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Garrick Theatre London

About the Garrick Theatre

The Garrick Theatre opened in 1889 and was financed by renowned playwright W. S. Gilbert. The theatre is named after Shakespearean actor David Garrick – the first West End venue to be named after an actor. The building work for the theatre required deep excavation and was hampered when an Ancient Roman river was uncovered during construction threatening the entire project, however, despite the delays the theatre was completed and opened with Arthur Wing Pinero's play The Profligate.

In its early years, the Garrick Theatre largely staged melodramas and light comedies, including works by Sydney Grundy, Seymour Hicks and W. S. Gilbert. More recently the theatre has housed several major revivals of musicals and plays, such as Chicago, Rock of Ages and the acclaimed National Theatre adaptation of An Inspector Calls. In 1982 the play No Sex Please, We're British played at the Garrick for four years, before transferring to the nearby Duchess Theatre. The play remains the longest-running comedy in West End history, playing over 6,700 performances.

In 2000 the Garrick Theatre was acquired by Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group but was sold five years later to Nimax Theatres, who still own the venue today.

Frequently Asked Questions

The box office is open from 12pm until 8pm on Monday-Saturday for in-person bookings and collection. If there are Sunday performances, the box office will be open from 10am until the final performance commences.
The venue opens 45 minutes before the performance starts. The bars and auditorium should be open at the same time, allowing you to grab a drink and find your seat with plenty of time before the performance.
The theatre has two bars, one in the foyer and another in the Circle. Both bars offer spirits, wines, beers, soft drinks and snacks. Food and alcohol from outside the venue is strictly forbidden. A Click & Collect service is offered to theatregoers to pre-purchase drinks and beat the queues. You should receive a text within 48-hours before the performance with instructions on how to use Click & Collect.
A small cloakroom is available for ticket holders to store larger items during the show. There is a small charge per item stored and access is on a first-come, first-served basis, so try to avoid taking large items with you and arrive early if you need to store anything.
The venue has a comfort cooling system to ensure good air flow around the theatre during the warmer months.
The venue is located in the heart of the West End, where there is a wide range of cafes, restaurants and pubs at your fingertips. Browns, a British brasserie and bar, is a popular choice for a pre-theatre dinner and is just a five-minute walk from the theatre. Alternatively, head to the Garrick Arms pub, which is next door to the theatre and serves a range of British pub classics.
The Assembly Hotel is located just across the road from the theatre and has rooms at a range of prices. The hotel's location makes it ideal for exploring London and is well-connected with several nearby London Underground stations. For an apart-hotel experience, take a look at the Wilde Aparthotel, which is a 10-minute walk away from the venue.
The box office can be contacted on 0330 333 4811. You can find other contact details and further venue information at
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