Wyndham’s Theatre

Location: St Martin’s Lane

Currently Showing: The Height of the Storm (from October)

Access: Leicester Square

Stage Door: St Martin’s Court, turn right twice out of main entrance

Ownership: Delfont Mackintosh

Website: www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk/wyndhamstheatre

 

History

The Wyndham’s Theatre was opened by Charles Wyndham in 16th November 1899 with T W Robertson’s play, David Garrick, and in the presence of the Prince of Wales.

In 1910,  Gerald du Maurier began a fifteen year association with the theatre. His young daughter, Daphne, watched him perform and thirty years later, presented her own play, The Years Between, on the same stage.

In April 1953,  Graham Greene’s first play, The Living Room, premiered here.  In January of the following year, Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend transferred from Players’ Theatre and it ran for 2000 performances before closing in the West End and opening on Broadway.

In 1964, Alec Guinness directed and starred in The Cocktail Party.  Four years later, the hit Godspell transferred to the Wyndham’s Theatre from the Roadhouse and closed in October 1974.  The following year, John Gielgud starred in Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land.  In 1976, Side by Side by Sondheim (a collection of Stephen Sondheim’s songs) transferred here.

In 1991, Arthur Miller’s The Ride Down Mt Morgan made its world premiere here.  Three years later, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women opened here, starring Maggie Smith, who won an Evening Standard Award for Best Actress.

The current owners, Delfont Mackintosh Theatres, took over the Wyndham’s Theatre from the Ambassador Theatre Group on 19th September 2005 and opened with Heroes, a translation of the French play, Le vent des peupliers, which starred Richard Griffiths and John Hurt.

More recent productions include the transfer of Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George from the Menier Chocolate Factory, Avenue Q, Dreamboats and Petticoats, and American Buffalo (which starred John Goodman).

 

Visiting Information

The Wyndham’s Theatre is located on St Martin’s Lane. Leicester Square and Covent Garden are within six minutes’ walk, where there are many bars, cafes and restaurants with outdoor space, which are perfect in the summer.  Piccadilly Circus is ten minutes’ walk from the theatre. Regent and Oxford Street are excellent for shopping.  Trafalgar Square and The National Gallery are popular tourist attractions and are only six minutes away from the theatre.

Our favourite nearby restaurants

  • The Ivy – West Street, British cuisine, special vegetarian menu
  • Rossopomodoro – Monmouth Street, Italian cuisine, pizza, pasta
  • Cantina Laredo – Upper St Martin’s Lane, Mexican cuisine
  • Sartori – Great Newport Street, Italian cuisine, reasonably priced

 

Seating Tips

In the Stalls, the premium seats are in rows E to H and cost £90 face value. Most of the rest of the seats on this level are around £60 and provide an excellent view. The back two rows of the Stalls (Q and R) are available for a discounted price of £40 face value, but the view is obscured by the next tier.

The Royal Circle’s premium seats are in the front two rows.  Most of the other seats are £60 with exception of the back row (G) which is discounted.

Tickets for seats in the Grand Circle and Balcony are significantly cheaper than others because the view is compromised.

 

Where to buy tickets

The best place to buy tickets for productions at the Wyndham’s Theatre is the Delfont Mackintosh website where you will buy them at face value with a booking fee.