The New Wimbledon Theatre is situated on the Broadway, Wimbledon, London, in the London Borough of Merton. It is a Grade II listed Edwardian theatre built by the theatre lover and entrepreneur, J. B. Mulholland. Built on the site of a large house with spacious grounds, the theatre was designed by Cecil Aubrey Massey and Roy Young (possibly following a 1908 design by Frank H. Jones). It seems to have been the only British theatre to have included a Victorian-style Turkish bath in the basement. The theatre opened on 26 December 1910 with the pantomime Jack and Jill.Add New Wimbledon Theatre to your London travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our London trip planner.
The theatre was very popular between the wars, with Gracie Fields, Sybil Thorndike, Ivor Novello, Markova, and Noël Coward all performing there. Lionel Bart's Oliver! received its world premiere at the theatre in 1960 before transferring to the West End's New Theatre. The theatre also hosted the world premiere of Half a Sixpence starring Tommy Steele in 1963 prior to the West End.
With several refurbishments, most notably in 1991 and 1998, the theatre retains its baroque and Adamesque internal features. The golden statue atop the dome is Laetitia, the Roman Goddess of Gaiety (although many refer to her as the theatre's "angel") and was an original fixture back in 1910. Laetitia is holding a laurel crown as a symbol of celebration. The statue was removed in World War II as it was thought to be a direction finding device for German bombers, and replaced in 1991.
The theatre is close to Wimbledon rail, tube, and tramlink station, and a short walk from South Wimbledon tube station.
New Wimbledon Theatre Reviews
Went to see Michael Bournes Red Shoes ballet. The theatre is of lovely old design , staff friendly and welcoming. The production was faultless. more »
Went to the new Wimbledon theatre to see the Gloria Estefan story! On your feet! The show was amazing, the cast fabulous! I would highly recommend this show! The venue is quite small but nice and..... more »
Even in the back row of the upper circle the view of the stage is great. Excellent prices compared to West end theatres. Easily reached by district line tube. Comfortable seating and toilets don't tend to have long queues, unlike some West end theatres.
Really disappointed went to see Hair the musical last night which looked good but unfortunately we were sitting in the dress circle and the sound was so bad we couldn't understand a word, spoke to others who were sitting in the dress circle in the interval who all said the same. Not sure what it was like for people in the stalls but I think everyone sitting in the dress circle should be offered better tickets to see it again or refunded.
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