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Theatre Royal Haymarket London

About the Theatre Royal Haymarket

The Theatre Royal Haymarket was named in 1855, despite being a performance venue since 1720. Famous theatre manager Herbert Beerbohm Tree took over the theatre in the late 1880’s, transforming it into a successful platform for plays towards the end of the Victorian period. The building, with its Victorian architectural style, is Grade I listed by English Heritage.

The theatre has premiered several important works, including Ibsen’s Ghosts and Oscar Wilde’s A Woman of No Importance. It showcased traditional high-quality drama throughout the twentieth century, including a repertory season from John Gielgud in 1939. In recent years, seasons have been presented by prolific directors such as Trevor Nunn and Jonathan Kent. Other famous actors to walk the stage at Theatre Royal Haymarket include Judi Dench, Alec Guinness, Bradley Cooper and Natalie Dormer.

The Theatre Royal Haymarket has hosted several popular musicals. Heathers: The Musical starring Carrie Hope Fletcher in 2018 and since 2019 the venue has been home to Only Fools and Horses the Musical based on the phenomenally successful British sitcom.

Plan Your Visit

Doors open at the Theatre Royal Haymarket around 45 minutes before the show is due to begin. The Box Office opens from 10am on Monday-Saturday.
There is no strict dress code for a show at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. If you're heading to a show as part of a special occasion, then feel free to dress to impress. Other patrons may choose to wear something more casual and comfortable.
As the Theatre Royal Haymarket is a Grade I building, air conditioning cannot be installed. However, the theatre does have an air cooling system operating throughout the auditorium to manage the temperature.
There is a cloakroom available at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Small bags and coats can be checked for a fee. Large items of luggage, such as suitcases, cannot be stored in the cloakroom. Patrons should use nearby luggage storage facilities in Charing Cross Station, which is a five-minute walk away.
As you enter the Theatre Royal Haymarket, security staff will undertake bag and ticket checks. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early to allow plenty of time.
Yes, booster seats are available for small children. If you require one, just ask a member of the front of house team when you are in the auditorium.
There are three bars in the Theatre Royal Haymarket: the Stalls Bar, Royal Circle Bar and the Upper Circle/Gallery Bar. Patrons can purchase a range of beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks, alongside bar snacks such as crisps, nuts and ice creams.
If you're looking for a pre-theatre dinner, look no further than Brumus Bar & Restaurant, which is located next to the Theatre Royal Haymarket and offers a tasty range of dishes. If you're in a rush, consider grabbing a pastry, salad or a toastie at Danish bakery chain Ole & Steen, which is a five-minute walk from the theatre.
For a budget option, consider the Z Hotel Trafalgar Square, which is a 10-minute walk away and has a range of affordable rooms. If you're looking to make your trip to the Theatre Royal Haymarket extra-special, take a look at the Haymarket Hotel. This five-star hotel is situated a few doors down from the theatre and has stunning design, spacious rooms and excellent spa facilities, including a swimming pool.
The Theatre Royal Haymarket is one of the oldest theatres in London still in use, dating back to 1720. The current building opened in 1821 and was designed by the renowned architect John Nash, whose other works include the state rooms of Buckingham Palace, Marble Arch and Trafalgar Square. The Theatre Royal Haymarket held the first-ever scheduled matinee performance, which is now a tradition used extensively through theatre and the performing arts.

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 Theatre Royal Haymarket box office is open from 10am until 7:30pm on Monday-Saturday for in-person bookings and collection.
The Theatre Royal Haymarket box office can be contacted directly on 020 7930 8800.
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 Theatre Royal Haymarket's auditorium, along with its front-of-house facilities and private rooms are available for hire. For full details of pricing and what the theatre can offer, please call 020 7389 9699 or email
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