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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.

Plan Your Visit

The opening times for the Leicester Square Theatre vary depending on the show, the auditorium typically opens around 45 minutes prior to the start of the performance. The box office opens 2 hours before the first performance.
No, there isn't a specific dress code for the Leicester Square Theatre. Patrons should wear attire that is comfortable and appropriate for the occasion.
The Leicester Square Theatre is fully air-conditioned.
The Leicester Square Theatre does not have any cloakroom facilities and patrons should avoid bringing large bags and luggage to the theatre. There are several luggage storage facilities in London, including Stasher, which has storage locations at various shops in Leicester Square.
Security staff will undertake a ticket and bag check as you enter the theatre. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early to allow plenty of time.
Booster seats are available for children at the Leicester Square Theatre. They are given out on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early to avoid disappointment. Please ask an usher to assist you if you require one.
There are two bars located at the rear of the auditorium, serving a wide range of alcoholic and soft drinks, as well as snacks and ice cream.
The Leicester Square Theatre is very centrally located and there are a wide range of restaurants and cafes in the immediate area. There are several chain restaurants within a five-minute walking distance, including Pizza Hut, Chiquito and TGI Fridays. If you're looking for a pre-theatre menu, why not try Leicester Square Kitchen. This restaurant merges Mexican and Peruvian cuisines together and is just a few minutes walk away.
The Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire is situated on Leicester Square and is just a two-minute walk from the theatre. This five-star hotel is in the heart of the West End, is well connected to many of London's major attractions and has a host of exceptional amenities. Alternatively, take a look at the Garrick Mansions by Q Apartments, which has a range of rooms at affordable prices.
The Leicester Square Theatre opened in 1953 and was built on the site of a World War II bombing. The theatre is situated underneath the Notre Dame de France church. Over the years the theatre has hosted a wide range of entertainment, including stand-up comedy, cabaret, musical theatre and more.

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 Leicester Square Theatre box office is open from two hours before the start of the first performance of the day for in-person bookings and collection.
The Leicester Square Theatre box office can be contacted directly on 020 7734 2222.
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 Leicester Square Theatre's 400-capacity auditorium is available to be hired for private and corporate events. Further details of what the venue can offer and pricing can be found by emailing
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