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.
Getting thereBy 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 +44 (0) 344 482 5137 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. The theatre has been synonymous with high profile plays featuring celebrity actors including Quartermaine's Terms, The Weir, Skylight, King Charles III, A View From the Bridge, American Buffalo, Long Day's Journey into Night, Red and The Height of the Storm. Beloved British comedian Bill Bailey brought his shoe Larks In Transit to Wyndham's Theatre for a brief run in December 2018.
2019 began with The Catherine Tate Show Live which is followed up by a revival of Arthur Miller's The Price starring David Suchet. In May, Kenneth Lonergan’s play The Starry Messenger arrived, starring Matthew Broderick in his West End debut. Biographical comedy The Life I lead, about the career of David Tomlinson, followed in September. The Man in the White Suit, based on the 1951 Ealing comedy film and starring Stephen Mangan, opened in September and was closed early in December as sales were below expectation. Musical comedy whodunnit Curtains, starring Jason Manford then played a limited run.
In January 2020, Tom Stoppard's anticipated new play Leopoldstadt opened. This deeply personal play is considered to be one of his most ambitious.
- Curtains, opened 13 Dec 2019, closed 11 Jan 2020
- The Man in the White Suit, opened 26 Sep 2019, closed 07 Dec 2019
- Fleabag, opened 20 Aug 2019, closed 14 Sep 2019
- The Starry Messenger, opened 16 May 2019, closed 10 Aug 2019
- The Price, opened 05 Feb 2019, closed 27 Apr 2019
- The Catherine Tate Show Live, opened 07 Jan 2019, closed 26 Jan 2019
- Bill Bailey: Larks In Transit, opened 03 Dec 2018, closed 31 Dec 2018
- The Height of the Storm, opened 02 Oct 2018, closed 01 Dec 2018
- Red, opened 04 May 2018, closed 28 Jul 2018
- Long Day's Journey Into Night, opened 09 Jan 2018, closed 08 Apr 2018
- Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle, opened 03 Oct 2017, closed 06 Jan 2018
- Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, opened 17 Jun 2017, closed 09 Sep 2017
- Don Juan in Soho, opened 17 Mar 2017, closed 10 Jun 2017
- The Kite Runner, opened 21 Dec 2016, closed 13 Mar 2017
- No Man's Land, opened 07 Sep 2016, closed 17 Dec 2016
- The Truth, opened 22 Jun 2016, closed 03 Sep 2016
- People, Places and Things, opened 15 Mar 2016, closed 18 Jun 2016
- Hangmen, opened 01 Dec 2015, closed 05 Mar 2016
- The Father, opened 30 Sep 2015, closed 21 Nov 2015
- The Mentalists, opened 03 Jul 2015, closed 29 Aug 2015
- American Buffalo, opened 16 Apr 2015, closed 27 Jun 2015
- A View From the Bridge, opened 11 Feb 2015, closed 11 Apr 2015
- King Charles III, opened 02 Sep 2014, closed 31 Jan 2015
- Skylight, opened 06 Jun 2014, closed 18 Aug 2014
- The Weir, opened 16 Jan 2014, closed 19 Apr 2014
- Barking In Essex, opened 06 Sep 2013, closed 04 Jan 2014
- Relatively Speaking, opened 14 May 2013, closed 31 Aug 2013
- Quartermaine's Terms, opened 23 Jan 2013, closed 13 Apr 2013
- Dreamboats and Petticoats, opened 16 Oct 2012, closed 19 Jan 2013
- Abigail's Party, opened 15 May 2012, closed 01 Sep 2012
- The King's Speech, opened 22 Mar 2012, closed 12 May 2012