Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH
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LocationThe Garrick Theatre is situated on the edge of London’s Theatreland, just above Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery. Many tourist attractions surround the theatre making it the perfect venue to explore before and after the show. Charing Cross Road itself is renowned for its many bookshops, with both secondhand ventures and arge chain stores such as Foyles located within walking distance of the theatre. The Garrick is situated just off Leicester Square and is easily accessible from various bus and tube routes. You can even hear the tube run underneath the theatre during the performance!
Getting thereBy Tube: The most convenient tube stop to reach the Garrick from is Leicester Square on either the Northern or Piccadilly lines, close to the theatre’s entrance.By bus: Numbers 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 15, 24, 29 and 30 all stop close to the theatre.By taxi or car: If you are being dropped off at the theatre by taxi the main entrance is off Charing Cross Road. There is a National Car Park on nearby Drury Lane.
SeatingThis theatre can be particularly tricky due to the many pillars in the stalls section. Better seats are in the Dress Circle to avoid the pillars altogether. The distinctive rumblings of the tube are more noticeable during a smaller play, providing a soft background hum to the performance. The Stalls are divided strangely into three blocks, with two half aisles creating a lower back and right section. The rows fan out, starting with short rows, leading back to the wider auditorium. The section feels deep, and the rear stalls are distant from the action and heavily restricted. The best seats are in the front section, from row AA-L, as central as possible. There is a slight rake throughout meaning that views can be seen over the heads in front, but this is reduced towards the rear. The overhang from the Dress Circle occurs at row M and begins to immediately affect the view of those sat further back. The section feels very dark and overall restricted.Pillars are the main problem in this section creating many restricted view seats. Pillars occur in the middle of Row S and Row N, creating many problems for those sat in the rear house right section. The pillars remain in constant view, although how much they restrict depends on the section. For a pillar free view, aim to sit as centrally as possible.
The Dress Circle is at ground level and accessible from the main foyer. All seats follow the rather deep curve of the balcony, meaning seats on the end of each row become restricted. The section is wider than it is deep and feels very close to the stage and the action. Avoid the last three seats of each row as these provide a side on view to the stage.
The Upper Circle is divided into two blocks by a wide central aisle. The seats are well raked and provide good view altogether of the space. The section does not feel particularly high and you do feel close to the stage. The biggest restriction is again the curve of the balcony, as seats at the end of each row should be avoided as they do not provide a straight on view of the stage. Boxes are again restricted as they look across the stage rather than directly at it.
AccessibilityThe Garrick Theatre consists of three levels, with Stalls, a Dress Circle and an Upper Circle. There are 2 steps up from the street to the main foyer, although there is an alternative entrance with just 1 step down through the fire entrance at the side of the building. There is no level access, but an usher will be available to help you into the alternative entrance if required. From the main foyer there are 29 steps down to the Stalls and 25 steps up followed by 8 steps down to the Upper Circle. There is level access to the Dress Circle. Discounts are available on tickets for all disabled patrons and their carers.
Wheelchair users can use the designated wheelchair spaces in E13 to E15 of the Dress Circle, with further transfer seating also available. The Stalls and Upper Circle are not accessible for those with wheelchairs. An adapted toilet is available, and there are no steps to the foyer bar. However, drinks can be brought to disabled visitors in the auditorium if preferred.
There is an induction loop at the Box Office and infra-red system within the auditorium, with limited headsets available from the Box Office. Up to 3 guide dogs can accompany their owners within the auditorium provided they are in aisle seats, or else the theatre staff will be happy to dog-sit for the duration of the performance.Access bookings telephone line +44 (0) 330 333 4815 or access booking form
HistoryThe Garrick Theatre is a West End theatre dating back to 1889, when it was opened under the management of playwright W. S. Gilbert (of Gilbert and Sullivan fame) and the design of architect Walter Emden. Throughout its history the Garrick has been associated with the genres of melodrama and comedy, although today it could be more readily described as a receiving house for touring productions. It is a relatively small theatre by West End standards; when opening the auditorium seated 800 patrons per performance, but due to the closure of the gallery it currently seats a maximum of 656. The theatre is named after the esteemed Shakespearean actor David Garrick, a legend of the London stage.
The Garrick Theatre opened in 1889 with a production of Arthur Wing Pinero’s The Profligate, with subsequent plays including the comedy A Pair Of Spectacles. Other notable productions in the 20th century were J. M. Barrie’s The Wedding Guest, Rutland Barrington’s Water Babies and Gilbert’s own Harlequin and the Fairy’s Dilemma. Actors including Basil Rathbone and Sir Seymour Hicks also performed on the stage of the theatre. In more recent decades the Garrick saw success with the comedy No Sex Please, We’re British, which played for 4 years from 1982, and the National Theatre’s production of An Inspector Calls.
Today the Garrick is owned by the Nimax group alongside several other major London theatres. Notable productions have included The Little Dog Laughed, All the Fun of the Fair, The Hurly Burly Show, Pygmalion and Chicago. In recent years the theatre has played host to musicals Loserville, Rock of Ages and a revival of Twelve Angry Men. In 2014 The Young Vic's sellout production of The Scottsboro Boys transferred to the Garrick.
2016 saw the arrival of Kenneth Branagh Season at the venue, including plays like The Winter's Tale and The Entertainer. The ensuing years saw the plays The Miser and Don Quixote and musical Young Frankenstein make their home at the Garrick Theatre.
Hollywood legend John Malcovich arrived at the Garrick in 2019 as the star of Bitter Wheat, then a cast full of British comedy stars including Meera Syal delighted audiences in classic farce Noises Off. Frank Skinner brought his well-loved stand-up comedy to the Garric in Showbiz, which ran until February 2020.
- Frank Skinner: Showbiz, opened 13 Jan 2020, closed 15 Feb 2020
- Noises Off, opened 27 Sep 2019, closed 04 Jan 2020
- Bitter Wheat, opened 07 Jun 2019, closed 21 Sep 2019
- Brainiac Live!, opened 31 Jul 2019, closed 01 Sep 2019
- Rip It Up - The 60s, opened 07 Feb 2019, closed 02 Jun 2019
- Adam Kay - This Is Going To Hurt, opened 18 Feb 2019, closed 28 May 2019
- Don Quixote, opened 27 Oct 2018, closed 02 Feb 2019
- Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room, opened 17 Sep 2018, closed 20 Oct 2018
- Young Frankenstein, opened 28 Sep 2017, closed 25 Aug 2018
- Gangsta Granny, opened 26 Jul 2017, closed 03 Sep 2017
- Horrible Histories - More Best of Barmy Britain, opened 20 Aug 2017, closed 02 Sep 2017
- Tape Face, opened 06 Jun 2017, closed 23 Jul 2017
- The Miser, opened 01 Mar 2017, closed 03 Jun 2017
- This House, opened 19 Nov 2016, closed 25 Feb 2017
- Potted Panto, opened 10 Dec 2016, closed 15 Jan 2017
- The Entertainer, opened 20 Aug 2016, closed 12 Nov 2016
- Romeo and Juliet, opened 12 May 2016, closed 13 Aug 2016
- The Painkiller, opened 05 Mar 2016, closed 20 Apr 2016
- Red Velvet, opened 23 Jan 2016, closed 27 Feb 2016
- The Winter's Tale, opened 17 Oct 2015, closed 16 Jan 2016
- Harlequinade, opened 24 Oct 2015, closed 13 Jan 2016
- Let It Be, opened 28 Feb 2015, closed 05 Sep 2015
- Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain part 3, opened 25 Jul 2015, closed 05 Sep 2015
- The Scottsboro Boys, opened 04 Oct 2014, closed 21 Feb 2015
- Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain Part 2, opened 26 Sep 2013, closed 04 Jan 2015
- Twelve Angry Men, opened 07 Nov 2013, closed 14 Jun 2014
- Rock of Ages, opened 18 Jan 2013, closed 02 Nov 2013
- Loserville, opened 01 Oct 2012, closed 02 Mar 2013
- Chicago, opened 07 Nov 2011, closed 01 Sep 2012