Aldwych Theatre (Est. 1905)

Aldwych Theatre

49 Aldwych, London WC2B 4DF, England

Date Opened: 1905   Confidence Level  

The Aldwych is located in Aldwych, in the City of Westminster, London, England. It 'became renowned for the quality of the shows produced, particularly the series of comedies which played at the theatre beginning in 1925. [...] Following these plays the theatre was bought by the Abrahams family and managed by Prince Littler, who steered the tone of the plays presented into more dramatic territory, notably seeing Vivien Leigh take to the stage in A Streetcar named Desire in 1949, directed by her then husband Laurence Olivier. The 1960s saw the Aldwych become renowned for another series of plays, this time governed by the Royal Shakespeare Company', for which the venue became the company's first London base. 'Commencing in December 1960, their reign lasted for 21 years and saw some of Britain’s best known and respected actors grace the stage in the works of the Bard. Following this tenure, the Aldwych Theatre was bought by the Nederlander Organization who still own it today and have led the theatre from strength to strength with the productions they have secured for the house – a mix of comedies, dramas, musicals and star performers have found success at the Aldwych.' It has a seating capacity of 1,176 (London Theatre website).

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Michael Codron (1930)

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London Theatre Website


Accessed 3 September 2018.


Landscape (RSC tour) (1973)


Date indicates Press Night at Aldwych

Landscape (Aldwych Theatre) (1969)

30-Jun-1969 to 09-Jan-1970

Silence (Aldwych Theatre) (1969)

30-Jun-1969 to 09-Jan-1970

A Slight Ache (RSC tour) (1973)


Life Support (1997)

30-Jul-1997 to 18-Oct-1997

First preview: 30/07 at 20:00. Press night: 05/08 at 17:00.

Exiles (Mermaid - Aldwych) (1970)

07-Oct-1971 to 15-Jan-1972

The Birthday Party (Aldwych) (1964)

18-Jun-1964 to 14-Jan-1965

The Collection (Stage Premiere: Aldwych Theatre) (1962)


The Homecoming (The Music Box, NYC) (1967)

There were four performances at the Aldwych in December 1966 before the company left for the USA

The Homecoming (Premiere: Aldwych) (1965)


Old Times (Premiere: Aldwych Theatre) (1971)

01-Jun-1971 to 18-Mar-1972

Previews: 27, 28, 29 and 31/5.