Built in 1905 as the Strand Theatre, the Novello Theatre is one of the most prominent theatres of the West End. It was renamed in 2005 to honour Welsh entertainer Ivor Novello...
Today, Novello is well known for being the home of the fan-favourite Mamma Mia! But throughout history, this theatre has staged several superb musicals, comedies, and dramas.
Want to see a show at this legendary theatre when you’re in London? Book your tickets below right away!
An Interesting Past of Novello Theatre
The Novello Theatre has survived bomb strikes during both world wars. After being restored post-bombing, it has hosted a variety of jukebox musicals, plays, and comedians.
Built as part of the Aldwych/Kingsway complex, it was a companion to the modern Aldwych Theatre. This building is an architectural marvel made of Portland stone with a distinctively bent corner. The interior is one of designer W G R Sprague’s finest surviving works.
In the 1930 and early 1970s, the theatre underwent substantial renovations. Then again, to prepare for its 100th anniversary in 2005, it got a brand new interior. The current capacity is around 1,050 people, and the interior is equipped with gorgeous accents and fantastic lighting to greet audiences.
If you can’t wait to see this stunning theatre for yourself, it’s wise to book a ticket right now. To see what shows will be on for the next few weeks, scroll down below!
Widely Acclaimed Performances
The Novello theatre has hosted The Royal Shakespeare Company’s productions of Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and As You Like It. It also staged in 2006 The London premiere of the critically acclaimed Broadway musical Footloose.
The Broadway musical The Drowsy Chaperone starring Elaine Paige, Bob Martin, and John Partridge also found an opening at this theatre.
Desperately Seeking Susan, Into the Hoods, Spring Awakening, and Shadowlands are another handful of the musicals that have been performed at The Novello Theatre in recent years. In addition, the musical Mamma Mia has been on at the theatre since 2012.
Most of the shows performed at the Novello Theatre play to packed houses, thanks to both the theatre’s reputation and their incredible quality. So if you’re in the mood to watch a show here, you must hurry and book your tickets right away!