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London Hotels near the Apollo Victoria Theatre

 

Apollo Victoria 

17 Wilton Road 

London 

SW1V 1LG

Tube Station: Victoria  0.1 miles (0.2km)

Hotel: Enrico Hotel; Grosvenor Hotel; Comfort Inn; Park Plaza Victoria

 

The Apollo Victoria is one of the capitals biggest theatres, and one that has staged some of its most ambitious productions. Its distinctive styling and easy access to hugely convenient transport links make it a popular choice for visitors for London who want to experience all of the glitz and spectacle of the West End combined with convenience.

 

Originally designed and opened as the New Victoria Cinema in 1930, what has now become the Apollo Victoria showed films including some experimental film broadcasts until it was closed down in 1975. It was reopened as a 2,200 seat theatre in 1981, and Shirley Bassey sang at its opening ceremony.

 

As a theatrical venue it has focused on musicals, and those at the more spectacular end of the scale. The Sound Of Music, Camelot, and Fiddler On The Roof were all productions in the early 1980s. However, the Apollo Victoria probably became most associated with the production that ran from 1984 to 2002. It had 7,406 performances and required the extensive remodelling of the inside of the theatre to include a race track that sidled through the audience. The production, of course, was Andrew Lloyd Webbers Starlight Express which was a fixture at the Apollo Victoria for 18 years, and the huge sign for which was the first glimpse of London anyone got when they arrived at Victoria Station.

 

Since Starlight Express closed the theatre has been home to a number of large, spectacular musicals. These have included Bombay Dreams, Saturday Night Fever and, at the time of writing (July 2011) the theatre is in the middle of a long run of Wicked!, the musical based on The Wizard Of Oz. This has grossed £150 million in London alone, and set box office records by taking £760,000 during its first eight performances. In October 2010, the Apollo Victoria celebrated its 80th birthday with a gala performance, including a reunion of many of the stars of Starlight Express.

 

Given its proximity to Victoria mainline station, it is just across the road, the Apollo Victoria is one of the easiest theatres to get to in London. Not only does Victoria have a mainline station, but its tube station gives you access to the Victoria and District & Circle lines. Other nearby tube stations are St James Park, Pimlico, and Westminster. If you have the energy for a fifteen-minute walk you could always take a river boat to the Houses of Parliament and walk up Victoria Street from there. If you are coming by coach do not confuse Victoria Coach Station with Victoria Station, they are not in the same building and are about five minutes walk away from each other.

 

Given how easy it is to get to, and the large scale and popularity of its productions, the Apollo Victoria has a special place in the hearts of many who visit London through Victoria Station. If you are looking for a spectacular show, then it is always bearing the Apollo Victoria in mind. Although it is not technically, geographically in the West End it is the spiritual home of much the grand, huge musicals of which the city is so fond.

 

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Apollo Victoria: Tube (underground)

StationZoneLine(s)Distance
Victoria Station1District - Circle line - Victoria0.10 miles
St. Jamess Park Station1District - Circle line0.68 miles
Pimlico Station1Victoria0.95 miles
Sloane Square Station1District - Circle line1.00 miles
Hyde Park Corner Station1Piccadilly1.03 miles

Apollo Victoria: Rail (overground)

StationDistance
London Victoria Station0.10 miles
Vauxhall Station1.77 miles
Charing Cross London Station1.86 miles
Battersea Park Station2.06 miles
London Waterloo International Station2.10 miles



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