A complete guide to the Garrick Theatre in London

By | Posted on 23-Feb-2020

A complete guide to the Garrick Theatre in London

Rife with ghosts and centuries of theatrical history, the Garrick Theatre is one of London’s stand-out playhouses. Close to some of the capital’s iconic landmarks, you’ve probably walked past the venue before, but have you stepped inside? If you’re seeing a show at the Garrick or just want to learn more, read all about the theatre with our guide and get clued up.

Guide to London’s Garrick Theatre in the West End

Where is the Garrick Theatre?

The Garrick Theatre is located on Charing Cross Road (WC2H 0HH) in London, close to Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square. It’s one of three theatres on Charing Cross Road, with the Phoenix Theatre and the Wyndham’s Theatre just a few hundred metres up the road.

How do I get to the Garrick Theatre?

The Garrick Theatre is in the heart of the West End, located in central London. The nearest rail station is Charing Cross, which is a five-minute walk past Trafalgar Square and you’ll be outside the theatre.

Are you travelling to the Garrick by bus? The following routes will drop you off near the theatre:

Charing Cross Road: 24, 29, 176
Strand: 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139

Can I travel to the Garrick Theatre by tube?

Made plans to visit the Garrick Theatre and travel on the London Underground? The nearest tube station is Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly), with entrances and exits located on Charing Cross Road. Other stations nearby include Covent Garden (Piccadilly) and Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern).

When did the Garrick Theatre open?

The Garrick Theatre opened in 1889, however steps taken to build the theatre were put on hold when an underground river was discovered to be running underneath the site. The theatre opened with a performance of Arthur Wing Pinero’s The Profligate, but it’s since become a coveted playhouse for comedy dramas and comedians. It’s seen plays including No Sex Please, We’re British and An Inspector Calls, with recent musicals including Young Frankenstein.

What show is currently at the Garrick Theatre?

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The Garrick is currently home to City of Angels, as the Donmar Warehouse production transfers to the West End. Winning best musical revival at the 2015 Olivier Awards, it’s a jazzy love letter to Hollywood, where the real world and the “reel world” collide. Reuniting cast members including Rosalie Craig, Hadley Fraser and Rebecca Trehearn, as well as global stars making their West End debuts including Vanessa Williams, there’s plenty to be excited about. So, book your City of Angels tickets and head to the Garrick Theatre.

How many seats are inside the Garrick Theatre?

With just 718 seats inside the Garrick Theatre, it’s one of the smallest theatres in the capital. As well as box seating, there’s at least 470 stalls seats, 132 dress circle seats and 116 grand circle seats in the auditorium.

Looking to book tickets for a show at the Garrick with Encore Tickets? When choosing your seats, you’ll be able to see every available space in the theatre, thanks to our interactive seating plans, meaning you can easily choose the seats you want. Don’t miss out on the best places to sit in the theatre.

Where should I sit at the Garrick Theatre?

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If you’re looking for the best seats in the house, you’ll want to sit in the central seats of each row. That way, you’ll have an unobstructed view of the stage. Want to be as close as possible? Book seats in the front four rows of the stalls (rows AA to B) to see every facial expression, quick change and dance move to really feel as if you’re a part of the show.

Want to stretch your legs? Book seats in Row N of the stalls as marked on the seating plan. As you can see, there’s a space in front of you, so you won’t have to worry about moving for other theatregoers; you really can sit down and relax.

Stalls seats towards the back of the Garrick Theatre may feel as if you’re far away from the show. However, these can often be the cheapest seats in the house. So, if you’re wanting to see a show for less, then these seats are perfect for you.

If you’re wanting to be further away from the stage, why not book seats in the dress circle or grand circle? You may have to lean forward slightly, but with comfortable seats in an intimate theatre like this, every theatregoer will be able to enjoy themselves!

Finding it difficult to decide where to sit at the Garrick? Here’s all the different types of theatre seating and theatre staging in the West End.

What restaurants are near the Garrick Theatre?

Are you looking to dine out before or after seeing a show at the Garrick Theatre? We’ve listed a few of our favourite restaurants near the capital that are all just a few minutes walk from the theatre, so you can be eating an incredible meal in the heart of Theatreland.

RestaurantAbout the restaurantReservation Times
Browns Covent GardenA popular restaurant in Covent Garden where you can soak up the vibes in Theatreland.12:30pm/6:00pm/10:30pm
Cantina LaredoModern Mexican cuisine doesn’t get better than this, especially with fresh ingredients that emphasise the colour and aroma of each dish.1:00pm/6:00pm
Fire & StoneThere’s a delicious menu of pizzas, with toppings from around the world to choose from.1:00pm/6:00pm/10:30pm
Ping Pong Covent GardenHandmade Dim Sum and carefully crafted cocktails bringing China to the heart of London.6:00pm/10:00pm/10:30pm