The New Wimbledon Theatre is situated on the Broadway in the London Borough of Merton, close to Wimbledon rail station and South Wimbledon tube. Built in 1910, this 1,700 seat venue was designed by Cecil Masey and Roy Young and built by the entrepreneur J B Mullholland.
The first production at the New Wimbledon Theatre was the pantomime Jack and Jill (or the Hill, the Well, and the Crown), which opened on Boxing Day 1910.
Among the most notable of the countless performers to have graced this venerable southwest London theatre’s stage since then are Sybil Thorndike, Laurel and Hardy and Noël Coward. The theatre has also presented world premieres of productions including Lionel Bart’s Oliver! and Half a Sixpence with Tommy Steele.
In 2008 the theatre was chosen to be the venue for HRH the Prince of Wales’ 60th Birthday Gala which featured Robin Williams, John Cleese and Joan Rivers, who were joined by a host of home-grown and international comic talent performing in aid of The Princes Trust.
It may not be in the West End, but the New Wimbledon Theatre is one of London’s most successful suburban theatres, having long since established its solid reputation for presenting plays, dance shows and children’s shows of a consistently high standard.
The venue is also the “Home of London Pantomime”, and has spotlighted the pantomime debuts of stars including Gareth Gates, Ross Kemp, Brian Blessed, Ruby Wax, Paul O’Grady, Pamela Anderson and the Hoff himself, David Hasselhoff.
The layout, size and atmosphere of the New Wimbledon Theatre make it the perfect place to see ballets, operas and touring musicals. Recent successes include the UK tours of 9-5: The Dolly Parton Musical, 42nd Street and Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty.
Whatever you decide to see at the New Wimbledon Theatre, we wish you an entertaining and rewarding visit.