Avenue Q has been showing at the Wyndham’s Theatre on Charing Cross Road, London, since March 2010, having moved from the Gielgud and Noël Coward Theatres after performing to audiences in London since 2006. Wyndham’s opened in 1899 and is one of two built by the actor Charles Wyndham, the other being the Criterion Theatre. The first play to be shown at the Wyndham was a revival of T. W. Robertson’s David Garrick. In 1910, actor and manager Gerald du Maurier began an association with the theatre that included the stage debut of film actress Tallulah Bankhead. His daughter Daphne, famous for classic novels such as Rebecca, would often watch her father’s performances from the wings of the theatre.
Wyndham’s has been host to many popular plays and musicals since it opened with several stars having appeared on the stage. Recent performances include Up For Grabs in which superstar Madonna made her West End debut in 2002, and a new production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It in 2005 starring British film actress Sienna Miller.
Wyndham’s Theatre is located on Charing Cross Road, right next to Leicester Square tube station. Leicester Square is on both the Piccadilly and Northern lines. For those who are driving, there is a Westminster City Council Car Park located in Chinatown, a 5 minute walk from the theatre. You can park here for up to four hours for £15.50.
The seating capacity for the Wyndham’s Theatre is a fairly small 759 on four levels – Stalls, Royal Circle, Grand Circle and Balcony. Most Stall seats offer excellent views, although shorter audience members may wish to take a seat other than in row A as the height of the stage may present problems. Central Stall seats are also best. There are reasonable views in all rows of the Royal Circle due to a good rake, however in the Upper Circle there is poor legroom on row A. The Balcony is slightly higher than the Upper Circle, and if you are on a budget then a seat here can offer very good value for money. Beware of a safety rail that runs along the front of the Balcony, possibly restricting views slightly from row A.
Facilities and Access
The Wyndham is air-conditioned, but the Balcony can still get rather hot during the summer months. There are four licensed bars – one in each seating area, and ice cream and confectionery are available during the interval.
There is room for two wheelchair users in Box A but no access for electric scooters or wheelchairs. Guide dogs are permitted inside the auditorium or staff will look after them in the foyer.