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Savoy Theatre

Theatre, West End Strand
3 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
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Time Out says

This ritzy theatre, attached to famous Savoy hotel, is pure class

Savoy Theatre's dazzling 1929 art deco interior is embellished with blindingly bright panels of gold and silver, and boasts theatre seats decked out in jazzy abstract patterns. It's like no other theatre in London both for its substantial interior design flair, and because it's tucked away in the basement under famous hostelry The Savoy. 

Today, Savoy Theatre is all quintessential Jazz Age glitz, but it's not quite as authentic as it looks. In 1990, the entire theatre was gutted by a fire, and had to be painstakingly restored to its original glories by experts who studied old photographs and fragments gleaned from the ashes. In an unexpected silver lining, the reconstruction also allowed the architects to add a swimming pool on the floor right above the stage, where hotel guests swim oblivious to the musical spectaculars unfolding below. 

The present day Savoy Theatre stands on the site of an older venue of the same name. In the late 19th century, this Savoy became synonymous with Gilbert & Sullivan, the composing duo who unleashed (very silly) operetta after operetta onto its stage. These productions were masterminded by D'Oyly Carte, the theatre manager, who bought the theatre in 1880. Under his regime, it became the first theatre in London to be lit by electric lighting, and audiences flocked to the so called 'Savoy Operas'. His legacy was continued first by his son, then by his granddaughter Bridget, who died in 1985 and finally brought an operatic dynasty to an end.  

Savoy Theatre has 1,158 seats, and welcomes audiences in with a programme that flits between the light opera that originally made its name and musical theatre, including recent hit 'Dream Girls'.

 

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Address: Savoy Court, Strand
London
WC2R 0ET
Transport: Rail/Tube: Charing Cross; Tube: Embankment/Temple
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Tastemaker

I would never visit a theatre if I didn't want to see the show, so, with Dreamgirls in residence, it took me a while to get to the Savoy. As theatres go, it's nothing special. Given that I think theatre is special, that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's compact but not as bad as some and is steeped in history, like most of them are. Well decorated, with friendly staff, just watch out for the extremely steep bar prices. 

tastemaker

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. 

Tastemaker

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...

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