Playhouse Theatre Seating plan

Playhouse Theatre seating plan
Getting the best seats at Playhouse Theatre

We recommend trying our interactive seating plan, where you can choose a particular seat and get more information about restricted views, etc.

Getting to the Playhouse Theatre

We highly recommend using public transit to get to the Playhouse Theatre. The nearest underground station to the theatre are Embankment (Bakerloo/Circle/District/Northern Lines) and Charing Cross (Bakerloo/Northern Lines). If arriving by train the nearest railway station is Charing Cross. The theatre is also serviced by bus lines 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 87, 88, 91, 159, and 453. If you are driving to the theatre the nearest car park is the Q-Park Trafalgar.

Visiting Playhouse Theatre

The Playhouse Theatre is a London West End theatre in the heart of Westminster, around the corner from Trafalgar Square. The theatre has a capacity of 786 on three levels.

The Playhouse Theatre: History

The Playhouse opened first as The Royal Avenue Theatre on the 11th March, 1882 with a revival of Offenbach's Madam Favart. The prefix "Royal" was soon dropped from the theatre's name, but comic operas, burlesques and the like remained the staple fare for several years. For much of this time, Arthur Roberts, a popular star of the music halls, led the company at the Avenue. In the early 1890s the emphasis changed to drama and in 1894 Miss Horniman, the tea heiress, later a pioneer of the repertory movement, anonymously sponsored the actress Florence Farr in a season of plays. Sadly, the first production failed but Miss Farr persuaded her friend, a certain George Bernard Shaw, to finish his play, Arms and the Man, as a speedy replacement and his first West End production. It was successful enough to allow him to drop his music criticism in favour of play writing. The theatre was rebuilt in 1905 with designed by Blow and Billerey, and despite an accident that caused the collapse of part of the adjacent Charing Cross railway station, it was reopened on January 28, 1907 as The Playhouse Theatre. Since then, the beautiful Playhouse Theatre has hosted the likes of WS Gilbert, legendary actress-manager Gladys Cooper, the BBC, The Almeida Theatre Company, The Peter Hall Company, and Janet McTeer. The theatre still has its original substage machinery.


In January 2003, Maidstone Productions became the new independent owners of The Playhouse, and in March of the same year the Ambassador Theatre Group took over the stewardship of the Playhouse Theatre. The Ambassador Theatre Group is responsible for the theatre's management and programming, working with Maidstone Productions and the team at the theatre. Other major past productions include Richard Eyre's production Vincent in Brixton starring Clare Higgins and Journey's End directed by David Grindley.

Next available performances

  • 22nd November 2017 19:45 Today Glengarry Glen Ross
  • 23rd November 2017 14:30 Tomorrow Glengarry Glen Ross
  • 23rd November 2017 19:45 Tomorrow Glengarry Glen Ross
  • 24th November 2017 19:45 Friday Glengarry Glen Ross
  • 25th November 2017 14:30 Saturday Glengarry Glen Ross