The Savoy Theatre is one of our largest capacity venues, and its stunning Art Deco decor, central location on the Strand, and iconic status, sharing its courtyard and much of its history with the notorious Savoy Hotel, makes this a truly unique venue for hire. The theatre’s stunning 1920’s interior is often used as a location for photo-shoots and filming, whilst the large auditorium and multiple bars make it an ideal venue for conferences, lectures and showcases. The bars can also be hired separately for meetings, serving as a real destination for any event.
The Savoy Theatre is available for hire on Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 10am-4pm (earlier starts can be facilitated) and is available throughout the day and evenings on Sundays.
The theatre was designed by CI Phipps and decorated by Collinson & Locke, and first opened in October 1881. Commonly referred to as the home of Gilbert and Sullivan, the theatre was originally built in order to stage their works, and soon became famous as the first public building in the world to be lit by incandescent electric lights. In 1929 the theatre was refurbished, with the re-design headed by Rupert D’Oyly Carte, Frank Tugwell and Basil Ionides. Later, during the Second World War, there were fears that Hitler was to set up head quarters in the neighbouring Savoy Hotel, and so details of the listed building were carefully recorded. Although these fears were not realised, the records were used to recreate the theatre true to its original design, after it was tragically ravished by a fire in February 1990.
In the theatre’s more recent history, it has been home to productions by the English National Ballet, including a specially commissioned ballet Savoy Suite by Wayne Sleep, as well as to productions by such prolific names as Noël Coward, Tom Stoppard, Terry Johnson and Alan Ayckbourn. Since being taken over by The Ambassador Theatre Group, it has held such prestigious productions as Porgy and Bess, The Rat Pack- Live from Las Vegas, Fiddler on the Roof, Never Forget, Carousel, Dreamboats and Petticoats, Legally Blonde- The Musical and Let It Be.