play-alt chevron-thin-right chevron-thin-left cancel location info chevron-thin-down

Aldwych Theatre

49 Aldwych, London WC2B 4DF

Northbank Neighbourhood

Access Information

Venue Information

Calls cost cost 2p/per min plus your telephone company’s network access charge.

London Underground

Covent Garden (500m), Holborn (650m), Charing Cross (800m)

National Rail

Charing Cross (800m)

London Buses

1, 4, 11, 13, 15, 68, 98

Security note: For your comfort and security, you may be subject to additional checks on your visit to London theatres. Please contact the venue for more information.

The Aldwych Theatre was built in 1905 and has housed many famous productions since its opening including the first performance of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard in England, A Streetcar Named Desire starring Vivien Leigh, Tom Stoppard’s Jumpers, Hapgood and Indian Ink all featuring Felicity Kendall, Tom and Clem starring Sir Michael Gabon and Alec McCowen and Amy’s View with Dame Judi Dench. In the 2000s it became a popular musical theatre venue housing Fame, Dancing in the Streets and Dirty Dancing which became the longest-running show at the Aldwych achieving five years at the theatre.

In 1982 The Aldwych Theatre was acquired by the Nederlander Organization after 21 years of ownership by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Notable productions in recent years have included Irving Berlin’s Top Hat as well as Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies both based on Hilary Mantel’s award-winning books the Olivier award-winning Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Tina – The Tina Turner Musical made its world premiere at Aldwych Theatre in 2018.

More Information


4 licensed bars. Dress Circle bar 24 steps up from the foyer. Further bars at the back of the Stalls and Upper Circle level.


Mens and Womens throughout. There is an accessible toilet located in the Foyer.

Guide Dogs Policy

Access dogs are allowed inside the auditorium. Staff can also dog-sit, returning them to the owner during the interval and at the end of the performance.


Entrance to the auditorium is through a double EXIT door on Drury Lane, over a slight edge and down a ramp inside the door (handrail on the left-hand side), into a corridor which leads to the right-hand side of the Dress Circle. 2 spaces for wheelchair users plus one companion in Box D, through an outer door (76 cm wide) and inner door (69 cm wide). The doorway is too narrow for motorised wheelchairs. You will not be able to see some of the stage. Alternative space for a wheelchair user beside C1 in the Dress Circle, on a slight slope. Transfer seat at C1. Wheelchairs stored in the lobby. Each wheelchair user must bring a non-disabled companion.

Sound Amplification

Sennheiser Mobile Connect

Access from Street to Foyer

Level access from access entrance on Drury Lane

Access From Theatre Foyer To Seat

22 stairs to back of Dress Circle, 26 to Stalls, 50+ to Grand Circle

Level Access

To front of Dress Circle from access entrance on Drury Lane.

Air Conditioned


Accepts Theatre Tokens


Latest News