Location: 110 Charing Cross Road
Currently Showing: Chicago
Access: Tottenham Court Road
Stage Door: Flitcroft Street (out of the main entrance and turn right twice)
Ownership: Ambassador Theatre Group
The Phoenix Theatre was built on the site of an old music hall which was previously a factory. The architects, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, Bertie Crewe and Cecil Massey, designed the theatre in an Italian style, with its features including golden engravings, red seats, curtains and carpets, sculpted wood doors and ornate ceilings.
The theatre opened on 24th September 1930 with the premiere of Noel Coward’s Private Lives. This production starred Noel Coward himself and Laurence Olivier. Coward formed an association with the theatre and returned here in 1952 with Quadrille.
During World War II, the theatre was home to John Gielgud’s Love for Love which featured Paul Scofield. In 1968, a musical adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales was staged here.
On 16th December 1969, to honour Noel Coward’s 70th birthday, there was a special midnight matinee and the theatre’s foyer bar was renamed the Noel Coward Bar.
In the ’80s and ’90s, the Phoenix Theatre was home to many notable productions including, Stephen Schwartz’s The Baker’s Wife, Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods and numerous successful productions of Shakespeare plays. More recently, the theatre has played host to: Blood Brothers, which transferred from the then Albery Theatre and now Noel Coward Theatre in November 1991, and closed after a 21 year run on 10th November 2012, becoming the theatre’s longest running production; the West End debut of Once, which starred Ronan Keating; Bend It Like Beckham; Guys and Dolls, which starred Rebel Wilson; Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace’s The Last Tango; the one month revival of Dirty Dancing; Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s The Girls; the short revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Evita.
The Phoenix Theatre is located on Charing Cross Road. It is very close to Leicester Square, Covent Garden and Cambridge Circus, where there are many restaurants, bars and cafes with outdoor space for the summer. Trafalgar Square is a short distance away. Piccadilly Circus is also around a ten minute walk away.
Our favourite nearby restaurants are:
- La Porchetta Pollo Bar – Old Compton Street, Pizza, inexpensive
- Milano – Shaftesbury Avenue, Italian cuisine, extensive menu
- 21 – Covent Garden, pizza, not too expensive for restaurants in Covent Garden
- Getti – Jermyn Street, Italian cuisine, reasonably priced, wide ranging menu
- The Terrace – Le Meridien Hotel Piccadilly, British cuisine, expensive, classy experience
In the Stalls, there is one central aisle. The premium seats are rows G to K and start from around £100. Seats in rows further forward are cheaper and seats on the central aisle provide the best perspective. The ends of most rows are discounted because the view of the stage is slightly obscured but these provide an excellent view.
In the Dress Circle, the central seats in rows A to D are the best, costing the same as the Stalls premium seats. Seats in the Upper Circle are significantly cheaper but the view is compromised.
Where to buy tickets
The Phoenix Theatre is owned by the Ambassador Theatre Group and so the best place to buy tickets for Chicago is through their website where you will be charged face value plus an additional booking fee. ATG TheatreCard holders will not pay this booking fee and may receive a small discount for tickets for shows at ATG-owned theatres. Also, cardholders will get a discount on drinks at ATG theatre bars.
Review from the Phoenix
Guys and Dolls – ★★★★ “…a marvellous show with swing-style music, brilliant dance numbers and a gangster vibe throughout.” Read more >>>
Chicago – ★★★★★ “…dark and deliciously intoxicating and seductive, and infinitely sexy” Read more >>>