Located near Charing Cross, the Novello Theatre is a large West End venue, being able to seat up to 1,105 people, which is usually home to musicals.
The theatre was originally called the Waldorf Theatre and opened in 1905 and was re-named the Strand Theatre in 1913. The theatre took itss current name in 2005 after a £4.5 million refurbishment to celebrate its centenary; the famous composer Ivor Novello lived in a flat above the theatre for almost four decades.
Notable former productions at this venue include Rhinoceros starring Laurence Olivier and Maggie Smith, Frankie Howard in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum and the Broadway production of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof starring Adrian Lester and James Earl Jones.
With over 100 years of history, the Novello Theatre has also played host to a wide variety of shows despite being best known as a venue for musicals. It has hosted many plays by the RSC and has even hosted performances as diverse as Derren Brown’s illusionist performances.
The theatre is currently home to the ABBA musical Mamma Mia!, and has been since 2012.