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Piccadilly Theatre

Theatre, West End Soho
4 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
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Musicals are (usually) the order of the day at Piccadilly Circus's biggest theatre

Fittingly for a theatre that's just a hop, skip and a jump away from tourist hotspot Piccadilly Circus, the Piccadilly hosts some of the poppiest, schlockiest shows around. Its 21th century roster has included 'Grease', 'Ghost - The Musical', 'Dirty Dancing', 'Jersey Boys' and 'Strictly Ballroom'. The ill-fated (and awful) Spice Girl musical 'Viva Forever' even darkened its doors in 2012. But more recently, it's made the odd move towards straight drama, staging 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' and banking saga 'The Lehman Trilogy'.

Piccadilly Theatre opened its doors in 1928. It operated for a short time as a cinema and was behind the screening of the first ‘talkie’ in Britain – Warner Brothers’ film ‘The Singing Fool’. But from 1929 onwards, it settled down to staging theatre in earnest. Its run of lavish musical spectaculars was temporarily halted during WWII, when it was damaged by flying bombs. It reopened with crime writer Agatha Christie's play 'An Appointment With Death' in 1945. In the '60s and '70s it landed some high profile London premieres, including Broadway hits 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?', 'Man of La Mancha' and 'A Streetcar Named Desire'. In the 1986, the nation tuned their telly sets to 'Live at the Piccadilly', a Sunday night variety show hosted by the theatre. And in 1997, it hosted ballet for the first time, with Matthew Bourne's memorable West End hit 'Swan Lake'. 

Today, Piccadilly Theatre is part of the Ambassador Theatre Group. It has 1,232 seats across three levels, with a decorative scheme of gold and green that's more restrained than its gilt-happy West End neighbours. 

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Venue name: Piccadilly Theatre
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Address: 16
Denman Street
London
W1D 7DY
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus
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Tastemaker

Recently saw Miranda Hart in Annie here. Paid for cheap seats so we were in the very last row at the top, so I can only review that area. The theatre itself was lovely, however the cheap seats are not. I struggled to see over the people in front of me and spent a lot of time bobble heading. It was very disconcerting because the extraction fan from somewhere was blowing into the theatre. It smelled of barbecue and made you wonder if there was a fire.

tastemaker

I had the chance to see this musical with my aunt and my brother over the summer of 2016 when Rebel Wilson played the lead female role. She was absolutely amazing! I had only ever seen her in movies prior to this and I was really impressed with how well she performed on stage. She held such a great presence without overshadowing the other actors. We had seats upstairs, which wasn't as bad of a view as I thought it would be because we could see the entire stage. This was great during the singing scenes! Overall, an amazing experience and a great show!!

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