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Wyndham's Theatre history

Wyndham’s theatre opened in 1899 and is a Grade II listed building. It's very grand and ornate, the brainchild and long-held dream of actor/manager Charles Wyndham. The debut production at the theatre was a revival of T.W. Robertson’s play David Garrick.

The venue has always had a reputation for presenting high-quality plays and dramas that dominated the West End for over 100 years. Early productions at the theatre included Mrs Dane’s Defence in 1900 and Little Mary in 1903. In the run-up to the start of World War One, the theatre presented the anonymously written play An Englishman’s Home. This hugely patriotic play was seen as clever piece of propaganda to get young men to enlist in the army.

Throughout the First World War, the theatre was highly active, presenting such productions as Raffles in 1914, Dear Brutus in 1917 and the 1919 production of The Choice. These comedies and light-hearted entertainments were supposed to keep up morale in the city, despite the ravages of war and growing economic and political tensions.

The early 1930s saw the theatre become the hot ticket in London, owing to crime writer Edgar Wallace and his nail-biting plays – masterpieces like The Ringer and The Calendar. Wallace had intended a further six shows for the Wyndham’s but, sadly, this was never to be the case, as he died suddenly in 1932.

In 1936, Noel Coward directed Mademoiselle at the venue. It was adapted from the French play by Audrey and Waveney Carten, to whom Coward wrote: ‘About this play of Jacques Deval’s, you've been extremely clever gals … although it jerks from gloom to fun, I think the bloody thing will run.

At the outbreak of Work War Two in 1939, the theatre was forced to shut for a short time. Then it re-opened to present Diversion, a revue designed to make audiences forget their Blitz worries and have some badly needed escapist fun.

One of the theatre’s biggest successes was a revival of Sandy Wilson’s 1920’s musical, The Boyfriend, which ran at the theatre for over five years and played an amazing 2078 performances at the venue before transferring to Broadway.

The 1970s saw the musical Godspell become a roaring success, running for two and a half years at Wyndham’s. In recent years, the theatre has housed some legendary productions including the West End transfer of the acclaimed National Theatre production of Alan Bennett’s The History Boys in 2006, Much Ado About Nothing starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate, and Quatermaine’s Terms starring Rowan Atkinson.

In 2012, the theatre was home to the stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning film The King’s Speech, which survived for less than two months before closing early in May 2012. To this day it continues to present some of the world’s top plays and is one of London’s best-loved theatres for this very reason.

Past productions

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Here's a recipe you won't want to miss: grab a couple of the UK's best-loved actors, Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville. Add a critically acclaimed 20th century American play. Stir in a sold-out run at Bristol Old Vic, and add a generous splash of...
Booking from: Saturday, 27 January 2018
Booking until: Sunday, 8 April 2018
Running time: 2 hours 55 minutes (one interval)
Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle

Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle

Here's an irresistible theatrical recipe for you. Take the Olivier and Tony award-winner Marianne Elliott, she of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse fame. Add the respected former National Theatre producer Chris Harper...
Booking from: Tuesday, 3 October 2017
Booking until: Saturday, 6 January 2018
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

Seldom has one actress-singer won so many awards. Rarely has a West End show been so eagerly awaited. And it isn't often that a musical covers a legend who shone so brightly that her music changed a generation, maybe even changed the world. This is...
Booking from: Saturday, 17 June 2017
Booking until: Saturday, 9 September 2017
Don Juan in Soho

Don Juan in Soho

Scandal just doesn't cover it. In this latest in a string of adaptations of a story dating back to the 1600s, Doctor Who heart throb David Tennant plays Don Juan himself, a cruel and heartless lothario whose seduction of more than 5000 women makes...
Booking from: Friday, 17 March 2017
Booking until: Saturday, 10 June 2017
No Man's Land

No Man's Land

Are you ready for one of Harold Pinter's best-loved and most entertaining plays? A darkly intelligent comic tour de force with rapid, flowing wordplay? If so, walk this way. Two of Britain's most respected actors, Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian...
Booking from: Thursday, 8 September 2016
Booking until: Saturday, 17 December 2016
The Truth

The Truth

Booking from: Wednesday, 22 June 2016
Booking until: Saturday, 3 September 2016
People, Places and Things

People, Places and Things

Denise Gough, playing the starring role as Emma, has blown the critics away with her talent in this remarkably powerful new play. It has already scored a massive sell-out hit at the Dorfman Theatre. Now it's on at Wyndham's Theatre for a limited 12...
Booking from: Tuesday, 15 March 2016
Booking until: Saturday, 18 June 2016
Hangmen

Hangmen

He's been away for ten years. Now he's back. It's the brilliant Martin McDonagh and he's written a brand new black comedy play. It astonished and delighted audiences, critics and theatre luminaries alike when it premièred at the Royal Court theatre...
Booking from: Tuesday, 1 December 2015
Booking until: Saturday, 5 March 2016
The Mentalists

The Mentalists

A booming population. Bitter wars being fought across the globe. Endless, soul-crushing poverty. Ridiculous taxes, increasing violence and interpersonal niggles. It's all part of the scenery in this brilliantly funny play from BAFTA Award winner...
Booking from: Friday, 3 July 2015
Booking until: Saturday, 29 August 2015
American Buffalo

American Buffalo

A classic twentieth century tragedy, American Buffalo tells the tale of three men wrestling with their own distorted versions of the famous American Dream, by which anyone, from any race, creed or social class, can get rich if they try hard enough...
Booking from: Thursday, 16 April 2015
Booking until: Saturday, 27 June 2015
A View From The Bridge

A View From The Bridge

A View from the Bridge is a twentieth century classic of a play by American playwright Arthur Miller, with a chequered past. It was first staged in 1955 as a single act drama in verse at Broadway's Coronet theatre but it bombed. Miller refused to...
Booking from: Thursday, 9 April 2015
Booking until: Thursday, 9 April 2015
King Charles III

King Charles III

Booking from: Monday, 22 September 2014
Booking until: Saturday, 31 January 2015
Skylight

Skylight

Booking from: Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Booking until: Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Uncle Vanya

Uncle Vanya

Booking from: Wednesday, 23 April 2014
Booking until: Saturday, 3 May 2014
Three Sisters

Three Sisters

Booking from: Friday, 25 April 2014
Booking until: Thursday, 1 May 2014
The Weir

The Weir

Booking from: Thursday, 16 January 2014
Booking until: Saturday, 19 April 2014
Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Barking In Essex

Barking In Essex

Booking from: Friday, 6 September 2013
Booking until: Friday, 3 January 2014
Relatively Speaking

Relatively Speaking

Booking from: Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Booking until: Saturday, 31 August 2013
Running time: 2 hours
Doktor Glas

Doktor Glas

Booking from: Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Booking until: Saturday, 11 May 2013
Running time: 1 hrs 30 mins (no interval)
Tiddler

Tiddler

Booking from: Saturday, 20 April 2013
Booking until: Saturday, 4 May 2013
Quartermaine's Terms

Quartermaine's Terms

Booking from: Wednesday, 23 January 2013
Booking until: Saturday, 13 April 2013
Dreamboats and Petticoats

Dreamboats and Petticoats

Booking from: Tuesday, 16 October 2012
Booking until: Saturday, 19 January 2013
Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Abigail's Party

Abigail's Party

Booking from: Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Booking until: Saturday, 1 September 2012
Running time: 2 hours
The King's Speech

The King's Speech

Booking from: Thursday, 22 March 2012
Booking until: Saturday, 12 May 2012
Jackie Mason - Fearless

Jackie Mason - Fearless

Booking from: Monday, 13 February 2012
Booking until: Saturday, 17 March 2012
Driving Miss Daisy

Driving Miss Daisy

Booking from: Monday, 26 September 2011
Booking until: Saturday, 17 December 2011
Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Clybourne Park

Clybourne Park

Booking from: Friday, 28 January 2011
Booking until: Saturday, 7 May 2011
Bill Bailey - Dandelion Mind

Bill Bailey - Dandelion Mind

Booking from: Tuesday, 2 November 2010
Booking until: Saturday, 8 January 2011
Avenue Q

Avenue Q

Booking from: Monday, 1 June 2009
Booking until: Saturday, 30 October 2010
Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes
The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption

Booking from: Friday, 4 September 2009
Booking until: Sunday, 29 November 2009