Mischief Movie Night

Mischief Movie Night, the hilarious improv show from the team behind The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, will play a limited socially-distanced season at the Vaudeville Theatre in December 2020. The Edinburgh Fringe smash-hit relies heavily on audience interaction to premiere a never-before-seen movie live on stage at every performance. The show is complete with a director’s cuts and a live score, don’t miss your chance to be a part of movie history again and again at London’s Vaudeville Theatre.
Booking from 9 December 2020 until 31 January 2021

Magic Goes Wrong

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Mischief Theatre are back to pull off a grand illusion in their second show of their residency at London's Vaudeville Theatre. Magic Goes Wrong sees a group of magicians put on a magic show for charity – but everything seems to be going wrong! Created alongside magic legends Penn and Teller, get ready to cry with laughter at this brand new West End show from the makers of The Play That Goes Wrong!
Booking from 10 December 2020 until 31 January 2021
Run time is 2 hours 10 mins (including interval)

Songs For A New World

Songs for a New World, the acclaimed musical by composer Jason Robert Brown, will play a five-week run at the Vaudeville Theatre in London from February 2021.  Transferring to the theatre following a hugely successful performance at the London Palladium, Rachel Tucker, David Hunter, Cedric Neal and Rachel John will all reprise their roles for the West End run.  Don’t miss Songs for a New World, which feels ever-present to modern audiences and looks towards a brighter future. 
Booking from 5 February 2021 until 7 March 2021
Run time is 2 hours 30 minutes (including interval)

Box Office Contacts

Box Office:0330 333 4814
Access Booking:0330 333 4815
Group Booking:0330 333 4817
Stage Door:020 7632 9510
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Designed by theatre architect CJ Phipps, the Vaudeville Theatre first opened in 1870 with comedy For Love and Money and burlesque act Don Carlos or the Infante in Arms. The theatre’s opening year also saw Henry Irving achieve commercial success in James Albery’s Two Roses, which ran at the venue for 300 performances.

Subsequent successful productions included comedy Our Boys (1875), which ran for 500 shows. In 1889, Thomas Thorne demolished the houses behind the venue in order to expand the building. It reopened in 1891 with Woodbarrow Farm, followed by a revival of Our Boys (1892), The French Maid (1898) and Bluebell in Fairyland (1901).

The 20th century saw comedies and musicals performed including J.M. Barrie’s Quality Street (1902), The Cherry Girl (1903), The Catch of the Season (1904), The Belle of Mayfair (1906), The Girl in the Train (1910) and Baby Mine (1911). Throughout the First World War, a variety of musical revues and light entertainment took place, before the building closed in 1925.

The Vaudeville reopened in 1926 after refurbishment, with a revue show called R.S.V.P., followed by The Bread-Winner (1930). Record-breaking musical Salad Days transferred to the venue in the late 1950’s, conceded by Chips with Everything (1959).

Later productions included The Bride Comes Back (1960), Shout for Life (1963), Arsenic and Old Lace (1966), Ray Cooney’s Move Over Mrs Markham (1971), Out on a Limb (1976), Noel Coward’s Present Laughter (1981) and Blithe Spirit (1986), Shirley Valentine (1988) and Kander and Ebb’s musical 70, Girls, 70 (1991).

A successful revival of Salad Days played at the venue in 1996, followed by Macaulay Culkin in Madame Melville (2000), Ray Cooney’s Caught in the Net (2001) and Stomp (2002-2007), which later transferred to the Ambassadors Theatre. Subsequent shows included Swimming with Sharks (2007-2008), The Importance of Being Earnest (2008), starring Penelope Keith and The Deep Blue Sea (2008).

By this time, the theatre had become renowned for a quick turnover of plays and comedies, with notable productions including The Female of the Species (2008), Piaf (2008-2009), Woman in Mind (2009), starring Janie Dee, Duet for One (2009), starring Juliet Stevenson, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (2009-2010) and many short-running stints from comedians and entertainers.

2010 saw a variety of productions, including Private Lives, starring Kim Cattrall, The Prisoner of Second Avenue and An Ideal Husband, starring Samantha Bond. 2011 featured In a Forest, Dark and Deep, Broken Glass, starring Anthony Sher, Swallows and Amazons and Master Class (2012).

Joe Orton’s What the Butler Saw (2012) played, starring Omid Djalili, followed by Anna Friel in Uncle Vanya (2012), Great Expectations (2013), The Ladykillers (2013), The Duck House (2013-2014), starring Ben Miller, Handbagged (2014), Forbidden Broadway (2014), The Wind in the Willows (2014-2015), Di and Viv and Rose (2015), starring Tamzin Outhwaite, Samantha Spiro and Jenna Russell and Oppenheimer (2015).

David Suchet famously appeared in The Importance of Being Earnest in 2015, with Dawn French’s popular autobiographical comedy 30 Million Minutes following. Bill Bailey then performed his tour Limbo Land (2015-2016), which was conceded by Broadway comedy Hand to God (2016), starring Janie Dee and Harry Melling. 2016 also saw a lukewarm revival of Hobson’s Choice, starring Martin Shaw, David Baddiel’s hit comedy My Family: Not the Sitcom and Dead Funny, with Steve Pemberton and Katherine Parkinson.

2017 saw a short stint from comedy Boys in the Band, starring Mark Gatiss, and a revival of comedy Stepping Out, starring Amanda Holden and Tracy-Ann Oberman. Further productions include an adaptation of Lewis Carroll's beloved poem The Hunting of the Snark as well as transfer of The Mentor from the Theatre Royal Bath, starring F. Murray Abraham.

The end of 2017 and beginning of 2018 saw Dominic Dromgoole embark on a year-long residency, presenting some of Oscar Wilde's greatest plays, including A Woman of No Importance, starring Eve Best, and Lady Windermere's Fan, starring Samantha Spiro and Jennifer Saunders. Tall Stories also brought their adaptation of Wilde Creatures to the Vaudeville Theatre.

The Oscar Wilde season continued into 2018, featuring productions of The Selfish Giant, An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest. After two short stints from comedians James Acaster and Mo Gilligan, the year rounded off with thriller True West, starring Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn.

In 2019, Shakespeare's Globe's critically-acclaimed show Emilia graced the stage, starting performances on International Women's Day (8th March). This was followed by limited runs of BalletBoyz' double bill Them/Us and a Russian production of Chekhov's Three Sisters. Following this, comedian Adam Kay brought his award-winning stand-up show This is Going to Hurt to the venue for a fortnight.

In the summer, a new stage adaptation of children's classic The Worst Witch played.

In September, West End favourite Mischief Theatre began their year-long residency of three shows at the theatre. The first was school-based comedy Groan Ups, this was followed by Magic Goes Wrong in December.

Past Shows

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Groan Ups
(closed 1 Dec 2019)
The Worst Witch
(closed 8 Sep 2019)

Three Sisters
(closed 29 Jun 2019)
(closed 15 Jun 2019)
Emilia OT Small
(closed 1 Jun 2019)

True West
(closed 23 Feb 2019)
James Acaster
(closed 31 Oct 2018)
The Importance of Being Earnest
(closed 20 Oct 2018)

An Ideal Husband
(closed 14 Jul 2018)
The Selfish Giant
(closed 14 Apr 2018)
Lady Windermere's Fan
(closed 7 Apr 2018)