Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Piccadilly Theatre London

Theatre Address & Map

16 Denman Street, London, W1D 7DY
Nearest tube station: Piccadilly Circus


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Facilities

  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible

Seating Description

The theatre seats 1232, and seating is split into stalls, royal circle and grand circle. The stage is low, offering a fair view from the front row of the stalls. The royal circle and grand circle seats are split into two blocks, left and right, divided by an aisle. The grand circle has a steep rake, so that the back seats feel very high up.

Bar Facilities

There are bars at stalls, royal circle and grand circle level, and a small foyer kiosk. Soft drinks are from £2.30 and there is an extensive wine list, glasses priced from £6, and a programme is £7.

Theatre History

In its grand opening in 1928, The Piccadilly Theatre was one of the largest theatres in London. Its brochure stated ‘If all the bricks used in the building were laid in a straight line, they would stretch from London to Paris’. In its early days, the Piccadilly Theatre was used as a cinema. It is famous for showing the very first ‘talkie’ to be shown in Britain, The Singing Fool, with Al Jolson. The Piccadilly Theatre has been home to most theatre genres. It was home to Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, with the original Broadway cast, and Sir Ian McKellan starred in an RSC production of Edward III.

In the 1990s it expanded into dance and musicals, including the most successful ballet production of Swan Lake by Adventures in Motion Pictures, and the musical Spend Spend Spend. Prior to Ghost the Musical, the Piccadilly Theatre has been home to Jailhouse Rock, Guys and Dolls and Grease.

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