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Savoy Theatre, London

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The Savoy Theatre is a West End theatre in the Strand in the City of Westminster, London, England. The theatre opened on 10 October 1881 and was built by Richard D'Oyly Carte on the site of the old Savoy Palace as a showcase for the popular series of comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan, which became known as the Savoy operas as a result.

The theatre was the first public building in the world to be lit entirely by electricity. For many years, the Savoy Theatre was the home of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, which continued to be run by the Carte family for over a century. Richard's son Rupert D'Oyly Carte rebuilt and modernised the theatre in 1929, and it was rebuilt again in 1993 following a fire. It is a Grade II* listed building.

In addition to The Mikado and other famous Gilbert and Sullivan premières, the theatre has hosted such premières as the first public performance in England of Oscar Wilde's Salome (1931) and Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit (1941). In recent years it has presented opera, Shakespeare and other non-musical plays, and musicals.
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  • Lovely theatre. We went on the off chance to see a show and got great tickets in the stalls, complete with VIP treatment! We were escorted to the Gilbert and Sullivan bar where we had a complimentary....  more »
  • Dolly Parton musical starring Brian Conley, Bonnie Langford. Fantastic musical with concerts from Dolly. All the cast were excellent with plenty of "tongue in cheek" lines throughout. Partner and....  more »
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  • Lovely Theatre, comfy seats, but stalls aren't on much of an incline so if you are short you will struggle to see, also the height of the circle is very noticeable from rear stalls as it cuts off the view of the top of stage. Be aware that the stalls are not very friendly to physical impairments due to large number of steps. Decent number of toilets, so not much of a queue and clean.
  • Honestly loved this theatre. Unlike any other old theatre in London this one actually has good sized seats and, shock horror, knee room!!! I say this as a tall and larger woman so was very pleasantly surprised. Only issue I found was getting in through the entrance - not the greatest system and can take a while. Don't accidentally queue for the box office!

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