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Apollo Theatre London

About the Apollo Theatre

The Apollo Theatre opened in 1901 and is one of a cluster of theatres on Shaftesbury Avenue that is generally considered the heart of London's West End theatre district. Architect Lewin Sharp designed the theatre with a specific focus on the presentation of musical theatre. The first production at the Apollo Theatre was the American musical comedy The Belle of Bohemia and over the subsequent years, a high turnover of musicals and plays opened at the venue.

Constructed in a French Renaissance style, the Apollo is opulently decorated with much of the Grade II listed theatre adorned in a lavish Louis XIV style. Due to the death of Queen Victoria in the month preceding the Apollo's grand opening, the theatre became the first to be completed in the Edwardian period.

In 2013, the Balcony collapsed during a performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, destroying some of the ceiling's ornate plasterwork. The Apollo Theatre was closed for three months while investigations took place and re-opened in 2014 with a reduced capacity. A temporary ceiling was placed above the upper circle, enclosing the Balcony section, which has remained out-of-use ever since. Notable recent productions at the Apollo Theatre include Everybody's Talking About Jamie, Jerusalem, and The Audience.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time does the Apollo Theatre box office open and how do I collect tickets?

The box office is open from 10am on performance days to both book and collect pre-bought tickets. We recommend patrons arrive as early as possible to avoid queues and allow enough time to enter the auditorium. Please ensure you bring your confirmation email and a form of ID.

What time does the Apollo Theatre open for a show?

The theatre opens 45 minutes before each performance begins.

What food and drink are available at the Apollo Theatre?

There are two bars in the theatre, one in the stalls and one in the upper circle. The bars serve a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as crisps, ice cream and other snacks.

Does the Apollo Theatre have a cloakroom?

Yes, there is a paid cloakroom at the theatre. Items cost £1 to check.

Is the Apollo Theatre air-conditioned?

Yes, there is air conditioning in the theatre.

Where should I eat near the Apollo Theatre?

The theatre is located on Shaftesbury Avenue, where there are many cafes, restaurants and pubs to grab something to eat before or after the show. Mediterranean fast food restaurant Leon is a popular choice for theatregoers as its just across the road from the theatre. The theatre is also around a 5 minute walk to Chinatown, where you can experience authentic East Asian cuisine from one of the many eateries.

What is the best hotel to stay at near the Apollo Theatre?

The theatre is well located for nearby hotels, including the Hotel Café Royal, which offers a luxury experience and wonderful Weekend Escape packages. Alternatively, if you're on a budget, the Premier Inn in Leicester Square is just a few minutes walk from the theatre.

How do I contact the box office?

The theatre box office can be contacted directly on 0330 333 4809.
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