Phoenix Theatre London

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Phoenix Theatre London
Phoenix Theatre,
WC2H 0JP London
GB

Venue information

The Phoenix Theatre opened in 1930 with the premiere of Noel Coward''s Private Lives featuring Coward himself in the cast, along with Gertrude Lawrence, Adrienne Allen and a young Laurence Olivier.

Coward formed a strong association with The Phoenix returning with Gertrude Lawrence as his co-star in 1936 with the programme of the one -act play Tonight at 8.30. He returned again in 1952 with Quadrille, which opened only a few days after the death of Gertie Lawrence, and Coward wrote how difficult it was to sit through that first night in what he and Gertie had always referred to as ''our theatre''.

The Phoenix enjoyed a succession of very successful plays including John Gielgud's Love for Love during the war, and a season featuring Paul Scofield and Peter Brook in the mid fifties.

A new musical Canterbury Tales adapted from Chaucer''s famous book opened in 1968 and began a 2000 performance run.

The eighties and nineties have seen many award-winning musicals, including The baker's Wife by Stephen Schwarz (directed by Trevor Nunn) and the delightful Into the wood by Stephen Sondheim starring Julia McEnzie; as well as a very successful season of Shakespeare plays.

The current production Blood Brothers, a musical by Willy Russell, which transferred from the Albery in 1991, is the longest running show ever at the Phoenix.

The Building

The theatre opened in 1930 and was beautifully designed by Giles Gilbert Scott, Bertie Crewe and Cecil Masey, with Theodore Komisarjevsky as Art Director.

The entrance on the corner of Charing Cross Road and Flitcroft Street is a rotunda with four columns above the canopy topped by an attic with square windows.

A change of ownership in 1966 led to a refurbishment programme, including the construction of the Noel Coward bar in the Phoenix Street foyer, which was open by the great man himself in 1969.

Respecting the tradition of the Italian theatres, the auditorium shines with golden engraves, red seats, carpet and curtains.

Above the boxes we can admire panels by Vladimir Polunin after Tintoretto, Titian and Giorgione, and the entire safety curtain is a rendition of Jacopo del Sellaio's The Triumph Of Love.

Also, throughout the building, we can enjoy the sculpted wooden doors and the decorated ceilings.

It surely is one of the most beautiful theatres in London's West-End.

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Address: Phoenix Theatre
Phoenix Theatre, WC2H 0JP London
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The Phoenix Theatre is situated in the heart of London on Charing Cross Road. This is the area truly considered to be Theatreland with several theatres based around here. The district is always buzzing with people at all times of the day, and it mostly comes alive at night with people making way to the many restaurants, nightclubs and bars that this part of London has to offer.

The address to the theatre is:

Charing Cross Road London WC2H 0JP

The Phoenix theatre is close to both Tottenham Court Road and Leicester Square tube stations.

Tottenham Court Road is approximately a 5 minute walk away and is on both the Central and Northern Lines, whilst Leicester Square is slightly further, but not by much as it should take around 8 minutes walking from the station to the theatre. Leicester Square is on the Piccadilly and Northern lines.

Parking

Located between Flitcroft Street and Phoenix Street, the Phoenix Theatre is close to a Westminster City Council car park in China Town. Parking costs £15.50 for up to four hours.