Savoy Theatre

Home to Mean Girls

The Savoy Theatre is owned and operated by ATG Entertainment (ATG), which proudly offers the best live entertainment around the world. The theatre has been part of ATG since 2004 and has since become home to Pretty Woman - The Musical until its closure in June 2023. Following Pretty Woman were Ivo van Hove's play A Little Life, children's show Ministry of Science LIVE - Science Saved The World!, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard, and Plaza Suite starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, with the theatre now being home to Mean Girls.

Where is the Savoy Theatre?

The Savoy Theatre is situated on the Strand within the City of Westminster, in London. Its location is near a whole host of London tourist attractions including Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, Waterloo Bridge and more. Find out how easy it is to get here.

Savoy Theatre The Venue Location photo
Savoy Theatre The Venue photo

History of the Savoy Theatre

The Savoy Theatre history dates back to 1881 when it opened its doors on 10 October. Designed by C I Phipps and decorated by Collinson & Locke, the most beautifully fitted theatre in Europe opened its doors with a transfer from the Opera Comique of Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera Patience.

Built at the instigation of Impresario Richard D’Oyly Carte, who wanted his own theatre in order to stage the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, the Savoy Theatre became famous as the first public building in the world to be lit by incandescent electric lights.

Re-built Theatre

On 3rd June 1929, the Victorian auditorium was invaded by workmen and demolished and, 135 days later “a gleaming palace had sprung up”, a magic miracle of modernism built by Rupert D’Oyly Carte with Frank Tugwell as the architect and decorative designs by Basil Ionides. The Theatre re-opened on 21st October 1929 with a revival of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers, designed by Charles Ricketts and conducted by Dr Malcolm Sargent.

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Savoy Theatre The Venue Auditorium photo

What is the Savoy Theatre's capacity?

The total capacity of the Savoy Theatre is 1,158 seats across three levels of the auditorium including Stalls, Dress and Upper Circle seating.

Award Winning Shows

In 1982, Michael Frayn’s Noises Off premiered at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, directed by Michael Blakemore and starring Patricia Routledge, Paul Eddington, and Nicky Henson. It opened to universally ecstatic reviews and shortly after transferred to the Savoy Theatre, where it ran until 1987 with five successive casts. It won the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy.

Loved, and eventually listed, the Savoy Theatre’s auditorium, ravaged with fire in the early hours of 12th February 1990, has now been triumphantly and dazzlingly recreated under the guidance of the theatre’s late chairman, Sir Hugh Wontner, and the distinguished architect, Sir William Whitfield. The auditorium and public areas have been faithfully restored to the 1929 vision of Tugwell and Ionides.

Savoy Theatre History photo
Savoy Theatre History photo

Modern Day Savoy Theatre

The theatre re-opened on 19th July 1993 in the presence of HRH The Princess of Wales with a Royal Gala performed by English National Ballet. As a tribute to Gilbert and Sullivan, the overture to Patience was played and the season’s programme included Wayne Sleep’s specially commissioned ballet Savoy Suite with music by Sullivan arranged by Carl Davis.Interest in the re-opening of the Savoy Theatre was unprecedented, with worldwide media coverage, which continued throughout The Times World Chess Championship, won by Garry Kasparov.