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Charing Cross Theatre London

What’s On at Charing Cross Theatre

The 2024 events schedule at Charing Cross Theatre proves why this tiny but dynamic venue is one of the best in London for fans of new musicals. It has long been the place to go if you want to see the UK premieres of cult international hits, and this year is no different. A Wild West film adaptation - Bronco Billy - is swiftly followed by South Korea’s acclaimed Marie Curie musical. This sweeping tribute to the scientist’s courage, resilience and determination has its English language premiere at Charing Cross and is a must-see if you want to get a taste for musical theatre styles outside of the UK.

About the Charing Cross Theatre

The Charing Cross Theatre is located underneath The Arches near Charing Cross Station. With a seating capacity of 265, it is one of the smallest West End theatres and often stages revivals of lesser-known musicals and plays. Founded in 1936, the Charing Cross Theatre occupied several different sites in the surrounding area before relocating to its current site, which was formerly a Victorian music hall called The Player's Theatre.

In 2005 the theatre was refurbished and opened as The New Players Theatre with a production of the rarely revived Snoopy! The Musical. In 2011, the theatre was taken under the new management of Broadway producer Steven M. Levy and Sean Sweeney and was christened the Charing Cross Theatre. Notable productions include the UK premieres of Broadway musicals Violet and Amour, alongside well-received revivals of The Woman in White, Titanic and Ragtime.

The Charing Cross Theatre has retained a slice of its history by naming its popular in-house restaurant as the Players Bar & Kitchen. The theatre space is fully flexible and can be transformed from a traditional proscenium arch staging to a unique in-the-round experience, depending on the show.

Map and Address

The Arches, Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NG

The Charing Cross Theatre is located underneath Charing Cross station, close to Embankment, the Playhouse Theatre, and attractions including the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery. Central London tourist hubs Leicester Square and Covent Garden are both approximately 10 minutes away from the theatre. Due to the theatre’s prime location, there are excellent transport links nearby. See to plan your journey.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The box office opens one hour before the start of each performance for in-person bookings and collection. If you are picking up tickets, please have your confirmation and ID to hand as this can help the box office team locate your order.

What time does the Charing Cross Theatre open for a show?

The auditorium opens around 30 minutes before the show starts. As the theatre is located under the arches at Charing Cross station, it has a quirky atmosphere that is worth arriving early to soak up.

What food and drink are available at the Charing Cross Theatre?

The Players Bar offers a wide selection of drinks as well as some light bites and pizza. As well as pre-performance drinks, the bar is also open until late Tuesday - Thursday and Saturday, with live singing and piano music, often featuring current and classic show tunes!

Does the Charing Cross Theatre have a cloakroom?

There are no cloakroom facilities at the venue and space is quite limited. Patrons are encouraged to only bring small items that they can comfortably rest on their lap or under their seat during the performance.

Where should I eat near the Charing Cross Theatre?

The theatre is located just off Villiers Street, where there are many cafes and restaurants to grab something to eat before or after the show. L'ulivo is a popular choice due to its proximity to the theatre, serving tasty Italian classics. Alternatively, sample an American fast-food favourite with Five Guys, which is less than a five minute walk away.

What is the best hotel to stay at near the Charing Cross Theatre?

The Amba Hotel is a luxury hotel located within the Charing Cross Station complex and less than a five-minute walk from the theatre. If you'd like to stay in central London for a lower price, try the Z Hotel Trafalgar Square, which is around a 10-minute walk from the theatre.

How do I contact the box office?

The box office can be contacted directly on 08444 930 650 from 4pm - 8pm Monday to Saturday. For further contact details and venue information, visit
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