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Sondheim TheatreWith a new name and following a major renovation, Queen's Theatre became the Sondheim Theatre in December 2019, reopening with Cameron Mackintosh's new version of Les Miserables. The paradox of the Shaftesbury Avenue theatre, so ugly outside, so gorgeous within, is explained by a German bomb, which destroyed the facade and foyer in 1940. For almost twenty years, the theatre stood empty, before a reconstruction in 1959 created the current curve of concrete and brick. A photo in the foyer shows the theatre as it once looked, but if you want to see it in reality, the Gielgud Theatre is almost identical to the original design. The effect of stepping into the auditorium from such a bleak surround is truly magical, with the exquisite cream and gold colour scheme, and domed ceiling more than compensating for the errors of the reconstruction. A venue that has focused on short runs of high-quality dramas for much of its existence, the Sondheim Theatre has been home to many of the greatest British actors, including Noel Coward's final stage appearances, Vanessa, Lynn and Jemma

 

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Sondheim Theatre The Sondheim Theatre, London, auditorium, photo: Philip Vile 


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The Nadler Soho Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £128  30% off
10 Carlisle Street, W1D | 4 minutes from Sondheim Theatre
Promising 'the bill you pay at check-out is what you thought you'd pay when you checked in', the Nadler Hotels specialise in stylish, affordable accommodation. The ... More
 
 
 
Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £137  22% off
Leicester Square, WC2H | 4 minutes from Sondheim Theatre
The Hampshire Hotel is located in the heart of film and Theatreland. Guests can enjoy superb Mexican- Peruvian sharing plates at Leicester Square Kitchen with drinks ... More
 
 
 
Cafe Royal Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
68 Regent Street, W1B | 4 minutes from Sondheim Theatre
Café Royal is a 160-bedroom 5-star luxury hotel on Regent Street, in London's city centre overlooking Piccadilly Circus. The hotel has conference facilities, a cafe, bar ... More
 
 
 
 
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Gielgud Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Sondheim Theatre
From the outside, the Gielgud Theatre is an impressive sight, towering four storeys over Shaftesbury Avenue, its height further emphasized by the turret on top. The ... More
 
 
 
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Boulevard Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Walker's Court, W1F | 1 minute from Sondheim Theatre
Fawn James, granddaughter of entertainment impresario Paul Raymond, who opened the original Boulevard Theatre as the Revuebar in 1958 ... More
 
 
 
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Prince of Wales Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Coventry Street, Soho, London W1D | 3 minutes from Sondheim Theatre
Theatres have stood on this spot since 1884, perfectly placed to draw the attention of the great crowds moving between Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square. The ... More
 
 
 
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Picturehouse Central
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
7-14 Coventry Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Sondheim Theatre
A vast and much needed improvement on the old Cineworld cinema in the Trocodero, Picturehouse Central opened in June 2015 and was treated to a full ... More
 
 
 
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Ronnie Scott's
London > Entertainment > Jazz Clubs
47 Frith Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Sondheim Theatre
The legendary Ronnie Scott's has been a Mecca for the international jazz community since 1959. Created by music-lovers for music-lovers, it has played host to almost ... More
 
 
 
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The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience West End
London > Entertainment >
22-32 Shaftesbury Avenue, Trocadero, W1D | 2 minutes from Sondheim Theatre
From spring 2019 the Crystal Maze LIVE Experience comes to the West End. After three successful years in Angel, Islington (open until 28th ... More
 
 
 
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The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 31st March 2016 to 1st November 2020
Sondheim Theatre, 218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, W1V | 3 minutes from Sondheim Theatre
Mischief Theatre, creators of The Play That Goes Wrong - winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy - and Peter Pan Goes Wrong, have ...More
 
 
 
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The Watsons
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 8th May to 26th September 2020
Sondheim Theatre, 6 Panton Street, SW1Y | 4 minutes from Sondheim Theatre
Adapted from Jane Austen's unfinished novel and "joyously directed" (Evening Standard) by Samuel West, The Watsons comes to the West End's Harold Pinter Theatre from Chichester ...More
 
 
 
The Doctor
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 20th April to 18th July 2020
Sondheim Theatre, St Martins Lane, WC2N | 5 minutes from Sondheim Theatre
Described by the Guardian as 'one of the peak theatrical performances of the year', Juliet Stevenson reprises her role in Robert Icke's The Doctor when it ...More
 
 
 
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Lights Of Soho
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Brewer Street, Soho, London W1F | 1 minute from Sondheim Theatre
A new gallery space dedicated to light art. ... More
 
 
 
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Soho
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Sondheim Theatre
Soho, the set of streets and alleyways between Oxford Street, Shaftesbury Avenue, Charing Cross Road and Regent Street is one of the most cosmopolitan parts of ... More
 
 
 
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Horse and Dolphin Yard
London > Attractions >
Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Sondheim Theatre
Walking from Gerrard Street to Shaftesbury Avenue in the Chinatown area of Soho you'll come across the pedestrianised Horse & Dolphin Yard which gets its name ... More
 
 
 
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Gerry's
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
74 Old Compton Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Sondheim Theatre
If spirits are your tipple then this is the place to go. Gerry’s stocks an extraordinary selection of wines and unusual spirits from liqueurs to schnapps, ... More
 
 
 
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I Camisa & Son
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
61 Old Compton Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Sondheim Theatre
This small, family-run Italian delicatessen and grocers in Soho is a favourite with local workers and has a strong native following. In fact, you're bound to ... More
 
 
 
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Gelupo
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
7 Archer Street, Soho, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Sondheim Theatre
From the team that bought you Bocca Di Lupo comes Gelupo, a traditional Italian gelateria, delicatessen and espresso bar in the heart of Soho. Gelupo is ... More
 
 
 
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Brewed Boy
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
Rupert Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Sondheim Theatre
Brewed Boy - aka Rob Lockyear - spent eight years in Australia learning all about the coffee culture Down Under and has put all that know-how ... More
 
 
 
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Spuntino
London > Restaurants > American restaurants
61 Rupert Street, Soho, London W1D7PJ | 1 minute from Sondheim Theatre
The third London restaurant from Russell Norman and Richard Beatty, the creators of the highly popular Polpo which led to Polpetto, Mishkin's and Polpo at Ape ... More
 
 
 
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Yamagoya Soho
London > Restaurants > Japanese restaurants
64 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D | 1 minute from Sondheim Theatre
Enjoy Japanese food in a pared back space just off Wardour Street which takes inspiration from Tokyo's ramen-ya shops . Eat at Yamagoya ... More
 
 
 
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The London Film School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 7 minutes from Sondheim Theatre
The London Film School is the oldest-established international school of film technique in the world. The school has contributed significantly to ... More
 
 
 
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English [Out There!]
London > Education > English Language Courses
10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 9 minutes from Sondheim Theatre
English [Out There!] takes a very hands-on approach to learning English. The course places an emphasis on using what you have learned. Students are taken out ... More
 
 
 
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Cookery School
London > Education > Cookery Courses
15B Little Portland Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W | 10 minutes from Sondheim Theatre
Awarded The Best City Cookery School 2013, the Cookery School at Little Portland Street has been teaching people to make simple, honest food for more than ... More
 
 
 
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AWAY Spa W London
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
10 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Sondheim Theatre
On the 6th floor of the W London the AWAY Spa certainly takes you away from the manic pace of life in Leicester Square ... More
 
 
 
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Urban Golf Soho
London > Leisure > Golf
33 Great Pulteney Street, Soho, London W1F | 3 minutes from Sondheim Theatre
OK, so you may not be able to soak up the rays on this indoor course but it's a brilliant idea that has been stylishly executed. ... More
 
 
 
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Phoenix Garden
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
21 Stacey Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 5 minutes from Sondheim Theatre
In the shadow of both Centrepoint and St Giles-in-the-Fields Church, hidden from most tourists and residents alike, lies this beautiful West End garden. Originally a car ... More
 
 
 
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The Blue Posts
London > Nightlife > Pubs
28 Rupert Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Sondheim Theatre
Across the road from Chinatown, a pub had stood on the site of The Blue Posts at 28 Rupert Street since 1739. ... More
 
 
 
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Waxy O'Connor's
London > Nightlife > Pubs
14-16 Rupert Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Sondheim Theatre
Located where it is, Waxy's is fairly predictable. It's busy, it's Irish and it's got a fair smattering of tourists, but it also has that certain ... More
 
 
 
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Waxy's Little Sister
London > Nightlife > Pubs
20 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Sondheim Theatre
If you're not up for the hectic atmosphere of Waxy O'Connors it might be worth slipping across the street to her infinitely more tranquil Little Sister. ... More
 
 
 
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Soho Residence
London > Nightlife > Bars
83-85 Wardour Street, W1D | 1 minute from Sondheim Theatre
Previously a blues and skiffle club and most recently known as The O Bar, Soho Residence was given a ... More
 
 
 
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Century Club
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D | 1 minute from Sondheim Theatre
Exclusive members' club with three cocktail bars, a screening room, roof terrace and restaurant. Opened in 2001, the Century Club encompasses the perfect ... More
 
 
 
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Comedy Camp
London > Nightlife > Bars
3 Archer Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Sondheim Theatre
Excellent, intimate bar with a mainly gay crowd in the middle of Soho, boasting the usual combination of expensive but superior cocktails and finger food, ... More
 
 
 
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68 Dean Street
London > Business > Venue Hire
68 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Sondheim Theatre
This stylish private house in Soho is suitable for photo shoots, meetings, press events, filming and for a limited range of social events such as dinners ... More
 
 
 
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Odeon, Leicester Square
London > Business > Venue Hire
24-26 Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 4 minutes from Sondheim Theatre
One of London's biggest cinemas, the Odeon Leicester Square regularly plays host to premieres and awards ceremonies as well as screening the week's big releases. Aside ... More
 
 
 
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Haymarket Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
1 Suffolk Place, St James's, London SW1Y | 5 minutes from Sondheim Theatre
A hip designer hotel by Tim and Kit Kemp in a grand building on the prestigious Haymarket, the broad boulevard street making for an impressive entrance. ... More
 
 
 
 

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To Kill A Mockingbird
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Theatre | Until 2nd January 2021 

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Body Worlds
Exhibitions | Until 11th September 2020 

London Pavilion 3 minutes walk from Sondheim Theatre

A fascinating exhibition which fuses science, art and health education, Body Worlds offers a unique insight into the human body. ...More

 
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
Theatre | Until 1st November 2020 

Criterion Theatre 3 minutes walk from Sondheim Theatre

Mischief Theatre, creators of The Play That Goes Wrong - winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy - ...More

 
Mary Poppins
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Prince Edward Theatre 3 minutes walk from Sondheim Theatre

Step in time with Zizi Strallen as Mary Poppins and Charlie Stemp as chimney sweep Bert in Richard Eyre's revival ...More

The Shark Is Broken
Theatre | Until 18th July 2020 

Soho Theatre 3 minutes walk from Sondheim Theatre

Sonia Friedman Productions presents Joseph Nixon and Ian Shaw's comedy-drama inspired by the filming of Jaws, and the period of ...More

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
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Theatre | Until 24th January 2021 

Palace Theatre 3 minutes walk from Sondheim Theatre

From the 36,000 retweets Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling got when she announced the ...More

 
Magic Mike Live
Magic Mike Live
Dance | Until 13th September 2020 

The Hippodrome 3 minutes walk from Sondheim Theatre

Picking up from where Dirty Dancing left off, Channing Tatum presents an adults-only dance and acrobatic spectacular based on the ...More

 
The Watsons
The Watsons
Theatre | Until 26th September 2020 

Harold Pinter Theatre 4 minutes walk from Sondheim Theatre

Adapted from Jane Austen's unfinished novel and "joyously directed" (Evening Standard) by Samuel West, The Watsons comes to the West ...More

 
 
 
 
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