During the period from 1925 until 1933 the theatre housed a series of farces by Ben Travers which have gone down in history as ‘The Aldwych Farces’. They included such familiar titles as A Cuckoo in the Nest, Rookery Nook, Thark, Plunder and A Cup of Kindness. Among the members of the company were Tom Walls, Ralph Lynn, Mary Brough, Winifred Shotter and Roberston Hare.
Nearly 30 years later, on 15 December 1960, the Royal Shakespeare Company from Stratford-upon-Avon took over the Aldwych as its London base.
During the next 21 years, prior to the company moving to its theatre in the Barbican, history was frequently made.
Memorable productions such as The Wars of the Roses, The Greeks and Nicholas Nickleby immediately spring to mind, together with the numerous distinguished Shakespearean productions featuring every well-known actor in the country. Also during this period the theatre was the annual home of the late Sir Peter Daubeny’s World Theatre Season which succeeded against all odds in bringing to London the best of world theatre.