The theatre’s architect was William Sprague who was then at his peak.
Wyndham’s was the first West End theatre he designed in his own right and one of seven theatres that he completed that year.
It was, and still is, a theatrical gem. The décor was in the Louis XVI style, in the auditorium the prettily painted balcony and box fronts were matched in lightness of touch by a circular ceiling in the style of François Boucher.
The original turquoise, cream and gold colour scheme is still very much in evidence today and will remain so as the theatre is gradually refurbished.
The exterior was built in Sprague’s favourite free classical style using Portland stone, a material with which he could combine the artistic and the practical.
Art, Yasmina Reza’s satirical triple-hander began it’s record breaking run of over 2,000 performances in 1996 before transferring to the Whitehall Theatre where, more than six years later, its 27th cast gave their final performance on 4 January 2003.
The Donmar West End season will also include Derek Jacobi starring in Twelfth Night, Judi Dench in Yukio Mishima's Madame de Sade and Jude Law in Hamlet, all staged by Grandage.