Playhouse Theatre London (Kit Kat Club)

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Playhouse Theatre (Kit Kat Club)
Address: Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DE
Nearest Underground or Train Station: Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line), Embankment (Northern line, Bakerloo line, District line, Circle line)
Nearest Buses: 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29, 53, 77A, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176, 453

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What's on at the Playhouse Theatre (Kit Kat Club)?
Cabaret is a current production at the Playhouse Theatre (Kit Kat Club). The latest booking period for Cabaret at the Playhouse Theatre (Kit Kat Club) started 15 November 2021 and runs until 16 December 2023. Tickets for Cabaret start at £298 and are available to book now
How do I get to the Playhouse Theatre (Kit Kat Club)?
Public transport is recommended to travel to the Playhouse Theatre (Kit Kat Club).  The nearest underground or train stations are Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line), Embankment (Northern line, Bakerloo line, District line, Circle line). If arriving by bus, then the nearest bus lines are 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29, 53, 77A, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176, 453.  If driving to the theatre, the nearest car parks are Q-ParkTrafalgar and Q-Park Chinatown (more parking information).  For directions to the Playhouse Theatre (Kit Kat Club) see our Google Maps directions or Apple Maps directions.
Is there a dress code at the Playhouse Theatre (Kit Kat Club)?
There is no specific dress code at the Playhouse Theatre (Kit Kat Club), with most people just wearing their everyday clothes.
Does the Playhouse Theatre (Kit Kat Club) have air conditioning or air cooling?
Yes, the Playhouse Theatre (Kit Kat Club) has an Air Conditioning system.
What is the Accessibility at the Playhouse Theatre (Kit Kat Club)?
Playhouse Theatre (Kit Kat Club) accessibility information
Access phone number: 0800 912 6971
Access email address: customercare@theambassadors.com
Accessible toilets situated: Foyer
Number of Wheelchair spaces: Stalls x6
Sound amplification: N/A
Access from street to foyer: Ramp
Access from theatre foyer to seats (number = stairs): 28 to Dress Circle, 82 to Upper Circle
Level access: To Stalls
Stair lift, lift or ramp available: Ramp to Foyer
How many seats are in the Playhouse Theatre (Kit Kat Club)?
The Playhouse Theatre (Kit Kat Club) has 786 seats.
Who owns the Playhouse Theatre (Kit Kat Club)?
The Playhouse Theatre (Kit Kat Club) is owned by ATG

Playhouse Theatre (Kit Kat Club) Facts

What date did the Playhouse Theatre (Kit Kat Club) open?

11 March 1882

Who designed the Playhouse Theatre (Kit Kat Club)?

F. H. Fowler / Detmar Blow and Fernand Billerey

What was the first production at the Playhouse Theatre (Kit Kat Club)?

The Drums of Oudh, and Toddles

Other Playhouse Theatre (Kit Kat Club) facts

The Playhouse was a reconstruction of the Royal Avenue Theatre (also known as the Avenue Theatre), designed by F. H. Fowler, which opened on 11 March 1882 but was damaged by the collapse of part of Charing Cross Station on 5 December 1905; the reconstructed theatre opened as the Playhouse Theatre, designed by Detmar Blow and Fernand Billerey on 28 January 1907.


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Theatre History

The Playhouse Theatre was originally known as the Royal Avenue Theatre, and opened on 11 March 1882 with a production of Jacques Offenbach’s Madame Favart. It was commissioned by and designed by F. H. Fowler.

The theatre interior underwent a renovation in 1905 by architectsDetmar Blow and Fernand Billerey, but a terrible fire at Charing Cross Station led to part of the station roof collapsing into the theatre, killing six workman and damaging the renovations.

The theatre finally reopened on 28 January 1907, under the current name of the Playhouse Theatre.

In 1951 it was taken over by the BBC as a recording studio for live performances.

The theatre staged the premier of George Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man and has hosted WS Gilbert, Gladys Cooper, The Almeida Theatre Company, The Peter Hall Company and many stars of stage and screen including Kristin Scott Thomas, Christian Slater, Bob Hoskins, Val Kilmer, John Malkovitch, James McAvoy, Emilia Clarke, Jessica Chastain, and Eddie Redmayne.


Theatre Previous Shows

Past shows that have played at the Playhouse Theatre (Kit Kat Club) include:

Fiddler On The Roof
The Jungle
The Best Man
Glengarry Glen Ross
Derren Brown: Underground
Caroline, Or Change
The Kite Runner
An Inspector Calls
David Baddiel - My Family: Not The Sitcom
The End of Longing
1984
Speed-the-Plow
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games
1984
Spamalot
The Mystery of Charles Dickens

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