Named after the famed English playwright, Sir Noel Coward, the theatre has become a beacon for theatrical productions in the West End since opening in 1903. It’s first production of ‘Rosemary’ kickstarted the theatre’s success, where it has seen many legendary actors and playwrights showcase their talents for over a century. The theatre was first called the New Theatre, changing names several times to tribute various contributors. Following a major refurbishment in 2006, it settled on the Noel Coward Theatre, honouring the playwright who wrote and acted in his first play there in 1920 - ‘I’ll Leave It To You’. The venue was also associated with driving forward the career of John Gielgud, as well as seeing famous faces such as Laurence Olivier, Peggy Ashcroft, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Helen Mirren, Sir John Hurt, Vanessa Redgrave and many others on its stage. It also housed Sadler's Wells and Old Vic theatre companies temporarily in the period following the Blitz, where many other theatres were destroyed. The productions were often plays of Shakespeare, which has continued forward to this day. However, contemporary audiences can enjoy a range of shows, including musicals, contemporary and classic plays. Its architecture and decor also lends to the classical theatre experience. Designed by W.G.R. Sprague, the exterior flaunts a classic, elegant design while the interior is ornate and showcasing baroque furnishings. Seating is spread across four levels, adding to the drama and elegance.