Playhouse Theatre

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.

Contact Details

Northumberland Avenue London WC2N 5DE
Contact Numbers
Telephone Booking*
0844 871 7631
Group Bookings
020 7206 1174
Access Bookings
0800 912 6971
*Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge.
Opening Hours
Mon to Sat
10:00 - 19:30
Open until time of show at 19.30 but stop advance bookings after 18.30.

Security

ATG continues to make the safety and security of its customers and staff a priority. As such, please bear in mind that we may undertake bag checks, so recommend you leave extra time to avoid queues, and refrain from bringing suitcases, rucksacks and large bags into the Theatre. Many thanks for your cooperation.

Getting Here

By car
The Playhouse Theatre is a participant of Q-Park’s Theatreland scheme, which offers a 50% discount on patrons’ parking costs. The nearest Q-Park car parks are Trafalgar Square and Chinatown, starting at £22 for up to 3 hours, and £29.50 for 4 hours.
By car
The Playhouse Theatre is a participant of Q-Park’s Theatreland scheme, which offers a 50% discount on patrons’ parking costs. The nearest Q-Park car parks are Trafalgar Square and Chinatown, starting at £22 for up to 3 hours, and £29.50 for 4 hours.
By train
Charing Cross Station is located next to the theatre, less than a 5 minute walk away. For times and more information please visit National Rail Enquiries.
By train
Charing Cross Station is located next to the theatre, less than a 5 minute walk away. For times and more information please visit National Rail Enquiries.
By bus
Number 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 23, 24, 87, 88, 91, 139 and 453. All are within a 10 minute walk of the Playhouse Theatre.
By bus
Number 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 23, 24, 87, 88, 91, 139 and 453. All are within a 10 minute walk of the Playhouse Theatre.

Access

Access Booking Line: 0800 912 6971
Typetalk Number: 18001 0800 912 6971

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.