What you need to know about Greenwich Theatre:
Greenwich is an area of London that deserves its ‘village’ designation. Just a short DLR ride from central London, the leafy suburb feels like another land. It’s a tourist’s dream with museums and history lessons a plenty, along with the gorgeous (and sizeable) Greenwich Park. Greenwich Theatre nestles right in the heart of the area, meaning you could easily make a day or afternoon out of a trip to the theatre.
Like most of the surrounding area, Greenwich Theatre has a long history behind it. During the Victorian times it was a music hall and later a cinema. It’s now a bustling modern theatre that, since the early 2000s, has championed musicals. It has a really varied programme that changes frequently as a lot of its smaller shows are only on for a few days each. Along with big, family-friendly shows like their well-received Christmas pantomimes, they also programme a collection of small fringe theatre shows. They have a commitment to family theatre, with children’s shows regularly included in their programme.
James Haddrell is the Artistic Director.
Top facts about Greenwich Theatre:
- Over the years, some famous names have graced the Greenwich Theatre stage, including Mia Farrow and Glenda Jackson.
- Each year, the theatre hosts the Greenwich Children’s Theatre Festival. It also co-produces the annual Greenwich World Cultural Festival and puts on a free outdoor summer show.
- During the Second World War, an incendiary bomb landed on Greenwich Theatre. The theatre remained empty (and was almost demolished) until 1969, when it reopened with a musical about Martin Luther King.
Key information for Greenwich Theatre:
Tube: Closest stations are the DLR Greenwich or Cutty Sark stations, both are a five minute walk.
Train: Mainland rail service into Greewich Station or Deptford Station are also only five minutes from the theatre.
River Boat: There are regular riverboat services to and from Greenwich pier.
Buses: Bus numbers 177, 188, 199, 286, 386, M1, M2 and N1 all serve the area. Additionally, there are the mobility buses numbers 851, 852, 853 856.
Parking: Greenwich is outside of the congestion charge zone, but parking is limited. There is a Pay & Display car park nearby on Burnley Street, but it does get busy. You can also find limited parking on Crooms Hill after 5pm Monday – Saturday and after 6pm on Sundays.
Greenwich Theatre is wheelchair accessible. There is flat access into the foyer and a platform lift to take visitors to the bar and café. There is also an accessible toilet and a lift to take wheelchair users up to the auditorium. The theatre has room for two wheelchairs in the auditorium, but it can also store wheelchairs for visitors transferring to seats. It’s best to inform the box office of this when booking with the theatre.
The cloakroom staff can provide Sennheiser systems for customers requiring them. Again, it’s best to let staff know how many headsets you will need when you book.
Working dogs are welcome to either come into the auditorium or be looked after by staff during the show. If you let the theatre know when booking, they can arrange an aisle seat so the dog can sit in the with you.
Greenwich Theatre provides captioned performances on occasion. The theatre will advertise these in advance on their website.
Greenwich Theatre has a bar and café. It is also located in an area where there are a large number of other restaurants, coffee shops and even picnicking areas in the nearby Greenwich Park.