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Gielgud Theatre London

Gielgud Theatre, London - The Home of To Kill A Mockingbird

About the Gielgud Theatre

The Gielgud Theatre first opened in in 1906 and was designed by W. G. R. Sprague in the Louis XVI style of architecture. It was originally named the Hicks Theatre in honour of the actor, manager and playwright Seymour Hicks, but was renamed the Globe Theatre in 1909 and finally as the Gielgud Theatre in 1994.

During its time as The Globe Theatre, the venue had a resident cat named Beerbohm, who was known for attacking props and occasionally wondering onto the stage during performances. Beerbohm was so popular that when he died in 1995, he became the only cat to receive a front-page obituary in The Stage.

The Gielgud Theatre has a capacity of 994 and is typically used for short runs of plays and musicals. Many famous directors and actors have worked at the theatre, including its namesake John Gielgud, who directed and starred in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest in 1939. Other notable productions include Macbeth starring Patrick Stewart and Equus starring Daniel Radcliffe, both in 2007 and The Ferryman by acclaimed playwright Jez Butterworth in 2017.

Plan your visit

The Gielgud Theatre opens around 60 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 Gielgud Theatre is fully air-conditioned.
There are limited cloakroom facilities at the Gielgud Theatre that operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Items cost £1 to check.
Upon entry to the theatre, security staff will undertake bag and ticket checks. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early to allow plenty of time.
There are three bars at the Gielgud Theatre, situated in the foyer, stalls and dress circle. The bars serve a range of alcoholic and soft drinks, snacks, confectionery and ice creams. No hot food is permitted inside the theatre.
The Gielgud Theatre is located on Shaftesbury Avenue, which benefits from a wide range of cafes and restaurants. A pre-theatre dinner at Sophie's Steakhouse is a popular choice with theatregoers, due to its proximity to the theatre. Alternatively, sample some of Milan's tastiest food at the popular Italian eatery, Princi, which is a five-minute walk from the theatre.
The Premier Inn Leicester Square is just a five-minute walk away from the theatre and offers a range of affordable rooms in the heart of London's West End. If you're looking to make your trip to the Gielgud Theatre extra-special, spend the night at the five-star W London Hotel, which is less than a three-minute walk from the theatre.
The Gielgud Theatre opened in 1906 and was designed by architect W.G.R. Sprague. The theatre is designed in a spectacular Louis XVI style, notable in the classical ornamentation and features throughout the venue. The Gielgud was most recently renovated in 2008, with updates to the facade on the front of the theatre and boxes reinstated in the dress circle.

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 have your confirmation email and a form of ID to hand.
The Gielgud Theatre box office is open from 10am until 8pm on Monday-Saturday for in-person bookings and collection,
The Gielgud Theatre box office can be contacted via email on
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 Gielgud Theatre's auditorium, along with its bar spaces and VIP rooms can be hired for private and corporate events. For full details of pricing and what the theatre can offer email
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