The Phoenix Theatre opened in 1930 with the premiere of Noel Coward's Private Lives featuring Coward himself in the cast, along with Gertrude Lawrence, Adrienne Allen and a young Laurence Olivier. Coward formed a strong association with The Phoenix returning with Gertrude Lawrence as his co-star in 1936 with the programme of the one-act play Tonight at 8.30. He returned again in 1952 with Quadrille, which opened only a few days after the death of Gertie Lawrence, and Coward wrote how difficult... Read more >>
The Phoenix Theatre opened in 1930 with the premiere of Noel Coward's Private Lives featuring Coward himself in the cast, along with Gertrude Lawrence, Adrienne Allen and a young Laurence Olivier. Coward formed a strong association with The Phoenix returning with Gertrude Lawrence as his co-star in 1936 with the programme of the one-act play Tonight at 8.30. He returned again in 1952 with Quadrille, which opened only a few days after the death of Gertie Lawrence, and Coward wrote how difficult it was to sit through that first night in what he and Gertie had always referred to as 'our theatre'.
The Phoenix enjoyed a succession of very successful plays including John Gielgud's Love for Love during the war, and a season featuring Paul Scofield and Peter Brook in the mid fifties. A new musical Canterbury Tales adapted from Chaucer's famous book opened in 1968 and began a 2000 performance run. The eighties and nineties have seen many award-winning musicals, including The baker's Wife by Stephen Schwarz (directed by Trevor Nunn) and the delightful Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim starring Julia McEnzie; as well as a very successful season of Shakespeare plays. The current production Blood Brothers, a musical by Willy Russell, which transferred from the Albery in 1991, is the longest running show ever at the Phoenix.
The Building The theatre opened in 1930 and was beautifully designed by Giles Gilbert Scott, Bertie Crewe and Cecil Masey, with Theodore Komisarjevsky as Art Director. The entrance on the corner of Charing Cross Road and Flitcroft Street is a rotunda with four columns above the canopy topped by an attic with square windows. A change of ownership in 1966 led to a refurbishment programme, including the construction of the Noel Coward bar in the Phoenix Street foyer, which was open by the great man himself in 1969.
Respecting the tradition of the Italian theatres, the auditorium shines with golden engraves, red seats, carpet and curtains. Above the boxes we can admire panels by Vladimir Polunin after Tintoretto, Titian and Giorgione, and the entire safety curtain is a rendition of Jacopo del Sellaio's The Triumph Of Love. Also, throughout the building, we can enjoy the sculpted wooden doors and the decorated ceilings. It surely is one of the most beautiful theatres in London's West End.
By bus: Number 14, 19, 22b, 24, 29, 38 or 176 to Covent Garden.
Leicester Square, Tottenham Court Road, Charing Cross
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Telephone Booking: 0844 871 7627
Customer Service: 0844 871 7627
Groups Bookings: 0844 871 7644
Access Bookings: 0844 871 7677
We are excited to invite you to The Noël Coward Bar at The Phoenix Theatre.
The Noël Coward Bar is offered exclusively to ticket holders an hour and a half prior to curtain up. The lounge provides an ambient, relaxing setting enabling you to unwind with speciality cocktails, seasonal wine and soft music. What better way to take the edge off of your busy day, before enjoying a wonderful evening of theatre.
Take advantage of an opportunity to partake in our 'welcome offer' and start your evening in style, and so The Noël Coward Bar offers two cocktails for £10 between 6 - 7pm and 1 - 2pm on Matinee days.
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We hope that we can tempt you to raise a glass and enjoy your evening at the Phoenix Theatre in style.
Wheelchair users can access theatre with no steps via Flitcroft Street.
Non- transfers: there is one wheelchair space in Box C for a non-transfer patron. There are two unfixed chairs in the Box. Box is restricted (left side stage).
Transfers: into Dress Circle Row A seat 28 (fixed seat) - although, theatre staff are unable to assist disabled patrons. If transferring, the patron’s wheelchair will be taken care of by front of house staff during the performance and bought back to the patron once the show has ended.
The main entrance to the theatre is on Phoenix Street. The foyer and box office are one shallow step from street level. There are handrails throughout the theatre on all levels.
There are 13 steps down to the Stalls from the foyer. There is no lift and the Stalls can only be accessed on foot. There are exits at the rear of both aisles.
There are 21 steps up from the foyer to the Dress Circle. The Dress Circle can be accessed from street level via Flitcroft Street. There are exits at the rear of both aisles. From back of Dress Circle (row K) to front (row A) there are 18 steps.
There are 51 steps up from the foyer to the Upper Circle.
There is no lift and the Upper Circle can only be accessed on foot.
Exits at rear (row J).
From back of Upper Circle (row J) to front (row A) there are 24 steps.
There are bars on all levels.
Plushy bar is 4 steps down from the Stalls.
Dress Circle bar is 3 steps up from the Dress Circle.
Upper Circle bar is 8 steps down from the Upper Circle.
Patrons must negotiate stairs to access any of the bars.
If prearranged with front of house drinks can be left in the Royal Room for access patrons using the Box.
Sennheiser Infra-red and Induction Loop sound amplification systems are in use throughout the auditorium. These can be collected from the foyer bar on Phoenix Street.
Guide dogs are allowed into the theatre area, although, they are not allowed into the show as there are gunshots in the performance. A member of staff will dog-sit during the show.
Ladies and Gents on all levels. Adapted toilet is on Dress Circle level in the Royal Room. There are no steps to this toilet from Box C or Row A Dress Circle, but there are 2 slightly awkward turns. Patrons must negotiate stairs to access any of the other toilets: Stalls: Ladies are 7 steps down and 3 steps up, right of Plushy bar. Gents are at the rear of stalls - high seat number side; Dress Circle: Ladies and Gents on same level as bar, 3 steps up from Dress Circle level; Upper Circle: Ladies are the same level as Upper Circle and Gents are in Upper Circle bar (8 steps down).
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In the West End of London the Ambassador Theatre Group have 12 theatres. Our Creative Learning Team work to create bespoke workshops and courses with Teachers and Group Leaders from across the UK, often to coincide with a visit to see a West End performance. Our programme includes activities relating to the shows being presented in the theatres as well as opportunities to explore theatre-making more generally and to build personal skills. In partnership with our Group Sales department, we offer regular workshops for schools on the long-running shows Blood Brothers, Wicked, Legally Blonde and The Woman in Black amongst many other productions. In addition, we offer regular events exploring the options available to young people interested in a career in theatre.
For more information visit ATG's Creative Learning website