A complete guide to the Apollo Theatre in London

By | Posted on 27-Feb-2020

A complete guide to the Apollo Theatre in London

Opened in 1901, the Apollo Theatre was the fourth venue to welcome West End theatregoers in London, regularly home to revivals of classic plays including Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and The Glass Menagerie. Now listed as a Grade II theatre, it’s home to one of the most fabulous musicals in town – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. If you’re heading to the Apollo Theatre or you want to read more about the venue, here’s our guide to the Apollo. Book your Everybody’s Talking About Jamie tickets now.

Guide to London’s Apollo Theatre in the West End

Where is the Apollo Theatre?

The Apollo Theatre is one of six venues located on Shaftesbury Avenue, often considered to be the beating heart of Theatreland. It’s near the Lyric Theatre and the Gielgud Theatre, with the Palace Theatre and the Shaftesbury Theatre close by too.

How do I get to the Apollo Theatre?

The Apollo Theatre is a West End venue that’s in central London. The nearest rail station is Charing Cross, which is a ten to fifteen-minute walk past some of London’s finest landmarks to the theatre, including Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square

Travelling to the Apollo Theatre by bus? The following routes will drop you off near the theatre:

Shaftesbury Avenue: 12, 14, 19, 38
Regent Street: 6, 13, 15, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453

Can I travel to the Apollo Theatre by tube?

Are you planning on getting to the Apollo Theatre on the London Underground? Piccadilly Circus is the nearest tube station and it’s on the Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines. Other tube stations near the Apollo Theatre include Covent Garden (Piccadilly) and Leicester Square (Piccadilly and Northern).

When did the Apollo Theatre open?

The Apollo Theatre opened at the turn of the twentieth century, with audiences flocking to shows staged at the Apollo from 1901. But, the first production staged saw invited-only audiences attend performances, rather than people buying tickets. Recently, the Apollo has been home to groundbreaking productions including Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem, a revival of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons and the West End transfer of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

What show is currently at the Apollo Theatre?

Everybody's Talking About Jamie

The Apollo Theatre  is home to Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, which has enjoyed a continuous West End run since 6th November 2017. Since opening, the musical’s seen famous faces including Bianca Del Rio, Shane Richie, Michelle Visage and Layton Williams star in the show. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie was nominated for five Olivier Awards in 2018, including best new musical.

How many seats are inside the Apollo Theatre?

The Apollo Theatre has 775 seats over three seating levels.

When you book Everybody’s Talking About Jamie tickets with Encore Tickets, you’ll be able to see every seat that’s available for your selected performance on our interactive seating plans, as well as our exclusive deals on theatre tickets.

Where should I sit at the Apollo Theatre?

Apollo Theatre

Although there’s three seating levels in the auditorium at the Apollo, every seat guarantees each audience member an unrestricted view of the stage, so you’ll be able to see every moment of the show without missing a beat.

If you’re wishing you could be best friends with Jamie New, you’ll want to book tickets in the first five rows of the stalls (rows A to E). Even though the high stage may mean you have to turn your head to see what’s taking place in the downstage corners of the stage, you’ll be sitting just metres away from the action, with aisle seats offering a great amount of legroom.

Wanting to take in the whole stage with a seat further back? Book seats in the back four rows of the stalls (rows T to X). Every seat here has a clear view of the stage, with Row T being more spacious as a result of the row in front of you not being there.

For raised central seats, book seats in the middle section of the dress circle (as seen in the seating plan), but every seat in the dress circle and grand circle has lots of legroom. You can stretch your legs and relax at the Apollo Theatre for a performance of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

Still undecided on what seats to book for a performance at the Apollo Theatre? Brush up on the different types of theatre seating with our guide on where to sit at the theatre for more information.

What restaurants are near the Apollo Theatre?

Want to eat out before or after seeing a show at the Apollo? There are many restaurants to dine at that are nearby, so take a look at our top picks and reserve your table now.

RestaurantAbout the restaurantReservation Times
Byron Wardour StreetRight in the heart of Soho, enjoy a delicious burger and fries.5:3opm
L’EscargotFamous for its bourgeois French cooking in the Soho area.1:00pm/5:30pm/6:00pm/10:30pm
Mele e PereItalian restaurant serving a daily-changing menu based on the freshest cuisine.1:00pm/6:30pm/10:30pm
Old Compton BrasserieContemporary British food in a relaxed and creative setting.12:00pm/5:30pm
Planet HollywoodA mouth-watering American menu located in Haymarket.1:00pm/5:45pm/10:30pm