Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7EZ
LocationThe Apollo Theatre is located on one of the most famous streets in London, Shaftesbury Avenue. With a host of other auditoriums lining this stretch of road including the Lyric and Queen's, as well as a host of restaurants and bars in Chinatown, it is an interesting place to stroll along and soak up the atmosphere of London. Exciting areas such as Leicester Square, Covent Garden and Piccadilly Circus surround the Apollo Theatre.
Getting thereBy Tube: The nearest tube station to the Apollo Theatre is Piccadilly Circus on both the Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines. It is roughly a three minute walk away.By bus: Numbers 1, 14, 19, 22, 24, 29, 38, 55 and 176 all stop close to the theatre.
By taxi or car: The nearest car park is the Soho Q-Park on Poland Street. This car park participates in a half-price theatre parking scheme, which means you may pay as little as £10 for up to 4 hours of parking. There are plenty of busy roads around the theatre from which to hail a taxi.
SeatingThe Apollo Theatre has quite a small seating capacity of 775 on four levels– the Stalls, Dress Circle, Upper Circle and Balcony. As you can see from the seating plan to the right, the Stalls section is the closest to the stage and also the largest seating capacity. Due to the proximity to the stage, tickets in this section tend to be at a higher price as you may feel more a part of the show being so close, and you can also see the actor's facial expressions. Prices in this section do vary however, due to how big it is, and seats towards the back can be a lot cheaper, meaning that you may find yourself a bargain if you are lucky and don't mind sitting further from the stage.
Above the Stalls on level 1 of the auditorium is the Dress Circle. The first couple of rows have brilliant views of the stage and prices here are similar to those at the front of the Stalls. Although seats in this section are not as close to the stage, excellent, panoramic views can be had from here, allowing an overall view of the scenery and stage setting below. The section is relatively narrow, with a generous curve meaning that seats towards the ends of each row do not look straight onto the stage.
Located above the Dress Circle is the Upper Circle on level 2. As with the Dress Circle, the front couple of rows have good views and are a real bargain if you don't mind sitting up high as the price drops dramatically. You may feel quite far from the stage in the back rows, however.
The highest seating tier at the Apollo is the Balcony, which is the furthest away from the stage. The rock-bottom prices can be found in this section but views can be hindered, although restricted viewing seats are pointed out before booking. Seats on the front row are obstructed by the lighting rig, although are lower than the other rows. There is a safety bar in front of each row which can be rested on, and may cause disruption for smaller audience members. The whole section is very steep so do not sit here if you have an issue with heights.
AccessibilityThere are 4 levels to the Apollo Theatre: the Stalls, Dress Circle, Upper Circle and Balcony. There are steps to all levels, although the Stalls can also be reached via a platform lift that is suitable for wheelchair users. The main foyer is 12 steps up from street level, but there is an alternative level entrance on Shaftesbury Avenue that staff can open for those who need it. Concessions are available for all disabled patrons and their carers.
There are two spaces for wheelchair users in the Stalls, although transfer seating is also available in this section if preferred. There is also an adapted toilet on the Stalls level. Both bars at the Apollo can only be reached via stair, but staff can bring drinks into the auditorium for disabled guests.
The Apollo Theatre is generally quite well set up for disabled visitors, and has both an induction loop and infra-red system installed in the theatre, for which booking ahead is required. Signed events, audio-described tours and touch tours are all available, and braille, large print and tape formats can be provided upon request. Up to 2 guide dogs are permitted inside the auditorium during each performance, or else can be looked after by theatre staff for the duration of the show.Access bookings telephone line 020 7492 9930 or access booking form
HistoryThe Apollo Theatre opened over a century ago in 1901 in the heart of Theatreland, with a selection of light operas and comedies such as Kitty Grey and Véronique establishing its place as a major theatre in London. It was one of the early developments in London's theatrical heritage, and only the fourth theatre to be constructed in the Shaftesbury Avenue area. Built by a relatively unknown architect at the time, Lewin Sharp, it is recognisable today from the four distinctive angel figurines that adorn the facade.
In the 1920s and 30s shows by highly established playwrights such as Noel Coward and Ivor Novello were performed on the stage of the Apollo, winning public and critical acclaim. Perhaps the most commercially successful productions were the plays Boeing Boeing and Don't Dress For Dinner, enjoying runs of over 3 years each. In recent years, the Apollo Theatre has hosted lots of successful productions such as The Glass Menagerie, Rain Man and Yes, Prime Minister.
Today, the Apollo Theatre is owned by the Nimax Theatre chain it was home to the highly successful Jersualem until January 2012. After a successful run of The Madness of George III, the theatre hosted a revival of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night, followed by a transfer from the Globe Theatre of Richard III and Twelfth Night. The theatre was then home to the National Theatre's hit production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time for a year. After going dark for a short period in 2014 the theatre reopened with Let the Right One In.
- Peter Pan Goes Wrong, opened 20 Oct 2016, closed 29 Jan 2017
- The Go-Between, opened 27 May 2016, closed 15 Oct 2016
- Horrible Histories - The Best of Barmy Britain, opened 05 Aug 2016, closed 03 Sep 2016
- Nell Gwynn, opened 04 Feb 2016, closed 30 Apr 2016
- Peter Pan Goes Wrong, opened 04 Dec 2015, closed 31 Jan 2016
- Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, opened 24 Sep 2015, closed 29 Nov 2015
- Dear Lupin, opened 30 Jul 2015, closed 19 Sep 2015
- The Audience, opened 21 Apr 2015, closed 25 Jul 2015
- My Night With Reg, opened 17 Jan 2015, closed 11 Apr 2015
- Urinetown, opened 29 Sep 2014, closed 10 Jan 2015
- Let The Right One In, opened 26 Mar 2014, closed 30 Aug 2014
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, opened 01 Mar 2013, closed 09 Dec 2013
- Richard III, opened 06 Nov 2012, closed 10 Feb 2013
- Twelfth Night, opened 02 Nov 2012, closed 09 Feb 2013
- Long Day's Journey Into Night, opened 02 Apr 2012, closed 18 Aug 2012
- The Madness Of George III, opened 18 Jan 2012, closed 31 Mar 2012