Haymarket Theatre Royal

Theatre, West End Soho
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Haymarket Theatre Royal
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One of the West End's most established venues is one for traditional theatre fans

Unlike its West End peers, Theatre Royal Haymarket’s repertoire trips along at quite pace. Record-breaking musicals and long-running classics are passed over in favour of straight plays, and the theatre plays host to a healthy clutch of openings each year. An ornate, regal interior, one of the finest in theatreland, sets off classics such as Edward Bond’s ‘The Sea’ and Steven Berkoff’s ‘On The Waterfront’ and you’ll likely catch a thesp or celeb in the audience.

The grade I listed building seems to be a continued draw for big name actors, while the Masterclass initiative allows emerging, aspiring young writers to develop their talent.

Tickets range from £15 for seats way up in the gallery to in the £100-mark in the stalls, depending on show and availability.

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Venue name: Haymarket Theatre Royal
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Address: 18 Suffolk St
London
SW1Y 4HT
Transport: Piccadilly Circus tube
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Tara P
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The Theatre Royal is a large, grand building conveniently located within spitting distance of Picadilly Circus and Leicester Square. The interiors and bar area are luxurious and opulent - picture lots of gilding and ornate mirrors. The drinks are at the expensive end of the theatre scale, but they do provide large jugs of water, which is kind.


However, your experience of the Theatre Royal, as with many of the older London theatres, will depend on your seats. The stalls and circles offer good views and acceptable seating, but no matter how low the price, I'd recommend avoiding the balcony at all costs.


The views aren't too bad, but the seats are appallingly uncomfortable - bench-style seating done to a low standard. The actual seating area is narrow and I can't see how anyone other than a child could sit comfortably. Those of us with a normal sized bum tend to slip off!


We made the decision to skip the second half of a recent performance, as we really couldn't face another hour and a half on those benches.

The Royal has lots to recommend it, but pay a few pounds extra for a much better experience.

Marco D
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It was a beautiful experience visiting the Theatre Royal Haymarket. The interior and the architecture design of the theatre is mesmerising. I love to pay attention to all the tiny details. I had a fabulous view and I was extremely excited to go to the Theatre Royal Haymarket because of the brilliant and breathtaking 'McQueen The Play'. 'McQueen' The Play was impeccable in my opinion and the actors captured the true beauty and life of Alexander McQueen. It's a journey into the imagination and darkness of his life and the people that are involved around him and his work in the fashion industry. This was an incredible piece of art, theatre & costume. I must say 'McQueen The Play' was an absolute joy and it captivated me every second. So dark, strong and romantic. I absolutely loved every moment. Stephen Wight played McQueen beautifully and the likeliness was just breathtaking. Thanks to all the actors in the show. It was a beautiful day at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. #TOTastemaker Lots of love MD.