The Savoy was built in 1881 and was the first building in the world to have electric lighting throughout. The interior was rebuilt in 1929 and the whole place had to be reconstructed after a fire in 1990. The theatre is famous for Gilbert and Sullivan operettas; other successful productions have included Noises Off in 1982 and Blithe Spirit in 1941. It has recently focussed on musicals.
The theatre has air conditioning and 4 licensed bars. It has a seating capacity of 1,158 over 3 levels. The Stalls and Dress Circle seats generally have good views, except in the last 3 rows, which are affected by the overhang from the tiers above. The Upper Circle is quite high and far back from the stage and the view from the last 2 rows is extremely restricted.
There is a ramped entrance to the building on Carting Lane. From there, access to the Dress Circle is level. There are 2 spaces for wheelchair users on the right hand side. The auditorium has radio sound amplification for the hard of hearing. There is an adapted toilet to the right of the Dress Circle.
The nearest tube stations are Charing Cross and Embankment (400m). There is a Westminster City Council car park at Trafalgar Square.
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