The Piccadilly Theatre is at the heart of the West End, and was one of London’s largest theatres when it opened in 1928. The theatre was initially a cinema and showed Britain’s first talking picture, The Singing Fool. Over the years the theatre has hosted many different types of stage entertainment, from variety to Shakespeare. Since the 1990s there has been a strong element of musicals, dance and ballet in its programme, and most recently, long-running productions of Grease and Guys and Dolls.
The theatre’s style both inside and out is classic Art Deco. The exterior is relatively subdued, but inside it is lavish: green and gold dominates the foyer and bar areas, while the auditorium is various shades of pink. Many original fixtures remain.
The Piccadilly Theatre is on a side street just off the famous Piccadilly Circus. It is a couple of minutes’ walk from Piccadilly Circus underground station, which is served by the Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines. Many buses serve Piccadilly Circus, including a number of 24 hour services. These include the 6 between Aldwych and Willesden, the 12 between Dulwich and Oxford Circus, the 14 between Putney Heath and Warren Street, and the 88 between Camden Town and Clapham Common. For full details of all transport options, see the TfL website. The address of the Piccadilly Theatre is:
Denman Street (off Piccadilly Circus)
London W1D 7DY