The Piccadilly Theatre has a history dating back to its opening in April 1928. The theatre was built with a plain facade and an Art Deco style interior, designed by Marc-Henri Levy and Gaston Laverdet and in shades of green and gold – the Piccadiily retains this colour scheme to this day. Additionally, when the theatre first opened it was one of the largest in London, with the original souvenir brochure boasting that ‘if all the bricks used in the building were laid in a straight line, they would stretch from London to Paris’! The theatre is in a thriving tourist location just behind Piccadilly Circus, right in the centre of the capital and close to a number of other attractions and entertainment sites.
Since opening in 1928, the Piccadilly Theatre has been used for a wide range of different kinds of entertainment, spanning everything from cinema through to ballet and drama. The opening production, Blue Eyes, was a musical and starred one of the most celebrated actresses of the era, Evelyn Laye, after which it was taken over by Warner Brothers and used as a cinema. This period of the theatre’s history is notable as it was the first place in Britain to show a talking picture, a film called The Singing Fool starring Al Jolson, before reopening as a venue for live performance and drama in November 1929.
Later on the Piccadilly Theatre was converted into a cabaret restaurant and reopened in 1936 as The London Casino, under which name it was renowned for its over-the-top stage shows. During the Second World War it was one of many significant London buildings to be damaged during bombings, with a German bomb landing on part of the theatre and necessitating extensive repairs in the 1950s. However, the theatre reopened once more under its present name and was recognised as a location for plays, revues and indeed musicals, making its mark by hosting the first ever London performances of A Streetcar Named Desire and Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?. The theatre was also the venue for broadcast entertainment such as the variety show Live from the Piccadilly, hosted by Jimmy Tarbuck, in the 1980s and with the Beatles recording material in the 1960s.
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Address: Piccadilly Theatre
The nearest tube station to the Piccadilly Theatre is Piccadilly Circus, which is the recommended way to arrive at the theatre given the high levels of traffic around the centre of London. The station is accessible on the Piccadilly line, although if you are coming from elsewhere in the city and would like to avoid changing lines you can also walk to the theatre from either Leicester Square or Charing Cross stations, accessible from the Northern and Bakerloo lines. Charing Cross is also a mainline train station with connections to other parts of the country. If you are travelling to the theatre from somewhere else within the city and want to take the bus there are a lot of services that stop in Piccadilly Circus – look out for numbers 24, 29 and 176 and check the board on the front of the bus for details. For all Tube and London bus travel, a day travelcard or Oyster card afford good value for money and can be used for an unlimited number of journeys during a 24-hour period.
If you prefer to drive to the theatre the nearest car park is on Denman Street, with a tariff of £1.80 per 15 minutes and a maximum charge of £32.00. There is also a car park on Brewer Street where you can pay £26.00 for 4 hours of parking, or alternatively there are meters on Archer Street and Brewer Street that charge £4.40 per hour, although these can get busy on evenings and weekends in particular. You may find it cheaper and easier to hail a taxi from any of the various ranks around the city.
Venue has unavoidable steps - Yes
Number of steps between each floor - Stalls down 15 steps.Royal Circle up 28 steps (2 steps between rows ).Grand Circle up 70 steps.
Are there any handrails? - Two side
Location of accessible fire exits and refuges - At alternative entrance
Accessibility restrictions - Only 2 wheelchair users allowed
Wheelchair and Scooter - Users
Location of storage for wheelchairs/scooters - 2 wheelchairs can be stored in the Royal Box
Floor surfaces - Carpets
Facilities for Hearing Impaired
Induction loop available - Yes
Infra-red system available - Yes
Locations of induction loops / infra red systems - Loops in Box office infra-red in auditorium
Other services for hearing impaired - Close captionSub titlingSurtilingStagetext
Services for Visually Impaired
Are audio described tours available? - Yes
Are touch tours available? - Phone to enquire
Braille - No
Large print - On request
Tape - No
Are guide dogs welcome? - Yes
Guide dogs can remain with owner - Yes - Dog sit with staff
Restrictions - Yes
Number limit - 3
Information and restrictions relating to guide dogs - Dogs will be looked after by a member of staff