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Sondheim Theatre

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In Person: 51 Shaftesbury Avenue, LONDON, W1D 6BA
Phone: 03444 825151

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Les Misérables
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Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed fully-staged new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s Les Misérables has taken the world by storm and has been hailed “Les Mis for the 21st Century” (Huffington Post) and “perfect theatre in a perfect theatre” (Sunday Telegraph).

Book now and experience "perfect theatre in a perfect theatre" (Sunday Telegraph) with new company members, including Chanice Alexander-Burnett as Fantine, Jordan Shaw as Enjolras, Charlie Burn as Cosette and making her West End debut Sha Dessi as Eponine. They join the acclaimed principal cast of Jon Robyns as Jean Valjean, Bradley Jaden as Javert, Gerard Carey as Thénardier, Josefina Gabrielle as Madame Thénardier and Harry Apps as Marius.

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Age recommendation: 7+

Please note: The performance includes gunfire, smoke and flashing light effects.

Everyone, regardless of age, must have their own ticket to enter the theatre. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and sat next to a ticketholder who is at least 18 years old. Children under the age of 3 will not be admitted. Latecomers may not be admitted until a suitable break but we cannot guarantee admittance into the performance.

You may not bring food or drink purchased elsewhere.

To find out what else is happening at Sondheim Theatre, visit their website here.

Charing Cross (approx. 550m), Piccadilly Circus (approx. 250m)


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There are four licensed bars, Foyer, Stalls, Dress and Upper Circle.

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The Sondheim Theatre is a large West End theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, occupying the corner site which meets with Wardour Street.

Opening in 1907 and designed by W.G.R Sprague, the theatre was originally a twin with the neighbouring Hicks Theatre, now known as the Gielgud Theatre. However, this isn’t the only name change amongst them – the Sondheim was supposed to be called the Central Theatre but was eventually changed to the Queen’s. In recognition of this alteration, and its royal namesake, the theatre has a portrait of Queen Alexandra which hangs in the foyer.

In September 1940, the theatre’s façade and lobby was destroyed when it was hit directly with a bomb in the Blitz. This led to the 20-year closure of the theatre until its reconstruction and refurbishment. Matching the old with the new, the Edwardian décor remained but the lobbies and exterior were built in a more modern style. In July 1959, the rebuilt theatre was opened to the public with John Gielgud’s solo performance of Shakespeare speeches and sonnets, called Ages Of Man.

Since the reopening of the theatre, the building has been noted for its unique architecture and design. Notably, this includes the ceiling detail of the auditorium which has elaborate statues above the seated audience. The theatre also went through further renovations in 2009 in order to boost the capacity of the theatre, including the restoration of its premium boxes.

Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Les Misérables arrived at the then-Queen’s Theatre in 2004 and famously celebrated its 20th anniversary performance there on 8 October 2005. By 2012, the show had attained an incredible 11,000 performances in London. In 2006, the show overtook Cats to become the longest-running musical of all time. The Queen's Theatre was renamed the Sondheim in 2019.

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