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Gielgud Theatre

35-37 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR GB

Now showing at the Gielgud Theatre

Les Misérables: The All-Star Staged Concert

Gielgud Theatre

4.9/5 - based on 21 reviews - (Read reviews) 4.9 21 reviews Tickets from £156.25
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It started life as a French concept album. The first musical-stage adaptation of Les Misérables took place at the Palais des Sports in 1980, a run lasting three months. In 1983 the legendary theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh was given of a copy of the concept album by the director Peter Farago, who thought it was brilliant. He asked Mackintosh to create an English-language version of the show, Macintosh agreed, and the rest is history.
  • Booking until: Thursday, 21 November 2019
  • Starring: Alfie Boe, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Matt Lucas, Michael Ball
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Girl From the North Country

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4.4/5 - based on 16 reviews - (Read reviews) 4.4 16 reviews Tickets from £23.75
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The Gielgud Theatre is your venue for Girl From the North Country, a fabulous musical with a book by Conor McPherson and a treat that's jammed full of wonderful Bob Dylan songs. This is a relatively new musical, which premiered at the Old Vic theatre in October 2017. McPherson also directs. The show was a huge success and soon transferred to the Noël Coward Theatre, a 12 week run that was also a success and featured many of the original cast. Now it's being revived in the West End.
  • Booking from: Tuesday, 10 December 2019
    Booking until: Saturday, 1 February 2020
  • Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Upstart Crow

Gielgud Theatre

Tickets from £23.75

Ben Elton brings his critically acclaimed and much adored BBC sitcom UPSTART CROW to its natural home, the stage, with an all-new comic play set to delight London’s West End.

Starring David Mitchell, once more donning the bald wig and bardish coddling pouch in his iconic characterisation of Will Shakespeare and Gemma Whelan as the sweet and fragrant Kate.

  • Booking from: Friday, 7 February 2020
    Booking until: Saturday, 25 April 2020
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Gielgud Theatre Facilities

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

Gielgud 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
Gielgud Theatre history

From the outside

A magnificent corner building, highly decorated and beautifully ornate, the Gielgud Theatre is absolutely palatial in typically Edwardian style. Inside the seats encircle the stage in a practical, intimate and attractive horseshoe, with an interior a visual feast of cream, coral and gold lit by an immense chandelier.

Garrick Theatre architecture and history

The Garrick theatre first opened in late December 1906, originally built for and called the Hicks Theatre after the famous actor, manager and playwright Seymour Hicks. It was designed by W.G.R. Sprague in classic Louis XVI style, and was built as a sister theatre to the 1907 Queen's Theatre on the adjacent corner of Shaftesbury Avenue.

In 1909, the theatre was renamed The Globe, after the original theatre of that name was knocked down in 1902 to create the Aldwych. The first production was a play written by Winston Churchill’s mother. The theatre’s tabby cat, called Beerbohm, appeared on stage regularly and was incorporated into plays often until he died at the ripe old age of twenty. Look out for his portrait, hung along the corridor near the stalls.

Totally refurbished in 1987, bringing back its splendid circular Regency staircase, oval gallery and tower back to sparkling life, the theatre was finally re-named The Gielgud in 1994, in honour of the British actor Sir John Gielgud and to avoid confusion with the 1997 opening of Shakespeare's re-imagined Globe Theatre on the South Bank of the Thames.

In 2003, Sir Cameron Mackintosh announced plans to refurbish the Gielgud again to create a common entrance with its sister, the Queen's Theatre, which faces magnificent Shaftesbury Avenue.

In 2006 Delfont Mackintosh Theatres took over from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Theatre company and the work on the facade began in early 2007.

Past shows at the Gielgud Theatre

Call It A Day, a popular play by Dodie Smith, ran from 1935 and put on an impressive 509 performances. Terence Frisby's classic, There's a Girl in My Soup, ran for 1,064 performances from 1966, a record that wasn’t broken until Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of the Olivier Award-winning comedy Daisy Pulls It Off in 1983. In 1987 the play Lettice and Lovage was a huge hit starring British actress Maggie Smith. The Garrick has shown a handful of Alan Ayckbourn premieres and Oscar Wilde's comedy, An Ideal Husband, was a show stopper in 1992. The Garrick has also presented One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Shakespeare’s Macbeth, The Mikado, The Robin Williams classic Weapons of Self Destruction, the famous musical Hair, Yes Prime Minister and many more stellar performances.

Gielgud Theatre access

The Gielgud Theatre is right next to The Queen’s Theatre, so make sure you get the right door! There’s access for wheelchairs and scooters.

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