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The Aldwych was built in 1905 at the same time as the Novello Theatre (then named the Waldorf Theatre). The Aldwych has been home to the first British staging of a play by Anton Chekhov. It also witnessed a collection of plays dubbed ‘The Aldwych Farces’ in the ‘20s and ‘30s, which popularised the comedic genre.
It escaped a demolition threat in the late 1950s to end up playing the London home to the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1960 for over two decades. In between RSC productions, the theatre hosted an annual selection of foreign plays in their original language, dubbed ‘World Theatre Season’.
The Aldwych Theatre has been home to popular musicals, including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down the Wind, Fame and the immensely popular Dirty Dancing.