Gielgud Theatre Box Office
Address: Gielgud Theatre, 35-37 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR
Tube lines: Bakerloo, Piccadilly
Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus
Directions from Piccadilly Circus:
(3mins) Take Shaftesbury Avenue along the side where the famous illuminated signs are. The theatre will be on your left about 100 metres along.
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 (3mins)
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 Gielgud Theatre
Gielgud Theatre Information
(the main theatre entrance is shared with Queens Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue and Wardour Street)
The nearest underground station is Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo and Piccadilly). When you exit the station walk around Ripleys Believe It Or Not and head onto Shaftesbury Avenue. Continue along, past the Lyric on your left, until you come to Rupert Street. Turn left onto Rupert Street and you will see the Gielgud on your right-hand side.
From Leicester Square (Piccadilly and Northern) underground, cross Leicester Square in the direction of Piccadilly Circus, and turn right onto Rupert Street. Continue and cross Shaftesbury Avenue to see the Gielgud on your right-hand side.
Charing Cross mainline station is the closest and is approximately 10 minutes walk. Exit the station onto Strand, cross over and head up Duncannon Street. Turn right onto St Martin's Place which leads you into Charing Cross Road. Continue on Charing Cross Road until you reach Shaftesbury Avenue on your left hand side. Turn left and continue until you reach Rupert Street, turn right into Rupert Street.
If you are driving, there are NCP car parks at the following addresses:
Brewer Street, Soho, London, W1F 0LA
Shaftesbury, London, WC1A 1JP
Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5NT
The closest participating car park for the Gielgud Theatre is at 20 Newport Place, London, WC2H 7PR. The daytime rate for this car park is £6.50 per hour, up to 4 hours, and after that it is £38 for up to 24 hours.
Don't forget to pay the £8 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/
Don't forget to pay the £11.50 (£1 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.
To pay your congestion charge online go to https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/congestion-charge?cid=pp020
The box office is open from 10.00am – 7.30pm Monday – Saturday
The theatre provides 2 spaces for blue badge holders in Archer Street.
To book specially discounted tickets for disabled visitors and their companions, please contact the theatre direct on 0844 482 5137 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The theatre provides equipment for use with the infra-red amplification system, the use of which is free, but please book prior to your visit on 0844 482 5137. You will be able to collect the equipment from the kiosk in the foyer.
If you have a guide dog you may choose to take the dog into the auditorium or theatre staff will be happy to look after your dog during the performance.
Disabled access to the theatre is via Rupert Street. You will need to ask a staff member to open the door to allow access. The venue is suitable for scooters and seats can be removed to give access for wheelchairs, although the view of the stage is slightly obstructed from this area.
There is a disabled toilet facility in the foyer near the bar.
There are 3 bars, with wheelchair access to the Foyer Bar.
In addition to the usual access facilities, the Gielgud now provides a visual tool to use with children and adults on the autistic spectrum and for those with learning difficulties.
The theatre has 3 licenced bars and the Foyer Bar provides for wheelchair access from the wheelchair space. The Stalls Bar is located down 4 steps to the rear of the stalls
There is a limited cloakroom available at the Theatre, charged at £1 per item.
In The Area
Cash/ATM – 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.
Drinking – 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 – you will certainly not have a problem with choice here – 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!
Hire & Hospitality
If you should wish to consider venue hire at the Gielgud, there are 2 small rooms available, one seating 6 people and one seating 8 people. Please email email@example.com for more information on venue hire.
To book hospitality packages, please contact the theatre direct on 0844 482 5166 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
There are 3 levels at the Gielgud – the Stalls, Dress Circle and Grand Circle – providing seating of 889, although originally provided seating for 970 before boxes and some seating was removed.
The theatre was designed by W G R Sprague and built for the playwright Seymour Hicks and was originally named the Hicks Theatre in his honour.
Upon the opening in December 1906 the first play was the musical The Beauty of Bath. Further musicals appeared at the Gielgud including My Darling and a production of the Straus operetta A Waltz Dream in 1908. In 1909, during the run of The Dashing Little Duke, Hicks' wife was playing the title role – a woman playing a man – when she was taken ill and forced to miss several performances. Hicks took over the role from his wife! This might be the only time when a husband has succeeded to his wife's role?!
In 1909 Charles Frohman took over managing the theatre and it was renamed Globe Theatre. The name had only become available because another Globe Theatre on Newcastle Street had been demolished in 1902.
There's a Girl In My Soup opened in 1966 and proceeded to set a record for the number of performances at the theatre – a total of 1,064. This record was not beaten until Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of Daisy Pulls It Off and went on to run for 1,180 performances and was the theatre's longest run.
Amongst very notable actors who have appeared at the theatre are Peter Bowles, Michael Gambon and Penelope Keith. Productions of note include Man of the Moment, An Ideal Husband and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.
The theatre underwent refurbishment 1987, with some extensive work on the gold leaf in the auditorium.
In 1997 the opening of the reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre was set to happen and so in 1994, the theatre was renamed in order for the Globe Theatre name to be vacant again. The new name was the Gielgud Theatre in honour of British actor Sir John Gielgud.
Further refurbishment in 2003 included the entrance to the Gielgud joining with the Queen's Theatre. In 2006 Delfont Mackintosh Theatres took over operations at the theatre from Really Useful Theatres. The Gielgud is one of 8 theatres in the Delfont Mackintosh Theatre group.
Since being under the control of Delfont Mackintosh Theatres productions have included The Crucible; Equus; Macbeth; Yes, Prime Minister; and The Ladykillers.