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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Di and Viv and Rose
A lot of shit gets thrown at the three main characters in Amelia Bullmore’s play. Friends plonked together in university halls at 18, they connect for life, then forge on together, batting away as best they can every stinking thing flung in their direction....Mon February 2nd 2015 - Sat May 23rd 2015Read more404 Strand London London WC2R 0NH
The Importance of Being Earnest
Wonderful as it is, Oscar Wilde's farce 'The Importance of Being Earnest' is so pathologically over-produced that you kind of need a USP to trot it out into the West End yet again. And Adrian Noble's revival has quite the USP: David Suchet, dragging it...Wed June 24th 2015 - Sat November 7th 2015Read more404 Strand London London WC2R 0NH