The Novello Theatre in London's West End opened on 22 May 1905. It was designed by W.G.R. Sprague during what was a boom time for theatre architecture and Sprague designed no less than 33 new theatres during his 40 year career. The Novello Theatre, which was known as the Waldorf Theatre when it opened, was part of the major redevelopment then taking place in this area of London.
Access description: 5 steps into the foyer through swing double doors. Box office on the left. To get to Stalls there are 20 steps. 10 steps up to Dress Circle seating. Staircases are highlighted and have handrails.
Sound Amplification: Infrared system in the auditorium
Guide Dogs: Guide dogs are not allowed into the auditorium, but cloakroom staff can look after them.
Disabled Access: Separate access for wheelchair users off Catherine Street. 4 steps down inside the door. 2 spaces for wheelchair users in Box A. Venue not suitable for scooters. However, theatre provides transfer seats for 2 wheelchair/lightweight scooters in total per performance. Transfer seats are available at A32, A33, A10 and A11 in the Dress Circle (view better on right hand side). Each wheelchair user must bring a non-disabled companion.
Toilets: Men's and Women's toilets at Stalls, Dress and Upper Circle levels.
Disabled Toilets: Adapted toilet to the right of the Dress Circle
No video cameras or recording devices allowed.
No babes in arms. Young children are admitted but not encouraged unless the parent is confident that the child will not be a distraction for other members of the audience. Everyone must have a valid ticket and occupy a seat. Accompanying adults will be asked to remove any noisy children.