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Novello Theatre

5 Aldwych, London WC2B 4LD

  1. Balcony 65.8536586% rating for Balcony



  2. Grand Circle 67.6470588% rating for Grand Circle



  3. Dress Circle 80.7305936% rating for Dress Circle



  4. Stalls 88.1957186% rating for Stalls



Current show

  • Mamma Mia!

    Mamma Mia!

    From 06 Sep 2012 to 23 Apr 2016

    Mamma Mia! The music of Swedish pop band, ABBA, lives on on stage! Now one of the longest running and most successful jukebox musicals ever, Mamma Mia! has taken the world by storm, playing to millions of audience members since it opened on the West End in 1999.

About the theatre

The Novello Theatre dates back to 1905 where it opened as the Waldorf Theatre. Built as a twin to the Aldwych Theatre, the venue bookends the famous Aldwych on the south side. Throughout the 20th century the theatre was known as the Strand Theatre, until it was renamed in 2005 to honour musician Ivor Novello who lived in the flat above. Throughout the past decade the theatre has been home to the RSC’s London season, as well as a number of musical flops. The theatre is built in traditional Victorian style with a classical façade. Constructed over four levels it seats over 1000 people, with the majority of seats in the comfortable stalls section. The theatre is tall and thin, with shorter rows on each level making it feel relatively high. Best seats tend to be in the well raked Stalls, which have no obstructions.

Best value tips

The slips along the Dress Circle can often be discounted, as they run alongside the balcony. Try to select those seats nearest the centre for best value for money.

Bigger budget tips

The best seats in the Stalls are midway back, around row M. Aim to sit close to the centre for an amazing view of the stage.

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Past Shows

  • Noises Off

    Noises Off

    From 24 Mar 2012 to 30 Jun 2012

    Lindsay Posner’s celebrated Old Vic revival of Micahel Frayn’s popular farce transfers to the Novello theatre in time for the play’s 30th anniversary. This play within a play follows the backstage antics of a touring theatre company as they rehearse and perform a disastrous production.

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