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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.

Plan Your Visit

The Apollo Theatre opens 45 minutes before the show starts. The Box Office is open from 10am to book and collect tickets.
There is no dress code for the theatre. Visitors should wear attire that is comfortable and appropriate for the occasion.
Yes, there is air conditioning in the Apollo Theatre.
Yes, there is a paid cloakroom at the Apollo Theatre. Items cost £1 to check.
Security staff will be completing bag and ticket checks upon entry to the theatre, so patrons are encouraged to arrive early to allow plenty of time.
Some shows do have age restrictions due to the content in the show. Age recommendations for each show are available on the relevant production pages. All adults and children entering the theatre must have a ticket. All children aged 15 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult and seated together.
Booster seats are available for children at the Apollo Theatre, but are given out on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early to avoid disappointment. Please ask an usher to assist you if you require one.
There are two bars in the Apollo 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.
The Apollo 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.
The Apollo 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.
The Apollo Theatre was built in 1901 and was designed for the specific purpose of musical theatre by architect Lewin Sharp. The front façade of the theatre is noted for its Renaissance style sculpted stone fascia, which is worth viewing while you're waiting to enter the theatre.

Help Booking Tickets

Ticket collection is available at the box office on the day of your performance. 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.
The Apollo Theatre box office is open from 10am until 8pm Monday to Saturday, as well as from 10am until the start of the final performance on Sundays. Customers are able to make in-person bookings during these periods.
The Apollo Theatre box office can be contacted directly on 0330 333 4809.
STAR (Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers) is the industry body that regulates the sale of London theatre tickets. When booking from a company you can check the STAR ticket seller database to see if they are registered and conforming to STAR practices. When buying online, you should also check for the padlock in your browser URL bar to ensure the connection is secure.
The Apollo Theatre can be hired for private hire and corporate events. For full details of pricing and what the theatre can offer, please call 020 7395 0780 or email
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