51 Shaftesbury Avenue
Queen’s Theatre was designed by W.G.R. Sprague and opened on 8th October 1908 with a comedy called ‘The Sugar Bowl’ by Madeleine Lucette Ryley. Due to being hit by a German bomb in 1940 during a production of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, the façade had to be rebuilt and is much more modern that its Edwardian interior. Many notable and respected actors have performed here including Maggie Smith, Nigel Hawthorne and Noël Coward.
Recent productions at Queen’s have included The Rocky Horror Show, The Hobbit, the RSC’s season of The Taming of the Shrew and The Tamer Tamed in repertory, the Tony Award winning musical, Contact, and since 2004, after 18 years at the Palace Theatre, Les Misérables moved here and has been playing successfully ever since.
Currently showing at Queen’s Theatre is the longest-running West End show of all time, Les Misérables. It is currently taking bookings through 2013.
Queen’s Theatre is situated on Shaftesbury Avenue, one of the most famous streets in the West End. The nearest tube station is Piccadilly Circus which is a 3 minute walk away from the theatre. Piccadilly Circus is on both the Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines.
Shaftesbury Avenue is home to London theatre, with numerous others on the street such as the Lyric and the Apollo. Chinatown is near as well as the bright lights and bustling atmosphere of Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus, and many cafes, shops, cinemas and restaurants are situated on the avenue. Hotels near Queen’s Theatre London include the 4-star Best Western Premier Shaftesbury Hotel on the same road, with recently refurbished rooms featuring mood lighting, free internet access and bathroom TVs.
The seating capacity for Queen’s Theatre is large, with a capacity of 1,042 on three levels – Stalls, Dress Circle and Upper Circle. For guidance on where to book seats, have a look at the seating plan on the right.
Top Tips for the Queen’s Theatre
Thanks to Adam for the top Queen’s tip! If you have a better tip, let us know by commenting below.
- The stalls bar is very, very busy – particularly during the interval. It’s worth going upstairs to the Dress Circle bar as you’ll get served faster and won’t feel so crowded. – Adam, Edinburgh