History of Charing Cross Theatre

The Charing Cross Theatre was first run by the Gatti family in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, previously a public house and a music hall simply called The Arches, named after the arches of Charing Cross. In its earliest days, buying a cigar and a pint would get you in the theatre for free.

The space was converted into the Forum Cinema before being taken over by a theatre troupe called The Players after the Second World War who renamed it The Players’ Theatre. During their residency, they inspired the BBC series The Good Old Days and staged the musical The Boy Friend for the first time, which went on to be one of the most successful musicals on the West End and Broadway in the 1950s and launched the career of Julie Andrews.

Members of the Royal Family that have visited the tiny theatre include Prince Charles, Prince Phillip, Princess Anne and Prince Edward.

Where is Charing Cross Theatre

The Arches, Villiers Street London WC2N 6NL