Apollo Victoria Theatre



  • A large theater in Wilton Road, London. It was built in 1930 as the New Victoria, a 'super cinema' with an 'atmospheric' auditorium in blue and green designed to give the impression of an underwater world. In 1980 the building was converted into a combined concert hall and theater, which opened in 1981 as the Apollo Victoria. Unusually, its spacious foyer runs right through the building, opening on both Wilton Road and Vauxhall bridge Road; it also features inlaid doors and humorous carved reliefs in nooks and crannies.

    The first production was a revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein'sThe Sound of Music. From 1984 until 2002 it was home to Andrew Lloyd Webber's Starlight Express, one of the longest-running musicals in British theater history. This was succeeded by another Lloyd Webberproduction, the Bollywood musical Bombay Dreams, with music by A. R. Rahman. The London production of Stephen Schwartz's fantasy musicalWicked opened in September 2006 and is still running (2010).