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Playhouse Theatre

Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5DE

Northbank

0844 871 7631

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Access Booking Info

0800 912 6971

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Nearest Tube: Charing Cross (250m) Embankment (100m)

Nearest Bus: 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29, 53, 77A, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176, 453

Nearest Train: Charing Cross (250m)

Parking:

50% off parking at Q-Park Trafalgar, only 5 minutes walk away, or Q-Park Chinatown.

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.

Shows At This Venue

The Royal Avenue Theatre opened on this site in March 1882 with a revival of Offenbach’s Madam Favart. The ‘Royal’ was soon dropped from the name, but comic operas, burlesques and the like remained the staple fare for several years. For much of this time, Arthur Roberts, a popular star of the music halls, led the company at the Avenue.

The theatre was re-built and re-opened as the Playhouse Theatre in January 1907 with a one act play called The Drums of Oudh and a play called Toddles, by Tristan Bernard and Andre Godfernaux.

Since then, the beautiful Playhouse has hosted the likes of WS Gilbert, legendary actress-manager Gladys Cooper, the BBC, The Almeida Theatre Company, The Peter Hall Company, and Janet McTeer. In January 2003, Maidstone Productions became the new independent owners of the Theatre. Maidstone Productions, belonging to London and Broadway producers Ted and Norman Tulchin, has been behind a string of hit productions on both sides of the Atlantic, including Gagarin Way, Eden and Vincent in Brixton in the West End; Yazmina Reza’s The Unexpected Man, as well as Donald Margulies’ Dinner with Friends, which won the Pulitzer Prize.

The Ambassador Theatre Group have maintained stewardship of the Playhouse Theatre since 2003 and have recently acquired 100% ownership. Recent productions include Richard Eyre’s production Vincent in Brixton starring Clare Higgins and Journey’s End directed by David Grindley. The theatre has most recently been home to La Cage Aux Folles, Dreamboats & Petticoats, The Mystery of Charles Dickens – Simon Callow’s one man show.

 

More Information

Bar

Toilets off the stalls bar, the Dress Circle and the Upper Circle. No steps from Stalls to foyer bar (no seating). Stalls bar (moveable seats, tables) down 29 steps from foyer. Further bars at the back of the Royal Circle (bar stools) and at the Upper Circle (bar stools). Refreshments can be brought to customers in the auditorium - please book in advance.


Toilets

Mens and Womens throughout. There is an access toilet in the foyer, adapted for wheelchair use


Guide Dogs Policy

Guide dogs are permitted in the auditorium at the end of a row in the stalls. Staff are happy to dog sit during the performance


Wheelchairs

There is an access toilet in the foyer, adapted for wheelchair use. Non-adapted toilets are in the Basement Bar, Dress Circle, and Upper Circle. There are wheelchair spaces at rows G and J in the Stalls - a companion can sit in next to the customer. There are a further 6 transfer spaces available. Scooters & wheelchairs will be stored in rear stalls. There are bars in the foyer, basement, dress and upper circles.


Sound Amplification

Induction Loop & Sennheiser Infrared


Access from Street to Foyer

Ramp


Access From Theatre Foyer To Seat

Level access to Stalls, 28 steps to Dress Circle and 82 to Upper Circle


Level Access

To stalls


Air Conditioned

Yes


Accepts Theatre Tokens

Yes


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