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Charing Cross Theatre

(formerly New Players Theatre), The Arches, Villiers Street, London WC2N 6NG

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The Charing Cross Theatre: The Venue

The Charing Cross Theatre is one of the smallest West End theatres with only 275 seats. The theatre was rebuilt in 1989 as part of the Charing Cross re-development to meet the demands of national and international producers wanting a theatre that offered a degree of intimacy and is the equivalent of an Off-Broadway space. 


The Charing Cross Theatre: History

Founded in 1936, Charing Cross Theatre (formerly the New Players Theatre) occupied several premises in the West End before locating to its present site under The Arches below Charing Cross Station. The current site was a famous Victorian music hall which went on to produce many musicals, pantomimes and melodramas.  

Ideally situated under the arches of Charing Cross Station, London's Charing Cross Theatre (formerly the New Players Theatre) is brimming with history and is proud to be one of London’s last remaining music hall venues. Over 100 years of entertainment lives within these walls creating a beautifully theatrical atmosphere bursting with memories of London’s finest entertainers - and, back in the days, if you were willing to buy a pint and a cigar then your entrance was free! With the smoking ban now in force The Charing Cross Theatre must charge a little more than that, but it remains a competitively priced, central London venue, giving audiences the chance to see, with ease, a range of entertainment.

Charing Cross Theatre strives to continue the historical spirit of the venue by entertaining audiences with many kinds of events from late night cabarets, plays, comedy and musicals to showcases, fashion shows and music gigs. 

The Charing Cross Theatre is beautiful and still has the original Victorian bar at the back of the auditorium with the original Victorian glass panelling, creating an atmosphere that is truly one of a kind. The theatre is perfectly complimented with a newly renovated bar and restaurant which is open until 2.30am. The Charing Cross Theatre is a venue which hardly sleeps.

The Cross' small in-house team are filled with passion and love for the venue, making this a home for all that visit and a place they will want to return to.


The Charing Cross Theatre has a capacity of 265 seats across the Stalls, 2 Balconies, and 2 Benches.
Charing Cross Theatre Seating Plan

Pippin is the current production at Charing Cross Theatre.

Broken Wings is the current production at Charing Cross Theatre. The latest booking period for Broken Wings at Charing Cross Theatre started 01/08/2018 19:30:00 and runs until 06/03/2022 15:00:00. Tickets for Broken Wings start at £31 and are available to book now.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is the current production at Charing Cross Theatre. The upcoming booking period for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Charing Cross Theatre starts 05/11/2021 19:30:00 and runs until 08/01/2022 19:30:00. Tickets for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike start at £24 and are available to book now.

The Charing Cross Theatre is easily accessible via public transport. The nearest tube stations to The Charing Cross Theatre are Charing Cross Station (Bakerloo/Northern Lines) and Embankment (Bakerloo/Circle/District/Northern Lines). If arriving to the theatre by train, the nearest train station to the theatre is Charing Cross, which is above the theatre. The theatre is also well serviced by bus lines 6, 9, 11, 15, 23, 24, 87, 91, 139, and 176. If driving to the theatre, parking is available at the NCP carpark on St. Martin's Lane. 

Past Events

MusicalFascinating Aïda: Cheap Flights

MusicalSoho Cinders
4.785 reviews

Fabulous fairytale musical Soho Cinders loosely based on the beloved Cinderella is revived for a short run at the Charing Cross Theatre.

Play6 Characters In Search Of A Director

MusicalThe Woman in White
4.665 reviews

Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White featuring the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Zippel.

PlayHarold and Maude
4.18 reviews

The cult classic film comes to the stage!

PlayBlind Date

MusicalJacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

PlayPajama Men: In The Middle Of No One

PlayThe Knowledge
4.419 reviews

A story of the hardest exam in the world.

MusicalO Come All Ye Divas
4.86 reviews

‘Christina Bianco, a comic firecracker with a pyrotechnic voice, drives the audience wild!’ - Time Out

MusicalQueen Of The Mist
3.718 reviews

Don't miss tickets for Queen Of The Mist transfer to West End's Charing Cross Theatre

4.5158 reviews

A sell-out show based on one of the 20th Century greatest tragedies of the mankind on stage at the Charing Cross for a strictly limited run

PlayAriadne's After Dark Cabaret

Featuring the most decadent acts in the world of Cabaret, Variety, Comedy and Burlesque

PlayConfessions of a Mormon Boy

MusicalThe Rinse Cycle
3.611 reviews

MusicalFinian's Rainbow

"There's definitely a pot of gold at the end of Finian's Rainbow" The Stage


'Gill Adams' script for Keeler is brilliant – she tells it like it was' Christine Keeler

MusicalLost Boy

"An excellent production with an outstanding cast in a bold new sequel to J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan" UK TheatreNet


Paul Harvard's new play GHBoy comes to the Charing Cross Theatre

MusicalIt Happened in Key West
4.611 reviews

The romantic comedy musical is inspired by shocking true events that rocked the tiny island of Key West in the 1930s.

MusicalThrill Me

MusicalRadio Times

PlayGhetto Klown

MusicalBarbra and Frank: The Concert That Never Was

MusicalA Tale of Two Cities

4.1160 reviews

PlayGraeme of Thrones
4.85 reviews

See it before the inevitable lawsuit!

PlayThe Curse of Elizabeth Faulkner

MusicalThe Billie Holiday Story

MusicalWAG! The Musical

MusicalThe Mikado

★★★★ “A real Christmas treat” Sunday Express

MusicalDeath Takes A Holiday
4.317 reviews

Insipration for Meet Joe Black: a touching story of the fragility of life and the power of love.

MusicalThe Tinderbox
4.76 reviews

MusicalNaked Boys Singing

PlayThe Vaudevillains

4.77 reviews

A modern take on the ancient Greek story of Persephone

PlayA Tale of Two Cities

PlayLong Story Short

★★★★ “Excellently performed by a versatile ensemble of young actors” Sunday Express

4.423 reviews

A brand new production of Milos Forman's legendary film coming on stage for a strictly limited season

PlayTruth, Lies, Diana

Some secrets are best left unsaid... Truth, Lies, Diana at the Charing Cross Theatre.


A New Musical where love is a matter of Live and Death!

4.040 reviews

MusicalA Bowl Of Cherries

PlayAfraid of the Dark

‘Fun, gripping and genuinely creepy. We wish there was more theatre like this!’ Bizarre Magazine

MusicalCabaret New Burlesque

PlayThe Braille Legacy
4.618 reviews

Acclaimed director Thom Southerland directs and Jérôme Pradon stars in this world premiere!

4.555 reviews

Michel Legrand's hit Broadway musical Amour receives its long-awaited UK premiere at London's Charing Cross Theatre this summer.

MusicalDaisy Pulls It Off
5.02 reviews

This Oliver award winning comedy returns to London's West End!

4.318 reviews

UK Premiere of the Off-Broadway hit!

PlayThe Exonerated

The Exonerated tickets

4.547 reviews

Jeanine Tesori and Ben Crawley's Violet starring Kaisa Hammarlund comes to Charing Cross Theatre for its UK premiere.