What you need to know about Soho Theatre:
Soho Theatre is a lively, multi-purpose venue in central London. The venue is home to the 150-seat Soho Theatre, the 90-seat Soho Upstairs, a cabaret space called Soho Downstairs and also a bar. Its programme is a mixture of comedy, cabaret and fringe theatre. Located on Dean Street, it attracts a younger theatre crowd because of its frequent staging of modern, urban-based plays penned by contemporary playwrights.
Verity Bargate and Fred Proud founded Soho Theatre in 1969. For a short time it was based in Old Compton Street, before it set up shop in the basement of the Soho Polytechnic (also known as the Polytechnic of Central London). Soho Theatre’s early programme included premieres of plays by Caryl Churchill and other now-famous playwrights.
From 1992-1995, Soho Theatre resided at the Cockpit Theatre. In 2000, the current venue opened providing Soho Theatre and its Writers’ Centre with room to stage a range of shows and run their thriving programmes for nurturing and discovering new writing. The building was previously the Great West End Synagogue. Architects Paxton and Locher transformed it into an attractive modern theatre.
Steve Marmion is the Artistic Director.
Top facts about Soho Theatre:
- Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag previewed at the Soho Theatre in 2013 before premiering at the Edinburgh Fringe. It returned for a series of sold-out runs at the venue, most recently in 2017.
- Each year, Soho Theatre runs the Verity Bargate Award for UK emerging writers. It then produces the winning entry.
- Soho Theatre runs the Soho Writers Lab, offering regular support and guidance to playwrights working on a new script.
- The theatre works on a number of youth projects including the Soho Theatre Young Company, National Theatre Connections and schools-based workshops.
Key information about Soho Theatre:
Tube: The closest tube stations are Tottenham Court Road (Central line) or Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly lines). Alternatively, use Oxford Circus (Bakerloo, Victoria and Central lines), or Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines).
Bus: Bus numbers 1, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 38, 55, 73, 88, 94, 98, 139, 159, 176, 390 and also 453 all travel close to the theatre. To plan your journey in more detail 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. Soho Theatre is part of the Q-Park Theatreland Parking Scheme, but only if you park at Chinatown or Soho.
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 or Soho.
Soho Theatre has elevators for wheelchair users to get from the ground level to the theatre spaces on the upper and lower levels.
Wheelchair spaces are available in both theatres, but please book these in advance as the theatre needs to dismantle seating to create the spaces.
Accessible toilets are available.
The theatre spaces are fitted with infra-red hearing systems. You can loan headsets from the theatre or you are welcome to bring you own headphones for use with the units.
Working dogs are welcome, although the theatre asks that you bring along certification documents if possible.
The theatre is happy to arrange for an usher to assist and to help you find the best seat for you (i.e. one where the subtitles can be read). Note: The seating at the Soho Theatre is often unreserved, so it’s worth chatting to the box office in advance.
To discuss all access requirements and to book tickets, please phone 020 7478 0100 or email the Operations Manager on [email protected].
Extra: Soho Theatre always holds back a number of tickets for access performances. So even if the show looks like it’s sold out, contact the box office as there’s a chance they might still have a ticket.
Soho Theatre provides discounts to visitors with access requirements plus one companion. Please contact the box office for more details.
Soho Theatre schedules audio described, BSL-interpreted, captioned and live subtitled shows, plus touch tours.
Soho Theatre bar is open until late every day apart from Sundays. It serves coffees and soft drinks through to cocktails and wine. Adnams brewery supplies the beer. Their menu offers a selection of pizzas, burgers and sandwiches, plus a variety of snacks.
If you’re looking for something a bit more fancy, Soho Theatre works with Quo Vadis, the restaurant next door. They offer a two or three course theatre set menu.
On Friday nights, the Piano Bar is open with resident pianist Benedict performing from around 10:30pm onwards, or whenever the last performance has finished. On these nights the downstairs bar is open until 1am for all visitors.