UK Travel Guide

Theatres

Savoy Theatre

Designed by C J Phipps and built in 1881 for Richard D'Oyly Carte who was responsible for bringing together W S Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, this theatre was the first public building to be lit by electricity and is now a Grade II listed building. Productions in the early years were almost exclusively Gilbert and Sullivan and became known as the Savoy operas. Their long reign is marked by full-length portraits hanging in the theatre. After the First World War the switch to plays reflected changing tastes and brought to the stage such names as John Gielgud, Noel Coward and Laurence Olivier. One of the few London theatres to still have a box at the back of the circle, it was a favourite with Winston Churchill who always had a front-row seat in the box. The building was destroyed by fire in 1990 but has since been rebuilt and full restored.

Located at: The Strand, London, WC2B

Telephone: 020 7836 8888

Opens: Box Office Open 10:00am - 8:00pm

Cost: 12.50 - 25

Closest Subway Station: Charing Cross Station (Click to see more atrraction at this station)