Her Majesty's Theatre
57 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4QL
(1 Sep 2020 to 6 Mar 2021)
LocationHer Majesty’s Theatre, like many of London’s top theatre venues, is located amid London’s Theatreland, close to Piccadilly Circus and on the Haymarket leading down to Trafalgar Square. As you would expect in such as well-known and busy area of the city, there are plenty of hotels, restaurants and shops near the theatre, as well as good transport links and a lot of other top London attractions within walking distance including the National Gallery, Nelson’s Column and the London Transport Museum.
Getting thereBy Tube: The nearest Tube station to the theatre is Piccadilly Circus, which can be reached on both the Piccadilly line and the Bakerloo line.By bus: Numbers 6, 12, 13, 15, 22B, 38, 53, 88 and 159 all stop near the theatre.By taxi or car: The nearest car park to the theatre is Trafalgar Spring Gardens, which charges £20.00 for 4 hours of parking. You can pick up a cab from the rank outside Charing Cross Road which is some distance away, or else hail a taxi from along Haymarket.
SeatingHer Majesty’s Theatre is one of the larger auditoriums in London, with a seating capacity of 1216 people per performance split across four levels. Ticket prices vary considerably across each section of the theatre, meaning that there will be a seat for every budget or preference. The section nearest to the stage is the Stalls, as can be seen in greater detail in the seating plan to the right. The Stalls undoubtedly contain some of the best views of the stage, particularly if you manage to secure tickets in the centre of the front rows of the section; however, the very front row makes it harder to see the stage clearly and some of the ends of the rows have a slightly obscured view, so it is worth paying a little extra for top seats. The prices in the Stalls are generally the most expensive in the auditorium, but for most seats the premium view is worth the price.
The Royal Circle overhangs the Stalls and can provide some excellent seats at good value for money. The prices can be similar to those in the Stalls, but arguably the view is even better particularly as the back of the stage is important in The Phantom of the Opera and you can see this more clearly than from some Stalls seats. In addition, prices do vary the further back you go in the section.
The second highest tier of the theatre is known as the Grand Circle, and is probably the best place to sit if you want a bargain ticket with a reasonable view of the stage. Prices are markedly lower in this section reflecting the distance from the stage – however, for a balance of view with price they deliver as expected.
The uppermost tier in the theatre is called the Balcony. Seats in this section do feel far away from the main action, and those at the very back are not recommended unless you want a very cheap ticket. The seats in the front few rows do have their advantages, and you will get a good view of the show’s most memorable stage trick!
It is worth noting that there are pillars in the theatre that will partially block some patrons’ views; these are generally cheaper than other seats surrounding them and will be sold as restricted view.
AccessibilityHer Majesty’s Theatre is made up of 4 levels in total: the Stalls, Royal Circle, Grand Circle and Balcony. There is level access from the street into the foyer via a set of double doors. From the foyer there are 18 steps down to the Stalls, 32 steps up to the Royal Circle, 62 steps up to the Grand Circle and 89 steps up to the Balcony, with 2 steep steps between each row in both Circles. There is an alternative entrance into the Stalls through the fire exit on Charles II Street; theatre staff will be happy to guide disabled patrons into the auditorium through this entrance. Concessions are available on tickets for all disabled visitors and their carers.
There are 4 spaces for wheelchair users in row S of the Stalls, next to seat S12. There is space for companions close to these seats, and transfer seating is available to any aisle seat in the Stalls section. The other levels are not accessible for wheelchair users. There is an adapted toilet inside the entrance on Charles II Street, and whilst all the bars within Her Majesty’s Theatre can only be reached by stairs it is possible for drinks to be brought to patrons in their seats.
There is an induction loop at the Box Office and an infra-red system with headsets, which can be collected from the cloakroom adjacent to the Stalls bar. Guide dogs are welcome within the auditorium, or if preferred the management can dog-sit for up to 4 dogs per performance.Access bookings telephone line +44 (0) 20 7087 7966 or access booking form
HistoryHer Majesty’s Theatre is a Grade II-listed theatre that has stood on the site since 1705, although the current building has only been in existence since 1897 under the management of Herbert Beerbohm Tree. The name of the theatre changes with the current monarch; most recently it was known as His Majesty’s Theatre until the accession of Elizabeth II to the throne. The theatre has hosted a wide variety of dramatic arts since its opening, with everything from opera to drama and musicals taking to the stage at some point in its long history. In addition to putting on classic Shakespeare plays, Her Majesty’s Theatre has also been the home of some significant plays on their first outing, including George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion and Chu Chin Chow by Oscar Asche as well as works by playwrights such as J. B. Priestly, Noel Coward and J. M. Synge.
In the 20th century the theatre became a well-known venue for the new genre of musical theatre, largely thanks to the wide and flat stage that enabled performers to put on impressive large scale productions. Chu Chin Chow ran for an incredible 2235 performances from 1916, and later musicals to take to the stage included Follow the Girls, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof and Jeeves. The current production of The Phantom of the Opera opened at the theatre in 1986 and has played there ever since, becoming one of the longest-running musicals in the West End and only beaten by Les Misérables.