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Queen’s Theatre

Sondheim Theatre

Closed until further notice

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Access

Sound Amplification:

Infra-red system with 12 headsets - collect from foyer kiosk. You will be asked to sign a receipt. Avoid front row of Stalls. Induction loop in auditorium and at the Box Office.

Toilets:

Adapted toilet in foyer (Ushers hold keys).

Guide Dogs Policy:

Guide dogs are permitted to stay with owners if required. Staff can also look after them. Maximum of 3 guide dogs per performance.

Wheelchairs:

Entrance to the auditorium is through the fourth side EXIT door on Wardour Street - please ask a member of staff to open this for you. One 5cm step up to 2 spaces at C1 and C25 in the Dress Circle. Companions can sit in the same row. Venue suitable for scooters. 4 scooter and 6 wheelchair transfer seating available in rows C, D or E. Scooter transferees please call.

Access from Street to Foyer:

Level Access

Access From Theatre Foyer To Seat:

18 steps to Stalls, 19 to Dress Circle, 38 to Upper Circle

Level Access:

Box off and Dress Circle

Contact

Contact the venue:

0844 482 5160 (Calls cost 7p per min plus your telephone company's network access charge)

Your Visit

Security Information:

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.

Bar:

18 steps from the foyer to the Dress Circle bar (at the back of the Dress Circle). Fixed seating. Stalls bar down 21 steps; Upper Circle bar up 39 steps. Drinks may be brought to disabled customers in the auditorium.

Accepts Theatre Tokens:

Yes

History

The Sondheim Theatre (formerly the Queen’s Theatre) is one of the most prominent West End theatres on Shaftesbury Avenue.

The theatre was opened in 1907 – originally as a twin to the neighbouring Hicks Theatre (now renamed the Gielgud Theatre). The Sondheim and Gielgud are both designed by W. G. R. Sprague. Originally, it was going to be called the Central Theatre, but it was eventually named the Queen’s Theatre – and it is a portrait of Queen Alexandra that hangs the foyer of the theatre. It was announced in July 2019 that it is to become the Sondheim Theatre, in honour of the legendary composer and lyricist’s 90th birthday year. Sondheim will become the only living artist to have a theatre named in his honour both in the West End and on Broadway.

In September 1940, the theatre was subject to a direct hit by a bomb and the façade and lobby were destroyed. The theatre remained closed for almost 20 years until it was refurbished and the exterior modernised. The Edwardian décor remained yet the lobbies and the exterior were built in a more modern style. The reconstructed theatre opened in July 1959 with John Gielgud’s solo performance in Shakespeare speeches and sonnets, Ages Of Man.

Since the reconstruction, the theatre has been noted for its unique architecture and design, for example, the ceiling detail of the auditorium, which has statues positioned above the audience. The theatre went through further renovations in 2009 to boost the capacity of the theatre and restore some of the boxes so that they could be used again.

After 18 years at the Palace Theatre, Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Les Misérables transferred to the Sondheim Theatre in 2004. The musical celebrated its 20th anniversary at the venue on 8 October 2005 – and in October 2006 overtook Cats to become the longest-running musical of all time. In 2012, Les Misérables celebrated its 11,000th performance in London. The Sondheim Theatre has a capacity of 1074 and is owned by Delfont Mackintosh Theatres.

The Sondheim Theatre has recently undergone a series of works, including a major backstage and auditorium renovation, and the restoration of some of the theatre’s original boxes and loges.

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Due to the current pandemic various venues and productions are making announcements for their individual shows. Please bear with us as we try to keep this page as up to date as possible. If you find a mistake, please let us know by emailing enquiries@soltukt.co.uk. If you click through to seat selection (where you'll see either best available or a seating plan), you will be seeing the most up-to-date prices. If this differs from what we've written on the calendar, please bear with us, as those prices will update soon.

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We are now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen.

We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times you are not able to enjoy the show you have booked for and hope the following helps clarify next steps in respect of your tickets .

There is nothing that you need to do if your performance has been cancelled, but we do ask for your patience.

If you have booked directly with the theatre or show website for an affected performance, please be assured that they will contact you directly to arrange an exchange for a later date, a credit note/voucher or a refund. If you have booked via a ticket agent they will also be in contact with you directly.

We are processing in strict date order of performance, so you are likely to be contacted after the date you were due to go to the theatre. However, we want to reassure you that you will be contacted, and your order will be processed, but please do bear with us.

We’d like to thank everyone who has been patient and kind in dealing with their ticket providers so far and we are sorry that we cannot process your order as quickly as we would like.

Please do not contact your credit card company as that will slow the process down and put an additional burden on our box office and ticket agent teams.

In order for us to serve our audiences the best we can, please do not get in touch with your point of sale if you have booked for performances after 31 May. Please be reassured that if we have to cancel future performances you will be directly contacted by your theatre or ticket provider. Our producers continue to plan for all eventualities dependent on the individual needs of their shows and we will provide further updates on specific shows as and when they become available.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our theatres as soon as we are allowed to resume performances. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.

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While theatres are currently closed, various venues and productions are making announcements for their individual shows, including cancellations and rescheduled performances. Please check with the individual shows for details.