The Theatre Royal Haymarket or Haymarket Theatre is a theatre on The Haymarket in London which dates back to 1720. The original building was a little further north in the same street. It has been at its current location since 1821, when it was redesigned by John Nash. Its current capacity is 888.
The Haymarket has been the site of a couple of significant innovations in theatre. In 1873, it was the venue for the first scheduled matinée performance, establishing a custom soon followed in theatres everywhere. Six years later, its auditorium was reconstructed and the stage was enclosed in the first use of the picture frame proscenium.
Theatre Royal Haymarket History
The Theatre Royal Haymarket's first major success was a 1729 production of Samuel Johnson's Hurlothrumbo, or The Supernatural, which ran for 80 nights -- a record surpassing John Gay's The Beggar's Opera and not to be matched until The Dragon of Wantley. In the 1720's, the Haymarket was an alternative to the patent theatres in every sense. When there was an actor's revolt at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 1719, for example, the actors walked out to go to the Haymarket. They returned when they won their demands. In the eight to ten years before the Licensing Act of 1737, the Haymarket Theatre was an alternative to John Rich's Covent Garden theatre and the opera-dominated Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Hurlothrumbo was just one play in that series of anti-Walpolean satires. Henry Fielding staged his plays at the Haymarket Theatre, and so did Henry Carey. Hurlothrumbo would be followed by Tom Thumb, The Dragon of Wantley, Pasquin and others. Additionally, refugees from Drury Lane's and Covent Gardens's internal struggles would show up at the theatre, and thus Charlotte Charke would act there in a parody of her father, Colley Cibber, one of the owners and managers of Drury Lane. The Theatrical Licensing Act, however, put an end to the anti-ministry satires, and it all but entirely shut down the theatre.
In 1862, the theatre was host to a 400-night run of Our American Cousin, with Edward Southern as Lord Dundreary. The play's success brought the word "dreary" into common use.
In 1893, Oscar Wilde premiered A Woman of No Importance, his first comedy. The play returned for a 2003 production directed by Adrian Noble and starring Rupert Graves, Samantha Bond, Prunella Scales and Rachael Stirling.
The theatre underwent a major refurbishment in 1994. In May 2004 it closed for two nights after parts of the ceiling fell down during a performance. About 13 people suffered mainly cuts and bruises when plaster fell into the auditorium during the "When Harry Met Sally..." Show. Since then, the theatre has played host to a short-lived run of Becket directed by John Caird followed in January 2005 by the world premiere of Victoria Wood's new musical Acorn Antiques - based upon the TV series of the same name. This starred Julie Walters, Celia Imrie, Duncan Preston, Neil Morrissey, Sally Ann Triplett and Josie Lawrence and ran until 21 May 2005. The Genius Of Ray Charles - a new American musical followed in the Summer of 2005 running for eight weeks to 13 August 2005. More recently, Bill Kenwright's new production of A Few Good Men played to packed houses starring Rob Lowe, Suranne Jones, John Barrowman and Jack Ellis.
In June 2018, the theatre was purchased by Access Entertainment for a rumoured £45 million. Access Entertainment is a global division of Leonard Blavatnik's Access Industries that invests in television, film and theatre acquisitions. Blavatnik is a Ukrainian-born entrepreneur and owner of Warner Music Group, and he currently ranks third in the Sunday Times Rich List with a net worth estimated at £15.3 billion.
Only Fools And Horses is the current production at Theatre Royal Haymarket. The latest booking period for Only Fools And Horses at Theatre Royal Haymarket started 11/02/2019 19:30:00 and runs until 14/05/2022 19:30:00. Tickets for Only Fools And Horses start at £27 and are available to book now.
Peppa Pig: Best Day Ever! is the current production at Theatre Royal Haymarket. The latest booking period for Peppa Pig: Best Day Ever! at Theatre Royal Haymarket started 29/11/2019 13:30:00 and runs until 02/01/2022 15:30:00. Tickets for Peppa Pig: Best Day Ever! start at £18 and are available to book now.
The Theatre Royal Haymarket is easy to access using public transportation. The nearest tube stations to the Theatre Royal Haymarket are Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo/Piccadilly Lines) and Charing Cross Station (Bakerloo/Northern Lines). The nearest train station is Charing Cross Station. The Theatre Royal Haymarket is serviced by bus lines 3, 6, 12, 14, 15, 22, 23, 38, 88, 94, 159, and 453. The nearest car parks to the theatre are the Q-Parks at Leicester Square and Trafalgar.
Current + Upcoming Events
At The Theatre Royal Haymarket
Acclaimed children's author Michael Morpurgo reveals all in this special one-off event, Michael Morpurgo 75th Anniversary Tour
★★★★ 'Penelope Wilton gives a profoundly moving performance' The Sunday Times
Meet the legendary Dame Patricia Routledge in Facing The Music – A Life in Musical Theatre
‘Bunny boilingly brilliant!’ Sunday Mirror
With an appetite for excess, it seems no one can tame him... or can SHE? Based on true story, The Libertine stars Dominic Cooper
Simon Schama is armed with words and ready to take the West End stage by storm in this special one-off event.
Love and desire and reality versus fantasy are all put under scrutiny in this witty Shakespeare's play.
‘A beautiful performance from Maureen Lipman’Time Out
An Evening with Jason Robert Brown and Special Guests
Gender roles, infidelity and deception... all will be questioned in one of William Shakespeare's most popular plays.
Written by Helen Edmundson, directed by Natalie Abrahami and starring Emma Cunniffe and Romola Garai!
Harvey at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, starring Maureen Lipman and James Dreyfus
Damian Lewis returns to the West End to star in the darkly comic masterpiece
★★★★ 'A timely look at the tangled relationship between the press, politicians and the police. It’s barbed and very funny’ Evening Standard
Crime Expert and Author of McMafia Misha Glenny for one night only
The legendary Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg returns to London this spring.
An Evening with Charles Dance
Where is Peter Rabbit? springs back into the West End this summer featuring the voice of Myleene Klass!
Anne Reid interviews Derek Jacobi live on the West End stage for the first time ever!
Kerry Ellis: An Evening of Music and Memories
Peaky Blinders' Paul Anderson makes his West End debut!
Ben Forster brings his solo show to the West End's Theatre Royal Haymarket as part of the Sunday Encounters season
Pixie Lott stars as Holly Golightly in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket
“I adored this show, a magical heavenly tribute to Betjeman” - The Daily Mail
Carlos Acosta comes to the stage at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for one night only
VENUS IN FUR: an intoxicating dark comedy of desire, fantasy and the innate love of fur.
‘The funniest show in the western world’ Daily Mail
Patti Lupone comes to the Haymarket fresh from her acclaimed run in Company at the Gielgud!
Gosh! It’s Dame Judi Dench in conversation with Gyles Brandreth
The Tiger Who Came to Tea in the West End this Summer!
Join Frank, Sammy and Dean as they celebrate Ella Fitzgerald on London's West End!
A romantic love story of two pen pals is told in the modern stage play classic Love Letters, coming to the West End this Spring!
TAKE THAT! The Band is finally coming to London this Christmas.
Peppa Pig and pals are back in London's West End with a new camping adventure.