Welcome to ApolloVictoriaTheatreLondon.co.uk, this is an information site all about the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London. The Apollo Victoria theatre is currently the home to the hit musical Wicked, and so on this site we aim to give you all the fun and facts you need to know about one of the west ends most popular musicals. On this site you will also find information on where the theatre is, how to get to it, some history of the theatre, prices for Wicked theatre tickets, theatre breaks and what else you can get up to in London in between your theatre trip.
The Apollo Victoria theatre has been a part of London’s West End since the 1930s and it makes up part of the west end area in Westminster. The theatre first opened as a cinema as well as some variety shows; when it was first opened it was known as the New Victoria Cinema and/or the New Victoria Theatre. The theatre then began showing shows such as the Big Band, alongside playing films, the cinemas was actually one of the three London cinemas to play a live relay of the Epsom Derby just before the war took place. The theatre was closed a year later due to the Second World War, and it remained closed for a year, luckily as there was no major damage to the building they were able to open back up quickly once the war was over.
The theatre continued to show films as well as variety performances for the following years but it was threatened with demolition during the 1950s. However the theatre began to show ballet and added even more variety performances to the bill, and they managed to escape being knocked down. The last film shown at the Apollo was in 1975, and although it carried on staging variety performances for the following year, the Apollo closed its doors in 1976 for five years.
The theatre was reopened as the Apollo Victoria theatre in 1981 and it opened with a bang as Shirley Bassey took to the stage in concert. Since the reopening of the theatre it became the home of musical theatre, the first show to take to the stage was The Sound of Music, the musical stayed on stayed for just over a year and was quickly followed by Camelot. Since then the theatre has been home to the following musicals;
- Fiddler on the Roof
- Starlight Express
- Bombay Dreams
- Saturday Night Fever
- Movin’ Out
To date the theatres longest running show was Starlight Express; before the show took to the stage in 1984 the theatre underwent some alterations, this was due to the fact that the show was to performed on roller skates and therefore elements to the staging needed to be changed for this. The show remained at home in the Apollo for eighteen years and they performed 7,406 performances until they did their last performance on 12th January 2002.
The Apollo Victoria is possibly one of the easiest theatres to get to with it being located near a number of transport links. It is just a short walk from the Victoria Train station, Victoria coach station and the Victoria tube station.