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Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2

Wyndham's Theatre during the run of 'A Voyage Around My Father' in October 2006. - Photo M.L.

Above - Wyndham's Theatre during the run of 'A Voyage Around My Father' in October 2006.

 

 

Wyndham's Theatre seating plan pre 1907See a Seating Plan for this Theatre with non commercial and independent opinions on the best seats to book - From Seatplan.co.ukSee London's West End TheatresSee Theatreland MapsWyndham's Theatre opened on the 16th of November 1899 with a play called 'David Garrick' by T.W. Robertson. Sir Charles Wyndham himself played David Garrick, and Mary Moore, his future wife, played Ada Ingot. The Theatre was designed for Charles Wyndham by the well known Theatre Architect W G R Sprague. Sprague also designed Charles Wyndham's second Theatre, the New Theatre, today known as the Noel Coward Theatre, in St. Martin's Lane, which opened on the 12th of March 1903.

Sir Charles WyndhamWhen Wyndham bought the land to build Wyndham's Theatre he also acquired the land to the rear of it which he had originally intended to sell on. However, the deal fell through and he decided he might as well build another Theatre on this spare land which fronted onto St. Martin's Lane. Hence the New Theatre was built, which was only the second Theatre to be built on St. Martin's Lane. The first was the Trafalgar Square Theatre, now known as the Duke Of York's, which opened in 1892. The London Coliseum was being built on St. Martin's lane during the building of the New but it didn't open until 1904.

Left - A Portrait of Sir Charles Wyndham - From Players Past and Present - A set of 25 cigarette cards depicting Theatre Stars of the Day - Issued by John Player & Sons in 1916. The text of the card reads: - '[Charles Wyndham] was born in 1837 and was originally intended for the medical profession. He served in the Federal Army during the early part of the American Civil War, returning to England in 1865, when he began his stage career, which was one of conspicuous success. No name stood higher on the roll of histrionic fame, and the knighthood which came to him in 1902, was the fitting climax to his many years of good work. He has played his famous part of "David Garrick" in several European capitals, accompanied by Miss Mary Moore (now Lady Wyndham) as "Ada Ingot"' - See the rest of this set of cards here.

 

A Sketch of Wyndham's Theatre From the ERA of the 12th of August 1899

Above - A Sketch of Wyndham's Theatre From the ERA of the 12th of August 1899 - To see more of these Sketches click here.

Programme for 'Tyranny of Tears' at the Wyndham's Theatre January 29th 1902.Programme for 'Chance, The Idol' at the Wyndham's Theatre September 9th 1902.The Wyndham's Theatre auditorium was built on four levels, Stalls, Royal Circle, Grand Circle, and Balcony, and was decorated in the Louis XVI style. In the 1970's the fine ceiling, (See text below) was restored to its former glory.

Left - A Programme for 'Tyranny of Tears' at the Wyndham's Theatre on January 29th 1902.

Right - A Programme for 'Chance, The Idol' at the Wyndham's Theatre on September 9th 1902.

On the opening of the Wyndham's Theatre The ERA printed a review of the Theatre in their 18th November 1899 edition saying:- 'The house is not very large, being built on a site of only 7000 square feet.

 

Programme for 'Mrs. Gorringe's Necklace' at the Wyndham's Theatre 1902.Programme for 'Betsy' at the Wyndham's Theatre July 17th 1902.The reserved portion includes twelve private boxes, 157 stalls, 160 dress circle and 180 family circle seats. The pit is small, but particularly good, and the gallery is large and admirably planned.

Left - A Programme for 'Mrs. Gorringe's Necklace' at the Wyndham's Theatre in 1902.

Right - A Programme for 'Betsy' at the Wyndham's Theatre on July 17th 1902.

The theatre being isolated, the exits from the various parts of the house are many and direct...

 

Programme detail for 'The Finishing School' at the Wyndham's Theatre June 16th 1904.

Above - A Programme detail for 'The Finishing School' at the Wyndham's Theatre June 16th 1904.

 

Programme for 'Man Proposes' at the Wyndham's Theatre November 29th 1933.Programme for 'George and Margaret' at the Wyndham's Theatre 1937 which ran for 799 performances....In addition to the staircases, which to the dress circle and balcony are of white marble, there is a lift which runs to each floor and to the roof, where, if the L.C.C. will permit, Mr Wyndham proposes to have a Winter Garden. The stage, in common with that of the Criterion Theatre, is flat, but it is some 6 ft wider and 10 ft deeper.

Left - A Programme for 'Man Proposes' at the Wyndham's Theatre on November 29th 1933.

Right - A Programme for 'George and Margaret' at the Wyndham's Theatre in 1937 which ran for 799 performances.

The scheme of decoration is that of the Louis XVI period, and the colours used are turquoise blue and cream, relieved by judicious gilding...

 

A 1920s Seating Plan for Wyndham's Theatre

Above - A 1920s Seating Plan for Wyndham's Theatre

 

Programme for 'The Maitlands' at the Wyndham's Theatre November 29th 1933 which was the second and sadly the last play by Ronald Mackenzie.Programme for 'Sweet Aloes' at the Wyndham's Theatre 1934 running for 476 performance. ...The proscenium is set in cream and gold bordering, which is continued along the front of the stage, thus hiding the footlights, and forming a complete frame. At the top are allegorical figures, and portraits of Sheridan and Goldsmith.

Left - A Programme for 'The Maitlands' at the Wyndham's Theatre November 29th 1933 which was the second and sadly the last play by Ronald Mackenzie.

Right - A Programme for 'Sweet Aloes' at the Wyndham's Theatre in 1934 which ran for 476 performances.

The ceiling of the auditorium contains paintings after Boucher, which are illuminated by a ring of concealed electric lights and a central sunlight covered by a crystal pendant and surrounded by eight smaller lights. Round the dress and family circle there are clusters of electric lights, tempered by cream silk shades. The vestibule is decorated in 'old rose'.'

The above (edited) text in quotes was first published in the ERA 18th November 1899.

The Wyndham's Theatre is currently owned and run by Delfont Mackintosh Theatres whose own website for the Theatre can be found here.

Archive newspaper reports on this page were collated and kindly sent in for inclusion by B.F.

 

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