Playhouse Theatre

Theatre Charing Cross
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Playhouse Theatre

Opened in 1882 and rebuilt in 1907, the 786-seat Playhouse Theatre was once renowned for its burlesque shows, showed a stunning return to form in 2008 when ‘La Cage aux Folles’ transferred from The Menier Chocolate Factory. Nowadays it's a slightly dated but flexible space with dramatic leanings: the Almeida's ‘1984’ played three successful seasons there, but it's also been home to celebrity vehicles for Christian Slater, Matthew Perry and Lyndsey Lohan.


Venue name: Playhouse Theatre
Address: Northumberland Avenue
Transport: Rail/Tube: Charing Cross; Tube: Embankment
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  • Drama Until Saturday May 12 2018
  • Musicals Until Saturday February 9 2019

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This theatre tends to have some interesting plays and shows and it is worth signing up to the mailing list (via ATG which looks after the theatre).  Note that the restricted view tickets in the Upper Circle involve quite a number of stairs.  It's probably not the best if you have vertigo or long legs (even me at barely 5ft found the lack of leg space difficult).


I've seen a lot of musicals and plays in the 5 years I've lived in London but this week was the first time I visited the Playhouse (to see the fabulous Kite Runner). The theatre is small but elegant, the decor stunning and of course the food and drink over priced. The seats are comfy and have a fair bit of leg room in the stalls however the incline is fairly minimal so any body remotely tall will obstruct the person behinds view. Otherwise a lovely theatre with a good view of the stage from most seats.


A quirky theatre that is in need of some slight upgrades, especially the upper floor bar/waiting area. Listened to some great advice to get cheap tickets in the front row of the Upper Circle. Amazing view, with no issues of legroom (reason for being cheap), unless you are especially tall or have general concerns with legroom. Wouldn't advice going too early due to its limited waiting/lounge areas. Maybe grab a drink elsewhere before the show instead of the ticket+drinks deal that are available.


I was here recently to see the play End of Longing, which I was longing to end! Not Matthew Perry at his best sadly, however the theatre itself is a little treat.

We had upper dress circle tickets to the side and even though we were high up we could see the stage perfectly fine. I am always hesitant in booking seats up in the Gods, but the viewing was well tiered so would definitely book cheaper tickets here again!

There is also a cute little bar just before the dress circle, so you don’t have to queue to get served on the ground floor.