Leicester Square Theatre London
About the Leicester Square Theatre
Leicester Square Theatre first opened in 1953 as the Notre Dame Hall. It was built on the site of another building that was destroyed during World War II. The theatre has also been known as Cavern in the Town and The Venue, before being renamed as the Leicester Square Theatre in 2008 after refurbishment of the auditorium and bars. During the 1970s the venue was a major contributor to the London punk scene, hosting gigs by The Sex Pistols and The Clash.
The 400 seat theatre is predominantly known for stand-up and fringe comedy performances. Comedians to have appeared at Leicester Square Theatre include Bill Bailey, Dave Chapelle, Ricky Gervais and Stewart Lee. In 2009 the venue launched its New Comedian of the Year competition, with winners including Rob Beckett, Sofie Hagen and Dave Baptiste.
Theatre productions to have played at Leicester Square Theatre include Scarecrows' Wedding, Private Peaceful and family Christmas favourite Stick Man, which now plays every year during the festive season.