Wyndham's Theatre

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History

Charles Wyndham was a huge name in the theatrical world of the late 1800s. And yet, the one theatre that bears his name was financed in 1899 not by him, but by his network of friends. They managed to collect enough cash to build the theatre on a site owned by a member of the nobility (probably made easier by the fact that they happened to be one of Wyndham’s admirers.)

A number of well-known writers had a good relationship with Wyndham’s Theatre, including JM Barrie (of Peter Pan fame), the du Maurier family (whose most famous member Daphne wrote Rebecca), and Edgar Wallace, all of whom had several of their plays put on there. But its biggest hit came in the form of the French Riviera musical romp The Boy Friend, with Wyndham’s Theatre the first West End venue to show it. It ended up running for five years and later transferred to Broadway, offering Julie Andrews the lead part that launched her career.

Its performance history has been one of alternating dramatic and comedic plays with the occasional feel-good musical, ranging from Chekhov and Shakespeare to rock opera Godspell and modern hits Art and The History Boys. Among the most famous names to have graced its stage are Vanessa Redgrave, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh and even Madonna! Not surprising, as it has always been a venue productions have fought over, thanks to its desirable spot at Leicester Square tube station in the heart of Theatreland.

Where is Wyndham's Theatre

32-36 Charing Cross Road London WC2H 0DA