Venue InformationPlayhouse 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
What's on at the Playhouse Theatre (Kit Kat Club)?
Frequently Asked Questions
Access phone number: 0800 912 6971
Access email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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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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 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
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games
The Mystery of Charles Dickens