Apollo Theatre Box Office
Address: Apollo Theatre, 31 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES
Tube lines: Bakerloo, Piccadilly
Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus
Directions from Piccadilly Circus:
The Apollo Theatre is situated on Shaftesbury Avenue in the West End of London, close to Piccadilly Circus tube station.
Nearest rail: Charing Cross
Bus routes: (Shaftesbury Avenue) 12, 14, 19, 38; (Regent Street) 6, 13, 15, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453
Night buses: (Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, N19, N38; (Regent Street) 6, 12, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453, N3, N13, N15, N109, N18, N136
Car park: Brewer Street (2mins)
In congestion zone?: Yes
Please note: The location shown on the map is an approximate location of the theatre. In the majority of cases the theatre will be marked on the map so please make sure you locate the exact location yourself. If the theatre is not shown on the map please make sure you locate the correct road name and take account of the directions.
What's On at the Apollo Theatre
Apollo Theatre Information
If you are driving, there are NCP car parks at the following addresses:
Brewer Street, Soho, London, W1F 0LA
St Martins Lane Hotel
45 St Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4HX
Tottenham Court Road
112 Great Russell Street, Adeline Place, London, WC1B 3AJ
You can see these, and other NCP car parks on their website http://www.ncp.co.uk/
However, you can participate in the Q-Parks Theatreland Parking Scheme and get 50% off your parking costs by validating your parking ticket in the foyer at the theatre.
For more information on Q-Parks Theatreland Parking Scheme either call +44 (0)870 442 0104 or visit Q-Parks website http://www.q-park.co.uk/theatreland
The closest participating car park for the Apollo Theatre is at Poland Street, London, W1F 7NQ. The daytime rate for this car park is £6 per hour, up to 5 hours, and after that it is £36 for 24 hours. Evening rate is £2 per hour between 1830 and 0700, up to a maximum of £8.
Don't forget to pay the £11.50 (less if you register, but that costs you £10 for a car) daily congestion charge for central London which applies from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays, if you are driving into London.
Alternatively, plan your journey using Transport for London journey planner https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/
There are bars for the Stalls and Upper Circle, cloakroom, comfort cooling system, infra-red hearing system, disabled booking service, disabled facilities (including parking).
The theatre has 4 levels, with seating for 775. The balcony on the 3rd tier is considered the steepest in London!
In The Area
Cash – there is a Barclays Bank branch on the corner of Shaftesbury Avenue/Regent Street, which would be about a 3 minute walk from the theatre. Remember to have cash with you if you wish to purchase at the bar – most theatres will only accept cash.
Drinks – Archer Street cocktail bar/lounge is just around the corner on Archer Street. The Yard Bar on Rupert Street is a gay bar. In the Trocadero is Rumba – party bar with music and stand-up comedy. Or for something a little more sober, there is a Costa on Shaftesbury Avenue.
Eating – well, what can we say – there is just no shortage of choice of what/where to eat in this area. Thai, Italian, Pizza, Irish pub, traditional pub grub, Chinese, Japanese or McDonalds – the choice is literally endless!
In common with a lot of London theatres, the Apollo Theatre is a Grade II listed building. The architect employed to design the theatre by owner Henry Lowenfield was Lewin Sharp. It was the fourth theatre built on Shaftesbury Avenue and opened on 21st February 1901.
The first show on the stage of the Apollo was The Belle of Bohemia, a musical comedy, but after limited success this was followed by A Cigarette Maker's Romance and The Only Way – which was in fact an adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.
In 1932 the building was renovated by Shaufelberg. The renovation included the addition of a private foyer and an anteroom was added to the royal box. In 1975 the theatre was acquired by The Stoll Moss Group who sold it to Andrew Lloyd-Webber's Really Useful Group & Bridgepoint Capital in 2000. In 2005 Nica Burns and Max Weitzenhoffer created Nimax Theatres and purchased the Apollo, along with the Duchess, Garrick, Lyric, Palace & Vaudeville theatres. The Apollo Theatre is currently owned by Nimax Theatres.
Some notable productions at the Apollo include a series of successful Edwardian musical comedies produced by George Edwards (Kitty Grey, Three Little Maids and The Girl from Kays); the stage version of George Du Maurier's novel Trilby; Laurence Olivier starred in Journey's End in 1928; in 1932 Diana Wynyard starred as Charlotte Bronte in Wild Decembers.
The theatre has played host to numerous famous actors including Margaret Rutherford, Patrick Cargill and Ralph Richardson to name but a few and playwrights, including Noel Coward and Alan Bennett. John Gielgud returned in 1988, to make his last stage appearances, at the age of 83, in Best of Friends.
The longest run for a production was the comedy Boeing Boeing which opened in 1962 and transferred to the Duchess Theatre in 1965. During the 1970s and 1980s the theatre played host to a number of comedies. Other notable productions were Driving Miss Daisy, Mrs Klein, Vanessa Redgrave in A Mad House in Goa, Peter O'Toole in Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell and Peter Bowles in In Praise of Love.
More recently, the award-winning production of Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem transferred to the Apollo for a record-breaking season, in 2010, and was followed by Arthur Miller's All My Sons, starring David Suchet and Zoë Wanamaker.