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The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

Widely considered one of the funniest plays in English, Wilde’s much loved masterpiece throws love, logic and language into the air to make one of theatre’s most dazzling firework displays. Jack, Algy, Gwendolyn and Cecily discover how unsmooth runs the course of true love, while Lady Bracknell keeps a baleful eye on the mayhem of manners. ‘It is very romantic to be in love. The very essence of romance is uncertainty’

Booking from: Friday, 20th July 2018
Booking until: Saturday, 20th October 2018
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An Ideal Husband

An Ideal Husband

An ‘enchantingly comic’ (Independent) and ‘stylish revival’ (Guardian) from director Jonathan Church, Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband ‘dynamically re-mints a classic text’, exploring political corruption and morality in this ‘thought-provoking, richly enjoyable production’ (WhatsOnStage).

‘A delicious double act’ (Independent), the enchanting repartee between real-life father & son Edward and Freddie Fox is a joy to behold; and they’re joined on stage by the ‘marvellous’ Nathaniel Parker (Times), ‘brilliant’ Susan Hampshire (Guardian), ‘superb’ Sally Bretton, and ‘thrilling’ Frances Barber (WhatsOnStage).

‘Beautifully played and cast’ (London Theatre), Faith Omole’s ‘delightful’ Mabel Chiltern tops off an array of ‘masterful performances’ (Evening Standard) from a talented company.

Booking from: Tuesday, 22nd May 2018
Booking until: Saturday, 14th July 2018
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Vaudeville Theatre Seating Plan

Vaudeville Theatre

Vaudeville Theatre on the Map

How to get there: (5mins) Head out onto the main road Strand. Cross street where possible and go right 100 metres – it’s just after the Adelphi Theatre.

404 Strand

Buses: 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 68, 7A, 91, 139, 176

Nearest Underground: Covent Garden
Nearest Train: Charing Cross


The original theatre on this site was designed by C J Phipps and opened on 16 April 1870. The theatre was subsequently reconstructed, to designs once again by C J Phipps, and reopened on 13 Janaury 1891. This theatre added the still existing four-storey high frontage in Portland stone. The theatre then closed on 7 November 1925 when the interior was completely reconstructed to designs by Robert Atkins (the auditorium was changed from a horseshoe shape to the current rectangle shape), reopening on 23 February 1926

The Vaudeville Theatre staged mostly revues in it's early days. On 5 August 1954 the musical "Salad Days" opened here having transferred from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre and stayed for 2,329 performances - becoming the longest running production in the history of the Vaudeville Theatre. Other productions here included Arnold Wesker's "Chips With Everything", Willy Russell's play "Shirley Valentine" with Pauline Collins, and more recently the Kander and Ebb musical "70, Girls, 70" with Dora Bryan and Simon Gray's play Hidden Laughter. History repeated itself when a revival of "Salad Days" opened here on 18 April 1996 with a cast that featured the cabaret duo Kit and The Widow. The production this time though only lasted 4 months, closing on 24 August 1996.