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Apollo Theatre

31 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES GB

Now showing at the Apollo Theatre

The Snail and the Whale

Apollo Theatre

Tickets from £18.25

Join a tiny snail on her trip round the world in Tall Stories’ magical, musical production inspired by the much loved picture book by Julia Donaldson
and Axel Scheffler.

Longing to see the world, a tiny snail hitches a lift on the tail of a humpback whale. Together they go on an amazing adventure - but when the whale gets beached, how will the snail save him? Follow the tiny snail’s exciting journey, as seen through the eyes of an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father...

Storytelling, live music and lots of laughs for everyone aged 4 and up, from the Olivier Award-nominated company that brought you ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘Room on the Broom’ live on stage

  • Booking from: Saturday, 30 November 2019
    Booking until: Sunday, 5 January 2020
  • Running time: 55 Minutes
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Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Apollo Theatre

4.7/5 - based on 137 reviews - (Read reviews) 4.7 137 reviews Tickets from £23.75
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Everybody's Talking About Jamie is a brand new but already hugely popular 2017 musical with music by Dan Gillespie Sells and a book and lyrics by Tom MacRae. It was inspired by the remarkable BBC3 documentary, screened in 2011, called Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, and it's on at the glittering Apollo theatre.
  • Booking until: Saturday, 29 August 2020
  • Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Everybody's Talking About Jamie tickets
Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain - Part 5

Apollo Theatre

Tickets from £18.40

We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead!

So BARMY BRITAIN is back with a brand-new show full of crazy new characters and rude new rulers from Britain’s barmy past!

Will you conquered by King William? Will you sink or swim with King Henry I? Will Thomas Becket get the chop? Go house hunting with King Henry VIII! Are you scared to scale the Tudor scaffold? Join the gorgeous Georgians as they take over England! Break into Buckingham Palace and hide from the Queen! Watch out for the witch of World War Two!

Britain’s favourite history show is back in the West End with a brand-new production!

It’s history with the nasty bits left in!

  • Booking from: Thursday, 30 July 2020
    Booking until: Saturday, 29 August 2020
  • Running time: 70 Minutes
Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain - Part 5 tickets

Apollo Theatre Facilities

  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Disabled toilets
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Member of Q-Park scheme
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair/scooter access

Apollo Theatre Location

Travel Information

Nearest Tube station
  • Piccadilly Circus
  • Leicester Square
Nearest Rail Station
  • Charing Cross
Tube lines
  • Bakerloo
  • Piccadilly
  • Northern
Day buses
  • (Shaftesbury Avenue) 12, 14, 19, 38; (Regent Street) 6, 13, 15, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453
Night buses
  • (Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, N19, N38; (Regent Street) 6, 12, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453, N3, N13, N15, N109, N18, N136
Apollo Theatre history

From the outside

The Apollo Theatre is a magnificent building with an impressive French Renaissance façade, typical of theatre designs of its time, with four angels looking down from above. And the interior is equally stunning, in deep gold and bright silver, cool cream and rich terra cotta red, with beautiful carving and scarlet plush seating arranged traditionally in three sumptuous tiers. Look out for the fabulous mural and amazing carved ceiling. And, to the right of the entrance, the dramatic flying lizard emblem complete with lions and silver chains.

Apollo Theatre architecture and history

Named for the Greek god of the Arts and a Grade Two listed building, the Apollo Theatre was designed by Lewen Sharp and is one of smallest of Shaftesbury Avenue’s six theatres. When it was first designed, two exciting innovations were included: a pillar-free auditorium, so there’s no such thing as a restricted view. And a specially-created orchestra pit designed specifically with acoustics in mind for a crystal clear sound.

Opened in 1901, in the same year as Queen Victoria’s death, it was effectively the first purpose-built Edwardian theatre. Originally built to house musical comedies, the Apollo put on a run of plays during the First World War. In between the end of the first and the beginning of the Second World War it came into its own with popular comedies and revues and finally, in 1944,became home of the infamous Noel Coward play, Private Lives.

For the next 40 years, long-running light comedies were the Apollo’s stock in trade. It was given a facelift in 1965 and between the’70s and ‘90s remained a showcase for fantastic writing and acting talent. Since 2005 the Apollo has been owned by the Nimax Theatres chain and continues its long history as a well-loved West End show venue.

Past shows at the Apollo Theatre

Kicking off with a series of light operas including 1901s Kitty Grey and 1904s Véronique, the Apollo Theatre has been home to the best of British and international writing. It showed Ivor Novello’s A Symphony in Two Flats in 1929 and the Pulitzer Prize winning Idiot’s Delight, by Robert Sherwood, in 1938. Terrence Rattigan’s Flare Path graced the stage in 1942, to rave reviews, and Noel Coward’s Private Lives hit the big time there in 1944.

More recently the Apollo has staged Driving Miss Daisy, Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell, The Deep Blue Sea, Pop Corn and more, with stellar performances from an impressive collection of household name actors including Vanessa Redgrave, Zoe Wanamaker, Peter O’Toole and Penelope Keith.

Apollo Theatre access

The entrance is through a door to the left of the Upper Circle entrance, on Shaftesbury Avenue, beyond which is a stair lift to the stalls, and stairs with handrails.

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