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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

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

4.040 reviews

4.555 reviews

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

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.

MusicalRadio Times

MusicalThrill Me

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.

PlayAriadne's After Dark Cabaret

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

PlayConfessions of a Mormon Boy

4.1160 reviews

PlayA Tale of Two Cities

PlayPajama Men: In The Middle Of No One

PlayTruth, Lies, Diana

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

MusicalCabaret New Burlesque

PlayGhetto Klown

4.77 reviews

A modern take on the ancient Greek story of Persephone

MusicalThe Woman in White
4.665 reviews

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

PlayThe Knowledge
4.419 reviews

A story of the hardest exam in the world.

4.423 reviews

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

MusicalThe Rinse Cycle
3.611 reviews

PlayThe Curse of Elizabeth Faulkner

MusicalLost Boy

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

Play6 Characters In Search Of A Director

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.

PlayThe Vaudevillains

MusicalNaked Boys Singing

PlayHarold and Maude
4.18 reviews

The cult classic film comes to the stage!

MusicalDaisy Pulls It Off
5.02 reviews

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

MusicalThe Billie Holiday Story

PlayThe Braille Legacy
4.618 reviews

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

MusicalQueen Of The Mist
3.718 reviews

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


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

MusicalThe Mikado

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

MusicalBarbra and Frank: The Concert That Never Was

4.318 reviews

UK Premiere of the Off-Broadway hit!

MusicalFinian's Rainbow

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

4.547 reviews

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

MusicalJacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

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

PlayAfraid of the Dark

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

MusicalWAG! The Musical

PlayBlind Date

MusicalA Tale of Two Cities

MusicalO Come All Ye Divas
4.86 reviews

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

PlayGraeme of Thrones
4.85 reviews

See it before the inevitable lawsuit!

MusicalThe Tinderbox
4.76 reviews


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

PlayVanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Janie Dee stars in the 2013 Tony Award Winner for Best Play

MusicalA Bowl Of Cherries


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

PlayLong Story Short

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

PlayThe Exonerated

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