A complete guide to the Novello Theatre in London
Since opening in London just over a century ago, the Novello Theatre‘s endured bomb raids in two world wars, it’s been refurbished and had a variety of jukebox musicals, plays and comedians through its doors. Named after a composer, read all about the history of the Novello Theatre and how to arrive at the theatre in style. Book your Mamma Mia! tickets now.
Guide to the Novello Theatre in the West End
Where is the Novello Theatre?
The Novello Theatre is located on Aldwych (WC2B 4LD) in London. It’s a stone’s throw from the Aldywch Theatre and just down the road from the Duchess Theatre and the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, so you’ll be able to see the bright lights of the West End!
How do I get to the Novello Theatre?
Heading to the Novello via bus? These London bus routes will drop you off close to the theatre, so you can arrive with a few minutes to spare and still have time to take your seat.
Aldwych: 1, 6, 11, 13, 23, 59, 68, 87, 91, 139, 168, 171, 172, 188, 243
Strand: 4, 9, 15, 26, 76, 176, 341
Can I travel to the Novello Theatre by tube?
Travelling to the Novello Theatre via London Underground tubes? The nearest tube station is Covent Garden (Piccadilly), one of London’s well known-stations which is a two-minute walk away from the theatre. Other stations nearby include Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly), Temple (District and Circle), and Holborn (Central and Piccadilly).
When did the Novello Theatre open?
Originally named the Waldorf Theatre and built in partnership with the Aldwych Theatre, the London playhouse opened in 1905. But, it took a while for a theatre’s name to be decided, changing to the Strand Theatre in 1909, the Whitney Theatre in 1911 and reverting back to the Strand Theatre in 1913. The theatre was renamed to the Novello Theatre in 2005, after the Welsh composer of the same name who lived above the theatre for 38 years.
Notable productions at the Novello include over 1,000 performances of Stephen Sondheim‘s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and was the first West End theatre that Queen Elizabeth II visited. Recent shows include Betty Blue Eyes and Spring Awakening, but it’s best known to theatregoers today as the location of Mamma Mia!.
What show is currently at the Novello Theatre?
Theatregoers at the Novello Theatre can look forward to seeing Mamma Mia!, the ABBA jukebox musical that’s entertained London audiences for over 20 years. Since opening at the Prince Edward Theatre in 1999, the show’s moved twice to the Prince of Wales and the Novello, transforming the Aldwych-located theatre into a sunny Greek island from 2012. See Sophie Sheridan find out who her father is before she walks down the aisle, as well as dynamic reunions and explosive relationships. Book your Mamma Mia! tickets now.
How many seats are inside the Novello Theatre?
Inside the Novello Theatre auditorium, there’s 1084 seats. Split over four levels, this includes 479 stalls seats, 249 dress circle seats, 214 grand circle seats and 142 balcony seats.
When booking Mamma Mia! tickets with Encore Tickets, you’ll be able to see every seat that’s available for your selected performances on our interactive seating plans. So, whether you’re looking for the cheaper deals on shows in the next few weeks, or you’re wanting the best seats around, get ready for a wonderful time at Mamma Mia! with us.
Where should I sit at the Novello Theatre?
Built in a traditional Victorian style, the theatre has a classic façade. Constructed over four levels, the auditorium seats over 1,000 people, with the majority of seats in the Stalls. The auditorium is narrow and thin, with shorter rows making it feel very high. The best seats are in the well-raked Stalls, which have no obstructions.
Want to feel like you’re at an ABBA concert at the Novello Theatre? You’ll want to book tickets towards the front of the stalls. As the auditorium is narrow and thin, you’ll be metres away from the action taking place on stage, with no obstructions potentially spoiling your view. As well as this, the seats are raked too, with this raised seating meaning you can sink into your seat and enjoy the show.
If you’re looking for the hidden seating gems, you’ll want to book rows AA – BB in the dress circle. They offer a side view of the stage and you may have to lean forward slightly, but they’re some of the closest seats to the stage with a clear view.
Seats in the grand circle and balcony are high up, due to the Victorian building style, so they’re not recommended for vertigo sufferers. However, if you’re looking for a cheaper deal on theatre tickets, there’s ample seating choice to decide from.
What restaurants are near the Novello Theatre?
|Restaurant||About the restaurant||Reservation Times|
|Boulevard Brasserie||Serving sophisticated French classics, it’s an elegant and chic restaurant with a bustling atmosphere.||12:30pm/5:30pm|
|Byron Covent Garden||Right in Theatreland, Byron serves delicious hamburgers with fries and salad of your choosing.||5:30pm|
|Cafe Rouge Wellington Street||A leisurely meal and a taste of France in the heart of Theatreland.||1:00pm/5:30pm|
|Gaucho Chancery Lane||With award-winning Argentinian steaks and a curated wine list, Gaucho Chancery Lane is a leading dining destination in historic London.||6:00pm|
|Homage Grand Salon||Fine dining inspired by the grand cafes of Europe, where you’ll be served an exquisite meal.||6:00pm|
|Maxwell’s Bar and Grill||An all-American dining location serving burgers, fries, milkshakes and steak.||12:30pm/5:30pm/10:00pm|
|Sophie’s Steakhouse||Back-to-basics approach with locally sourced food and famous British beef.||5:30pm|
|Thai Square The Strand||One of the first Thai restaurants in London, enjoy an award-winning dinner.||6:00pm|
|Wildwood Covent Garden||Serving seasonal specials, there’s combination of classics and modern signatures providing the most tempting array of choices.||5:30pm|