Savoy Theatre

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Savoy Theatre

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The Savoy was the first theatre in London to be fitted with electric lights. Sadly, any evidence of the original electrics was lost in 1990 when the theatre’s entire interior was gutted by fire. Fully restored by 1993, the Savoy Theatre has gone on to pay tribute to its long history by hosting Gilbert and Sullivan operettas (‘Pirates of Penzance’) as well as musicals (Rodger and Hammerstein’s ‘Carousel’) and comedies.


Venue name: Savoy Theatre
Address: Savoy Court, Strand
Transport: Rail/Tube: Charing Cross; Tube: Embankment/Temple
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The Savoy Theatre is on the Strand, next to the historic Savoy Hotel. Savoy theatre was initially built in 1880 and it was then noted that the theatre "was situated on a site rich in historical associations..." After a fire gutted the building, it was decided to restore the building as faithfully as possible to the 1929 designs. It still feels quite modern and you wouldn’t find there candelabras, spectacular ceilings or pieces of art on the walls. It also has lots of narrow stairs and passages to get from one place to another. Bars and sitting areas look like they are just plunked in the corridors. Even though the theatre is quite narrow, the view are actually ok even from the sides. It's not in immediate reach from any stations so be prepared to have a little trek from either Charring Cross, Covent Garden or Temple. 


The Savoy Theatre is a brilliant setting for a fancy evening at a show. You feel as though you're stepping back in time, to a land of chorus girls and tiddly flappers. It's opulent, comfortable and adds to the sense of showmanship and performance.

The narrow stage means the views are good from most areas of the auditorium, and the leg room is satisfactory.

The one letdown? The exorbitant price of the drinks even compared to other west end theatres - two glasses of sparkling rosé for £18, and that was billed as an offer! But I suppose they feel the experience would feel less glamorous if you hadn't paid over the odds for your bevvy...