Wyndham’s Theatre London
Charles Wyndham had always thought of building a theatre of his own and through the esteem thought of him by a patron and the financial trust of friends, he was able to bring to fruition his dream when Wyndham’s Theatre, designed by W G R Sprague opened in Aldwych Road on 16th November 1899, with the Prince Of Wales present. The first play performed here was a revival of T W Robertson’s David Garrick.
In 1910 Gerald du Maurier began an affiliation with the theatre which was to last for fifteen years and would include the stage debut of screen goddess Tallulah Bankhead. Du Maurier’s daughter, Daphne, frequently watched her father perform from the wings and thirty years later, on the same stage, she would put on her play, The Years Between.
In January 1954 a small-scale musical medley, which was originally from the small Players Theatre came here. Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend ran for 2078 performances ahead of transferring to Broadway. In the sixties and early seventies the theatre provided a setting for theatre greats such as Alec Guinness, Vanessa Redgrave and Diana Rigg. Arriving in 1972 was Godspell, with the original cast including David Essex, Marti Webb, Jeremy Irons, Julie Covington.
More recent times have seen, many discerned productions, including the world premiere of Arthur Miller’s The Ride Down Mount Morgan and the British premiere of Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women. Twenty-five years after her stage debut here, Diana Rigg returned to play Medea in a successful season.
Art, the critically acclaimed comedy, began its record-breaking run in 1996 with Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay and Ken Stott. Madonna made her West End debut at Wyndham’s performing in a sell-out production of Up For Grabs.
Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0DA