Phoenix Theatre

Phoenix Theatre London

The Phoenix Theatre on Charing Cross Road was designed by the three architects Bertie Crewe, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and Cecil Massey and first opened its doors in 1930.

The first play to feature at the theatre was Noel Coward's Private Lives starring the writer himself and his partner on stage Gertrude Lawrence, plus an unknown young and up-and-coming actor by the name of Laurence Olivier. This signalled the start of a long and fruitful relationship that Coward would go on to have with the theatre. The bar of the Phoenix is named the Noel Coward bar in his honour.

The venue continued to attract some of the biggest names in performance history, including Terence Rattigan who saw two of his plays produced here: The Browning Version and Harlequinade.

A musical version of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales (1968) ran for over 2,000 performances. Another incredibly successful production was Willy Russell's Liverpool musical Blood Brothers (1991) that ran continuously for 21 years.

Travel Details

Charing Cross Road London WC2H

Nearby tube stations:

Tottenham Court Road: 3 minute walk
Leicester Square: 3 minute walk Charing Cross (tube and mainline): 8 minute walk)
Bus routes running along Charing Cross Road include: 19, 22, 24, 38, 40, 176)

The Phoenix Theatre is within the Congestion Charge Zone (7am until 6pm). The nearest car park is Westminster City Council or the Q-Park car park in Chinatown.

Phoenix Theatre London
Charing Cross Road London WC2H 0JP

Phoenix Theatre London Seating Plan

The seating capacity of the theatre is 1,012 spread over 3 levels; Stalls, Dress Circle and Upper Circle.

Disabled access

  • Transfer seating is available in the Dress Circle
  • Wheelchair access is provided in Box C
  • An accessible toilet is available at the rear of Box C
  • Guide dogs are not permitted in the auditorium
  • Theatre staff are able to look after guide dogs during the show
  • There is an induction loop and infra-red system in the theatre for the hard of hearing

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