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How to get there

The Apollo Theatre is located on Shaftesbury Avenue, near to Piccadilly Circus in London's West End. Below you can find information on how to get to the theatre and a map showing the location of the venue.

If you’re driving into the West End to see a show, take advantage of Q-Park's Theatreland Parking Scheme saving 50% off off-street car parking charges for up to 24 hours. To qualify, simply present your Q-Park car park ticket for validation at our box office and the car park machine will automatically charge you half price.  For details of locations and prices please visit Q-Park's website.

Address

Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES.

10am to 8pm, Monday to Saturday.

Parking

Masterpark - Chinatown, Newport Place

Public Transportation

Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo, Piccadilly)

Bus Routes

1, 14, 19, 22, 24, 29, 38, 55, 176

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Theatre Facilities

Stalls and Upper Circle Bars

Cloakroom

Comfort Cooling System

Sennheiser Infra-red Hearing System (headsets available on first come first served basis)

Disabled booking Service

Disabled Facilities

Book online or call 0844 482 9671

Apollo Theatre

The Apollo Theatre is located on Shaftesbury Avenue in London's West End. The theatre is owned and operated by Nimax Theatres and has 658 seats currently over three levels.

We look forward to welcoming you at the Apollo Theatre soon!

Information

Auditorium

The auditorium is currently split on 3 levels with a total of 658 seats (327 in the Stalls, 172 in the Dress Circle, 135 in the Grand Circle, and 24 in Boxes).
The stage measures 9.2m x 8.8m.

Stalls Bar (17.8m x 7m)

Facilities include split level lounge bar with direct access to toilets. 60 (Seated), 100 (standing reception), 12(Seated), 50 (standing reception).

Upper Circle Bar (7.2m x 3.6m)

Facilities include lounge bar with access to toilets. 40 (Seated), 80 (standing reception).

History

Named for the Greek god of the arts and leader of the muses, because it was designed and built as a venue for musical entertainment, The Apollo Theatre first opened its doors in February 1901.

The first production, The Belle of Bohemia, was not a particular success and Tom B Davis quickly acquired the leasehold in 1902. Early musical successes at the theatre included Kitty Grey, Three Little Maids and The Girl from Kay’s, all presented by George ‘Gaiety’ Edwardes.

The light opera Veronique (1904) with music by André Messager starred Ruth Vincent and was big hit. Cicely Courtneidge made her London debut in Tom Jones (1907) with music by Edward German, and from 1908 until 1912 the theatre was home to H G Pelissier’s The Follies. From then on the policy for musical comedy was replaced with far more varied fare, the most successful of which, during the First World War, was Harold Brighouse’s Hobson’s Choice (1916).

In 1920 the actor George Grossmith and Edward Laurillard became managers, presiding over a series of plays and revivals, including George Du Maurier’s Trilby (1922), during the next three years. Subsequent successes under various managements were Abie’s Irish Rose (1927), Sean O’Casey’s The Silver Tassie (1929), A Symphony in Two Flats (1929) by Ivor Novello and John van Druten’s There’s Always Juliet (1931). Star casting included Diana Wynyard as Charlotte Bronte in Clemence Dane’s Wild Decembers (1932) and Raymond Massey in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Idiot’s Delight (1938) by Robert Sherwood. A string of popular plays followed with Patrick Hamilton’s Gaslight (1939), Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path (1942), John Clements and Kay Hammond in Noël Coward’s Private Lives, Margaret Rutherford in The Happiest Days of Your Life (1948) and Sybil Thorndike and Lewis Casson in Treasure Hunt (1949) directed by John Gielgud.

Prince Littler took control in 1944 and presided over some of the theatre’s most popular productions. Seagulls Over Sorrento (1950) ran for over three years but the theatre’s longest run was Boeing Boeing (1962) which starred Patrick Cargill and David Tomlinson. The play eventually transferred to the Duchess in 1965.

Sir John Gielgud was literally the Head of the cast in Alan Bennett’s Forty Years On (1968) and returned to play opposite Ralph Richardson in David Storey’s Home (1969). He was to make one of his last stage appearances here as well, at the age of 83, in Hugh Whitemore’s Best of Friends (1988).

Hit comedies became the norm, often transferring from, or to, other theatres – Terry Scott in The Mating Game (1972), Why Not Stay for Breakfast (1973), Ayckbourn’s The Norman Conquests (1974), Donald Sinden in Shut Your Eyes and Think of England (1977), Middle Aged Spread (1980) with Richard Briers and Paul Eddington, Season’s Greetings (1982), Gerald Moon’s Corpse (1984) in which Keith Baxter played twins opposite Milo O’Shea, Don’t Dress For Dinner (1991), Tony Slattery in Tim Firth’s Neville’s Island (1994) and Ben Elton’s Popcorn (1997).

Notable plays and performances were John Mills in Rattigan’s Separate Tables (1976), Albert Finney in Orphans (1986), Paul Scofield in I’m Not Rappaport (1986), Dorothy Tutin, Eileen Atkins and Sian Phillips in Thursday’s Ladies (1987), Wendy Hiller in Driving Miss Daisy (1988), Zoe Wanamaker in the National Theatre’s Mrs Klein (1989), Vanessa Redgrave in A Mad house in Goa (1989), Peter O’Toole in Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell (1990), Penelope Wilton in The Deep Blue Sea, Peter Bowles in In Praise of Love (1995) and Sleuth (2002), Jason Priestley in Side Man (2000), Penelope Keith in Star Quality (2001), Felicity Kendal and Frances De La Tour in Fallen Angels (2000), Warren Mitchell in The Price (2003) and Jonathan Pryce in The Goat or Who is Sylvia? (2004).

Successful one-person performances have included Michael MacLiammoir in The Importance of Being Oscar (1960), Barrie Humphries as Edna Everage Housewife Superstar (1976), Emlyn Williams as Saki (1977), Peter Barkworth as Siegfried Sassoon (1987), Tom Conti in Jesus My Boy (1998), Mark Little in the Olivier Award-winning Defending the Caveman (1999) and Dawn French in My Brilliant Divorce (2003).

From 1975 the Apollo was part of the Stoll Moss Group until purchased by Lord Lloyd-Webber’s Really Useful Group and Bridgepoint Capital in 2000, making it one of eleven Really Useful Theatres in London’s West End.

In September 2005, during the run of The Big Life, veteran producers Nica Burns and Max Weitzenhoffer purchased the Apollo Theatre, along with the Lyric, Garrick and Duchess Theatres, creating Nimax Theatres. The Vaudeville Theatre completes the Nimax portfolio.

Subsequent productions have included the transfer of Schiller’s Mary Stuart from the Donmar Warehouse, an award-winning performance from Kathleen Turner in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Fool for Love, Summer and Smoke, The Glass Menagerie, Kean, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Vortex, Rain Man starring Josh Hartnett and Adam Godley, Three Days of Rain, Carrie’s War, The Gruffalo and comedy seasons with Rob Brydon, Ross Noble and Dylan Moran. In January 2010 the award-winning production of Jez Butterworth’s contemporary play Jerusalem transferred from the Royal Court for a record-breaking season, which was followed by Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, starring David Suchet and Zoë Wanamaker, and The Country Girl.

Mark Fox with thanks to George Hoare Space

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