What you need to know about Garrick Theatre:
Garrick Theatre is a Grade II* listed building that opened in April 1889. It seats 718 visitors and is named after the actor David Garrick. Alive between 1717 and 1779, Garrick was admired for his acting abilities that favoured naturalism over the more usual melodrama of the day. Despite this, the theatre actually specialised in melodrama in its early days before becoming largely known for comedy.
In more recent years, it has been associated with the actor and director Kenneth Branagh. He was behind a season of plays that started in November 2015 with The Winter’s Tale starring Judi Dench. The popular season went on to include Harlequinade by Terrence Rattigan, Romeo And Juliet and The Entertainer, also starring Branagh.
The Garrick Theatre is part of the Nimax Theatre group which also includes Lyric Theatre, Apollo Theatre, Vaudeville Theatre and Duchess Theatre.
Top facts about Garrick Theatre:
- The building of Garrick Theatre was originally financed by W. S. Gilbert, who worked with Arthur Sullivan on the famous comic operas that include The Pirates Of Penzance and The Mikado.
- Garrick Theatre was in danger of being closed down when the redevelopment of Covent Garden was proposed in 1968. It survived, in part, thanks to a campaign by Equity.
- Garrick Theatre has a very pretty gold-leaf auditorium, which was restored to its shining best in 1986.
Key information about Garrick Theatre:
Tube: The closest tube station is Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly lines), which is less than five minutes walk from the venue. Alternately, go to Charing Cross (Northern and Bakerloo lines) or Embankment (District and Circle lines).
Train: Charing Cross train station on The Strand is served by Southeastern trains and is just over a five minute walk from the theatre.
Bus: Bus numbers 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 15, 24, 29 and 30 all travel close to the venue. To plan you journey, please visit the Transport for London website.
Parking: Q-Park car parks can be found at:
Chinatown – 20 Newport Place, WC2H 7PR
Soho – Poland Street, W1F 7NQ
Trafalgar Square– Spring Gardens, SW1A 2TS
Leicester Square – Whitcomb Street, WC2H 7DT
Q-Park offers discounted parking for ticket-holders visiting participating West End theatres. Garrick Theatre is part of the Q-Park Theatreland Parking Scheme.
NCP car parks can be found at:
Shaftesbury – Selkirk House, Museum Street, WC1A 1JR
Covent Garden – Parker Street, WC2B 5NT
The closest car park to the theatre is: Q-Park Leicester Square
Garrick Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with a portable ramp available for the front of the building. There are wheelchair spaces in the Dress Circle, and you can also book adjacent seats for friends or carers coming to theatre.
Disabled access toilets are available in the main foyer.
If you have access requirements, a member of staff will happily help with buying drinks and snacks during the interval.
Garrick Theatre has a Sennheiser infra-red hearing system. You can borrow headsets from the theatre on a first-come, first-served basis.
Working dogs are welcome at Garrick Theatre. You can either arrange to book a seat at the end of a row or for a member of staff to look after the dog during the performance.
To discuss all access requirements and book tickets, please phone 0330 333 4815
Garrick Theatre schedules captioned and audio described performances. Please check the online schedule or contact the box office for exact dates.
Garrick Theatre has three bars where visitors can buy drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and small snacks before the show and during the interval. Please note they do not have facilities for sit-down eating. If you are looking for somewhere to dine, we suggest the area around Leicester Square or Covent Garden, where a lot of the restaurants offer pre-theatre menus.