Gielgud Theatre

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What you need to know about Gielgud Theatre:

Theatre opened in 1906. Back then, it was named Hicks Theatre after the Edwardian performer Seymour Hicks. That honour didn’t last long, as three years later the theatre was bought and renamed the Globe Theatre. This name took it through until 1994, when it was renamed the Gielgud Theatre after actor John Gielgud, who had previously performed at the theatre on numerous occasions.

It’s certainly had a good run at comedies over the decades. Noël Coward, Alan Ayckbourn, Michael Frayn and Peter Schaffer have all had their comedy plays performed at the venue. More recently, it was home to the National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, which closed in June 2017.

In 2006, Gielgud Theatre became part of Delfont Mackintosh Theatres.

Top facts about Gielgud Theatre:

  1. In 1913, a play titled The Clock Goes Round brazenly opened on Friday 13th, with a production using 13 characters. Sadly, its attempt a tricking fate didn’t work and it closed after just 13 performances.
  2. A number of Alan Ayckbourn plays premiered at Gielgud Theatre. The first, The Norman Conquests, opened in 1974 and starred Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon, Penelope Keith and Felicity Kendal.
  3. In 1995, entertainment industry newspaper The Stage gave a front-page obituary to the Gielgud’s theatre cat, Beerbohm.

Key information about Gielgud Theatre:


Tube: The closest tube station is Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines) which is less than five minutes walk from the theatre.

Train: Charing Cross station on The Strand is served by Southeastern trains, and is about ten minutes walk to the theatre.

Bus: Bus numbers 14, 19 and 38 all travel close to Gielgud Theatre. There are a large number of alternatives available, so please check the Transport for London website before travelling.

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. Gielgud 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 Chinatown.

There are also two blue badge spaces available in Archers Street.

Accessibility info:

Gielgud Theatre is wheelchair accessible, but only from a side door on Rupert Street. Please arrange for a member of staff to come and greet you at the door and show you to your seat. You can find accessible toilets in the foyer near the bar.

There are wheelchair spaces available in the auditorium, and the venue is suitable for scooters.

Working dogs are welcome in the theatre. You can either book an aisle seat to take the dog in with you or staff will look after the dog during the performance.

The theatre has an infra-red hearing system and you can pick up a headset from the foyer kiosk.

To discuss access requirements and book tickets, please phone 0844 482 5137.


Gielgud Theatre has three bars where visitors can buy drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and small snacks before the show and during an interval. Please note they do not have facilities for sit-down eating. If you are looking for somewhere to dine, we suggest the Chinatown, Soho and Leicester Square where a lot of the restaurants offer pre-theatre menus.

For more information, please visit Gielgud Theatre’s website.