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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.

Big Budget Tip

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.

Best Value Tip

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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  • Poster of Shakespeare in Love at Noel Coward Theatre

    Shakespeare in Love

    From 02 Jul 2014 to 18 Apr 2015

    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. 

  • Poster of Good People at Noel Coward Theatre

    Good People

    From 10 Apr 2014 to 14 Jun 2014

    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.

  • Poster of The Full Monty at Noel Coward Theatre

    The Full Monty

    From 20 Feb 2014 to 20 May 2014

    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.

  • Poster of Henry V at Noel Coward Theatre

    Henry V

    From 23 Nov 2013 to 15 Feb 2014

    Jude Law stars as Shakespeare's monarch Henry V as he battles France with Britain's independence at stake. 

  • Poster of A Midsummer Night's Dream at Noel Coward Theatre

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    From 07 Sep 2013 to 13 Nov 2013

    Sheridan Smith and David Walliams star in one of Shakespeare's most magical and romantic comedies. 

  • Poster of The Cripple of Inishmaan at Noel Coward Theatre

    The Cripple of Inishmaan

    From 08 Jun 2013 to 31 Aug 2013

    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.

  • Poster of Peter and Alice at Noel Coward Theatre

    Peter and Alice

    From 09 Mar 2013 to 01 Jun 2013

    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.

  • Poster of Privates On Parade at Noel Coward Theatre

    Privates On Parade

    From 01 Dec 2012 to 02 Mar 2013

    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.

  • Poster of Julius Caesar at Noel Coward Theatre

    Julius Caesar

    From 08 Aug 2012 to 15 Sep 2012

    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.

  • Poster of Hay Fever at Noel Coward Theatre

    Hay Fever

    From 10 Feb 2012 to 02 Jun 2012

    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.

  • Poster of Death of a Salesman at Noel Coward Theatre

    Death of a Salesman

    From 09 May 2015 to 18 Jul 2015

    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.

  • Poster of Impossible at Noel Coward Theatre


    From 24 Jul 2015 to 29 Aug 2015

    Prepare to be amazed as eight world class magicians perform a whole host of different tricks in this breath taking show directed by Derren Brown’s magic consultant Anthony Owen.