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The Noel Coward (formally the Albery) is based in the heart of Covent Garden. It was built in a pair with the Wyndham's theatre, being built by Charles Wyndham himself in 1903. Originally called the New Theatre, then the Albery, the name was changed in 2006 in time for the West End transfer of Broadway musical 'Avenue Q'. Today the theatre has a quick turnaround of shows including limited runs of plays, often comedies starring celebrities. The theatre is grand and traditional in style, spread over four levels. Seating almost 900 audience members the height of the auditorium often makes it feel a lot larger than it is. Views can be tricky towards the ends of rows and in the higher sections, especially as most sections have a deep horseshoe shape, placing seats outside of the natural proscenium.
Premium seats are around the centre of rows F-G, although other seats around them offer an equally good view. With most of the seats in the Stalls priced the same, aim to sit five or six rows back from the front for the best experience.
The front row of the Upper Circle is the second cheapest price tier in the theatre. Although leg room can be very tight, it is possible to enjoy the performance from here, once a good view around the safety bar has been established!
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Death of a Salesman
Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman is revived by the Royal Shakespeare Company to commemorate the centenary of his birth. This celebrated production directed by The RSC’s Artistic Director Gregory Doran transfers to the West End starring Anthony Sher. Willy Loman is a travelling salesman approaching retirement and struggling to equate the expectations he had for his life with the reality in this modern tragedy.
Shakespeare in Love
Based on the much loved film of the same title this new adaptation is directed by Declan Donnellan and designed by Nick Ormerod, the pair behind accomplished theatre company Cheek by Jowl. The story imagines William Shakespeare going through a bought of writers block while trying to pen Romeo and Juliet.
Starring Imelda Staunton this production transfers from the Hampstead Theatre where it enjoyed great critical acclaim and sell out success. Set in America the show tells the story of Margie a down on her luck single mother who decides to approach an old flame made good, Mike, in hope of help. This black comedy by David Lindsay-Abaire explores whether people can choose to pull themselves out of poverty. Directed by Jonathan Kent.
The Full Monty
Oscar winning writer Simon Beaufoy adapts his hit 1997 film for the stage. The Full Monty is the heart-warming story of an unlikely group of unemployed men who team up with a plan to earn some extra cash by baring all.
Jude Law stars as Shakespeare's monarch Henry V as he battles France with Britain's independence at stake.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Sheridan Smith and David Walliams star in one of Shakespeare's most magical and romantic comedies.
The Cripple of Inishmaan
Daniel Radcliffe stars in this revival of Martin McDonagh's comic masterpiece following a crippled boy's extraordinary coming-of-age. The Noel Coward stalls seats all offer good views and leg room, so Stalls are recommended for this performance.
Peter and Alice
Judi Dench makes a long-awaited return to the West End as Alice Liddell Hargreaves, the original Alice in Wonderland, as she meets the boy who inspired JM Barrie's Peter Pan. The Grand Circle and Balcony do have safety railings, and some of the seats along the edges of the front row have severely restricted views.
Privates On Parade
Simon Russell Beale plays a cross-dressing army captain in this rollicking show set in southeast Asia during World War II. The Stalls have a great view from most seats although the back rows are slightly obstructed by the Royal Circle above.
The Royal Shakespeare Company brings a brand new version of Julius Caesar to the Noel Coward Theatre in the West End. The piece is set in modern day Africa, which makes Brutus’ betrayal and murder of Caesar seem even more poignant.
Lindsay Duncan and Jeremy Northam star in Noel Coward’s play Hay Fever, fittingly at the Noel Coward Theatre. It’s all about the four dysfunctional members of the Bliss family, who each invite a guest to stay in their lavish country home. But the hosts are so badly behaved that each guest leaves without the self-centred family even noticing.