Financed by W. S. Gilbert and named after influential Shakespearean actor David Garrick, the Garrick Theatre opened on 24 April 1889. One of its early successes was the comedy A Pair of Spectacles which opened in 1890 and ran for five years. After the follow-up production The Notorious Mrs. Ebbsmith, the theatre suffered a period of decline. Leased by Arthur Bourchier, the theatre began staging successful productions once more, such as J. M. Barrie’s The Wedding Guest in 1900 and Rutland Barrington’s The Water Babies in 1902. These productions would continue through various management changes that would eventually leave the theatre unemployed between 1939 and 1941. When actor-singer-dancer Jack Buchanan began managing the theatre in 1947, the theatre began presenting a string of highly successful comedies.
After a refurbishment between 1965-66, the theatre found itself under threat by the GLC proposed redevelopment of Covent Garden in 1968. The Save London Theatres Campaign successfully led to the abandonment of the scheme. In modern times successful productions have included 1982’s No Sex Please We’re British, which ran for four years before transferring to the Duchess Theatre, 1995’s An Inspector Calls (a successful transfer from the National Theatre), and 2006’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, starring film actor Christian Slater.
The theatre has recently seen a string of musicals take residence in the theatre, such as A little Night Music in 2007, Loserville in 2012, and Rock of Ages in 2013.
Step free access, Wheelchair spaces, and wheelchair transfers available.
Are there adapted toilets?
An adapted toilet is available in the Dress Circle
Are there facilities for the hard-of-hearing?
There is an infrared system working throughout the auditorium with conventional headsets.
Are guide dogs and/or hearing dogs permitted?
Access dogs are not allowed inside the auditorium. The theatre management are happy to look after your Guide/Hearing dog during the performance.
Please contact the theatre directly for further information.
Let It Be (2014)
Twelve Angry Men (2014)
Rock of Ages (2013)
The Hurly Burly Show, Pygmalion, Chicago (2011)
The Little Dog Laughed, All the Fun of the Fair, When We Are Married (2010)
A Little Night Music, The Mysteries (2009)
Derren Brown – Mind Reader (2008)
Treats, Bad Girls: The Musical, Absurd Person Singular (2007)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell, Amy’s View (2006)
The Anniversary, Elmina’s Kitchen, On The Ceiling, You Never Can Tell (2005)
Oleanna, The Solid Gold Cadillac (2004)
Jus’ Like That!, Wait Until Dark (2003)
This is Our Youth, The Lieutenant of Inishmore (2002)
Feelgood, Dangerous Corner (2001)