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Playhouse Theatre

Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DE GB

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Cyrano de Bergerac

Playhouse Theatre

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The highly respected Jamie Lloyd Company is delighted to announce their latest production, a fresh new version of the all-time classic Cyrano de Bergerac. It stars the awesome James McAvoy and it's their opening production for a brand new West End season. They've collaborated with the Ambassador Theatre Group, and the show is being supported by British Airways, with 15,000 free tickets for new theatregoers and 15,000 £15 tickets for under 30s, key workers and people on government benefits. It's going to be amazing!
  • Booking until: Saturday, 29 February 2020
  • Running time: 2 hours 50 minutes
  • Starring: James McAvoy
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The Seagull

Playhouse Theatre

Tickets from £38.50
The Seagull is a marvellous classic of a play by the Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov, written in 1895 and first staged a year later. This is one of the playwright's greatest successes, dramatising the romantic and artistic battles between four powerful people: the writer Boris Trigorin, an innocent young woman called Nina, the ageing actress Irina Arkadina, and her son the playwright Konstantin Tréplev. And the talented British actress Emilia Clarke is about to give it an entirely new, fresh face.
  • Booking from: Wednesday, 11 March 2020
    Booking until: Saturday, 30 May 2020
  • Starring: Emilia Clarke
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A Doll's House

Playhouse Theatre

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Two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain plays Nora in her UK stage debut leading the company of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, in a version by Frank McGuiness.
  • Booking from: Friday, 10 July 2020
    Booking until: Saturday, 5 September 2020
  • Starring: Jessica Chastain
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Playhouse Theatre Facilities

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

Playhouse Theatre Access Tickets

Disabled theatregoers and their carers can get discount tickets. Please phone the Playhouse Theatre access line on 080 0912 6971.

Playhouse Theatre Location

Travel Information

Nearest Tube station
  • Embankment
  • Charing Cross
Nearest Rail Station
  • Charing Cross
Tube lines
  • Bakerloo
  • Circle
  • District
  • Northern
Day buses
  • (Whitehall) 3, 12, 24, 53, 88, 91, 159, 453; (Strand) 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 29, 87, 139, 176
Night buses
  • (Whitehall) 12, 53, 88, 159, 453, N2, N3, N5, N18, N20, N44, N52, N91, N97, N109, N136, N381; (Strand) 6, 23, 139, 176, N9, N11, N13, N15, N21, N26, N29, N47, N87, N89, N155, N343, N550, N551
Playhouse Theatre history

From the outside

The Grade 2 listed Playhouse Theatre features a striking exterior that curves gently around Northumberland Avenue into Craven Street. Inside there are a series of beautiful paintings and a glorious flowery safety curtain, plus scary-looking lights shaped like horse’s skulls.

Playhouse Theatre architecture and history

First called the Royal Avenue Theatre, and soon after wards being renamed the Avenue Theatre, the current gorgeous building was designed by Blow and Billerey and opened back in 1882. Specifically designed to house comic operas and burlesques at first, it soon followed the fashion of the day and turned its face towards serious theatre, with the famous George Bernard Shaw creating his first play especially for the venue. W. Somerset Maugham premiered his work there and classics by Tennessee Williams, Ibsen and Chekhov all took the stage to considerable acclaim.

Twenty five years after its opening the building was being renovated when part of Charing Cross railway station collapsed on top of it. Six of the workers were killed, which delayed the re-opening until 1907, at which point it was renamed the Playhouse Theatre.

In the 1950s the BBC bought the theatre for radio and live TV recordings, which included the hit comedy series Steptoe and Son. During the 1960s it was used for live gigs and hosted performances by household names like Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

The BBC left in 1976 and the building was deserted, threatened with demolition. But the decision to add an extra storey saved its life, being rented out to businesses to provide essential extra revenue. Thanks to this innovation the Playhouse Theatre opened again in 1987and has hosted a wide variety of shows, from musicals to Shakespeare plays, ever since.

Amazingly, the complex machinery under the stage is original.

Jeffrey Archer owned the theatre from 1988 to 1992. In 2003 Maidstone Productions became the new independent owners, with the famous Broadway producers Ted and Norman Tulchin putting on a dazzling string of hit productions. These days it is owned by the Ambassador Theatre group.

Past shows at the Playhouse Theatre

Over the years the delightful Playhouse theatre has been home to Gladys Cooper, The Almeida Theatre Company, The Peter Hall Company and more. Hit shows have included Gagarin Way, The Unexpected Man, Dinner with Friends (which won the coveted Pulitzer Prize), and Turgenev's Fortune's Fool on Broadway with Alan Bates and Frank Langella, both of whom won Tony awards for their performances. Recent productions include Richard Eyre's Vincent in Brixton.

Playhouse Theatre access

You’ll find wheelchair spaces in the stalls, rows G and J, with space for a companion. Plus six transfer spaces. You can store your scooter or wheelchair in the rear of the stalls.

Playhouse Theatre tickets

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