avoid the extreme ends of each row. A slight rake helps views across the whole section..
Located on level 1 above the Stalls is the Royal Circle. Seats in the front few rows of this section are arguably the best in the whole auditorium, as panoramic views of the stage below can be seen. Prices drop the further back you go, but there are some bargain seats to be found, especially if you get central seats. The section exists as one larger block with slips running along the side of the balcony. These seats are the most restricted and offer side views of the stage.
Above the Royal Circle is the Grand Circle. This section may be quite high up but it doesn’t hinder any views and will be a bargain if you can secure tickets near the front of this section as they will be a lot cheaper than Stall or Royal Circle tickets. Again this section is tall and narrow, with two longer slips running the length of the balcony. A good rake ensures views are on the whole unrestricted.
The highest seating area at the Noel Coward Theatre is the Balcony. It is very high up and requires a lot of stair-climbing to reach (55 steps), so bear this in mind if you have limited mobility. Views here are less clear and you may feel quite cut-off from the goings-on on the stage below, but prices are also lower and can be a great bargain.
The Noel Coward Theatre is organised across 4 levels: the Stalls, Royal Circle, Grand Circle and Balcony. There are 3 steps up to the foyer from the main entrance, although there is an alternative entrance through the second side exit door on St Martin’s Court that has a ramp into the theatre. From the foyer there are 3 steps up to the Royal Circle, 30 steps down to the Stalls, 30 steps up to the Grand Circle and 40 steps up to the Balcony, with steps in between the rows on all levels. There are no lifts servicing the building. Concession tickets are available for all disabled patrons and their carers.
Wheelchair users should enter through the ramp on St Martin’s Court. There is 1 wheelchair space in Box M, with room for a companion to sit in the same box or in the Royal Circle if preferred. Transfer seating is available for any aisle seat in the Royal Circle, with a maximum of 2 wheelchairs and 2 scooters being stored during the performance. Wheelchairs are stored in the cloakroom and scooters in the foyer. There is an adapted toilet on the foyer level, and although all the bars within the theatre can only be accessed via the stairs it is possible for guests to be brought their drinks in their seats.
There is an infra-red system installed in the theatre, for which there are around 20 headsets that can be hired from the cloakroom. A deposit of £10 is required to use a headset. There is a portable induction loop system at the Box Office, although regrettably there is no loop system available inside the auditorium. Guide dogs are not permitted inside the auditorium but up to 2 dogs can be looked after by the management during each performance.Access bookings telephone line 020 7492 9930 or access booking form.
The Noel Coward Theatre was built in 1903, opening as the New Theatre following a commission by actor-manager Charles Wyndham. It was constructed in a classical style with pillars along the front, and seats 872 patrons across 4 levels. Successful, quality dramas were shown in its early days including Noel Coward’s debut play, I’ll Leave It To You, in 1920 and George Bernard Shaw’s St. Joan in 1924. The 1930s was the golden age for the theatre, with actor John Gielgud performing in and directing a number of hugely successful plays with actors such as Laurence Olivier and Alec Guinness.
Arguably the most successful production to ever take up residence at the theatre was Lionel Bart’s Oliver!, which opened in 1960 and ran for an incredible 2618 performances. In 1973 the venue was renamed as the Albery Theatre and hosted plays such as London Assurance with Judi Dench in 1974, with more Shakespeare plays and original works to come in the following years. Notable productions include the Oliver award-winning Children of a Lesser God in 1981, Patrick Stewart’s one-man version of A Christmas Carol in 2005 and Roger Allam’s hit play Blackbird.
In 2005, the theatre was bought by the Delfont Mackintosh theatre group who renamed the theatre to the Noel Coward and hosted the musical Avenue Q in 2006 following extensive refurbishment. Since February 2011 it has been the home of jukebox musical Million Dollar Quartet.