16 Denman Street, London, W1D 7DY
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LocationThe Piccadilly Theatre is located in the heart of London, just behind Piccadilly Circus. There are plenty of other attractions and hotspots nearby such as the markets of Covent Garden and the vast greenery of Hyde Park, and Green Park, the Ritz hotel and the Royal Academy are all within walking distance. Theatregoers are spoilt for choice when it comes to eating, with restaurants and bars crowding the local streets.
Getting thereBy Tube: The nearest tube station to the theatre is Piccadilly Circus which is on both the Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines.By bus: Numbers 24, 29 and 176 will get you close to the theatre.By taxi or car: The nearest car park is on Denman Street, with a tariff of £1.80 per 15 minutes and a maximum charge of £32.00. Hailing a taxi after a show should be easy as many black cabs will be driving past the roads around the theatre after a performance.
SeatingThe Piccadilly Theatre has a fairly large seating capacity of 1,232 people on three levels – the Stalls, Royal Circle and Grand Circle. As you can see from the seating plan on the right, the Stalls is the largest seating area and is also the closest to the stage. Located on the ground floor of the auditorium, the Stalls allow the audience to be up close to the actors on stage and see their facial expressions, with great views from most seats. Prices decrease the further back you go, but so does the quality of view, and seats towards the front of this section are the most popular and most expensive.
The next level up is the Royal Circle which hangs above the Stalls. Seats here can be cheaper than the Stalls below, but the view is still excellent and although you are further from the stage, panoramic views can be had from up here. The front couple of rows have excellent views and prices are therefore similar to Stall prices, but again, the further back you go, the less the price-tag is.
The highest section in the Piccadilly Theatre is the Grand Circle, and tickets here are the cheapest in the auditorium. Although you are furthest away from the stage, seats in the front couple of rows are good and you will not feel that far away. At the back is where the rock-bottom priced tickets are, but be aware that you will get what you pay for, and your view may not be the best in the house.
AccessibilityThe auditorium at the Piccadilly Theatre consists of 3 levels: the Stalls, Royal Circle and Grand Circle. There is 1 step from the street into the main foyer of the theatre, or else guests can use the alternative level entrance down the side alley on Sherwood Street, which provides ramped access to the Royal Circle. From the foyer there are 15 steps down to the Stalls, 28 steps up to the Royal Circle and 70 steps up to the Grand Circle. Concessions are available for disabled guests and their companion.
There is only 1 space for a wheelchair user during each show, accessed via the Sherwood Street entrance and in Row A of the Royal Circle. Transfer seating is also available into A28 of the Royal Circle, as well as aisle seats elsewhere in the section. There is an adapted toilet next to Box C and the accessible area at the front of the Royal Circle. The bars all require guests to climb a set of stairs, although drinks can be arranged to be brought to disabled visitors in their seats instead.
The theatre is fitted with a Sennheiser infra-red system, with headsets available from the Box Office when valid ID is provided as a deposit. Induction loop necklaces are also provided. Guide dogs are welcome throughout the theatre, including the auditorium.Access bookings telephone line 020 7492 9930 or access booking form
HistoryThe Piccadilly Theatre opened in 1928 to the design of Marc-Henri Levy and Gaston Laverdet, with an Art Deco interior and a plain facade. The building is a medium-sized venue seating 1232 people across 3 levels. The theatre was one of the largest in London when it was first built, and in its early days was used as a venue for ballet, drama and films, becoming the first venue in Britain to show a talking picture, The Singing Fool starring Al Jolson.
In 1936 the theatre was converted into a cabaret restaurant and was renamed as The London Casino, and during WWII, part of the building was destroyed by a bomb meaning that repairs had to be done before it could be used again. In the 1950s the theatre was reopened under its present name and hosted the first ever London performances of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and A Streetcar Named Desire. The Beatles also performed and recorded material there in the 1960s.
In the latter half of the decade the musical Very Good Eddie ran for 411 performances starting in 1976, and in 1986 the theatre became the setting for the popular ITV variety show Live from the Piccadilly, hosted by Jimmy Tarbuck. Matthew Bourne’s acclaimed production of Swan Lake also toured the theatre in the 1990s. As the years have progressed the theatre has moved more towards producing musicals, with recent productions including Guys and Dolls, Jailhouse Rock and Grease which closed in April 2011. In 2011 the theatre became the home of Ghost the Musical, based on the 1990 movie of the same name. This was followed by a disastrous production of new Spice Girl's Jukebox musical Viva Forever and a production of new musical Dirty Dancing, based on the classic movie. In 2014 the Piccadilly Theatre became the new home of Jersey Boys.