A story of a family re-learning what it means to be Jewish in twentieth century Vienna; Academy and Tony award winner Tom Stoppard’s arresting and passionate new play Leopoldstadt – his first new play since 2015 - plays at the Wyndham’s Theatre until June 2020. Patrick Marber directs.

Life of Pi

Following an acclaimed run at the Sheffield Crucible earlier this year, Lolita Chakrabarti’s adaption of beloved novel Life of Pi will arrive in London at the Wyndham’s Theatre in 2021. Winner of the Man Booker Prize, Life of Pi tells the story of a cargo ship that sinks in the Pacific Ocean. There are only five survivors, some human, some animal, that must fight the full force of nature to survive. This spectacular new production is set to be one of the hottest tickets in the West End when it opens next year.

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Wyndham’s Theatre was originally designed by W.G.R. Sprague and was managed by actor Charles Wyndham, officially opening in 1899 with a performance of T. W. Robertson’s David Garrick. The venue continued to host dramas, including Mrs Dane’s Defence (1900) and Little Mary (1903).

Throughout the First World War, the theatre remained highly active, showing productions such as Raffles (1914), Dear Brutus (1917) and The Choice (1919). Following this, a successful production of Mademoiselle (1936) played, directed by Noel Coward. In 1939 the theatre was forced to close for the second outbreak of war.

In 1953, the theatre premiered Graham Greene’s The Living Room, followed by Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend (1954), which later transferred to Broadway. Subsequent productions included Godspell (1972-1974), Art (1996) and Up for Grabs (2002), starring Madonna.

Early productions in the 21st century included Moira Buffini’s Dinner (2003-2004), Democracy (2004), By the Bog of Cats (2004-2005), The Witches (2005), starring Ruby Wax, Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues (2005), As You Like It (2005), starring Sienna Miller and Heroes (2005-2006).

2006-2009 saw a quick turnover of shows, including Honour, starring Diana Rigg, Sunday in the Park with George, with Jenna Russell, A Voyage Round My Father, starring Derek Jacobi, The History Boys, The Letter, Shadowlands, a revival of The History Boys and The Shawshank Redemption.

J B Priestley’s An Inspector Calls came to the theatre in 2009, followed by the transfer of Avenue Q (2010), Clybourne Park (2011), Much Ado About Nothing (2011), starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate, Driving Miss Daisy (2011), starring James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave and two Rat Pack shows.

2012 saw the notorious flop The King’s Speech, followed by Jill Halfpenny in Abigail’s Party (2012), Dreamboats and Petticoats (2012-2013), Quartermaine’s Terms (2013), starring Rowan Atkinson, Relatively Speaking (2013), with Felicity Kendal and Kara Tointon, Barking in Essex (2013-2014) with Lee Evans and Sheila Hancock and The Weir (2014), as well as Uncle Vanya (2014).

The past two years have seen a variety of shows including Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan in Skylight (2014), King Charles III (2014-2015), with Tim Piggott-Smith, A View from the Bridge (2015), starring Mark Strong, American Buffalo (2015), The Mentalists (2015), The Father (2015) and Hangmen (2015-2016), starring David Morrissey.

Denise Gough earned an Olivier Award in Duncan Macmillan’s play People, Places and Things (2016), which was conceded by The Truth (2016), No Man’s Land (2016) and a stage adaptation of The Kite Runner (2017).

David Tennant took to the stage in 2017 to star in Patrick Marber’s Don Juan in Soho, followed by Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, starring Audra McDonald. 2017 rounds off with Anne-Marie Duff and Kenneth Cranham in Simon Stephens' Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle.

2018 began with a Bristol Old Vic transfer of Long Day's Journey Into Night, starring Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville. Further productions in the year included a revival of Red, starring Alfred Molina, from the Michael Grandage Company and The Height of the Storm, with Jonathan Pryce and Dame Eileen Atkins. The year rounds off with a stint from comedian Bill Bailey in his latest show Larks in Transit.

Queen of comedy Catherine Tate brought her show to Wyndham's for a short run at the beginning of 2019. Theatre Royal Bath transfer of Arthur Miller's The Price (starring David Suchet) played from February. May marked the West End debut of Hollywood and Broadway actor Matthew Broderick, who starred in Kenneth Lonergan's The Starry Messenger. Elizabeth McGovern also starred.

For thirty performances only, Phoebe Waller-Bridge starred in her hit show Fleabag for the final time. This was followed by a week-long run of The Life I Lead starring Miles Jupp.

In the autumn, brand new comedy The Man in the White Suit played at the theatre. Adapted by Sean Foley from the 1951 film of the same name, the show starred Stephen Mangan and Kara Tointon.

Over the festive period, Curtains, a musical whodunnit from composers Kander & Ebb, played a limited season. The show starred comedian Jason Manford and Carley Stenson.

Tom Stoppard's latest play, Leopoldstadt opened at the beginning of 2020, featuring a huge multi-generational cast. In March 2020, the theatre closed due to the spread of COVID-19 and a planned production of The Life of Pi was postponed until 2021.

Past Shows

Life of Pi
(closed 4 Oct 2020)
(closed 13 Jun 2020)
(closed 11 Jan 2020)

The Man in the White Suit OT Small
The Man in the White Suit
(closed 7 Dec 2019)
The Life I Lead
(closed 21 Sep 2019)
(closed 14 Sep 2019)

Starry Messenger OT Small
The Starry Messenger
(closed 10 Aug 2019)
The Price
(closed 27 Apr 2019)
Catherine Tate Show OT Small
The Catherine Tate Show Live
(closed 26 Jan 2019)

Bill Bailey - Larks in Transit
(closed 5 Jan 2019)
The Height of the Storm
(closed 1 Dec 2018)
(closed 28 Jul 2018)