Her Majesty's Theatre is situated on Haymarket in the West End of London, close to Piccadilly Circus tube station. Built in 1897, this 1200 seat venue has for the last 30 years been the London home of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s The Phantom Of The Opera – the longest run any musical has ever had in the West End without a transfer.
The first production staged at Her Majesty’s Theatre was Seats of the Mighty by Gilbert Parker, which opened on April 28 1897. Among the countless notable shows to have graced this venerable West End theatre’s stage since then are The Barber of Seville, Oliver Twist, Chu Chin Chow, Bye, Bye Birdie and Fiddler on the Roof.
Like any long-serving institution, its fortunes have varied over the years. Four different buildings have previously stood on the sight of the current theatre, and there have been several name changes. The first theatre to be built on the site was the Queen’s Theatre, which opened in April 1705 with the first Italian opera ever performed in London.
When George I was crowned in 1778, the theatre was renamed the King’s Theatre and continued to operate under that name for many years, as a succession of male monarchs ascended the throne. This building burnt down in 1789 - it is believed that a fire had been deliberately set on the roof.
The second venue to be built on the site, His Majesty’s Theatre, was also destroyed by a blaze. The third structure, at last receiving the title Her Majesty’s Theatre, was completed in 1869 but remained empty for several years, eventually being used for revivalist meetings and some legitimate theatre.
That building was demolished in 1892. The present theatre opened in 1896 and has long been known as a world-class venue in which to see operas, musicals, operettas and one off comedy or gala performances.
Whatever you decide to see at Her Majesty’s Theatre, we wish you an entertaining and rewarding visit.