The Piccadilly Theatre opened 27 April 1928 with a production of the musical Blue Eyes, starring acclaimed actress Evelyn Laye. It was briefly taken over by Warner Brothers and used as a cinema. It premiered the first talking picture in Great Britain (The Singing Fool). After the theatre reopened in 1929, it produced productions of The Student Prince and Folly to be Wise, which ran for 257 performances.
The theatre was converted into a cabaret restaurant and reopened under the new name the London Casino. Its lavish stage shows would come to an end when a stray German bomb hit it during the Second World War. It reopened under its original name in the early 1950’s following renovations and became a theatrical venue once more.
The 1960’s and 70’s saw the London premieres of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Man of La Mancha, as well as playing host to The Beatles when they recording songs for the radio program From Us to You. In 1986 theatre was the venue for the variety show Live From the Piccadilly. Recent productions have included Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Grease, and the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Guys and Dolls.
Wheelchair spaces and transfers available.
Are there adapted toilets?
An adapted toilet is available in the Royal Circle.
Are there facilities for the hard-of-hearing?
There is an infrared system working throughout the auditorium with both loop and conventional headsets.
Are guide dogs and/or hearing dogs permitted?
Access dogs are allowed inside the auditorium. Staff dog-sitting available.
Please contact the theatre directly for further information.
Dirty Dancing (13 July 2013 – 8 February 2014 )
Viva Forever (27 November 2012 – 29 June 2013)
Ghost the Musical (19 July 2011 – 6 October 2012)
Grease (24 July 2007 – 30 April 2011)
Guys and Dolls (19 May 2005 – 14 April 2007)
Jailhouse Rock – The Musical (19 April 2004 – 23 April 2005)
Jumpers (20 November 2003 – 6 March 2004)
Noises Off (13 August 2003 – 8 November 2003)
Ragtime (19 March 2003 – 14 June 2003)