Theatre Address & Map57 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4QL
Nearest tube station: Piccadilly Circus or Charing Cross
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- Air conditioned
- Disabled toilets
- Infrared hearing loop
- Wheelchair accessible
Seating DescriptionThe theatre seats 1216, and seating is split into stalls, royal circle, grand circle and balcony. From the rear of the stalls and royal circle, a view of the top of the stage is restricted by the overhang. A metal bar runs along the front of the grand circle, obscuring the view from the front seats. The balcony is very far back from the stage; viewing and sound quality is poor, especially from the back.
Theatre HistoryThere has been a theatre on the current site of Her Majesty’s Theatre since 1705. The original was established by architect and playwright John Vanbrugh. Since drama was prohibited by law in all but two London theatres, it began life as an opera house, playing host to premieres of a large number of operas. The theatre has always been named after the monarch, though its name changes when a monarch of the opposite sex takes the throne. The present building of Her Majesty’s Theatre was built in 1897, designed by C. J. Phipps. The owner, Herbert Beerbohm Tree, established the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
In the early 20th century, as well as Shakespeare, Tree produced premieres of plays by famous writers including Noel Coward, George Bernard Shaw and J. B. Priestley. In the age of the musical, Her Majesty’s Theatre is particularly useful to its wide stage which will hold a large chorus. It has been host to two record-breakingly long theatre runs, Chu Chin Chow and The Phantom of the Opera.