Piccadilly Theatre

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What you need to know about Piccadilly Theatre:

Piccadilly Theatre opened in 1928. It is one of the largest West End theatres, and has enough seats for 1232 people. Like many of the theatres in the area, Piccadilly Theatre has a chequered history, changing from a cinema to a cabaret restaurant to a straightforward theatre.

It’s also been home to a wide variety of shows, including those by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Broadway transfer of Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Wolf? and, most recently, long-running musicals including Guys And Dolls and Jersey Boys.

The theatre was badly damaged when it was hit by a bomb during the Second World War. However, following renovations it re-opened with a beautiful art deco interior, which you might not guess from its relatively plain façade. 

Top facts about Piccadilly Theatre: 

  1. Before hosting stage performances, Piccadilly Theatre was one of the first venues in Britain to show a “talkie” when they replaced silent movies. The film was The Singing Fool starring Al Jolson.
  1. The theatre hosted the West End’s most commercially successful ballet season when Matthew Bourne’s all-male Swan Lake played at the theatre from September 1996.
  1. The Beatles once recorded a series of songs at Piccadilly Theatre for broadcast on BBC radio.

Key information about Piccadilly Theatre:

Transport:

Tube: The closest tube station is Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines), which is less than five minutes walk from the theatre. Alternatively, use Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly) or Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines).

Train: Charing Cross train station on The Strand is served by Southeastern trains and is a 10-15 minute walk to the theatre.

Bus: Bus numbers 24, 29 and 176 travel close to theatre, but there are a large number of alternatives also serving the area. To plan your journey in more detail visit the Transport for London website.

Parking:

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. Piccadilly 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 Soho.

Accessibility info:

Piccadilly Theatre is wheelchair accessible from the entrance on Sherwood Street. There are three spaces for wheelchairs in the Royal Circle. There are also spaces for customers who would rather transfer into an auditorium seat. Please book these in advance through the access line number below.

If you need extra legroom, then aisle seats and Row P in the Stalls are the best bet.

You will find accessible toilets next to Box C and in the accessible part of the Royal Circle.

The theatre has a Sennheiser infra-red hearing system. You can borrow headsets and induction loop necklaces from the Cloakroom. The theatre asks for a form of ID to be left as a deposit throughout the performance.

Working dogs are welcome in all areas of the theatre.

Piccadilly Theatre has designed a visual story to help visitors with autism and other accessibility needs. You can download it from the access page of the Piccadilly Theatre website.

To discuss access requirements and to book tickets, please phone 0800 912 6971.

Access performances:

For any scheduled access performances, please contact the access line above.

Facilities:

Piccadilly Theatre has a selection of bars where visitors can buy drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and small snacks before the show and during an interval. The bar areas include the 1930s style piano bar, open exclusively to ticket holders. It opens an hour and a half before performances start and visitors can enjoy a range of classic cocktails whilst listening to live music.

The theatre does not have facilities for sit-down eating, so if you are looking for somewhere to dine, we suggest the Chinatown, Soho and Leicester Square areas where a lot of the restaurants offer pre-theatre menus.

For more information visit Piccadilly Theatre’s website