What you need to know about Queen’s Theatre:
Queen’s Theatre opened in 1907. W. G. R. Sprague designed it as part of a pair with the Hicks Theatre (now named the Gielgud Theatre). Interestingly, this wasn’t the only time the architect went for twin theatres. He was also behind Novello Theatre and Aldwych Theatre, which he also designed as companion buildings. Queen’s Theatre is now a Grade II-listed building and contains a particularly beautiful auditorium.
Unfortunately Queen’s Theatre received damage from a bomb dropped during the Blitz. As a result it remained closed until 1959, when it reopened following restorations costing £250,000.
Although over the years it’s staged a number of classic plays, including many of Shakespeare’s works, the theatre is currently best known for being the home of Les Misérables. The hugely successful musical transferred to Queen’s Theatre from the Palace Theatre in 2004. It has since become the longest running musical of all time, celebrating its 30th anniversary in October 2015.
Cameron Mackintosh’s Delfont Mackintosh owns Queen’s Theatre. It also owns Gielgud Theatre, Noel Coward Theatre, Novello Theatre, Prince Edward Theatre, Prince of Wales Theatre, Victoria Palace Theatre and Wyndham’s Theatre.
Top facts about Queen’s Theatre:
- Les Misérables has so far been seen by more than 70 million people worldwide, in 44 countries and in 22 languages.
- Top names to have acted at the Queen’s Theatre include John Gielgud, Michael Redgrave, Alec Guinness, Maggie Smith, Daniel Day Lewis and Colin Firth.
- In 1990 real-life sisters Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave, along with their niece Jemma, performed on stage together in (appropriately enough) Chekhov’s Three Sisters.
Key information about Queen’s Theatre:
Tube: The closest tube station is Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines), which is a five minute walk from the theatre. Alternatively, use Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly lines), which will take you just a few minutes more to walk from.
Train: Charing Cross train station on The Strand is served by Southeastern trains and is a 10-15 minute walk away.
Bus: Bus numbers 14, 19 and 38 all travel close to the venue. However, a large number of alternatives also travel nearby, so please 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. Queen’s 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.
There are also two spaces for Blue Badge holders in Archers Street.
Queen’s Theatre is wheelchair accessible through the fourth side door on Wardour Street. Transfer seating is available in Dress Circle Row D and spaces for wheelchairs are available in Lodge 1 and 2.
Accessible toilets are located in the foyer and are accessed via a ramp.
The theatre is fitted with an infra-red hearing system. Visitors to the theatre can loan headsets from the foyer kiosk for a £5.00 deposit or by leaving a form of ID.
The theatre’s bars are not wheelchair accessible, however staff are happy to bring refreshments to visitors in the auditorium.
Working dogs are welcome in all areas of the theatre. You can either arrange to bring them into the auditorium or have a friendly member of staff dog-sit.
Queen’s Theatre has developed a social story for visitors to theatre with autism and other access needs that would benefit from being more familiar with the theatre before visiting. This can be downloaded from the Queen’s Theatre website.
To discuss all access requirements and to book tickets, please phone the access line on 0344 482 5137.
Queen’s Theatre offers discounts for disabled visitors and wheelchair users, plus one companion. To discuss arrangements and to book tickets, please contact the access line on the number provided above.
Queen’s Theatre has four bars that visitors can find in the foyer, Stalls, Dress Circle and Upper Circle. Alcoholic and soft drinks, plus a range of light snacks can be purchased before the show and during the interval.