Apollo Victoria

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A cinema in its former life, the art deco Apollo Victoria is now one of the largest theatres in London. Filling this 2,200-seater is no mean feat, but as the Apollo transitioned from cinema to theatre in the early ’80s, Andrew Lloyd Webber was helpfully on hand to set the tone. The musical don’s 1984 production of ‘Starlight Express’ (featuring an off-stage, multitier rollerskating track) kept the house busy for 18 years and only hung up its skates to make way for Webber’s ‘Bombay Dreams’. Since then it’s been hit musicals galore at the Apollo Victoria, from ‘Saturday Night Fever’ to the elaborately staged ‘Wicked’ which has bathed the theatre in green light.


Venue name: Apollo Victoria
Address: 17
Wilton Road
Transport: Rail/Tube: Victoria
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  • West End Until Friday May 24 2019

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Literally outside Victoria station. It has housed Wicked since I began coming to London from the states. It's perfectly suited for the play. There is less order to getting seated I think than most theatres.


Apollo Victoria Theatre is showing Wicked for more than 10 years. Even though it's regarded as a West End Theatre, it's actually situated opposite the Victoria Station. The theatre was build before WWII, it has 2 entrances and both of them lead to the central hall, so feel free to use whichever.  Because it's quite a modern architecture, it has lots of concealed lighting and quirky features such as shells which are creating light fountains erupting from the ceiling. 

The seats are ok, reasonably narrow, there isn't much room between the rows to move, but it is part of the charm of the theatre. The stage decor of the Wicked is spectacular, with the huge dragon handing from the ceiling. When Emerald set opens up, the public gasps with a quiet 'wow; as the whole theatre lighten up with the green luminescence aura.  


One of London's most impressive theatres. Definitely worth a visit and at the moment, Wicked is showing here and the set is incredible.