First raising its curtain in 1928, the West End’s Piccadilly Theatre has been entertaining London audiences for almost a century. Over the years, the theater has survived two attempts to repurpose the space, as well as World War II bombing. It’s now known for its Broadway transfers, long-running musicals, and art deco design.
The Piccadilly Theatre is nestled in the heart of the city’s entertainment district, making it possible to admire its modern facade on a walking tour of the area. Those who book a matinee or evening show get to appreciate the 3-level auditorium’s 20th-century art deco interior. Look out for the few remaining original fittings, and benefit from the theatre’s close proximity to top Soho restaurants and bars for an immersive London nightlife experience. Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- The theater’s diverse program is popular with adults and children alike.
- Book your tickets ahead of time to secure the best seats and deals.
- Certain sections of the theater are accessible for wheelchair users. Alert the theater of your needs ahead of time and arrive early.
Piccadilly Circus is the nearest Underground station. Several local buses serve nearby Regent Street and Shaftesbury Avenue. Driving is best avoided during weekdays when the Congestion Charge applies. However, evening or weekend visitors can park in nearby Chinatown Car Park and enjoy discounted parking when tickets are validated at the theater.
When to Get There
Shows tend to run in four- to eight-month blocks, so check ahead if there’s a specific performance you want to see. Otherwise, matinees are generally popular with families and school trips, while evening shows tend to draw a more adult crowd. Be aware that Soho is often busy, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights.The West End
Piccadilly Theatre is just one of many notable theaters in London’s West End, the famous commercial theater district with a history dating back to the 1600s. Culture vultures and arts enthusiasts can discover more than 40 historic venues packed into the area, including the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and St. Martin's Theatre.