New London Theatre

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New London Theatre

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With New London being a relatively young theatre (doors opened in 1973), it’s no surprise that musicals are the mainstay. Andrew Lloyd Webber commandeered the joint in 1981, installed ‘Cats’ and promptly left it there to run and run until 2002. Since then there’s been ‘Gone With the Wind’ and ‘Imagine This’ as well as the love them or hate them Blue Man Group. The theatre may yet redeem itself with the transfer of the National Theatre’s critically-acclaimed production of ‘War Horse’.


Venue name: New London Theatre
Address: 166
Drury Lane (corner of Parker Street)
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden/Holborn
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  • Musicals Until Sunday January 13 2019

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I had no idea this theatre existed. Similar styling to the Barbican, but the architecture is not friendly. I found it harsh and cold. Lots of staff around. You go up an escalator to a staircase where there is a lobby. I found the seats uncomfortable. Kind of more difficult to get to.


New London Theatre is one of young theatres so it doesn’t have the same feel as majority traditional West End Theatres. It reminds me of a fraction of Barbican with very geometrical stairs and large foyers. However, the architecture design is a bit odd and not very user friendly. There are so many stairs without signposts and no staff to actually direct you.On the other hand, they do have plenty of staff but for some strange reason, they all stand in front of the main stairs, blocking the main poster.I found it a bit unhelpful. Also, I expected the theatre to be in a better condition and it does show lots of tear-wear in several places. It is currently under renovation and they are even adding a small renovation levy to your tickets. There are 2 levels and the dress circle goes very high up but nevertheless the view of the stage is excellent because of the decent slope. The annoying thing is that the rows are very long and there is no division in the middle so if you are sitting closer to the side, you are disrupted by lots of people until everyone is sitting. The closest station is Covent Garden. It is currently showing the School of Rock - excellent show!