The Noël Coward Theatre opened in 1903 as the New Theatre, with himself and his wife in starring roles in its first production Rosemary. Originally managed by Sir Charles Wyndham, his ghost has been spotted roaming the Noël Coward Theatre’s corridors and dressing rooms.
Stars to have performed at the venue include John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier and the debut of Alec Guinness, not to mention Noël Coward’s plays. The new Theatre’s was also home to Oliver!, which ran for 2,618 performances. Back in 1932, the theatre put on a play written by Benito Mussolini, the fascist Italian dictator. Entitled Napoleon - The Hundred Days, it closed after just 32 performances.
Changing its name in 1973 to the Albery Theatre, its biggest hits included the Olivier-award-winning play Children of a Lesser God. With a change of ownership in 2005, the Albery Theatre received an all-over full makeover and was given a new name – the Noël Coward Theatre. The first production was Avenue Q, which ran there until 2009 before transferring to the Wyndham's Theatre.