A complete guide to the Gielgud Theatre in London

By | Posted on 09-Mar-2020

A complete guide to the Gielgud Theatre in London

Even though the Gielgud Theatre opened just over a century ago, it’s become one of the West End’s leading theatres, with groundbreaking productions taking place on its stage. It’s set to continue this tradition, as To Kill a Mockingbird transfers to the West End later this year. If you’re visiting the Gielgud Theatre to see a show, or you just want to learn more about the theatre’s remarkable history, here’s our guide to the Gielgud.

Guide to London’s Gielgud Theatre in the West End

Where is the Gielgud Theatre?

The Gielgud Theatre is one of the theatres on Shaftesbury Avenue (W1D 6AR) in London. It’s close to many West End theatres including the Apollo Theatre, the Lyric Theatre, the Palace Theatre and the Sondheim Theatre.

How do I get to the Gielgud Theatre?

The Gielgud Theatre is in central London. The nearest rail station is Charing Cross, which is a ten-minute walk away from the theatre.

Are you travelling to the Gielgud on the bus? These routes will ensure you’re dropped off near the theatre, just a few steps away:

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

Can I travel to the Gielgud Theatre by tube?

Planning to travel to the Gielgud Theatre via London Underground? The nearest tube station is Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo and Piccadilly line), which is just a few minutes walk at the end of Shaftesbury Avenue. Other tube stations near the Gielgud include Leicester Square (Piccadilly and Northern), Oxford Circus (Bakerloo, Central and Victoria) and Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern).

When did the Gielgud Theatre open?

Originally named the Hicks Theatre, the playhouse opened in 1906, named in honour of the nineteenth-century actor and director, Seymour Hicks. Later renamed the Globe in 1909, it wasn’t until 1994 that the theatre was called the Gielgud Theatre. The venue’s seen a variety of comedy plays, dramas and musicals through its doors, including plays by British playwright Alan Ayckbourn and There’s A Girl in My SoupBut in recent years, it’s been home to The Ferryman, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and the first gender-swapped production of Company.

How many seats are inside the Gielgud Theatre?

There’s 986 seats in the Gielgud Theatre over three seating levels. There are 507 stalls seats, 202 dress circle seats and 247 grand circle seats, as well as box seating available.

Booking tickets to see a show at the Gielgud with Encore Tickets? When you’re selecting your seats, you’ll be able to see every seat that’s available for your performance, so you’ll be able to choose stalls seats, dress circle seats or grand circle seats that are comfortably in your price range. Our interactive seating plans also show exclusive deals on each performance too, so you can see the show you’ve been planning to watch for even less.

Where should I sit at the Gielgud Theatre?

Gielgud Theatre

Although the Gielgud Theatre seats just under 1,000 patrons per performance, it’s a compact West End theatre, creating intimacy and a palpable energy bounces around the auditorium. If you’re wanting to see a show in close proximity to the stage, why not book seats in the front four rows of the stalls (rows A to D) to feel as if you’re on the stage. But, because of the Gielgud’s overhang, the front two rows of the dress circle (rows A to B) offer great views of the entire stage, just metres away from the action.

If you don’t want to sit right at the front, we recommend seats in the middle of the stalls (rows J to P). In particular, the central seats in these rows are sloped, meaning you’re slightly raised from the row in front so you don’t have to worry about taller audience members in front. The seats are also offset from one another, so you won’t have to move your head in order to see.

Don’t want to sit so close to the stage? There’s excellent seating in the dress circle and grand circle levels. While you may not feel as involved with each scene due to being further back, each seat offers great legroom. In particular, aisle seats in these sections are hidden gems in the Gielgud’s auditorium. Enjoy more space in your seat and don’t spend a fortune on seeing a show.

Still don’t know where to sit inside the Gielgud Theatre? Learn all about the different types of theatre seating and theatre staging with our complete guides.

What restaurants are near the Gielgud Theatre?

Enjoy a delicious meal before or after a show at the Gielgud Theatre. Book your table at one of the capital’s greatest restaurants in the heart of the West End. We’ve listed theatres nearby, but there’s even more to choose from here.

RestaurantAbout the restaurantReservation Times
Byron Wardour StreetOnce the site of a pub, they make proper hamburgers, made to a unique recipe of chuck, brisket & rib cap for maximum flavour.5:30pm
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