At its grand opening in April 1928, the Piccadilly Theatre was one of the largest theatres to be built in London - as its souvenir brochure claimed, 'If all the bricks used in the building were laid in a straight line, they would stretch from London to Paris'. The opening production starred one of the most acclaimed actresses of the period, Miss Evelyn Laye.
In its early days, the Piccadilly operated as a cinema and made entertainment history when it premiered the very first talking... Read more >>
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There are spaces for 3 wheelchair users per performance, all located in the Royal Circle. Street level access is via Sherwood Street. There is one wheelchair space in Row A, and two in Box C (with companion seats), all located on the left hand side of the auditorium. Width of the entrance into Row A is 67.5cm, and the wheelchair space in row A is 190cm wide and 95cm deep. We can also accommodate transfer seating in Row A, seat 28 in the Royal Circle. Customers who wish to transfer should mention this at time of booking. If you need help with transferring we ask that you bring a companion. Please come to the Box Office on arrival and you will be shown the level access route to these seats. The auditorium opens 30 minutes before the performance.
Aisle seats and Row P in the Stalls have the most legroom. The Stalls Bar is down 22 steps from the Foyer, the Royal Circle Bar is up 26 steps from the Foyer, and there are 70 steps up to the Grand Circle Bar. Please note that all bars have limited seating. Staircases are well lit and have handrails.
There is an accessible toilet next to Box C. Ladies and Gents toilets for Stalls seats are 8 steps down from the entrance to the auditorium. In the Royal Circle, the Ladies toilets are 8 steps up from the bar, and the Gents toilets 15 steps down from the bar level and then 7 up. There are 70 steps up to the Grand Circle Bar, with the Ladies on the way up and the Gents at the top.
The Piccadilly Theatre auditorium is equipped with Sennheiser MobileConnect WiFi sound amplification system. MobileConnect uses WiFi to deliver superior quality audio to a smart device such as an iPod or iPhone, either through headphones or via a necklace for hearing aid users. Devices can be borrowed on the day, or alternatively patrons can download the Sennheiser MobileConnect app and use their own device.
Induction Loop Necklace
Suitable for persons wearing a hearing aid, the induction loop necklace is worn around the neck. Whilst wearing the necklace switch your hearing aid to the 'T' setting and the sound is amplified.
Sound is amplified sound through headphones. Suitable for persons without a hearing aid.
Guide, hearing and other working dogs are welcome in all parts of the theatre.
There is a disabled toilet next to Box C and the accessible area in the front of the Royal Circle, all at street level off Sherwood Street. Women's Stalls Toilets are 8 steps down from the Stalls and the men's off the Stalls bar is also a further 8 steps. Royal Circle bar up 26 steps from the foyer. Women's toilets are 15 steps down from Royal Circle and then 7 up, and the men's is 8 steps up from the Royal Circle bar. There are 70 steps up to the Grand Circle Bar, with the ladies on the way up and the men's at the top.