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The Vaudeville Theatre, London

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The Vaudeville Theatre is a West End theatre on the Strand in the City of Westminster. As the name suggests, the theatre held mostly vaudeville shows and musical revues in its early days. It opened in 1870 and was rebuilt twice, although each new building retained elements of the previous structure. The current building opened in 1926, and the capacity is now 690 seats. Rare thunder drum and lightning sheets, together with other early stage mechanisms survive in the theatre.HistoryOriginsThe theatre was designed by prolific architect C. J. Phipps, decorated in a Romanesque style by George Gordon, and opened on 16 April 1870 with Andrew Halliday's comedy, For Love Or Money and a burlesque, Don Carlos or the Infante in Arms. A notable innovation was the concealed footlights, which would shut off if the glass in front of them was broken. The owner, William Wybrow Robertson, had run a failing billiard hall on the site but saw more opportunity in theatre. He leased the new theatre to three actors, Thomas Thorne, David James, and H.J. Montague. The original theatre stood behind two houses on the Strand, and the entrance was through a labyrinth of small corridors. It had a seating capacity of 1,046, rising in a horseshoe, over a pit and three galleries. The cramped site meant that facilities front and backstage were limited.
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  • I like the venue - it's a typical traditional Edwardian or Victorian playhouse with decent seats, sightlines and bars. Sadly, the play we saw - Magic Goes Wrong - was nowhere near the standard of...  more »
  • Apart from the show being up to the high standards of all the other 'goes wrong' productions, this venue is the best Theatre I've ever been in. Its medium sized so doesn't feel overcrowded, the seats....  more »
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  • Lovely little theatre. I am daunted by huge theatres and The Vaudeville is charming. Compact and bijou. I hope they book some good shows I will be a regular visitor. Staff were efficient, polite. Great venue
  • Nice venue. The only reason that I didn't give it 5 stars is because of the toilets. They have only got one sink in the men's toilet which is by the door so it creates a bit of a queue. Otherwise good. The performance was great.
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