Shaftesbury Theatre

Shaftesbury Theatre London

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History of the Shaftsbury Theatre

On the 26th December 1911 the Shaftsbury Theatre opened in the West End originally under the name of the New Princes Theatre with a production of The Three Musketeers.

Since then the theatre has undergone two name changes; in 1914 it became the Princes Theatre and later in 1963 it was renamed the Shaftesbury Theatre.

The stage phenomenon Hair played here for just shy of two thousand performances, but this legendary run was cut short when part of the ceiling fell down in 1973 forcing closure. The future looked decidedly grim for the theatre but after a sustained campaign the theatre was awarded Grade II listed status in 1974.

Granted a stay of execution, successful productions rolled into the theatre, including West Side Story (1975) Kiss of the Spiderwoman (1992) and Rent (1998). The theatre then briefly returned to its operatic roots when it was used as a stand-in venue for the Royal Opera House which was undergoing a major redevelopment program in nearby Covent Garden. In 2006 the Shaftesbury underwent its own series of redevelopment, with close attention paid to the Stalls and Dress circle areas. Since then Hairspray: the Musical ran for three years (2007-10) and Rock of Ages (2011) and From Here to Eternity (2013) have all graced this magnificent venue.

Travel Details

The Shaftesbury Theatre can be found in the very heart of the West End near vibrant Covent Garden and is conveniently accessed by three tube stations. There are many pleasant shops to browse through and a plethora of different bars and restaurants that cater for all tastes.


Holborn (5 minutes’ walk)
Covent Garden (5 minutes’ walk)

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).

Shaftesbury Theatre London
210 Shaftesbury Ave, London WC2H 8DP

Shaftesbury Theatre London Seating Plan

The seating capacity of the theatre is 1,400 spread over three levels; Grand Circle Dress Circle and Stalls.

The Shaftesbury Theatre is one of the youngest theatres in the West End and therefore does not suffer from the same viewing problems that affect older venues.

Disabled access

Guide dogs are permitted in the auditorium but if you contact the theatre prior to booking, the management can provide a dog-sitting service during performance times if required.

Transfer seating is available in the Dress Circle and wheelchair access is permitted in boxes A and B. You will need assistance to access the boxes, so please contact the management with any requirements prior to booking.

An infra-red and induction loop system is installed in the theatre and headsets are available for hire at the merchandise and confectionary stall.

There are accessible toilets in the Royal Circle close to boxes A and B. There is limited seating in the bar areas but drinks can be brought into the auditorium to patrons who have difficulty accessing the bar.

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