Gielgud Theatre

History of The Gielgud Theatre

The Gielgud Theatre is located on Shaftesbury Avenue in the West End. The venue currently offers a 986-seat capacity with seats on three levels.

The theatre was designed by W.G.R Sprague and opened in 1906 as The Hicks Theatre. It has been home to many successful musicals including The Beauty of Bath and A Waltz Dream. In 1909 Charles Frohman managed the theatre and renamed it The Globe Theatre, a name that stuck for 85 years.

The theatre had a cat called Beerbohm who was so popular he received an obituary in The Stafe in 1995 when he died. The theatre was refurbished in 1987. When Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre was reconstructed on London’s South Bank in 1994 the theatre was renamed the Gielgud. It was refurbished again in 2008.

Travel Details

The Gielgud Theatre can be found in the heart of the West End, right in the middle of London’s effervescent Soho district. Therefore it is within easy reach of all major transport links including buses, tube stations, taxis (and even rickshaws).

There is a plethora of quality pubs, bars and restaurants for all tastes and requirements and visitors are recommended they visit the colourful quarter of Chinatown; right on the doorstep of this historic venue.

Bus routes: 14, 19, 38


It is within the Congestion Charge Zone (7am until 6pm). The nearest car park is the Q Park Chinatown Car Park (20 Newport Place, WC2H 7PR).


Charing Cross - tube and mainline (8 minutes’ walk)


Piccadilly (1 minute walk)
Leicester Square (5 minutes’ walk)



GIELGUD THEATRE
33 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 6AR

GIELGUD THEATRE Seating Information

The Gielgud Theatre has a seating capacity of 986 spread out over three levels: the stalls, the dress circle and the grand circle.

There are some restricted views in the dress circle – please contact the box office for more information.



Disabled access

It is advisable to contact the management prior to your visit to arrange facilities to accommodate your specific needs.

There is an accessible toilet near the foyer bar. A temporary ramp is available to assist where necessary.

There is an infra-red system and induction loop in the auditorium and 14 headsets are available from the foyer.

Guide dogs are permitted inside the auditorium.

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