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About the Playhouse Theatre

The Playhouse Theatre is a Victorian-style building, situated next to Embankment tube station and overlooking the River Thames. Since renovation in the early 1900's, the theatre reduced its seating capacity to fewer than 1,000, making it an intimate yet accessible venue for medium-scale musicals and plays. The Playhouse Theatre is renowned for its celebrity-filled productions which have included Tamsin Greig, Lindsay Lohan and Matthew Perry, as well as hosting the regularly returning 1984.

The auditorium is built in a traditional Franco-Venetian style and is split across three narrow levels. Sight-lines are very good, with no immediate obstructions in the more expensive seats, which are located in the Stalls.

Plan your visit

For questions related to the Playhouse Theatre and Coronavirus, refer to our statement here.
The Playhouse Theatre opens an hour before show time, where you are able to collect your tickets, relax in the bars and get comfortable in your seats.
There is no established dress code at the Playhouse Theatre, however patrons are reminded to dress comfortably and sensibly.
The Playhouse Theatre is fitted with air-conditioning in the main auditorium, meaning that theatregoers can still stay cool in summer months.
The Playhouse Theatre has a cloakroom where theatregoers can store coats, bags and suitcases for the duration of the performance. Please note, items are stored at the discretion of staff and availability of space.
As with many West End Theatres, it is likely that any bags you have will be searched upon arrival. For your own ease and comfort, it is recommended to not bring large bags and suitcases if possible and to ensure to arrive with enough time before the performance to go through security.
There are three bars in the Playhouse Theatre, one on each level of the venue, serving light snacks, soft drinks and alcohol. The Stalls bar is slightly bigger however can often get busier, so it is generally advised to go to the bar nearest to your seat, before performances. Food and drinks purchased from the bars can be taken into the auditorium, as long as they are transferred into plastic containers.
A short walk away from the Playhouse Theatre you will find a good range of London eateries to suit your taste. Northumberland Avenue has a range of gastro-pubs and high end restaurants including Kerridge’s Bar & Grill from the Michelin-Starred chef. While Villiers Street offers a range of smaller quick-eats on a budget, such as Wasabi, Herman Ze German and Five Guys.
For those looking for five-star luxury, both the Corinthiana and the Royal Horseguards are some of the finest hotels in London and are located a short walk away from the theatre. For those on a budget, it is recommended to take a short walk across the river to Waterloo where pleasant budget hotels from the chains Travelodge and Premier Inn can be found.
The Playhouse Theatre was first opened on 11th March 1882, after being built by renowned architect Sefton Henry Parry. It was significantly rebuilt in 1905 however and since has been used for a range of theatre and television broadcast.

Help booking tickets

Those who have pre-booked tickets can collect them at the Playhouse Theatre Box Office, to the side of the main entrance, from one hour before the performance starts. It is recommended you arrive in plenty of time to avoid queues and ensure to have your confirmation email and ID to hand.
The Playhouse Theatre’s box office opens from 10am to 7:30pm from Monday to Saturday. Tickets for future dates can be purchased up until an hour before performances, at which time the box office only handles collections and purchases for that day’s show.
If you need to contact the Playhouse Theatre’s box office directly, please call 03330 096 690. Please be aware that phone calls are charged at normal geographic rates.
STAR (Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers) is the industry body that regulates the sale of London theatre tickets, including the Playhouse Theatre. 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.
Whether it be for school trips, club outings or just large gatherings, if you need to make a large group booking it is recommended you email us directly at with details of your preferred dates and the number of tickets you require and we will let you know your best options.
With its grand decor, large auditorium and range of bars, the Playhouse Theatre is perfect for events, filming and photoshoots. These can be held on days without performances or during the daytime before performances start. Full details and prices can be obtained by calling the events team on 020 7534 6173.
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