There has been a theatre on the site of Her Majesty’s in Haymarket since 1705, making it the second oldest theatre site in London, after the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The present building was designed by C.J Phipps and constructed in 1897 for the actor-manager Herbert Beerbohm Tree, who went on to establish the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) at the theatre in 1904. Tree produced classical productions such as Shakespeare plays on Her Majesty’s stage in the early part of the 20th Century, and since World War I, the wide, flat stage has made the theatre a suitable venue to host large-scale musicals.
Her Majesty’s Theatre has hosted several successful musicals and plays in the past such as Chu Chin Chow which opened in 1916 and ran for a record-breaking 2,235 performances, a record which was not surpassed until as late as 1955 with the musical Salad Days. More recently the theatre hosted the West End premieres of Brigadoon, West Side Story, and The Fiddler on the Roof.
Currently showing at Her Majesty’s Theatre is the West End’s second longest-running musical ever, The Phantom of the Opera. It is currently taking bookings through 2013.
Her Majesty’s Theatre is located in a prime spot in London, between Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus and is situated on the Haymarket which leads down to Trafalgar Square. The nearest tube stations to the theatre are Leicester Square which is on both the Northern and Piccadilly lines, and Piccadilly Circus, slightly nearer to the theatre, which is on the Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines. Both stations are a very short walk away.
Endless cafes, restaurants, shops and other theatres make up the areas that surround Her Majesty’s Theatre. The 4-star Thistle Trafalgar Square is located a 5 minute stroll away, down the side of a quiet street by the National Gallery. The hotel features a lounge area, bar and a restaurant serving pre-theatre meals.
Her Majesty’s Theatre holds 1,216 people on four levels – Stalls, Royal Circle, Upper Circle and Balcony, making it one of London’s larger auditoriums. See the seating plan on the right for guidance on which seats to purchase.
Top Tips for Visiting Her Majesty’s Theatre
Thanks to Anna for the Her Majesty’s top tip – do you have a better tip? Enter it in the comments below, and we’ll publish the best advice.
- There’s a severe curve to the front of the Royal Circle, meaning the side seats have a very restricted view. It’s worth spending a bit more money to sit in the center. – Anna, Kent
- The queue for ice creams is considerable – line up quickly at the interval or you’ll have to wait a while. – Sarah, Lewisham
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