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Piccadilly Theatre London

What’s On at Piccadilly Theatre

Since 2021, audiences have flocked to the Piccadilly Theatre to be wowed by the spectacular Moulin Rouge musical in London. Based on Baz Luhrmann’s hit film, this showstopper musical - which features mash-ups of 20th and 21st century hitmakers including Beyonce, Elton John and Adele - has become one of the biggest West End attractions and a top choice for couples wanting to get their culture fix on date night. The venue has been specially dressed and decorated to fit the themes of the spectacular Broadway smash-hit, so you can expect decadence, glamour and Can Can dancing galore from the moment you enter the auditorium.

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 that has housed many incredible productions.

Decades before Moulin Rouge! The Musical took up residence, successful productions at the Piccadilly were few and far between until impresario Donald Albery added the theatre to his portfolio in the 1960s. He staged the UK premieres of plays such as A Streetcar Named Desire and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and in the 1990s, the Piccadilly Theatre expanded its programming to include dance productions. It went on to produce 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.

Map and Address

16 Denman Street, London, W1D 7DY

Tucked behind Piccadilly Circus, the Piccadilly Theatre is located just off the famous, theatre-filled Shaftesbury Avenue. Situated in the centre of the West End and Theatreland, there are plenty of tourist attractions and pre-theatre amenities nearby. Green Park and St James’s Park, the shopping of Regent and Oxford Streets, and the old arcades of Piccadilly show off London at its best. The restaurants and bars of Soho and Chinatown are also within easy reach. Make sure to check in case there are disruptions to your journey.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time does the Piccadilly Theatre box office open and how do I collect tickets?

The box office is open 10:00 – 19:30 Monday-Saturday where you can buy or collect tickets. When collecting pre-booked tickets, you may be asked to show photo ID and the credit card used to purchase the tickets.

What time does the Piccadilly Theatre open for a show?

The bars at the theatre open 90 minutes before the performance begins. The auditorium doors are opened approximately half an hour before the show starts.

What food and drink are available at the Piccadilly Theatre?

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.

Does the Piccadilly Theatre have a cloakroom?

There is a cloakroom located in the foyer where patrons can leave coats, bags and some large items for a small fee.

Is the Piccadilly Theatre air-conditioned?

There is an air-cooling system is in place for the comfort of patrons.

Where should I eat near the Piccadilly Theatre?

Just outside the 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.

What is the best hotel to stay at near the Piccadilly Theatre?

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.

How do I contact the box office?

The box office can be contacted directly on 0844 871 7630.
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