Playhouse Theatre London

Venue Information

Playhouse Theatre
Address: Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DE
Nearest Tube or Train: 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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Frequently Asked Questions

What's on at the Playhouse Theatre?

Cabaret is the current production at the Playhouse Theatre. The latest booking period for Cabaret at the Playhouse Theatre started 15 November 2021 and runs until 16 April 2022. Tickets for Cabaret start at £298 and are available to book now.

How do I get to the Playhouse Theatre?

Public transport is recommended to travel to the Playhouse Theatre. The nearest tube 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-Park Trafalgar and Q-Park Chinatown (more parking information).  For directions to the Playhouse Theatre see our Google Maps directions or Apple Maps directions.

Theatre Quick Facts

Date opened: 11 March 1882
Designer: F. H. Fowler / Detmar Blow and Fernand Billerey
First production: The Drums of Oudh, and Toddles
Number of seats: 786
Theatre owner: ATG
Other 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.

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 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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