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Gielgud Theatre

Shaftesbury Avenue, London, United Kingdom, W1D 6AR

Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus & Soho Neighbourhood

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London Underground
Piccadilly Circus (250m), Charing Cross (550m)
National Rail
Charing Cross (550m)
London Buses
14, 19, 38

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Since 1906, the Gielgud Theatre has been home to many traditional and modern classics.

Known originally as the Hicks Theatre, the 986 seater opened with a production of The Beauty Of Bath in 1906, a play co-written by Seymour Hicks. In 1909, its name was changed to the Globe, before being renamed as the Gielgud in 1994, to distinguish itself from the newly opened Shakespeare’s Globe and as a homage to Sir John. John Gielgud made his first of 15 appearances at the theatre in 1928.

Productions at the theatre have included three of A A Milne’s plays in the 1920s (the Winnie The Pooh author who was also a popular playwright) and While The Sun Rises – a wartime comedy romance which ran for 1154 performances, boosting morale throughout 1944 and 1945. Notable performances include Edith Evans as Lady Bracknell in The Importance Of Being Earnest in 1939, directed by John Gielgud, and Judi Dench’s first appearance with the Royal Shakespeare Company in over ten years in All’s Well That Ends Well in 2004.

In 2006, Delfont Mackintosh Theatres took over operational control of the Gielgud, and presented a series of acclaimed productions including The Crucible with Iain Glen, Frost/Nixon with Frank Langella and Michael Sheen, Equus with Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths and Macbeth with Patrick Stewart. More recent successes include Yes, Prime Minister which played at the theatre twice and Graham Linehan’s highly entertaining stage adaptation of the classic Ealing comedy The Ladykillers.

In 2013, the National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident Of The God In The Night-Time transferred to the Gielgud, closing in 2016. The production won 7 Olivier Awards in 2013, at the time equalling the record held by Matilda The Musical.

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Bar

3 licensed bars. No steps to the Foyer bar from the wheelchair space (along a side corridor). Moveable seats. Foyer bar 3 steps up from the foyer. Stalls bar 4 steps down from the back of the stalls, with fixed seats.


Food

Light snacks available


Toilets

Mens and Womens throughout. There are accessible toilets located in the Foyer near the Bar.


Guide Dogs Policy

Access dogs are allowed inside the auditorium. Staff can also dog-sit for three dogs per performance in the Manager’s office.


Wheelchairs

Entrance to the auditorium is through the third side EXIT door on Rupert Street. Ask a member of staff to open this for you. One 12cm step up to the front of the Dress Circle. Venue suitable for scooters. B5 + B30 are wheelchair spaces. Companions to be seated in B6 + B29. Seats on the end of row B also act as transfer seats.


Sound Amplification

Sennheiser Infra-red System with 15 headsets + 2 which attach to hearing aides - collect your headsets from the Cloakroom: name and address required. The best reception is in the front area of all levels of the auditorium. Induction loop at the Box Office.


Access from Street to Foyer

Steps & Ramp


Access From Theatre Foyer To Seat

20 to Stalls. 30 to Grand Circle.


Level Access

Dress Circle & Foyer Bar


Stairs/Lift/Ramp Available

Ramp to Dress Circle


Accepts Theatre Tokens

Yes


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