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Garrick Theatre

Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0HH

Garrick Theatre Safety Policy

Health & safety measures
  • All visitors asked to wear masks
  • Regular visible cleaning of all touchable surfaces before and after performances
  • One way routing in building to minimise contact
  • Signage regarding social distancing etiquette
  • Paperless or print at home tickets
  • Availability of hand sanitiser
  • Declaration on entry to confirm you have no Covid-19 symptoms
Visitor measures
  • Limited numbers with socially distanced seating

Getting here

Closest Tube Station

Charing Cross Underground Station, Leicester Square

Closest Train Station

Charing Cross


The Garrick Theatre opened on 24 April 1889 with The Profligate, a play by Arthur Wing Pinero. In its early years, it specialised in the performance of melodrama, and today the theatre is a receiving house for a variety of productions. The theatre is named for David Garrick, considered the most influential Shakespearean actor.

The Garrick Theatre was designed by Walter Emden, with CJ Phipps brought in as a consultant to help with the planning on the difficult site, which included an underground river. Originally The Garrick had 800 seats on 4 levels, but the gallery (top) level has since been closed and the seating capacity reduced to 656.

Having become mostly associated with comedies or comedy-dramas, recent productions at the Garrick Theatre London include No Sex Please We're British, which subsequently transferred to the Duchess Theatre in August 1986. On 24th October 1995 the Royal National Theatre's multi-award winning production of JB Priestley's An Inspector Calls opened at The Garrick, having played successful seasons at the Royal National Theatre's Lyttelton and Olivier theatres as well as the Aldwych Theatre and a season on Broadway.

Sydney Grundy's long-running French-style comedy A Pair of Spectacles opened at The Garrick Theater in February, 1890. Mrs Patrick Campbell starred five years later in Pinero's The Notorious Mrs. Ebbsmith. Afterwards, the theatre suffered a short period of decline until it was leased by Arthur Bourchier, whose wife, Violet Vanbrugh, starred in a series of successful productions ranging from farce to Shakespeare.[3] In 1900, the theatre hosted J. M. Barrie's The Wedding Guest. Rutland Barrington presented several stage works at the Garrick, including his popular "fairy play" called Water Babies in 1902, based on Charles Kingsley's book, with music by Alfred Cellier, among others. The only piece actually premiered by W. S. Gilbert here was Harlequin and the Fairy's Dilemma a "Domestic Pantomime" (1904).

In 1921, Basil Rathbone played Dr. Lawson in The Edge o' Beyond at The Garrick Theatre London, and the following year Sir Seymour Hicks appeared in his own play, The Man in Dress Clothes. In 1925 Henry Daniell played there as Jack Race in Cobra and appeared there again as Paul Cortot in Marriage by Purchase in March 1932.

The Garrick Theatre: Threats and Renovation

A proposed redevelopment of Covent Garden by the GLC in 1968 saw the theatre under threat, together with the nearby Vaudeville, Adelphi, Lyceum and Duchess theatres. An active campaign by Equity, the Musicians' Union, and theatre owners under the auspices of the Save London Theatres Campaign led to the abandonment of the scheme. The gold leaf auditorium was restored in 1986 by the stage designer Carl Toms, and in 1997 the front façade was renovated.

In 1986, The Garrick Theatre was acquired by the Stoll Moss Group, and, in 2000, it became a Really Useful Theatre when Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group and Bridgepoint Capital purchased Stoll Moss Theatres Ltd. In October 2005, Nica Burns and Max Weitzenhoffer purchased the Garrick Theatre, and it became one of five playhouses operating under their company name of Nimax Theatres Ltd, alongside the Lyric Theatre, Apollo Theatre, Vaudeville Theatre and Duchess Theatre.

More recent productions are listed below and include No Sex Please, We're British (1982), which played for four years at the theatre before transferring to the Duchess Theatre in 1986. On 24 October 1995, the Royal National Theatre's multi-award winning production of J. B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls opened here, having played successful seasons at the Royal National Theatre's Lyttelton and Olivier theatres as well as the Aldwych Theatre and a season on Broadway.

THE GARRICK THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

1978 - Ira Levin's thriller Deathtrap began a long run until 1981.

1982 - No Sex Please, We're British transferred from The Strand Theatre and remained until 1986.

1986 - Judi Dench and Michael Williams in Mr and Mrs Nobody.

1989 - Rupert Everett and Maria Aitken in another Coward, The Vortex; and Timberlake Wertenbaker's Our Country's Good transferred from the Royal Court Theatre.

1990 - Short seasons of Bent with Ian McKellen and Michael Cashman and Frankie Howerd At His Tittermost are followed by the first major West End transfer from the newly-managed Almeida Theatre with The Rehearsal by Jean Anouilh.

1993 - John Godber's On the Piste and Steven Berkoff's One Man.

1995 - The Live Bed Show with Paul Merton and Caroline Quentin, the Abbey Theatre production of Sean O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars and Clarke Peters in Unforgettable - The Nat King Cole Story, precede the arrival of the Royal National Theatre's An Inspector Calls, which began its second prolonged season in the West End.

2002 - The hit British premiere production of This is Our Youth plays two seasons either side of a successful run of The Lieutenant of Inishmore.

2003 - The fourth cast of This is Our Youth, followed by Jus' Like That!', Ross Noble and Wait Until Dark.

2004 - Ricky Gervais workshopped his latest stand-up venture, Politics, followed by a revival of David Mamet's Oleanna and The Solid Gold Cadillac, starring Patricia Routledge and Roy Hudd.

2005 - The Anniversary with Sheila Hancock, Elmina's Kitchen by Kwame Kwei-Armah, On The Ceiling with Ralf Little, You Never Can Tell with Edward Fox

2006 - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest starring Christian Slater and Alex Kingston, Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell starring Tom Conti, Amy's View starring Felicity Kendal

2007 - Young British actress Billie Piper makes her stage debut in a new production of Christopher Hampton's Treats, Bad Girls: The Musical, Absurd Person Singular

2008 - Peter Pan - El Musical, Derren Brown's Mind Reader – An Evening of Wonders, and Zorro

2009 - A Little Night Music transferred from the Menier Chocolate Factory, The Mysteries - Isango Portobello Theatre Company, Arturo Brachetti's Change

2010 - The Little Dog Laughed starring Tamsin Greig, Rupert Friend, Gemma Arterton and Harry Lloyd, All the Fun of the Fair, a jukebox musical based on the songs of David Essex, When We Are Married starring Maureen Lipman and Roy Hudd

2011 - The Hurly Burly Show a contemporary burlesque revue starring Miss Polly Rae, and in May Pygmalion will be transferring from Chichester Festival Theatre starring Rupert Everett, Kara Tointon and Dame Diana Rigg

2011 - Chicago transfers from the Adelphi Theatre

2012 - Loserville, by Elliot Davis and James Bourne, starring Aaron Sidwell and Lil Chris.

 

The Garrick Theatre: Current Production

2013 - Rock of Ages transfers from the Shaftesbury Theatre.

 


Garrick Theatre Seating Plan

Billionaire Boy is the current production at Garrick Theatre. The latest booking period for Billionaire Boy at Garrick Theatre started 17/07/2021 11:00:00 and runs until 22/08/2021 15:00:00. Tickets for Billionaire Boy start at £24 and are available to book now.

Adam Kay: This Is Going to Hurt is the current production at Garrick Theatre. The latest booking period for Adam Kay: This Is Going to Hurt at Garrick Theatre started 23/04/2018 20:00:00 and runs until 17/08/2021 19:30:00. Tickets for Adam Kay: This Is Going to Hurt start at £24 and are available to book now.

The Drifters Girl is the current production at Garrick Theatre. The upcoming booking period for The Drifters Girl at Garrick Theatre starts 04/11/2021 19:30:00 and runs until 26/03/2022 19:30:00. Tickets for The Drifters Girl start at £24 and are available to book now.

TuckShop West End is the current production at Garrick Theatre. The upcoming booking period for TuckShop West End at Garrick Theatre starts 27/07/2021 19:30:00 and runs until 08/08/2021 19:30:00. Tickets for TuckShop West End start at £21 and are available to book now.

Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho is the current production at Garrick Theatre. The upcoming booking period for Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho at Garrick Theatre starts 19/08/2021 20:00:00 and runs until 21/08/2021 20:00:00. Tickets for Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho start at £24 and are available to book now.

Cirque Berserk is the current production at Garrick Theatre. The upcoming booking period for Cirque Berserk at Garrick Theatre starts 25/08/2021 19:30:00 and runs until 11/09/2021 19:45:00. Tickets for Cirque Berserk start at £24 and are available to book now.

The Last Five Years is the current production at Garrick Theatre. The upcoming booking period for The Last Five Years at Garrick Theatre starts 17/09/2021 20:00:00 and runs until 17/10/2021 15:00:00. Tickets for The Last Five Years start at £24 and are available to book now.

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical is the current production at Garrick Theatre. The latest booking period for Showstopper! The Improvised Musical at Garrick Theatre started 07/12/2020 19:30:00 and runs until 11/10/2021 19:30:00. Tickets for Showstopper! The Improvised Musical start at £18 and are available to book now.

Garrick Theatre is located in London. The full address is Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0HH.

Past Events

MusicalMysteries, The

PlayAnniversary, The

PlayWait Until Dark

PlayMacbeth

An insatiable lust for power brings a nation to its knees.

ConcertFrank Skinner Showbiz
4.640 reviews

Frank Skinner: Showbiz transfers to the West End

PlayLittle Dog Laughed, The

PlayThe Comedy Store Players

London's longest running improv show The Comedy Store Players is back in the West End

MusicalLet It Be
4.946 reviews

★★★★★ ‘The Beatles show you never got to see!’ Smooth Radio

MusicalBad Girls - The Musical

PlayThe Entertainer
3.5147 reviews

John Osborne's iconic play starring one of Britains's most talented actors!

PlayRoss Noble - Unrealtime

PlaySuggs: My Life Story in Words and Music

MusicalAll The Fun Of The Fair

MusicalGo!Go!Go! Show

MusicalLee Mead – Some Enchanted Christmas Evening
5.01 reviews

MusicalLook At Them Shine

PlayThe Painkiller
4.3119 reviews

MusicalThe Scottsboro Boys

MusicalYou Won't Succeed On Broadway

PlayThis Is Our Youth

PlayRomeo and Juliet
4.0300 reviews

PlayPrivate Peaceful

Private Peaceful comes to the Garrick Theatre for a limited 2 week run

MusicalChristmas with Lee Mead

PlayAdam Kay: This Is Going to Hurt (Secret Diaries Of A Junior Doctor)
4.531 reviews

Adam Kay offers a rare glimpse into a day in the life of an NHS junior doctor in his tell-all show This is Going to Hurt

PlayWhen We Are Married

MusicalLoserville

PlayOne Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

PlayArturo Brachetti: Change

PlayYou Never Can Tell

PlayElminas Kitchen

MusicalCity of Angels
3.912 reviews

Rosalie Craig, Nicola Roberts and Vanessa Williams star in City of Angels in the West End

MusicalSooty Christmas Show

MusicalZorro the Musical

PlayToby Hadoke's Doctor Who Double Bill

MusicalRock of Ages

MusicalYoung Frankenstein
4.7355 reviews

Mel Brooks' monster hit is bringing audiences to life.

PlayJus' Like That

PlayPotted Potter

PlayTwelve Angry Men

PlaySnow White and the Seven Designers

PlayThis House
4.3115 reviews

Politics, politics and once again politics. This House at the Garrick!

PlayDon Quixote
4.3154 reviews

The RSC’s joyous, music-filled Don Quixote transfers to the West End for a limited season at the Garrick Theatre from 27 October.

MusicalRespect La Diva

MusicalLittle Night Music

PlayRed Velvet
4.5107 reviews

PlayBrainiac Live!
4.022 reviews

After touring the planet, Brainiac Live! takes up residency at the Garrick Theatre. Tickets for this odd science show are on sale now!

PlaySolid Gold Cadillac

PlayThe Miser
4.395 reviews

“Suspect everybody! Take into custody the whole town and suburbs,” cries the Miser as his hoard is stolen.

PlayNoises Off.
4.4196 reviews

Tickets for Noises Off West End transfer to Garrick Theatre available now!

PlayMicky Flanagan

MusicalPeter Pan El Musical

PlayPygmalion

PlayPotted Panto 2020
4.89 reviews

Potted Panto makes a highly anticipated return to the Garrick Theatre!

PlayTreats

PlayAbsurd Person Singular

PlayHarlequinade & All On Her Own
4.4150 reviews

PlayOn The Ceiling

MusicalRock Of Ages

DanceRip It Up
4.7491 reviews

The Rip It Up boys are back in town at the Garrick Theatre, London

PlayJeffrey Bernard is Unwell

DanceHere Come The Boys

The show that everyone has been waiting for! Here Come The Boys; Aljaž, Pasha, Robin, Graziano and Karim!

PlayTwelve Angry Men

Starring Tom Conti, Jeff Fahey, William Gaminara and Robert Vaughn

MusicalCaroline O'Connor: Showgirl Within

PlayAmy's View

MusicalRide

This workshop production comes to London for 2 performances only!

ConcertDr Ranj - Scrubs to Sparkles

Dr Ranj and Gethin Jones

PlayDeath Drop

Sissy that walk to the Garrick Theatre for a "Dragatha Christie Murder-Mystery"!

PlayMaggie & Ted

Maggie and Ted are at it again, this time at London's Garrick theatre!

PlayBitter Wheat
4.0306 reviews

David Mamet's new play brings John Malkovich to the London stage in this topical new drama