Theatre Address & Map2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH
Nearest tube station: Leicester Square
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- Air conditioned
- Disabled toilets
- Infrared hearing loop
- Wheelchair accessible
Seating DescriptionThe theatre seats 658, and seating is split into stalls, dress circle and upper circle. The original balcony made the seating capacity up to 800, but it has been closed. Since it is far back, it does not obstruct any view from the upper circle. The best seats in the stalls are at least several rows back from the front. Boxes at all levels offer fair viewing.
Theatre HistoryThe Garrick Theatre was commissioned by Gilbert, half of the famous duo, Gilbert and Sullivan, composers of light opera. It was mainly designed by Walter Emden, and opened in 1889. Theatre architect expert, C. J. Phipps, who has a number of West End theatres to his name, was also consulted to overcome such obstacles as an underground river, with planning a build on such a difficult site. In the early days, the theatre was famous for receiving comedies and melodrama, but it now plays a wide range of theatrical genres. Early productions at the Garrick Theatre include The Wedding Guest, by J. M. Barrie, and The Notorious Mrs Ebbsmith by Pinero. The theatre has staged a number of successful adaptations to stage including The Water Babies, based on a book by Charles Kinglsey, and more recently, Brighton Rock, from a book by Graham Green.
In 1968, a redevelopment of Covent Garden saw the Garrick Theatre, along with other nearby theatres, Vaudeville Theatre, Adelphi Theatre, Lyceum Theatre and Duchess Theatre, under threat. However, a campaign to restrict the redevelopment saw all of these theatres saved. There have been refurbishment projects on the interiors and exteriors of the Garrick Theatre to restore the original features of the building. More recent performances include an award-winning 1995 production of An Inspector Calls, and comedy from Ricky Gervais.