The Noël Coward Theatre is on St. Martin’s Lane in the West End. It opened in March 1903, built by Sir Charles Wyndham, directly behind Wyndhams’ Theatre, which he had completed only 4 years previously.
The theatre was originally named the New Theatre. In 1973 it was renamed as the Albery, after Sir Bronson Albery who managed the theatre for many years.
Since 2005 it has been owned by Delfont Mackintosh Ltd. The theatre underwent a major refurbishment in 2006, and reopened with the new name the Noël Coward Theatre.
It was named after the great British Playwright Sir Noël Coward as he appeared at the New Theatre in 1920, in I’ll Leave It To You – the first West End Production of one his plays.
The theatre has a capacity of 872, across 4 levels. It is a Grade II Listed structure.
During the Blitz, when both the Old Vic and Sadler’s Wells theatres were destroyed, the companies re-located to the New Theatre until their own buildings were rebuilt in 1950’s.
One of the most successful shows to play the New Theatre opened 30 June 1960. It was Lionel Bart’s Oliver!, and ran for 2,618 performances