32 Charing Cross Road
Nearest tube: Leicester Square
Sir Charles Wyndham lived a life-long dream in November 1899 when he opened his own theatre, Wyndham's Theatre, on Charing Cross Road in London's West End. Designed by WGR Sprage, the theatre's curtains rose for the first time with a revival performance of T.W Robertson's 'David Garrick'.
From being the theatre where screen goddess Tallulah Bankhead made her stage debut in the early years, as well as being a starting block for stars of the 60's & 70's, including veteran actress Diana Rigg, this venue has gone from strength to strength presenting many distinguished productions and smash-hits along its way.
January 1954 saw Sandy Wilson's small musical pastiche 'The Boyfriend' transfer to Wyndham's after premiering at the much smaller Players Theatre. It enjoyed an almighty successful run of 2,078 performances before heading to Broadway. The smash-hit production 'Godspell' opened at Wyndham's in January 1972 playing until October 1974 and included the fabulous talents David Essex, Marti Webb & Jeremy Irons in the original cast. The world premiere of Arthur Miller's 'The Ride down Mount Morgan' was presented here in October 1991, the British premiere of 'Three Tall Women' opened in November 1994 and the hugely successful comedy 'Art' was loved by critics and audiences alike from when it first began its record breaking run at Wyndham's in October 1996.
Then came 2002, bringing Hollywood and British silver-screen superstars along for the ride.
Madonna made her West End debut here in May 2002 starring in David Williams' 'Up For Grabs', the amazing Holly Hunter also made her West End debut at Wyndham's in December 2004's opening of 'By The Bogs of Cats', American TV star Ruby Wax starred in the 2005 theatrical adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's book 'The Witches', and British starlet Sienna Miller recently starred in Shakespeare's 'As You Like It' which ran from June - September 2005.
The current production 'Honour' sees Diana Rigg return again to her beloved stage at Wyndham's until the run finishes in May 2006.
Leicester Square underground station is adjacent to the theatre, hence being the closest to Wyndham's 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.
|HOTEL / APARTMENT||POSTCODE||MILES||STAR||23 Sep||24 Sep||25 Sep||26 Sep||27 Sep||28 Sep||29 Sep||30 Sep|
|Leicester Square Station||1||Piccadilly - Northern||0.05 miles|
|Covent Garden Station||1||Piccadilly||0.37 miles|
|Charing Cross Station||1||Bakerloo - Northern||0.39 miles|
|Piccadilly Circus Station||1||Bakerloo - Piccadilly||0.41 miles|
|Tottenham Court Road Station||1||Central - Northern||0.59 miles|
|Charing Cross London Station||0.44 miles|
|London Waterloo International Station||1.30 miles|
|London Waterloo Station||1.42 miles|
|London Waterloo East Station||1.49 miles|
|London Blackfriars Station||1.75 miles|