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London’s Gielgud Theatre (Photo: Jeff Spicer)

Gielgud Theatre

Closed until further notice

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Access

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.

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.

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

Contact

Contact the venue:

0844 482 5130 (Calls cost 7p per min plus your telephone company's network access charge)

Your Visit

Security Information:

Security note: For your comfort and security, you may be subject to additional checks on your visit to London theatres. Please contact the venue for more information.

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.

Accepts Theatre Tokens:

Yes

History

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 Dog 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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We are now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen.

We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times you are not able to enjoy the show you have booked for and hope the following helps clarify next steps in respect of your tickets .

There is nothing that you need to do if your performance has been cancelled, but we do ask for your patience.

If you have booked directly with the theatre or show website for an affected performance, please be assured that they will contact you directly to arrange an exchange for a later date, a credit note/voucher or a refund. If you have booked via a ticket agent they will also be in contact with you directly.

We are processing in strict date order of performance, so you are likely to be contacted after the date you were due to go to the theatre. However, we want to reassure you that you will be contacted, and your order will be processed, but please do bear with us.

We’d like to thank everyone who has been patient and kind in dealing with their ticket providers so far and we are sorry that we cannot process your order as quickly as we would like.

Please do not contact your credit card company as that will slow the process down and put an additional burden on our box office and ticket agent teams.

In order for us to serve our audiences the best we can, please do not get in touch with your point of sale if you have booked for performances after 31 May. Please be reassured that if we have to cancel future performances you will be directly contacted by your theatre or ticket provider. Our producers continue to plan for all eventualities dependent on the individual needs of their shows and we will provide further updates on specific shows as and when they become available.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our theatres as soon as we are allowed to resume performances. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.

Theatres are currently closed until 3 August. Some shows have cancelled or rescheduled performances beyond this date, please check with individual shows for details.