Theatre Address & MapCharing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0JP
Nearest tube station: Tottenham Court Road
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- Air conditioned
- Disabled toilets
- Infrared hearing loop
- Wheelchair accessible
Seating DescriptionThe theatre seats 1012, and seating is split into upper circle, dress circle and stalls. There is a barrier running across the front of the dress and upper circles, (higher near the aisles) which may obstruct viewing from the front row. A good rake in the upper circle ensures a good view from the back, even if they feel far away.
Theatre HistoryThe Phoenix theatre opened in 1930, designed by Giles Gilbert Scott, Bertie Crew and Cecil Masey. A change in ownership in 1966, lead to a refurbishment which included the construction of the Noel Coward bar in the foyer, which Coward himself opened. Noel Coward had a strong association with the Phoenix Theatre. He appeared at its opening, in his own play Private Lives. He has also appeared in Tonight at 8.30 alongside Gertrude Lawrence, and Quadrille, which opened just days after Lawrence’s death.
The Phoenix Theatre has hosted successful plays such as John Gielgud’s Love for Love, and a musical version of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (1968). The ‘80s and ‘90s saw award-winning musicals, and a successful Shakespeare season at The Phoenix Theatre. The longest running show at the Phoenix was Blood Brothers, which opened in 1991 and closed in 2012, transferring from a long and successful run at the Albery Theatre.