Charing Cross Theatres

A vintage poster on the outside wall of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, warning theatre patrons to beware of ticket touts and pick-pockets operating in the area and to purchase tickets from the box office or other authorized outlets only. Charing Cross sits close to some of London's most well-known attractions, including Trafalgar Square and Westminster Palace. The junction where the Strand, Whitehall and Cockspur Street meet is also home to one of the city's busiest transportation hubs, Charing Cross railway station. Known as the centre of London, Charing Cross is also served by a tube station. Nearby are a number of West End theatres that attract theatregoers from around the world.

Trafalgar Studios

Trafalgar Studios is a West End theatre near Trafalgar Square in Whitehall. Previously known as the Whitehall Theatre until 2004, the site's original 634-seat theatre was built on the site of a 17th century tavern. Opening in 1930, the former Whitehall Theatre established a reputation for showcasing modern comedies and revues during the Second World War. From 1997 to 1999, the theatre was converted into a television and radio studio. The venue hosted a Jack Docherty talk show and BBC Radio 4's Live from London. Trafalgar Studios is about a two minute walk south from Charing Cross tube station.

The intimate theatre features two auditoriums, one with 380 seats and a second with seating for 100. Studio 1, the larger of the theatres, opened in 2004 with a performance of Othello produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Studio 2 opened in 2005 with the play Cyprus. Trafalgar Studios specialises in presenting short runs of revivals, particularly classic plays and musicals. Recent productions have included Sweeney Todd, Losing Louis, Jane Eyre, A Christmas Carol, Bent, and Macbeth.

Her Majesty's Theatre

Her Majesty's Theatre was built in 1897, serving as the home of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. The theatre quickly established itself for productions of Shakespeare's works and other classical plays. The theatre also hosted premieres of works by George Bernard Shaw, Noel Cowards, J.B. Priestly and J.M. Synge. Her Majesty's Theatre's wide stage has made the venue ideal for large-scale musicals, including Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera. The musical has played at the theatre since 1986.

Her Majesty's traces its history to the Queen's Theatre, which was established in 1705. Originally an opera house, the theatre was renamed based on the sex of Britain's ruling monarch. The theatre was first renamed in 1714 as the King's Theatre during the reign of George I. The theatre adopted its current name with the accession of Elizabeth II in 1952. Her Majesty's Theatre seats 1,216. Located on Haymarket, the theatre is a six minute walk north-west of Charing Cross. Her Majesty's is also a five minute walk from Piccadilly Circus tube station.

Theatre Royal Haymarket

The Theatre Royal Haymarket dates back to 1720, although it has been at its current location since 1821. Also located on Haymarket, the original theatre was based further north that the current building. First known as the Little Theatre and also known as the Haymarket Theatre, the venue is the third-oldest playhouse in London that remains in use. The theatre seats up to 888 theatregoers on four levels. It is within a five minute walk from Charing Cross tube station, which is located south-east of the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Recent productions at the Haymarket Theatre have included Flare Path staring Sienna Miller and James Purefoy, a rivial of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Tempest with Ralph Fiennes, The Lion in Winter, a National Theatre production of One Man, Two Guvnors, and a stage adaptation of the film Fatal Attraction. Having gained a reputation for innovation, the theatre has seen performances by Ian McKellen, Patrick Steward, Russell Tovey, Samantha Bond, Rupert Graves, Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, and countless others.