Apollo Victoria

Access information

The address of the Apollo Victoria Theatre is 17 Wilton Road, Victoria, London SW1V 1LG.

It’s situated opposite Victoria Station.

The Apollo Victoria opened in 1930 and has a striking Art Deco façade. It was originally built as a cinema and closed in 1975, to re-open in 1981 as the Apollo Victoria Theatre. Since then it has hosted many well known musicals including Fiddler on the Roof with Topol in 1983, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Starlight Express, which ran from 1984 until 2002.

The main Box Office entrance to the Theatre is on Wilton Road directly opposite Victoria Station. Patrons can be dropped off outside the second entrance on Vauxhall Bridge Road.

There’s no dedicated disabled parking outside the Theatre. The closest blue badge parking to the theatre is in Carlisle Place. There are 2 parking bays on Wilton Road close to the theatre which are available after 7.00pm. There are also parking bays on Vauxhall Bridge Road for up to 8 cars. These bays are free of charge and are available all day on bank holidays.

There’s an NCP car park near Victoria Station and a Master Park on Rochester Row. Both car parks are a 10 to 15 minute walk from the Theatre.

If you’re taking the bus, the main bus terminal is outside Victoria Station just over the road from the Theatre.

Buses stopping at the bus terminal include: C1, C10, 2, 8, 11, 16, 24, 36, 38, 44, 52, 73, 82, 148, 185, 211, 239, 436 and 507.

Victoria Station is a mainline and Underground Station where you can catch the Victoria, Circle and District line tubes. Southern and Southwest trains can also be found here, as well as the Gatwick Express. Victoria has a coach station which is located just behind the main train station and is a 5 to 10 minutes walk from the Theatre.

If you wish to take a Taxi, there is a taxi rank directly outside the Theatre’s Wilton Road entrance. There are further taxi ranks on either side of Victoria Station. Please be aware that on occasion taxis outside the Theatre will not take customers if there are still taxis waiting outside the station.

The main entrance to the Theatre on Wilton Road has a big canopy covering 5 steps going up into the building. At night the Theatre is lit up with green strip lights. There are 3 sets of double doors with glass panels which can be opened in or out. Prior to performances they are usually pinned open.

This main entrance brings you into the Box Office foyer. The Box Office is to the right, where you can collect your tickets, and to the left is a merchandise counter called the Oz Dust Boutique where you can collect your headsets. Large print and Braille cast lists will also be available on request from the front of house staff. If you would like to listen to the introductory notes 15 minutes before the start of the performance, you should collect your headset in good time to take your seat.

Straight ahead is a set of glass doors which before a performance are usually pinned open. These doors take you through to the main foyer.

In the main foyer you will find two entrances to the Stalls and an entrance to the circle rows A- F, plus the main bar. In the centre is the main staircase leading up to circle rows G-Y and the Ladies and Gents toilets. There are two smaller bars at the rear of the stalls auditorium.

From the main foyer, straight ahead, there is a further set of doors which takes you through to a third foyer, known as the Vauxhall Bridge Road foyer where you will find the cloakroom.

The Vauxhall Bridge Road entrance has 8 steps leading down to street level. There’s a wheelchair lift to the left of these steps, as you are facing the building, and upon request

staff will be available to assist with the operation of the lift. This lift also goes up to the Circle level, rows A to F, where there are dedicated spaces for up to 4 wheelchairs. There is another lift which runs from the main foyer into Dress Circle Row F.

There are toilets on all levels of the Theatre and a wheelchair accessible toilet next to the Vauxhall Bridge Road entrance.

All the front of house areas are open from 90 minutes before the performances.

The auditorium is decorated with the original Art Deco features. The seating is arranged on two levels with 1298 seats in the Stalls and 1030 seats in the Circle. All the seats flip up when not being used.

There are two entrances to the Stalls auditorium situated either side of the staircase in the main foyer. There are three flights of stairs to get down to Stalls level. At the bottom of the stairs there’s a choice of three doorways into the auditorium, depending on whereabouts in the Stalls you are sitting. Staff will be available to direct you.

The entrances to the front of the circle seating, rows A to F, are situated to the side of the bar in the main foyer. If you are seated in the Circle rows G to Y you will need to go up the main staircase to Circle level, where staff will direct you.

The floor at the back of the stalls auditorium slopes down towards the stage. From row Q to the front of the stalls the floor is level. In the circle there are steps down the aisles.

Please note that this information has been supplied by the venue and although every effort has been made to check details, you may still have some queries. In this case, we would ask you to contact the Theatre direct for clarification.

Useful information and contact numbers

At the Apollo Victoria Theatre Guide dogs are permitted in the auditorium, or the front-of-house staff will be happy to look after them during the show if you prefer.

If you are bringing a guide dog, please contact the Access team on 0800 912 6973 or on email at: [email protected]

The Theatre uses the MobileConnect system for audio description, and a radio system is also offered.

The MobileConnect system operates over Wi-fi, and is received using an App on either iPods, iPhones or Android smartphones. The theatre will supply iPods to receive the audio description, but it is also possible to use your own iPhone or Android smartphone, as long as the App has been downloaded (it is important to keep the App updated to ensure that it works effectively). Please remember to bring your own headphones and ensure your device’s battery is topped up, or you might want to consider bringing a battery bank. It is also possible to use your own headphones with the iPods supplied by the Theatre. If you do pull out headphones from a device running MobileConnect, the app will stop relaying sound so as to not disturb the performance, after you have re-inserted your own headphones the audio description will then have to be restarted. Theatre staff will demonstrate how to use both the iPod and the MobileConnect app and help with any queries.

The theatre also uses a radio system; the radio signal is transmitted across the whole auditorium. Receivers, either stethoscope models, or belt-pack models with separate headphones, will be supplied by the theatre and staff will demonstrate how to use them. You may want to bring your own headphones and request a belt-pack receiver.