Opened in London’s Charing Cross Road in 1899, the Wyndham’s Theatre was designed by the architect who was then at his peak – and was one of seven theatres that he completed that year! It was, and still is, a theatrical gem. The décor was in the Louis XVI style, and in the auditorium the prettily painted balcony and box fronts were matched in lightness of touch by a circular ceiling in the style of François Boucher. The original turquoise, cream and gold colour scheme is still very much in evidence today and will remain so as the theatre is gradually refurbished.
After the compulsory closure of the theatres in September 1939, Wyndham’s was one of the first to re-open.
In 1949 Edith Evans gave the performance of her life, ‘drinking double brandies at a rate that alarms the waiter’, in James Bridie’s comedy Daphne Laureola. The critic W.A. Darlington wrote of her performance: ‘No other author could have put so much into this play, and no other actress could have got so much out of it.’
Along the years many of the best known names in British theatre have appeared at Wyndham’s: Vanessa Redgrave in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Alec Guinness and Eileen Atkins in a production of The Cocktail Party that Guinness also directed, Paul Scofield as a magical Prospero in The Tempest and John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson in a seminal production of Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, directed by Peter Hall.
The cast of the rock-musical hit Godspell that opened in January 1972 included Julie Covington, Marti Webb and two heartthrobs making their West End theatre debuts called David Essex and Jeremy Irons.
In 1976 Cameron Mackintosh transferred Side by Side by Sondheim to Wyndham’s. This compilation of the best of Sondheim’s clever, perceptive songs introduced him to many British audiences for the first time and 30 years later is still a popular musical show.
More recent shows at Wyndham’s include The King’s Speech, The Play What I Wrote, Vincent In Brixton (directed by Richard Eyre), Up for Grabs (in which Madonna made her West End debut), the National Theatre production of Democracy and Heroes (translated from the French by Tom Stoppard). Recently the Wyndham’s hosted the sell-out Donmar West End series, which included Ivanov starring Kenneth Branagh, Twelfth Night starring Derek Jacobi, Madame de Sade starring Judi Dench and Hamlet starring Jude Law.
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