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When the Vaudeville Theatre opened in 1870, its front face on the Strand was just two plain houses – nothing like other lavish theatres. 20 years later, the new owner built a more attractive façade. The first theatre building occupying the site of today’s Vaudeville didn’t have a foyer or dressing rooms.
Since 1892, the Vaudeville has only been owned by five different people – an average of 22 years per owner. The same family owned the theatre until 1969.
One of the Vaudeville Theatre’s most celebrated productions was the musical Salad Days back in the 1950s, which previously held the record for the longest-running musical at 2,288 performances. This was only matched at the Vaudeville by Stomp half a century later, which ran at the theatre from 2002 to 2007 before transferring to the Ambassadors Theatre.