The Playhouse Theatre, originally known as the Royal Avenue Theatre, opened in 1882. The Theatre closed for refurbishment in 1905 and reopened under its current name in 1907. The venue staged the premier of Shaw’s Arms and the Man and has hosted WS Gilbert, Gladys Cooper, The Almeida Theatre Company, The Peter Hall Company and Janet McTeer.
Playhouse Theatre Visual Story
Our Visual Story is a visual resource to help prepare visitors for a new experience and to help them become familiar with new surroundings and what to expect during their time at the venue. If you would like a copy of our Visual Story please contact Josh Brown, Customer Experience Manager: [email protected]
Venue Access Information
There are 3 steps in the Foyer (accessed via the Main Doors) up to the Stalls level and accessible toilet - a ramp is available.
If you are a wheelchair user your carer/companion will be required to move your wheelchair up and down the ramps provided in the venue.
The Box Office has a separate entrance to the right of the main doors.
There are 28 steps to the Dress Circle and 82 steps to the Upper Circle.
All Staircases have handrails.
The theatre opens 90 minutes before the performance start time.
The auditorium opens approximately 30 mins before the performance start time.
The theatre can accommodate two non-transferable wheelchairs per performance.
The wheelchair spaces are located in Row G and Row J of the Stalls. Please ask for the Access Host upon your arrival if you require assistance.
The theatre can accommodate two transferable wheelchairs per performance.
There are Bars across all four levels of the theatre: Foyer, Basement, Dress Circle and Upper Circle.
The theatre has a Sennheiser MobileConnect sound amplification system in place. Please ask a member of staff upon arrival for more information.
Guide dogs are permitted in the auditorium at the end of a row in the Stalls. Staff are happy to dog sit during the performance if required. Please let us know in advance if you require this service by calling the Box Office team on 0207 925 7734.
Please contact the theatre directly for information on captioned performances and audio described performances. The Box Office team can be reached on 0207 925 7734.