LocationThe Vaudeville Theatre is positioned in the heart of London’s Theatreland on the famous Strand. A large road running through the centre of the West End, the Strand is home to several other notable theatres as well as a wealth of affordable restaurants and bars, making it the perfect place to head for a pre-theatre meal. Many restaurants offer special deals for theatregoers, so it’s worth checking out the competition before you go. Covent Garden is within walking distance and offers an impressive selection of shops, markets and street performers to keep you entertained before a production.
Getting thereBy Tube: The nearest station to the Vaudeville Theatre is Charing Cross on the Northern, Bakerloo and National Rail lines.By bus: Numbers 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 68, 76, 171, 176 and 188 all stop near the theatre.By taxi or car: There is a large taxi rank outside Charing Cross station that makes it easy to hop in a cab after the show. Alternatively drivers can use the NCP car park at Upper St Martin’s Lane or the MasterPark at Trafalgar Square.
SeatingThe Vaudeville Theatre can feel quite intimate for a West End House situated on the Strand, which has its advantages for plays and dramas. Even seats within the Upper Circle boast good views, and you never feel too far away from the action. The theatre is tall and thin, with each section having straight rows rather than curved, resulting in direct views of the stage rather than side on.
The Stalls section is narrow and deep, running for 20 rows, with only 18 seats per row. Towards the rear of the section can feel more detached from the action onstage, but views are on the whole excellent. There is a gentle rake meaning you can see well over the audience in front. Aim to sit towards the centre of the Stalls around row F-K for the best experience, before the overhang of the level above takes effect.
The Dress Circle is again deep, with seats straight up from the balcony rather than curving the shape of the stage. These tend to be priced similarly to the Stalls, and for large pieces may provide a better view of the action. The Upper Circle does not feel too high despite being the top level of the theatre, and even seats at the back are connected with the action.
AccessibilityThe Vaudeville Theatre has a traditional layout made up of 3 levels called the Stalls, Dress Circle and Upper Circle. From the street there is one 5cm step into the foyer, from which point there are 6 steps to the Stalls, 27 steps up to the Dress Circle and 54 narrow steps up to the Upper Circle. Alternatively, there is access with one step through the entrance on Lumley Court leading directly to the Dress Circle. Concessions are available to disabled patrons and their carers; call our booking team for more detailed information for each production.
There are steps to all the levels in the theatre, but wheelchair users can make use of the stairclimber leading to the Stalls, where there are spaces for 2 wheelchair users. Patrons will need to arrive 45 minutes prior to the start of the performance in order to make use of this lift. Transfer seating is also available to any aisle seat on the left-hand side of the Stalls, 6 steps down from the foyer. There is no adapted toilet in the theatre, although guests can be escorted to the facilities at the neighbouring Adelphi Theatre. The bars within the theatre can only be reached via the stairs, although drinks can be brought to disabled patrons in their seats.
There are no facilities for the hearing impaired. Guide dogs are permitted inside the auditorium; alternatively, staff can dog-sit for the duration of the performance.Access bookings telephone line +44 (0) 330 333 4814 or access booking form
HistoryThe Vaudeville Theatre dates back to 1870 when it was designed by C. J. Phipps, a prominent architect of the time who was responsible for several of London’s most famous theatre buildings. As the name suggests, at the time of its opening the theatre was largely used for the vaudeville style of entertainment, with short-form performances by a variety of entertainers including dancers, singers, comedians and actors. The debut productions were a comedy and burlesque respectively in a theme that was to continue throughout the theatre’s first few decades, with a few more serious dramas such as Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler incorporated into the mix.
The Vaudeville was demolished and rebuilt between 1889 and 1891, heralding a long and successful era of musicals, plays and revues. Notable hits included the musical The Catch of the Season, which ran for 621 performances from 1904, and the post World War II play The Chiltern Hundreds, which ran for 659 performances. During more recent decades the Vaudeville Theatre was redesigned on the interior and granted Grade II-listed status, removing the threat of closure or redevelopment. Alongside a series of drama and musicals perhaps the most significant production of recent years was the show Stomp, which was in residence at the theatre from 2002 until 2007. Following high profile productions of Masterclass, Uncle Vanya, Great Expectations and The Duck House in 2015 the theatre will become home to The Importance of Being Earnest starring David Suchet as Lady Bracknell. Stand-up comedian James Acaster's new show Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999 ran for a one-week season before embarking on a national tour.
2019 saw a revival of Sam Shepard’s True West starring Johnny Flynn and Kit Harington, the West End transfer of The Shakespeare’s Globe's Emilia and the return of James Acaster. Children's book adaptation The Worst Witch played a limited run from July-September 2019, then Mischief Theatre began a series of new plays, starting with Groan Ups and continuing with Magic Goes Wrong, co-created with Penn & Teller.
- Groan Ups, opened 20 Sep 2019, closed 01 Dec 2019
- The Worst Witch, opened 24 Jul 2019, closed 08 Sep 2019
- Three Sisters, opened 19 Jun 2019, closed 29 Jun 2019
- BalletBoyz - Them/Us, opened 03 Jun 2019, closed 15 Jun 2019
- Emilia, opened 08 Mar 2019, closed 01 Jun 2019
- True West, opened 23 Nov 2018, closed 23 Feb 2019
- James Acaster, opened 29 Oct 2018, closed 03 Nov 2018
- The Importance of Being Earnest, opened 20 Jul 2018, closed 20 Oct 2018
- An Ideal Husband, opened 20 Apr 2018, closed 14 Jul 2018
- The Selfish Giant, opened 10 Apr 2018, closed 14 Apr 2018
- Lady Windermere's Fan, opened 12 Jan 2018, closed 07 Apr 2018
- Wilde Creatures, opened 15 Dec 2017, closed 31 Dec 2017
- A Woman of No Importance, opened 06 Oct 2017, closed 30 Dec 2017
- The Mentor, opened 24 Jun 2017, closed 26 Aug 2017
- The Hunting of the Snark, opened 26 Jul 2017, closed 26 Aug 2017
- Stepping Out, opened 01 Mar 2017, closed 17 Jun 2017
- The Boys in the Band, opened 07 Feb 2017, closed 18 Feb 2017
- Dead Funny, opened 27 Oct 2016, closed 04 Feb 2017
- Dawn French: 30 Million Minutes, opened 18 Oct 2016, closed 22 Oct 2016
- David Baddiel: My Family - Not the Sitcom, opened 13 Sep 2016, closed 15 Oct 2016
- Hobson's Choice, opened 08 Jun 2016, closed 10 Sep 2016
- Hand to God, opened 05 Feb 2016, closed 30 Apr 2016
- Bill Bailey: Limboland, opened 14 Dec 2015, closed 17 Jan 2016
- Dawn French: 30 Million Minutes, opened 11 Nov 2015, closed 09 Dec 2015
- The Importance of Being Earnest, opened 24 Jun 2015, closed 07 Nov 2015
- Oppenheimer, opened 27 Mar 2015, closed 23 May 2015
- Di and Viv and Rose, opened 22 Jan 2015, closed 14 Mar 2015
- The Wind in the Willows, opened 11 Dec 2013, closed 17 Jan 2015
- Forbidden Broadway, opened 09 Sep 2014, closed 22 Nov 2014
- Handbagged, opened 03 Apr 2014, closed 02 Aug 2014
- The Duck House, opened 27 Nov 2013, closed 29 Mar 2014
- Uncle Vanya, opened 24 Oct 2012, closed 26 Nov 2013
- The Ladykillers, opened 29 Jun 2013, closed 16 Nov 2013
- Great Expectations, opened 01 Feb 2013, closed 01 Jun 2013
- Volcano, opened 14 Aug 2012, closed 29 Sep 2012
- What The Butler Saw, opened 04 May 2012, closed 28 Jul 2012