Playhouse Theatre

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What you need to know about Playhouse Theatre:

Playhouse Theatre first opened in 1882. Back then it was named the Royal Avenue Theatre. It became Playhouse Theatre in 1907.

Like many of the West End’s venues, Playhouse Theatre has been through several different phases of life. Along with being a straight theatre, the venue was also home to burlesque and comic operas during its early life. It was even a BBC recording studio during the 1950s.

In modern times it has become known as a venue for traditional plays and successful West End musicals. Notable musicals to have played there include Dreamboats And Petticoats, and The Rocky Horror Show. Matthew Perry’s The End Of Longing was a particular commercial success for the theatre, with many people eager to see the former-Friends star perform in his own show.

Top facts about Playhouse Theatre:

  1. While the theatre was being rebuilt in 1905, part of Charing Cross station collapsed onto it, causing substantial damage.
  1. When the BBC had control of the venue in the 1950s, The Beatles, Queen and The Rolling Stones were among the bands to perform.
  1. In recent times, Headlong’s version of Orwell’s classic 1984 has played at the venue three times.

Key information about Playhouse Theatre:


Tube: Playhouse Theatre is pretty much next-door to Embankment tube station (Bakerloo, Northern, District and Circle lines). Alternatively, go to Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern), which is a five minute walk from the venue.

Train: Charing Cross train station on The Strand is served by Southeastern trains and is less that five minutes from the venue.

Bus: Bus numbers 91, 6, 9, 13, 15, 23, 139 and also 176 all travel close to Charing Cross station and Playhouse Theatre. For more information and alternatives, please visit the Transport for London website. 


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. The Playhouse 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 Trafalgar Square.

Accessibility info:

Playhouse Theatre is wheelchair accessible via a ramp at the main entrance. Spaces are available for wheelchairs in the Stalls area and visitors to the theatre can arrange for a companion to be seated next to them.

You will find a fully accessible toilet in the foyer area of the theatre.

Playhouse Theatre has a Sennheiser infra-red hearing system.You can borrow induction loop necklaces and headsets from the Box Office in the foyer for a £10 deposit.

The theatre welcomes working dogs. They can either be taken into the auditorium and sit in the aisle, or you can arrange for a member of staff to look after them during the performance.

Playhouse Theatre has produced a visual story for the theatre to help people who might benefit from being introduced to the venue before visiting. You can download this from the ATG website page for the Playhouse Theatre. 

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


Playhouse Theatre has bars on each level where visitors can buy drinks and snacks before the performance and during the interval.

If you’re looking for somewhere to eat, you’re right in the middle of a huge number of options, including the area around Leicester Square and Covent Garden where a number of restaurants do special pre-theatre menus.

For more information visit Playhouse Theatre’s website