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Aldwych, London, WC2B 4LD

The Novello Theatre, one of London's more impressive theatres, first opened in 1905 designed as a companion for the almost identical Aldwych Theatre, positioned on the other side of the Waldorf Hotel.

Located on Aldwych by The Strand, it was originally named the Waldorf Theatre, changing in 1909 to the Strand Theatre, again in 1911 to the Whitney Theatre, reverting back to the Strand Theatre (as it is commonly known) in 1913.

There are many good hotels within walking distance of the theatre.  Most are located in the Covent Garden area. 

The year 1930 saw the theatre undergo its first round of renovations, followed by more in 1970. However it was in mid 2005 when the theatre underwent six months of major work and, when you see the results including the beautiful foyer and marbled floored auditorium, you'll appreciate the no expense spared refurbishment.

The theatre reopened in December 2005 under the new name the ´Novello Theatre´, in honour of the great Welsh actor, composer and playwright Ivor Novello who lived in a flat above the theatre for many years.

The theatre has had a successful history, with the first long-runner, ´Mr Wu´, opening in November 1913. Comedian Leslie Henson presented a series of farces beginning in 1930 with ´It's A Boy´ followed by ´It's A Girl´ then ´Aren't Men Beasts´ in 1936 and in December 1942 Joseph Kesselring´s new comedy ´Arsenic and Old Lace´ began its record breaking run of 1,337 performances.

Successes in the following years include Peggy Mount's star-making performance in the 1955 comedy ´Sailor Beware´ and Stephen Sondheim's UK premiere of the Broadway production ´A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum´ opened in 1963.

A succession of comedies began in 1970 opening with ´Lie Down, I Think I Love You´, ´When We Are Married´, followed the UK´s longest running comedy ´No Sex Please - We're British´, which starred Michael Crawford, and is the theatre's most successful production to date.

Barry Humphries and his alter ego ´Dame Edna Everage´ starred in over 200 sell-out performances in ´Back With a Vengeance´ during 1987, the rock´n´roll musical ´Buddy´, a musical-bio on Buddy Holly, ran for almost 7 years until 2002 and the spectacular production ´The Rat Pack´, celebrating Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jnr and Dean Martin, began its run here in June 2003.

The Royal Shakespeare Company has recently been presenting a fantastic season at the Novello from December 2005 - March 2006 with the last of four plays, ´As you Like It´, finishing its run at the end of March.

Following in April 2006 was the musical adaptation of the classic 1980´s Kevin Bacon film ´Footloose´.

Charing Cross underground and rail station and Covent Garden underground station are the closest to the Strand Theatre.

When purchasing tickets for mainstream theatre productions, it is important to keep the following in mind. The cheapest way to buy tickets is to buy directly from the theatres´ box office where the show is playing. Or, purchase your tickets from the ´Half Price Ticket Booth´ (AKA ´tkts´) located in Leicester Square, where they sell ´on the day´ tickets for all of the West End shows at a discount rate.

The booth is open Monday to Saturday from 10am - 7pm and Sundays from 12pm - 3.30pm. There is a service fee of £2.50 per ticket and a maximum of 4 tickets per person.

Avoid touts hanging about the theatres and any other ticket agencies around the West End that appear a little dodgy as tickets may not be legitimate.

Always ask if your seat is in a restricted viewing area. You can also purchase a theatre and hotel package which saves money all round. However, the best thing to do if you have your heart set on seeing a particular show is to book ahead. You will be guaranteed a good seat, a great view and a fab night out.


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Arrival Date        No. of Nights        No. of Guest             


HOTEL / APARTMENT POSTCODE MILES STAR 16 Apr 17 Apr 18 Apr 19 Apr 20 Apr 21 Apr 22 Apr 23 Apr
SACO Covent Garden - Floral Street WC2E 9DS 0.43 3* £198.00 £198.00 Full Full £198.00 £198.00 £198.00 £198.00
Kingsway Hall WC2B 5BX 0.44 4* £172.80 £148.80 £232.80 £166.80 £130.80 £130.80 £154.80 Full
Radisson Blu Edwardian Leicester Square WC2H 7HL 0.59 4* £245.00 £235.00 £235.00 Full £210.00 £168.00 £188.00 £204.00
Citadines Prestige Holborn-Covent Garden WC1V 6LF 0.63 4*A Full Full Full Full £123.60 £138.00 £193.20 £193.20
Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire WC2H 7LH 0.65 5* £230.00 £220.00 £260.00 £330.00 £220.00 £200.00 £230.00 £274.00
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street WC1B 3QD 0.83 4* £250.00 £200.00 £230.00 £196.00 £185.00 £185.00 £245.00 £275.00
Radisson Blu Edwardian Kenilworth WC1B 3LB 0.89 4* £179.00 £179.00 Full Full £115.00 £140.00 £176.25 Full
BEST WESTERN PREMIER Shaftesbury Piccadilly Hotel W1D 6EX 0.89 4* £143.00 £143.00 £163.00 £224.00 £133.00 £133.00 £163.00 £224.00
Grange Holborn WC1B 4AR 0.90 5* £179.00 £155.00 £203.00 Full £143.00 £119.00 £191.00 Full
The Lancaster Hotel WC1B 5JD 0.94 3* £83.00 £59.00 £107.00 £155.00 £71.00 £71.00 £95.00 £107.00
The Portland Hotel WC1B 5JH 0.97 4* £155.00 £131.00 £167.00 £227.00 £131.00 £131.00 Full Full
The Bloomsbury Hotel - A member of The Doyle Collection WC1B 3NN 0.98 4* £222.00 £210.00 Full Full £186.00 £186.00 Full Full
Grange Blooms Town House Hotel WC1B 5BP 0.98 3* £107.00 £95.00 Full £191.00 Full £95.00 Full Full
Montague on the Gardens - A Red Carnation Hotel WC1B 5BJ 1.01 4* £204.00 £204.00 £216.00 £216.00 £204.00 £204.00 £204.00 £240.00
Beauchamp Hotel WC1B 5JH 1.03 4* £107.00 £107.00 £131.00 Full £155.00 £107.00 £227.00 Full
The Wellington SE1 8UD 1.03 3* £140.00 £120.00 £155.00 £130.00 £80.00 £90.00 £100.00 £140.00
Mercure London Bloomsbury WC1B 5AF 1.04 4* £129.00 £99.00 £129.00 £185.00 £99.00 £99.00 £165.00 £199.00
SACO Holborn - Lamb s Conduit St WC1N 3LT 1.17 4*A £231.60 £198.00 £168.00 £192.00 £168.00 £168.00 £168.00 Full
myhotel Bloomsbury WC1B3HD 1.17 4* £139.00 £119.00 £119.00 £149.00 £99.00 £109.00 £119.00 £209.00
Le Meridien Piccadilly W1J 0BH 1.23 4* £260.00 £255.00 £379.00 £250.00 £225.00 £260.00 £299.00 £305.00
Hotel Russell WC1B 5BE 1.24 4* £69.00 £79.00 £119.00 Full £71.00 £79.00 £119.00 £149.00
Bloomsbury Palace Hotel WC1E 6HG 1.26 4* £105.00 £85.00 £95.00 Full £65.00 £85.00 £175.00 £175.00
The Academy WC1E 6HG 1.27 4* £99.00 £109.00 £109.00 £155.00 £109.00 £159.00 £159.00 £189.00
Market View Apartments by BridgeStreet EC1A 9HY 1.37 4*A £145.00 £145.00 £145.00 Full Full Full Full Full
The Rathbone Hotel W1T 1LB 1.37 4* £90.00 £90.00 £96.00 £108.00 £90.00 £90.00 £210.00 Full
The Garth Hotel WC1E 6HJ 1.41 1*G £69.00 £69.00 £159.00 Full £69.00 £69.00 £69.00 £89.00
Regency House Hotel WC1E 6HJ 1.44 3* £95.00 £95.00 £95.00 Full £90.00 £95.00 £144.00 Full
Rookery Hotel EC1M 6DS 1.45 4* £216.00 £216.00 £210.00 £210.00 Full £165.00 £216.00 £240.00
3 Ryder Street Chambers - St James s - Piccadilly Serviced Apartments SW1Y 6PY 1.47 4*A £155.00 £175.00 £175.00 £175.00 £175.00 £155.00 £195.00 £155.00
Hotel Cavendish WC1E 6HJ 1.54 4* £105.00 £95.00 Full Full £65.00 £85.00 £95.00 £105.00
Mercure London Bridge SE1 0JA 1.56 4* £355.00 £355.00 £355.00 £355.00 £355.00 £355.00 £355.00 £355.00
The Zetter Hotel EC1M 5RJ 1.59 4* £222.00 £162.00 £162.00 £162.00 £126.00 £126.00 £222.00 £384.00
Generator London WC1H 9SE 1.61 3*h Full Full Full Full £22.00 £10.50 £24.00 £24.00
The Westbury Hotel - Bond Street London W1S 2YF 1.63 5* £346.80 £154.80 £274.80 £274.80 £154.80 £154.80 £274.80 £274.80
Euro Hotel WC1H 9EL 1.68 3*G Full Full Full £70.00 £66.00 £66.00 £98.00 £70.00
Avonmore Hotel WC1H 9EL 1.71 2*G £110.00 £110.00 £125.00 £125.00 £55.00 £55.00 £125.00 £125.00
Days Hotel Waterloo SE1 7BJ 1.76 NC £129.00 £109.00 Full Full £79.00 £79.00 £109.00 £109.00
Grange Langham Court Hotel W1W 6BU 1.78 4* £167.00 £95.00 Full £215.00 Full £107.00 £227.00 Full
The May Fair W1J 8LT 1.78 5* £315.00 £315.00 £275.00 £295.00 £265.00 £295.00 £315.00 £315.00
Novotel London City South SE1 9HH 1.78 4* £200.00 £190.00 £180.00 Full £170.00 £120.00 £210.00 £210.00
The Hallam W1W 6JF 1.85 NC £120.00 £45.00 £45.00 £45.00 £45.00 £40.00 £45.00 £79.00
Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel W1T 5AY 1.87 4* £479.00 £199.00 £151.00 £181.00 £121.00 £137.00 £479.00 £479.00
Astor Court Hotel W1W 6JQ 1.87 3* Full Full Full Full £109.00 £119.00 Full Full
The Bridge Hotel SE1 0AJ 1.88 3* £75.00 £75.00 £89.00 £129.00 £89.00 £44.00 £54.00 £70.00
Macdonald Hotel WC1H 8AL 1.92 2*G £65.00 £65.00 Full Full Full £40.00 £80.00 Full
Pullman London St Pancras NW1 2AJ 1.93 4* £270.00 £230.00 £190.00 £190.00 £170.00 £210.00 £230.00 £230.00
Washington Mayfair Hotel W1J 5HE 1.94 4* £198.00 £169.00 £169.00 £169.00 £169.00 £169.00 £169.00 £169.00
Chandos House W1G 9LQ 1.94 4* £99.00 £124.00 £150.00 Full £124.00 £124.00 Full Full
Novotel London Waterloo SE1 7LS 1.95 4* £180.00 £135.00 £170.00 Full £135.00 £135.00 £210.00 £210.00
Hotel Megaro WC1H 8AB 2.00 4* £160.00 £160.00 £160.00 £260.00 £160.00 £125.00 £170.00 Full
            
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Novello Theatre: Tube (underground)

StationZoneLine(s)Distance
Covent Garden Station1Piccadilly0.38 miles
Temple Station1District - Circle line0.38 miles
Holborn Station1Central - Piccadilly0.57 miles
Charing Cross Station1Bakerloo - Northern0.57 miles
Embankment Station1District - Bakerloo - Northern - Circle line0.58 miles

Novello Theatre: Rail (overground)

StationDistance
Charing Cross London Station0.61 miles
London Waterloo International Station1.06 miles
London Waterloo East Station1.09 miles
London Blackfriars Station1.10 miles
London Waterloo Station1.14 miles



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