Location: 17 Wilton Road
Currently Showing: Wicked
Access: Victoria (exit marked Wilton Road)
Stage Door: turn left out of the main entrance, a short distance down the road
Ownership: Ambassador Theatre Group
The Apollo Victoria was opened in 1930 and was a cinema and variety theatre. In 1981, the theatre’s first musical, The Sound of Music, was shown. In 1984, the interior was renovated to accommodate the race track which ran through the auditorium for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express which ran for 18 years. The theatre saw other productions such as Bombay Dreams and Saturday Night Fever.
In 2006, Wicked made its London premiere at the theatre after being successful on Broadway. The show has smashed records and received rave reviews. This theatre is the joint largest theatre in London (joint with the London Palladium) holding 2,300 people.
The theatre is opposite Victoria station so is very convenient for transportation. It is 10 minutes’ walk to Westminster Abbey, The Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and St James’ Park. Also nearby is the Victoria Palace Theatre.
The theatre bar/merchandise stalls/foyer opens at 18:00 and the auditorium opens at 19:00 for an evening show (19:30). Between 6 and 7, the foyer and Elixir Bar have Happy Hour offers. Women’s toilets in the stalls are located at the left side of the auditorium and are a nightmare for queues.
Our favourite restaurants nearby are:
- Il Posto – Vauxhall Bridge Road (behind the theatre), Italian
- Wetherspoons – Wilton Road (next door to the theatre), pub, wide menu
The top price tickets for the more central seats give a phenomenal view of the stage and an especially spectacular view for ‘Defying Gravity’. If you go with this ticket type, go as central as possible for the best views.
However, for those who don’t have big budgets, seats such as B11 come with a face value of £35 and give excellent views of the stage with very little blocked. The very end of row also allows room to stretch your legs out. For these end of row seats, we’d recommend the right side of the auditorium (as you’d look at it, left side from stage view) as more of the action happens on that side.
Where to buy tickets
The Apollo Victoria Theatre is owned by ATG and therefore the best place to buy tickets is through their website. There are frequent deals on tickets to see Wicked so do hunt around but always check ATG first and this will be your base price.
Reviews from the Apollo Victoria
Wicked – ★★★★★ “…a wonderful show featuring amazing music, lively dancing and humour.” Read more >>>