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His Majesty's Theatre London

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

About the His Majesty's Theatre

The resplendent His 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 His 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. It is the second longest-running musical in the West End, behind Les Misérables (currently at the Sondheim Theatre), which opened in the previous year. The Phantom of the Opera tickets are some of the most sought-after for theatre fans and tourists from all over the world who want to experience a thrilling, quintessential West End show.

In May 2023, the theatre was renamed His Majesty's Theatre, coinciding marking the coronation of King Charles III. This change of name under a new monarch is a long-held tradition for the venue.

Map and Address

57 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4QL

His Majesty’s Theatre is a staple of Haymarket. Near the theatre, you can find the stunning architecture of Pall Mall and The Mall, with St James’s Park, Soho and Leicester Square offering visitors places to eat, drink and relax. The shopping opportunities of nearby Oxford Street, Piccadilly and Regent Street are some of the best in Central London. Before travelling to the theatre, check www.tfl.gov.uk in case there are delays to your journey.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time does the His Majesty's Theatre box office open and how do I collect tickets?

The box office is open from midday on Monday - Saturday for in-person bookings and collection. Tickets are held 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.

What time does His Majesty's Theatre open for a show?

The venue opens around 60 minutes before the show starts and you are welcome to relax in the bar, lobby or take your seat early.

What food and drink are available at His Majesty's Theatre?

There are three bars inside the venue, located on the Stalls, Royal Circle and Grand Circle levels. Patrons can purchase a range of alcoholic and soft drinks, snacks, confectionery and ice creams.

Is there a dress code at His Majesty's Theatre?

There is no dress code for the venue - The Phantom of the Opera is a musical, not an opera. Patrons should wear attire that is comfortable and appropriate for the occasion.

Does His Majesty's Theatre have a cloakroom?

The 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.

Is His Majesty's Theatre air-conditioned?

Yes, the venue is fully air-conditioned.

Where should I eat near His Majesty's Theatre?

If you're looking for a pre-theatre dinner, look no further than Brumus Bar & Restaurant, which is located opposite the 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.

What is the best hotel to stay at near His Majesty's Theatre?

If you're looking to make your trip 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.

Why is the theatre called His Majesty’s Theatre and will it be renamed?

The theatre has held the same name since 1952, reflecting the 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

It changes name to reflect the United Kingdom’s current monarch and was first rechristened - as the King’s Theatre - in 1714 for King George I. It has subsequently been known as Her Majesty’s Theatre for Queen Victoria and His Majesty’s Theatre between 1901 and 1952 for King George V, King Edward VII and King George VI.

In keeping with tradition, the venue will be renamed His Majesty’s Theatre following the death of Queen Elizabeth II in 2022. This change will take place at an appropriate time after the coronation of King Charles III in May 2023.

How do I contact the box office?

The phone number for the box office is currently unavailable. Please email customer.relations@lwtheatres.co.uk instead.
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