Location: The Arches, Villiers Street
Currently Showing: Vanya and Sonia and Marsha and Spike
Access: Charing Cross
Stage Door: wait inside
Ownership: Steven M Levy & Sean Sweeney
This theatre, which is located under the Arches of Charing Cross Station, was first established in 1864 as the Gattis-in-The-Arches. The Players Theatre moved to this venue on 14th February 1946. Many live recordings were made in this theatre, including Stella Moray, Maurice Brown and, in 1967, the music label Decca Records recorded A Night of Music Hall. At its peak of success, the Players Theatre had 5000 members, but, in 2002, the theatre became overwhelmed by debt and closed.
The space was refurbished in 2005 and was reopened in 2006 as the New Players Theatre. After Broadway producer Steven M. Levy and founding member of Encore Tickets Sean Sweeney took over the theatre in 2011, the venue was renamed the Charing Cross Theatre.
Recent productions at the venue include: the Broadway transfer of Ghetto Klown in 2011 which starred John Leguizamo; the world premiere of 6 Actors in Search of a Director, written and directed by Steven Berkoff; La Boheme from November 2012-January 2013; Ushers: The Front of House Musical in March-June 2014; Titanic the Musical in May to August 2016; Ragtime in October to December 2016; and the UK premiere charity gala performance of Disaster in November 2016; the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman in White in November 2017.
The Charing Cross Theatre is located under The Arches. It is a short distance from: The Strand, Embankment, Charing Cross and Trafalgar Square. The venue is complete with a bar and restaurant (called the Players Bar & Kitchen) and has an approximately 250-seat auditorium.
Our favourite restaurants nearby are:
- La Piazza – Villiers Street, Italian
- All Bar One – Villiers Street, pub, chain
- Bella Italia – The Strand, chain, wide menu, vouchers available
The Charing Cross Theatre is a small venue so the view from all of the seats is good and unobstructed. The best seats are in the front block of the Stalls (row B to J). The rear block of the Stalls is from row K back to X, and also offers good views. There is a walkway in front of row K, so this row offers extra legroom.
Reviews from the Charing Cross
Disaster the Musical – ★★★★ “…a hilarious musical, a wonderful parody of disaster movies” Read more >>>
The Woman In White – ★★★★ “…a thrilling, haunting story of a love triangle surrounded by greed, betrayal, deceit and misinformation” Read more >>>