Initially constructed behind a pair of houses on the Strand, the original Vaudeville was expanded in 1889 with the demolition of its two neighbours. In 1891, it hosted the first English performances of Ibsen’s ‘Rosmersholm’ and ‘Hedda Gabler’ and continued to run successfully with a programme of revivals and comedies until it closed for refurbishment in 1925, when it assumed its current form. It housed a huge hit in 1952 with the musical ‘Salad Days’, which ran for over 2,000 performances, as well as one of the earliest incidences of full-frontal male nudity on the theatrical stage when Alistair Sim appeared in ‘A Private Matter’. Since then, a mix of drama and entertainment has been offered here, including plays by Shelagh Stephenson and Neil LaBute as well as the long-running dance-drumming show ‘Stomp’ and the current ‘Flying Karamazov Brothers’. Since 2005, the theatre has been owned by American producer Max Weitzenhoffer and Nica Burns as part of the Nimax Theatre portfolio.
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The Importance of Being Earnest
More so than anything by that Shakespeare chap,‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ can surely lay claim to being the single most influential British play ever written. Not necessarily because of its influence on theatre, but because it’s almost impossible...Comedy Until Saturday November 7 2015Read more
Dawn French – 30 Million Minutes
Following a mammoth UK tour, the 'French' half of 'French and Saunders' and star of 'The Vicar of Dibley' finally brings her solo show to London. Dawn French plays a West End run of '30 Million Minutes' at the Vaudeville Theatre this autumn. Expect witty...Stand-up Wednesday November 11 2015 - Saturday December 5 2015Read more