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Novello Theatre

5 Aldwych, LONDON, WC2B 4LD
0844 482 5170
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Mamma Mia!
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The hit ABBA musical that still has West End audiences taking a chance on it more than two decades after it first premiered, Mamma Mia! continues to deliver the feel-good factor to London in spades.

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Age suitability 5+. Please be advised the show contains sexual references, mild vulgar language and flashing lights. Parental discretion is advised.


Charing Cross (approx. 600m), Covent Garden (approx. 300m), Charing Cross (approx. 600m), Holborn (approx. 600m)


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There are four licensed bars, Sam's Bar is situated behind the foyer, The Shubert Bar, Ivor's Bar and The Waldorf Bar which services the Grand Circle and Balcony.

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A long-term home to West End musicals, the Novello Theatre is a large West End venue located near Charing Cross.

This 1105-seat theatre was originally opened in 1905 as the Waldorf Theatre and then re-named the Strand Theatre in 1913. In 2005, the theatre underwent a £4.5 million refurbishment to celebrate its impressive centenary. With this new interior, the theatre was inspired to adopt the new name of the Novello Theatre as the famous composer Ivor Novello lived in a flat above the theatre for almost four decades.

Despite being best known as a venue for musicals, the theatre has played host to various shows across its 100-year history, ranging from numerous plays by the RSC to the illusionist performances of Derren Brown.

Some notable previous productions at this venue include ‘Rhinoceros’ starring Laurence Olivier and Maggie Smith; Frankie Howard in ‘A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum’; and the international Broadway production of ‘Cat On A Hot Tin Roof’ starring Adrian Lester and James Earl Jones. In recent years, the theatre has also hosted the world-famous ABBA musical, Mamma Mia.

With some of the biggest names in theatre having played at the Novello Theatre, it is no surprise that it was featured as a part of the documentary Great West End Theatres, and that it is one of the most popular theatres in London.

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