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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.

Plan your visit

The Garrick Theatre opens around 45 minutes before the show starts. The Box Office opens from 10am on Monday-Saturday.
There is no specific dress code for the theatre. Patrons should wear attire that is comfortable and appropriate for the occasion.
Yes, the Garrick Theatre has an air-conditioning system.
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.
Upon entry to the theatre, security staff will undertake bag and ticket checks. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early to allow plenty of time.
The Garrick Theatre has two bars, one on in the foyer and another in the circle. Patrons can purchase a range of alcoholic and soft drinks, snacks, confectionery and ice creams.
The Garrick Theatre 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 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 Garrick.
The Garrick Theatre opened in 1889 and was designed by architects Walter Emden and Charles John Phipps. The Grade II listed theatre is named after the actor and theatrical impresario David Garrick who was hugely influential in the theatre industry in the 18th Century. As you enter the auditorium, look up and try to spot the groups of cupids each baring the names of celebrated authors.

Help booking tickets

Tickets are held at the box office for collection on the day of your performance. Patrons should try to 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 Garrick Theatre box office is open from 10am until 8pm on Monday-Saturday for in-person bookings and collection. If there are Sunday performances, the box office will open from 10am until the final performance commences.
The Garrick Theatre box office can be contacted on 0330 333 4811.
STAR (Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers) are the industry body that regulates the sale of London theatre tickets. When booking from a company you can check their 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 Garrick Theatre can be hired for private 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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