A complete guide to the Shaftesbury Theatre in London
Guide to London’s Shaftesbury Theatre in the West End
Where is the Shaftesbury Theatre?
The Shaftesbury Theatre is located on Shaftesbury Avenue (WC2H 8DP) in London. It’s one of six theatres located on one of London’s stagiest roads, sharing turf with the Apollo Theatre, the Gielgud Theatre and the Palace Theatre.
How do I get to the Shaftesbury Theatre?
The Shaftesbury Theatre is in central London. The nearest rail station is Charing Cross, which is a ten to fifteen-minute walk from the theatre.
Travelling to the Shaftesbury on a bus? The following London bus routes will drop you as close to the theatre as possible, so you’ll want to hop on a London bus for a speedy trip through the capital!
Tottenham Court Road Station: 8, 29, 55, 134, 176, 242, 390
Museum Street: 1, 19, 25, 38, 98
Can I travel to the Shaftesbury Theatre by tube?
Are you heading to the Shaftesbury Theatre on the London Underground? The nearest tube station is Tottenham Court Road (Central and Northern) which is a five-minute walk from the theatre. Other tube stations nearby include Holborn (Central and Piccadilly) and Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly).
When did the Shaftesbury Theatre open?
Originally opening as ‘The New Princes Theatre’ in 1911, it was first home to Sadler’s Wells dance showcases. Later branching into operas and ballets, the playhouse was eventually renamed the Shaftesbury Theatre in 1962 and so began a history of staging Broadway shows.
During a 1973 production of Hair, part of the ceiling collapsed during the show, which forced the theatre to close. Recent productions include Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hairspray and Motown the Musical.
What show is currently at the Shaftesbury Theatre?
The Shaftesbury Theatre is currently home to the world premiere of & Juliet, nominated for nine Olivier Awards. Putting Juliet in the centre of her own story, see Shakespeare’s female protagonist in a brand new light. The show’s filled with pop songs written by Max Martin who has worked with artists including Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Ariana Grande and Celine Dion. When it comes to love, there’s always life after Romeo… so book your & Juliet tickets now.
How many seats are inside the Shaftesbury Theatre?
If you’re looking to see a large-scale West End production, you’ll want to head to the Shaftesbury. The auditorium has a capacity of 1393 seats, including 750 stalls seats, 380 royal circle seats and 263 grand circle seats.
Where should I sit at the Shaftesbury Theatre?
We’ve attached an auditorium plan of the Shaftesbury Theatre to the right, so you can see the different types of seating arrangements on all levels.
Booking & Juliet tickets with Encore Tickets? When you’re selecting tickets for your desired performance, you’ll be able to see all our deals. There’s also tips on seating at the theatre with our guide, as well as the different types of theatre you can visit.
What restaurants are near the Shaftesbury Theatre?
|Restaurant||About the restaurant||Reservation Times|
|Browns Covent Garden||Come and soak up the Covent Garden vibe – relax, unwind and most of all, have fun at Browns!||12:30pm/6:00pm/10:30pm|
|Byron Central St Giles||They make proper hamburgers, made to a unique recipe of chuck, brisket & rib cap for maximum flavour. All served with fries or house salad.||5:30pm|
|Cabana||Cabana has worked hard to make it feel as true to Brazil as possible, and taken some pride in hunting down items that create just the right feel.||1:00pm/6:00pm|
|Homage Grand Salon||Inspired by the grand cafés of Europe and featuring stunning Louis XVI-style décor, Homage Grand Salon is the perfect place to enjoy an exquisite pre-theatre meal.||6:00pm|
|Wildwood Shaftesbury Avenue||Their chefs have assembled the perfect combination of classics and modern signatures, providing the most tempting array of choices. They offer a great selection of pizza and pasta, grills and seasonal specials.||5:30pm|
|Zizzi Central St Giles||The Italian restaurant serves tasty, authentic dishes from pizza, pasta and risotto to salads and indulgent desserts – all in a uniquely designed restaurant.||1:00pm/6:00pm|