What you need to know about Phoenix Theatre:
Phoenix Theatre is a famous West End venue. It has one of Theatreland’s most impressive interiors, even though it’s fairly modest front might suggest otherwise. Opened in 1930, the Italianate auditorium features artworks inspired by the greats of Italian painting – Tintoretto, Titian and Giorgione. From the painted ceilings to the safety curtain, Phoenix Theatre is designed to impress.
It is one of the larger West End theatres, with a capacity of 1,012. Since opening, it’s been the home of several successful plays including Terence Rattigan’s Harlequinade and John Gielgud’s Love For Love. However, Phoenix Theatre is best known as a venue for musicals, including Sondheim’s Into The Woods, Guys And Dolls and Blood Brothers.
Top facts about Phoenix Theatre:
- Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers is the most successful musical in Phoenix Theatre’s history. It opened at the theatre in 1991 and didn’t close until 2012.
- The Noël Coward bar remembers Coward’s strong association with the theatre. The first play to be staged there was Coward’s Private Lives, which also starred the playwright and actor. He continued to perform there for several decades. Coward opened the bar in 1969.
- Phoenix Theatre’s association with musicals really began in 1968 when a musical adaptation of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales opened at the venue. It ran for more than 2,000 performances.
Key information about Phoenix Theatre:
Tube: The closest tube station is Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly lines) which is just over five minutes walk from the theatre. Alternately, use Tottenham Court Road (Central and Northern lines) which is almost exactly the same distance away.
Train: Charing Cross train station is served by Southeastern trains and is just over ten minutes walk away.
Bus: Bus numbers 14, 19, 22b, 24, 29, 38 and also 176 all travel close to the venue. Check the Transport for London website to plan your journey in more detail.
West End 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. Phoenix Theatre is part of the Q-Park Theatreland Parking Scheme.
West End 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.
Phoenix Theatre is wheelchair accessible through the entrance on Flitcroft Street. The entrance on Phoenix Street has a slight step up from street level.
There is space for wheelchairs in Box C and spaces for visitors in wheelchairs to transfer into seats in the Dress Circle. If you come in via the Flitcroft Street entrance you will be on the correct level to access the Dress Circle. To book these seats or Box C, please contact the access line on the number given below.
There is an accessible toilet in the Dress Circle.
None of the bars are wheelchair accessible, but staff will happily bring refreshments to visitors in the auditorium.
Sennheiser infra-red hearing systems are installed in the theatre. Visitors can access the necessary equipment from the foyer bar on Phoenix Street.
The theatre welcomes working dogs. You can take them into the auditorium.
Phoenix Theatre has prepared a visual story for visitors who may need extra help adjusting to the theatre. This can be downloaded from the ATG web page for the Phoenix Theatre.
To discuss access requirements and to book tickets, please phone 0844 871 7677
Phoenix Theatre has four bars (Noël Coward Bar Bar, Plushy Bar, Dress Circle Bar and Upper Circle Bar) where visitors can buy drinks and snacks before the performance and during the interval. The Noël Coward bar is slightly different from the others and ticket holders can book into it in advance via the ATG website. Opening 1 hour and 30 minutes before the performance starts, the Noël Coward bar is a relaxed lounge-style bar specialising in cocktails and wine.