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Gielgud Theatre


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Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR

Access telephone number: +44 (0)3444 825 137

The Gielgud Theatre was opened on 27th December 1906 as the Hicks Theatre in honour of actor, manager and playwright Seymour Hicks, for whom it was built. Designed by W.G.R. Sprague in Louis XVI style, the theatre originally had 970 seats, but over the years boxes and other seats have been removed. It now seats 889 theatre goers on three levels. The Gielgud is a pair with the Sondheim Theatre, originally known as the Queen's Theatre, which opened in 1907 on the adjacent street corner.

The theatre is wheelchair accessible through the third side EXIT door on Rupert Street. Ask a member of staff who will open this for you. One 12cm step up to the front of the Dress Circle. A ramp is available. Venue suitable for scooters. Seats A3-6 and A30-33 are removable to accommodate up to 4 wheelchairs.

Guide dogs are allowed in to the auditorium. Alternatively, staff are happy to dog sit.

The Gielgud Theatre has a capacity of 889 seats across 3 levels: Stalls, Dress Circle, and Upper Circle.


Nearest tube stations: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square

Nearest train station: London Charing Cross station

Bus: 14, 19, 38


If you're driving into the West End to see a show, take advantage of the Q-Park Parking Scheme discount saving you 50% off car parking after 12pm and for up to 4 hours. For full terms and conditions, participating car parks and locations visit Q-Park.

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