Theatre Address & Map
17 Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG
Nearest tube station: Victoria
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- Disabled toilets
- Infrared hearing loop
- Wheelchair accessible
Seating DescriptionThe theatre has a large capacity of 2,208 and seating is split into stalls and circle. This is a very large theatre, and has a range of seating options to match. The front rows of the circle and the centre of the stalls are probably the best in the house, particularly in the centre, but the rear block of the circle is very far away from the stage.
Bar FacilitiesThere are two bars, the American Airlines Bar below stall level, and one more at upper circle level. Fizzy drinks are £2.20, a glass of wine is £4.50, and beer £4+.
Theatre HistoryThe Apollo Victoria Theatre originally functioned as a cinema, named the New Victoria Cinema. It was an architectural masterpiece, built 1930, in one of the finest examples of art deco in the country. Some of the sea-life motifs which originally adorned the auditorium walls can still be seen today. Due to difficult competition The New Victoria Cinema was forced to close in 1976, and remained closed for 5 years. During the interim it was bought by Apollo Lesuire Ltd. by whom it was re-branded as the Apollo Victoria Theatre. In 1981, Shirley Bassey sang at the opening night of the new venue.
In 1984, beginning an amazing eighteen year stint, The Apollo Victoria Theatre hosted Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Starlight Express, where the whole stage, and much of the auditorium, was made into a roller-skating arena on multiple levels. When the run came to a close the auditorium was extended once more, to hold over 2000.