The Piccadilly Theatre was built in 1928 by Bertie Crewe and Edward A. Stone for Edward Laurillard. It has a 1,232 seat auditorium with a memorable and unique Art Deco design.
In its early years, the Piccadilly Theatre was briefly taken over by Warner Brothers, and operated as a cinema using the Vitaphone system, and premièred the first talking picture to be shown in Great Britain, The Singing Fool with Al Jolson. He also opened the Jazz Singer in 1928 and appeared afterwards on-stage to sing Mammie. Since then the Piccadilly has presented most forms of stage entertainment from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (with its original Broadway cast) to A Night with Dame Edna. There have been a variety of Royal Shakespeare Company productions including Edward II starring Ian McKellen, and Henry Fonda also made his West End debut in the solo play, Clarence Darrow.