Wyndham's Theatre is a West End theatre, one of two opened by actor/manager Charles Wyndham (the other is the Criterion Theatre). Located on Charing Cross Road in the City of Westminster, it was designed c.1898 by W.G.R. Sprague, the architect of six other London theatres between then and 1916. It was designed to seat 759 patrons on three levels; later refurbishment increased this to four seating levels. The theatre was Grade II* listed by English Heritage in September 1960.
History [ ]
Wyndham had always dreamed of building a theatre of his own, and through the admiration of a patron and the financial confidence of friends, he was able to realise his dream. Wyndham's Theatre opened on 16 November 1899, in the presence of the
Prince of Wales. The first play performed there was a revival of T. W. Robertson's .
Gerald du Maurier began an association with the theatre which lasted 15 years and to include the stage debut of the screen actress Tallulah Bankhead. Du Maurier's small daughter, Daphne, often watched her father's performance from the wings. Thirty years later she presented her own play, , on the same stage.
The Years Between
In April 1953 the theatre premiered
Graham Greene's first play, , with a cast including The Living Room Dorothy Tutin. In January 1954, a small-scale musical pastiche,  Sandy Wilson's , which had premiered at the much smaller The Boy Friend Players' Theatre, was moved to the Wyndham stage. It ran for 2,078 performances, before eventually transferring to Broadway. During the 60s and early 70s, the theatre continued to provide a setting for stars such as Alec Guinness ( ), Wise Child Vanessa Redgrave and Diana Rigg.
The blockbuster of the 1970s decade –
– opened at Wyndham's in January 1972 and ran to October 1974. The original cast included Godspell David Essex, Marti Webb and Jeremy Irons.
Wyndham's Theatre just before its opening on 16 November 1900.
Among more recent distinguished productions were the world premiere of
by American playwright The Ride Down Mt. Morgan Arthur Miller and the British premiere of Edward Albee's , starring Three Tall Women Maggie Smith. Twenty-five years after making her debut there, Diana Rigg returned to play a hugely successful season as Medea. The critically acclaimed comedy, , by 'Art' Yasmina Reza, began its record-breaking run at Wyndham's in 1996 with Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay and Ken Stott in the cast. It opened in October 1996, and transferred to the Whitehall Theatre in October 2001.
Madonna made her West End debut there in 2002, performing in a sell-out production of Up For Grabs. This was followed by many other dramatic productions, including Dinner and the National Theatre's during 2004, Democracy Holly Hunter in By The Bog Of Cats, American TV star Ruby Wax in a children's stage version of , which ran during March 2005; followed by a controversial limited season of The Witches Eve Ensler's , which ran without the stars – The Vagina Monologues Sharon Osbourne and her daughter Aimee, who dropped out the night before the production opened. Since then, theatre patrons have seen Sienna Miller star alongside Helen McCrory, Reece Shearsmith and Clive Rowe in a new production of Shakespeare's .
As You Like It
A large-scale replica of the facade of the theatre was constructed at the
Universal Studios theme park in Orlando, Florida as part of the park's London-themed area.
Delfont Mackintosh era [ ]
In May 2005, the theatre was taken over by
Cameron Mackintosh's Delfont-Mackintosh Ltd., which began operations of the venue in September 2005. In October 2005 the theatre presented Tom Stoppard's Heroes, a translation of the French play Le vent des peupliers by Gérald Sibleyras, which starred Richard Griffiths and John Hurt.
The following year the theatre hosted a new production of
Joanna Murray-Smith's play starring Diana Rigg, Honour Martin Jarvis and Natascha McElhone, which ran between 7 February and 6 May 2006. It later hosted the West End transfer of the Menier Chocolate Factory's hit production of Stephen Sondheim's musical , which starred Daniel Evans and Sunday in the Park with George Jenna Russell and ran till September. Between December 2006 and April 2007, the theatre presented the West End commercial transfer of Alan Bennett's National Theatre hit which played to sell-out houses during its run until April 2007.
The History Boys Bill Kenwright's production of Somerset Maugham's played through summer 2007. There was a short hiatus after The Letter Chita Rivera was forced to postpone a scheduled London return. Shadowlands, based on the life story of C.S. Lewis opened in October 2007, starring Charles Dance and Janie Dee, before another return of Alan Bennett's from December 2007.
The History Boys
The theatre closed temporarily for refurbishment works, before reopening in September 2008 with
Kenneth Branagh starring in Michael Grandage's production of Chekhov's . This new version by Ivanov Tom Stoppard was the opening play in the Donmar West End twelve-month season at Wyndham's, with tickets at Donmar Warehouse prices.
The Donmar West End season also included
Derek Jacobi starring in , Judi Dench in Twelfth Night Yukio Mishima's , and Madame de Sade Jude Law in , all staged by Grandage.
Recent, present and future productions [ ]
(9 December 2003 – 3 April 2004) by Moira Buffini starring Dinner Harriet Walter
(20 April 2004 – 9 October 2004) by Democracy Michael Frayn, starring Colm Meaney
(1 November 2004 – 13 November 2004) Dylan Moran: Monster II
By the Bog of Cats (1 December 2004 – 26 February 2005) by Marina Carr, starring Holly Hunter
(9 March 2005 – 2 April 2005) by David Wood, starring The Witches Ruby Wax
(7 April 2005 – 14 May 2005), by The Vagina Monologues Eve Ensler
(21 June 2005 – 17 September 2005) by As You Like It William Shakespeare, starring Sienna Miller and Clive Rowe
(18 October 2005 – 14 January 2006) by Heroes Gérald Sibleyras, starring Richard Griffiths, John Hurt and Ken Stott
(14 February 2006 – 6 May 2006) by Honour Joanna Murray-Smith, starring Diana Rigg and Martin Jarvis
(23 May 2006 – 2 September 2006) by Sunday in the Park with George Stephen Sondheim, starring Daniel Evans and Jenna Russell
(21 September 2006 – 18 November 2006) by A Voyage Round My Father John Mortimer, starring Derek Jacobi
(18 December 2006 – 14 April 2007) by The History Boys Alan Bennett
(19 April 2007 – 10 August 2007), by The Letter Somerset Maugham, starring Jenny Seagrove and Anthony Andrews
(3 October 2007 – 17 December 2007) by Shadowlands William Nicholson, starring Charles Dance and Janie Dee (transferred to the Novello Theatre)
(20 December 2007 – 26 April 2008) by The History Boys Alan Bennett, starring Desmond Barrit
(14 September 2009 – 29 November 2009) The Shawshank Redemption
(3 December 2009 – 10 March 2010) by An Inspector Calls J B Priestley
(19 March 2010 – 30 October 2010) (following closure at the Avenue Q Gielgud Theatre) 
(2 November 2010 – 8 January 2011) Bill Bailey – Dandelion Mind 
(8 February 2011 – 7 May 2011) by Clybourne Park Bruce Norris (transferred from the Royal Court Theatre)
(1 June 2011 – 3 September 2011) by Much Ado About Nothing William Shakespeare, starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate
(5 October 2011 – 17 December 2011) by Driving Miss Daisy Alfred Uhry, starring James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave
Christmas with the Rat Pack: Live from Las Vegas (20 December 2011 – 7 January 2012)
(9 January 2012 – 21 January 2012) The Rat Pack: Live From Las Vegas
(13 February 2012 – 17 March 2012) Jackie Mason – Fearless
(22 March 2012 – 12 May 2012) (stage play of the The King's Speech Oscar-winning film)
(18 May 2012 – 1 September 2012) by Abigail's Party Mike Leigh, starring Jill Halfpenny
(16 October 2012 – 19 January 2013) (limited run following closure at the Dreamboats and Petticoats Playhouse Theatre)
(29 January 2013 – 13 April 2013) by Quartermaine's Terms Simon Gray, starring Rowan Atkinson
(16 May 2013 – 31 August 2013) by Relatively Speaking Alan Ayckbourn, starring Felicity Kendal and Kara Tointon
(16 September 2013 – 4 January 2014) by Barking in Essex Clive Exton, starring Lee Evans and Sheila Hancock
(22 January 2014 – 19 April 2014) by The Weir Conor McPherson, starring Brian Cox, Ardal O'Hanlon and Dervla Kirwan
and Uncle Vanya (23 April 2014 – 3 May 2014) (performed in Russian with a Russian cast) Three Sisters
(18 June 2014 – 23 August 2014) by Skylight David Hare, starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan
(11 September 2014 – 31 January 2015) by King Charles III Mike Bartlett, starring Tim Piggott-Smith
(16 February 2015 – 11 April 2015) by A View from the Bridge Arthur Miller, starring Mark Strong, Nicola Walker and Phoebe Fox
(27 April 2015 – 27 June 2015) by American Buffalo David Mamet, starring Damian Lewis, John Goodman and Tom Sturridge
(13 July 2015 – 29 August 2015) by The Mentalists Richard Bean, starring Stephen Merchant and Steffan Rhodri
(5 October 2015 – 21 November 2015) by The Father Florian Zeller, in a translation by Christopher Hampton, starring Kenneth Cranham and Claire Skinner
(7 December 2015 – 5 March 2016) by Hangmen Martin McDonagh, starring David Morrissey
(23 March 2016 – 18 June 2016) by Duncan Macmillan, starring People, Places and Things Denise Gough
The Truth (27 June 2016 – 3 September 2016) by Florian Zeller, in a translation by Christopher Hampton, starring Tanya Franks and Alexander Hanson
(20 September 2016 – 17 December 2016) by No Man's Land Harold Pinter, starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart
(10 January 2017 – 11 March 2017) by The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini, adapted by Matthew Spangler, starring Ben Turner
(28 March 2017 – 10 June 2017) by Don Juan in Soho Patrick Marber, starring David Tennant, Adrian Scarborough and Gawn Grainger
(27 June 2017 – 9 September 2017) by Lanie Robertson, starring Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill Audra McDonald
Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle (9 October 2017 – 6 January 2018) by Simon Stephens, starring Anne-Marie Duff and Kenneth Cranham
(6 February 2018 – 8 April 2018) by Long Day's Journey into Night Eugene O'Neill, starring Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville
The Height of the Storm (9 October 2018 – 1 December 2018) by Florian Zeller, in a translation by Christopher Hampton, starring Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins (11 February 2019 – 27 April 2019) by The Price Arthur Miller, starring David Suchet
Donmar West End at the Wyndham's [ ]
Michael Grandage Company [ ]
References [ ]
Historic England. "Details from image database (209091)". Images of England . Retrieved . 2017-03-02
Samantha Ellis. "The Living Room, London, April 1953 | Stage". The Guardian . Retrieved . 2017-03-02
"On the Road to Diagon Alley: The London Embankment". Themeparkinsider.com . Retrieved . 2017-03-02
^ Aleks Sierz,
"Sir Tom in the doghouse", The Telegraph, 10 October 2005. Retrieved 2012-12-15.
"AVENUE Q Finds A New Home In The West End". Westend.broadwayworld.com. 2010-01-21 . Retrieved . 2017-03-02
"Wyndhams Theatre London - The Kite Runner, Don Juan in Soho, Lady Day at Emersons Bar & Grill, Tickets, Info, Reviews". Wyndhams-theatre.com. 2016-12-17 . Retrieved . 2017-03-02
Bibliography [ ]
Guide to British Theatres 1750–1950, John Earl and Michael Sell pp. 150 (Theatres Trust, 2000) ISBN 0-7136-5688-3
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