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Her Majesty's Theatre London

Her Majesty's Theatre, London - The Home of The Phantom of the Opera

About the Her Majesty's Theatre

The resplendent Her Majesty’s Theatre was designed by architect Charles J. Phipps and opened in 1897. The theatre's first manager was Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, who founded one of the most prestigious drama schools in the world; the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) at the theatre in 1904. A theatre has stood on the site since 1704 when the Queen's Theatre opened, primarily as an opera house, which staged over 25 operas by the renowned composer George Frideric Handel. The name of the theatre changes with the gender of the monarch and was named Her Majesty's on Queen Elizabeth II's ascension to the throne.

Over the years Her Majesty's Theatre has housed world premieres of works by some of the most acclaimed playwrights, including Noël Coward, George Bernard Shaw and J. B. Priestly. Musical theatre dominated the theatre's programming post-war and saw many Broadway transfers of hit musicals including West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof and Brigadoon

Since 1986, the theatre has been the home of Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical The Phantom of the Opera. The musical is the second longest-running musical in the West End, behind Les Misérables, which opened in the previous year.

Plan your visit

Her Majesty's Theatre opens around 60 minutes before the show starts. The Box Office opens from 10am on Monday-Saturday.
There is no dress code for Her Majesty's Theatre. Patrons should wear attire that is comfortable and appropriate for the occasion.
Yes, Her Majesty's Theatre is fully air-conditioned.
Her Majesty's Theatre does have a cloakroom where patrons can store large items, such as rucksacks and suitcases for a small fee. The cloakroom operates on a first-come, first-served basis, so consider arriving early to ensure your luggage can be checked.
Security staff will undertake bag and ticket checks as you enter the theatre. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early to allow plenty of time.
There are three bars inside Her Majesty's Theatre, they are located in the stalls, royal circle and grand circle levels. Patrons can purchase a range of alcoholic and soft drinks, snacks, confectionery and ice creams.
If you're looking for a pre-theatre dinner, look no further than Brumus Bar & Restaurant, which is located opposite Her Majesty's Theatre and offers a tasty range of dishes. If you're in a rush, consider grabbing a pastry, salad or a toastie at Danish bakery chain Ole & Steen, which is a five-minute walk from the theatre.
If you're looking to make your trip to Her Majesty's Theatre extra-special, take a look at the Haymarket Hotel. This five-star hotel is situated right across the road from the theatre and has stunning design features, spacious rooms and excellent spa facilities, including a swimming pool. For a budget option, consider the Z Hotel Trafalgar Square, which is a 10-minute walk away and has a range of affordable rooms.
The present Her Majesty's Theatre opened in 1897 and was designed by architect Charles J. Phipps. A theatre has occupied the site since 1705 when it was established as the Queen's Theatre and its primary use was as an opera house. During the early 1700s, over 25 operas by renowned composer George Frideric Handel premiered at the theatre. Since 1714, the theatre has changed names with the monarch, and thus became Her Majesty's Theatre when Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne in 1952. The Phantom of the Opera has played at the theatre since its premiere in 1986, it is the second-longest-running musical in the West End and is the most successful entertainment project in history, grossing over £3 billion around the world.

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 Her Majesty's Theatre box office is open from 10am until 8pm on Monday-Saturday for in-person bookings and collection.
The phone number for Her Majesty's Theatre box office is currently unavailable, please email customer.relations@lwtheatres.co.uk instead.
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 Her Majesty's Theatre's 1,167 capacity auditorium, alongside its foyer, bar and VIP spaces can be hired for private functions and corporate events. For full details of pricing and what the theatre can offer, please email venuehire@lwtheatres.co.uk.
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