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Piccadilly Theatre London

About the Piccadilly Theatre

The Piccadilly Theatre opened in 1928 with the premiere of Blue Eyes, a musical play by renowned composer Jerome Kern. The theatre was designed by Bertie Crewe and Edward A. Stone and its unassuming exterior conceals an impressive Art Deco interior. Successful productions at the Piccadilly were few and far between until impresario Donald Albery added the theatre to his portfolio in the 1960s and staged the UK premieres of plays such as A Streetcar Named Desire and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

In the 1990s, the Piccadilly Theatre expanded its programming to include dance productions, and in turn produced the most commercially successful season of ballet the West End had ever seen, including an acclaimed production of Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake.

More recently the theatre has housed several successful musical revivals, such as Guys & Dolls from 2005-2007, Grease from 2007-2011, and Jersey Boys from 2014-2017. The theatre was temporarily closed for several days in 2019 when part of the ceiling above the upper circle section collapsed, caused by a water leak, during a performance of Death of a Salesman; this was the second occurrence of a theatre's interior collapsing in the 2010s, after the ceiling of the Apollo Theatre collapsed after heavy rainfall in 2013. In November 2021, the Piccadilly Theatre became the home of the spectacular Broadway smash-hit Moulin Rouge! The Musical.

Plan Your Visit

The bars at the Piccadilly Theatre open 90 minutes before the performance begins. The auditorium doors are opened approximately half an hour before the show starts.
There is no dress code at the theatre, but patrons should aim to wear attire that is comfortable and appropriate for the occasion.
The Piccadilly Theatre is not air-conditioned. An air-cooling system is in place for the comfort of patrons.
There is a cloakroom located in the foyer where patrons can leave coats, bags and some large items for a small fee.
Bag checks are performed upon entrance to the venue, so all visitors are advised to allow time for this. It is recommended that you arrive 30 minutes before the start of the performance.
There are bars on each level of the theatre, serving a variety of wines, beers and soft drinks, as well as snacks such as crisps, sweets and ice creams. The Tanqueray Gin Bar offers a variety of cocktails made of the nation’s favourite gin. The Piano Bar provides an opulent 1930s ambience and is a perfect place to relax before the show.
Just outside the Piccadilly Theatre you will find The Queen’s Head, a traditional British pub offering staples such as fish & chips or pie & mash. Across Sherwood St you will find Brasserie Zédel, which offers classic French dishes in an art deco setting.
The Hotel Café Royal is located very close to the theatre and offers luxury rooms and a fully-equipped fitness centre, with an indoor pool, sauna and steam room. A good budget option nearby is Mimi’s Hotel Soho, which offers cozy and simple accommodation within walking distance of much of what London has to offer.
The Piccadilly Theatre first opened in 1928 and was one of London’s largest venues at the time. It operated as a cinema as well as a live performance venue before becoming a dedicated theatre for plays and musicals.

Help Booking Tickets

Tickets can be collected from the Box Office, which is located inside the venue. When collecting pre-booked tickets, you may be asked to show photo ID and the credit card used to purchase the tickets.
The Box Office is open 10:00 – 19:30 Monday-Saturday.
The Piccadilly Theatre box office can be contacted directly on 0844 871 7630.
STAR (Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers) is the industry body that regulates the sale of London theatre tickets. When booking from a company you can check the STAR 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 Piccadilly Theatre can be hired all day and evening on Monday’s as well as certain weekdays between 10am-4pm. The variety of bars in the venue are perfect for private parties and corporate functions. The main auditorium is a fantastic performance and conference space and has a capacity of 1,184 over three floors. To make an enquiry, contact the ATG West End Venue Team on 020 7534 6173 or via email at
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