Charing Cross Road
Designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, Bertie Crewe and Cecil Massey, the Phoenix Theatre opened in 1930 and has since been host to an array of successful plays and award-winning musicals including the theatre’s debut play, Private Lives by Noel Coward starring a young Lawrence Olivier. Coward himself made a number of appearances at the theatre including Tonight at 8:30 and Quadrille. The auditorium is beautifully designed by Theodore Komisarjevsky with red carpets, curtains and seats with golden engravings on the walls, making it one of London’s most striking theatres. Over the years, it has hosted the premieres of The Browning Version by Terence Rattigan, Night and Day by Tom Stoppard, The Baker’s Wife by Steven Schwartz, and Stephen Sondheim’s popular musical Into the Woods, and Blood Brothers for more than two decades.
The current production at the Phoenix Theatre is Once the Musical, adapted from the beloved Irish film.
Ideally situated in the heart of London on Charing Cross Road, The Phoenix Theatre is a 5 minute walk from Tottenham Court Road tube station which is on both the Central and Northern Lines, and approximately an 8 minute walk from Leicester Square which is on the Piccadilly and Northern Lines.
For theatregoers visiting London to see a show, there are lots of hotels near Phoenix Theatre London. The theatre is located in the heart of the city near shopping oasis of Oxford Street, the fountains of Trafalgar Square and the bright lights of Piccadilly. Hazlitt’s Hotel is a 4-star boutique hotel 300 metres from Phoenix Theatre. Rooms are individually decorated with dark, antique furniture and the hotel offers laptops and mobile phones for hire.
The Phoenix Theatre holds 1,012 people, with seats on three different levels – Stalls, Dress Circle and Upper Circle. Stall seating is generally considered the best in the house due to the close proximity to the stage, but there is also excellent viewing from both the Dress and Upper Circles, and buying seats in these sections can be very good value for money. See the seating plan for further guidance on which seats to purchase.
Top Tips for Visiting the Phoenix Theatre
Thanks to Gina for the Phoenix top tip! If you’ve got a better tip, share it with us in the comments below.
- The bar offers some great deals – you can get a snack box with a glass of wine, crips, and chocolate for £6 when a glass of wine is already £5 on its own. – Gina, London
- There are toilets on every level, but be warned there’s a long queue for the ladies’ toilets. – Samantha, London