The Gielgud Theatre is a West End theatre, located on Shaftesbury Avenue in the City of Westminster, London, at the corner of Rupert Street. The house currently has 986 seats on three levels.Add Gielgud Theatre to your London travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our London day trip planning website.
The theatre was designed by W. G. R. Sprague and opened on 27 December 1906 as the Hicks Theatre, named after Seymour Hicks, for whom it was built. The first play at the theatre was a hit musical called The Beauty of Bath co-written by Hicks. Another big success was A Waltz Dream in 1908. In 1909, the American impresario Charles Frohman became manager of the theatre and renamed the house the Globe Theatre – a name that it retained for 85 years. Call It a Day opened in 1935 and ran for 509 performances, a long run for the slow inter-war years. There's a Girl in My Soup, opening in 1966, ran for almost three years, a record for the theatre that was not surpassed until Daisy Pulls It Off opened in April 1983 to run for 1,180 performances.
Refurbished in 1987, the theatre has since presented several Alan Ayckbourn premieres, including Man of the Moment (1990), as well as a notable revival of An Ideal Husband in 1992. During reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe theatre on the South Bank, in 1994 the theatre was renamed the Gielgud Theatre in honour of John Gielgud. Another refurbishment was completed in 2008.
The Globe's theatre cat, Beerbohm, became famous enough to receive a front-page obituary in the theatrical publication The Stage in 1995.
Gielgud Theatre Reviews
No idea what this was about as my partner led me into the theatre after getting last minute tickets, it was clever and funny with a good cast, i did find i had to listen for some of the... more »
As fans of the tv show my wife and I went - will mention the show shortly. The theatre is a beautiful building. It feels like you are on a special night out when you go in and to a saloon. I am not..... more »
The theatre is beautiful inside, very well appointed and I could have spent hours exploring the pictures and show posters on the walls. The staff is friendly. A special thank you to the gentleman who was heading up security tonight (19March2019) who was delightful and so genuine. My daughter thanks you for sending George her way. The show COMPANY was sublime. The sets and actors were phenomenal. Easy to get to from the Piccadilly tube station. It's a very short walk down to the West End.
Went to see Company - fabulous musical that is ending on the 30th of this month (I think). Don't think I've been to the Gielgud Theatre before and loved the internal architecture. Also although we were in the grand circle as opposed to our normal choice of the dress circle my husband and our daughter's boyfriend who are both well over 6') thought the leg space between rows was sufficient to ensure they sat comfortably - a big plus for a London theatre.
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