Charing Cross Rd, London, WC2H 0DA
LocationWyndham’s Theatre is situated in the middle of the West End district on the Charing Cross Road, close to several major tube stations and with a wealth of restaurants and bars in the local area to peruse. Charing Cross Road is particularly renowned for its bookshops, with both secondhand and antiquarian options alongside more well-known branches of Foyles and Blackwell’s. Both Leicester Square and Covent Garden are within walking distance of the theatre, and the central location guarantees a lively atmosphere whenever you happen to visit.
By Tube: The nearest station to Wyndham’s Theatre is Leicester Square on the Northern and Piccadilly lines, which is right next to the theatre.
By bus: Numbers 24, 29 and 176 all stop close to the theatre.
By taxi or car: It should be easy to hail a taxi from the busy Charing Cross Road. The nearest car park is the MasterPark at Cambridge Circus, although the NCPs at Bedfordbury and Upper St Martin’s Lane are also within reach.
SeatingThe Wyndham's is moderately sized seating 760 people across 4 levels. The Stalls seats the majority of audience members and feels tall and narrow, with some heavy restrictions towards the back of the section due to the balcony overhangs. The Stalls are divided by a half aisle running the depth of the auditorium, and as the rows get longer towards the middle of the section, seats begin to fall out of the proscenium and offer a side on view. There is a moderate rake throughout meaning that the view over the audience in front is generally good.
The Royal Circle and Grand Circle curve around the shape of the auditorium and are both wider than they are deep. There are no central aisles in either section but there are a number of restricted boxes at Royal Circle level. Central seats avoid any obstruction, as those towards the rear are often restricted by the overhang from the level above.
The Balcony is 43 steps above street level and feels very high in the theatre. The view is steep and restricted by safety rails, which can cut off some of the action onstage. Only choose these seats for a bargain.
AccessibilityThe seating at Wyndham’s Theatre is split across 4 levels; the Stalls, Royal Circle, Grand Circle and Balcony. There are no step-free entrances into the theatre from street level; instead, both the main and side entrances have stairs leading into the main foyer. Once inside the foyer there are 18 steps down to the Stalls, 12 steps up to the Royal Circle, 21 steps up to the Grand Circle and 43 steps up to the Balcony, where there are 2 steps per row. There are no lifts servicing the auditorium. Discounted rates are available for disabled patrons and their companions for selected productions - call our booking team for more information.
The theatre is an old building and is not very easily accessible for wheelchair users, with steps to most areas of the building. There are two spaces for wheelchair users in Box A, although this does not allow access for electric wheelchairs or scooters. Whilst the women’s toilets off the Stalls have been slightly adapted there is no disabled toilet in the theatre, although guests can use the facilities at the nearby Noel Coward Theatre. The bars within the theatre all have steps, but drinks can be brought to patrons in their seats if necessary.
There is an infra-red system installed in the main auditorium for those with hearing impairments, with 20 headsets available from the Stalls kiosks and cloakroom. Guide dogs are permitted to stay with their owners inside the auditorium, or alternatively can be looked after by the management during the performance.Access bookings telephone line 020 7492 9930 or access booking form
HistoryThe Grade II-listed Wyndham’s Theatre is a grand old theatre situated in the West End, and was originally designed by the architect W. G. R. Sprague and opened in 1899, at the same time as a spate of other theatres were being erected. The theatre was the long-cherished dream of the actor and manager Charles Wyndham, and in-keeping with his theatrical heritage it has been renowned as a place to see high quality drama ever since. In its first half a century Wyndham’s hosted productions of plays by J. M. Barrie, Guy du Maurier, Edgar Wallace, Noel Coward and Graham Greene, as well as a revue called Diversion during the turbulent years of the Blitz.
One of the theatre’s biggest hits began showing at Wyndham’s in 1954. Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend ran for an astounding 2078 performances before transferring to the Broadway stage. A series of classic plays took place in the subsequent decades, showcasing acting talent including Alec Guinness, Vanessa Redgrave, Eileen Atkins, John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson. The rock musical Godspell opened in 1972 and ran for two consecutive years, with an impressive cast that included Jeremy Irons and David Essex.
Recent years have seen notable events such as Madonna’s West End debut in the play Up For Grabs, Sienna Miller performing in As You Like It and the West End transfer of the smash hit History Boys, which played at the theatre to sold out audiences until April 2007. The Donmar West End Season from September 2008 until August 2009 saw critically acclaimed performances of classics such as Twelfth Night and Madame de Sade performed by bright lights such as Judi Dench and Jude Law. In recent years the theatre has housed a series of plays including Quartermaine's Terms, The Weir and Skylight. It is currently home to the Almeida's hit production of Charles III.