Location: 85-88 St Martin’s Lane
Currently Showing: The Lieutenant of Inishmore
Access: Leicester Square
Stage Door: St Martin’s Court, turn right twice out of main entrance
Ownership: Delfont Mackintosh
Originally called the New Theatre, the venue on 12th March 1903 with a production of Rosemary. It was built by Sir Charles Wyndham behind the Wyndham’s Theatre. Two years later, The Scarlet Pimpernel opened here and was annually revived for the following seven years.
In 1920, Noel Coward made his West End debut in his own play, I’ll Leave It To You. Six years later, Coward and John Gielgud starred in The Constant Nymph. In 1933, Richard de Bordeaux was shown here and this production made Gielgud a star. He also appeared in the title role in the production of Hamlet.
Following the Blitz, the Old Vic and Sadler’s Wells companies performed here while their theatres were being repaired after bomb damage.
In 1949, Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh starred in The School for Scandal, King Richard III and Antigone.
In 1960, an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist by Lionel Bart called Oliver! made its world premiere at this theatre.
In 1973, the theatre was renamed the Albery Theatre after the theatre’s manager, Sir Bronson Albery, who was succeeded by his son, Donald, and later by his grandson, Ian. In that same year, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat began its life as a twenty minute pop cantata. Five years later, Oliver! was revived by Cameron Mackintosh and starred Roy Hudd.
In 1994, Helen Mirren and John Hurt starred in Ivan Turgenev’s A Month in the Country.
On 19th September 2005, Delfont Mackintosh Theatres took over the lease from the Ambassador Theatre Group. The theatre underwent a major refurbishment and was renamed the Noel Coward Theatre. Avenue Q opened at the theatre on 1st June 2006 and ran for three years before transferring to the Gielgud Theatre.
More recently, the theatre was home to the two month run of Photograph 51, which starred Nicole Kidman. It is currently showing Mrs Henderson Presents, which opened at the Noel Coward Theatre for its West End debut on 9th February 2016, following an acclaimed run at the Theatre Royal Bath.
The Noel Coward Theatre is located on Saint Martin’s Lane. Leicester Square and Covent Garden are within ten minutes’ walk from the theatre, where there are many bars, shops and restaurants. Trafalgar Square is also five minutes’ walk away.
Our favourite restaurants nearby:
- Cafe Koha Bar – St Martin’s Court, British cuisine
- Spaghetti House – Cranbourn Street, chain, vouchers available
- Piazza – Cranbourn Street, Italian cuisine
- Sartori – Great Newport Street, Italian cuisine, reasonably priced
- Bella Italia – Saint Martin’s Lane, chain, vouchers available
There are four levels in the Noel Coward Theatre. In the Stalls, the premium seats are located in rows E to K and are just under £100 at face value. Most of the remaining seats on this level are around £70. The back four rows of the Stalls are significantly cheaper, around £40, due to the view being restricted by the overhang of the next tier.
The Royal Circle’s premium seats are in the centre of the front three rows. There are cheaper seats on the ends of the front two rows because the view is restricted. There are two centre aisles, and seats on the aisles have a good view and are cheaper than the premium seats.
Seats in the Grand Circle and Balcony are significantly cheaper as the view is compromised. The seats start from £10 face value (for the slip seats in the Balcony) and the highest priced ones are around £40. There is a double railing which obscures the view in the front row of the Balcony.
Where to buy tickets
The Noel Coward Theatre is owned by Delfont Mackintosh Theatres Ltd. and so the best place to buy tickets for The Lieutenant of Inishmore is through their website.
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