Location: 16 Denman Street
Currently Showing: The Lehman Trilogy
Access: Piccadilly Circus, exit 4 – Shaftesbury Avenue
Stage Door: exit from main entrance, turn left
Ownership: Ambassador Theatre Group
The Piccadilly Theatre opened in April 1928 and was one of the largest theatre in London, seating 1,400 (now seating 1,232). The theatre’s brochure claims that ‘if all the bricks used in the building were laid in a straight line, they would stretch from London to Paris.’ The first production at the theatre was Blue Eyes.
The theatre was briefly owned by Warner Brothers. After being converted into a cabaret restaurant for a short time, the theatre reopened as a casino. The building was damaged significantly in the Second World War. After repairs in the 1950s, it was reopened again as a theatre as a venue for musicals and plays.
Over the years, the theatre has seen productions including Grease, Ghost, and Guys and Dolls. The Beatles recorded numerous songs there in 1964, and the theatre played host to Live From the Piccadilly (an ITV Sunday variety show) and Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake was performed here.
The nearest tube station is Piccadilly Circus. Take exit 4 marked Shaftesbury Avenue, walk a short distance down the Avenue and take the first left down Denman Road. The theatre is on your right.
The Piccadilly Theatre is situated in the heart of the West End, being a minute from Shaftesbury Avenue and Piccadilly Circus. Oxford Street and Regent Street are famous shopping streets and are only a short distance from this theatre.
Our favourite restaurants nearby are:
- Getti – Jermyn Street, Italian, pizza, pasta, reasonable price
- The Terrace, Le Meridien Hotel – Piccadilly, British cuisine, expensive
The front row is CC (which can be confusing) and, as the stage is not high, you aren’t looking up too much throughout the show. Therefore, it provides an uninterrupted view of the stage with no one in front of you and extra legroom.
Central seats provide the best view of the stage and they are worth the higher price because a lot of the action takes place on the right (as viewed from the auditorium) and high on the stage which can be missed if you are sitting on the very ends of rows or too far back (because of dress circle overhang).
However, for those on a budget, the very ends of rows such as E can be purchased cheaper than the premium seats. These offer very good views of the stage although not perfect.
Where to buy tickets
As the Piccadilly Theatre is owned by the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), the best place to buy tickets is ATG Tickets. However, do shop around as there are sometimes special deals on from ticket companies. Do bear in mind however that sometimes ‘deals’ are not as good as they look and you can end up paying more than the face value price you’ll get from ATG.
Also, ATG offer an ATG theatre card which means you don’t get charged a booking fee on some transactions on the ATG website and you get a discount at the bars of any ATG owned theatres.
Reviews from the Piccadilly
Jersey Boys – ★★★★★ “…captivating in every way and it is impossible to exit the theatre and not have a smile on your face.” Read more >>>
Strictly Ballroom – ★★ “….woefully little dance and weak, meandering plot which leaves a feeling of disappointment” Read more >>>