The Grade II listed building stands proud on Aldwych, a major street within bustling, vibrant Westminster. Opened on 22nd May 1905, the wonderful theatre has a vast wealth of history – designed by W. G. R. Sprague, the theatre was built as a pair with the Aldwych Theatre, and was originally named the Waldorf Theatre. In 1911, the theatre was renamed Whitney Theatre, then again in 1913 becoming the Strand Theatre – and, finally, in 2005 became known as the Novello Theatre, in honour of the composer Ivor Novello, who lived in a flat above the theatre from 1913 to 1951.
With a capacity of 1,105, this theatre is intimate and cosy, and has seen many a famous production grace the stage. From the farcical No Sex Please, We’re British, to Derren Brown’s mind bending show, to Shakespeare classics including Hamlet and A Midsummer Night's Dream – this marvellous theatre has seen it all. Currently, The Novello is showing the foot tapping, sing-a-long ABBA musical, Mamma Mia!