Leicester Square Theatres

Leicester Square Ticket Box Office offering discounted tickets for London musicals, comedies and plays.Located in the heart of the West End, Leicester Square is a short walk from many of Theatreland's major venues. The square is also surrounded by major cinemas, including the imposing Odeon Leicester Square. Leicester Square tube station on Charing Cross Road sits just east of the square itself. The station is served by the Northern and Piccadilly lines.

Noel Coward Theatre

In 1903, the classical style New Theatre was built behind Wyndham's Theatre. In 1973, the theatre was renamed as the Albery Theatre before being branded the Noel Coward Theatre in 2005. Refurbished in 2006, the theatre's name honours one of the UK's best playwrights and actors. Located on St. Martin's Court at St. Martin's Lane, the Noel Coward Theatre is just a two minute walk east of Leicester Square tube station.

One of the Noel Coward Theatre's most successful runs was Oliver Twist, Oliver!, which ran for 2,618 performances from June 1960. Other notable runs included the Award-winning Children of a Lesser God in 1981 and numerous performances of tragedies by the Royal Shakespeare Company. The 872-seat theatre has welcomed Judi Dench, Ben Whishaw, Baniel Radcliffe, Jude Law, Patrick Stewart, and other leading actors in recent years. Recent productions have included Julius Ceasar, Much Ado About Nothing, The Full Monty, and Michael Grandage Company productions of Henry V, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Peter and Alice and Privates On Parade.

Wyndham's Theatre

Wyndham's Theatre was designed by W.G.R. Sprague, a prolific theatre architect between the 1890s and 1910s. The theatre seats 759 people on four levels. Located just south of Leicester Square tube station on Charing Cross Road, the theatre opened in 1899 with a revival of T.W. Robertson's David Garrick. Memorable productions at Wyndham's Theatre have included The Living Room and The Boy Friend in the 1950s. The theatre also helped launch the careers of actors Alec Guinness, Vanessa Redgrave and Diana Rigg. Godspell also proved a success when it ran at Wydham's Theatre from 1972 to 1974.

In recent years, Wydnham's continues to host popular productions and renowned actors, including Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Jude Law, Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh. The theatre staged Arthur Miller's The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, the British premiere of Edward Albee's Three Tall Women and Yasmina Reza's acclaimed comedy 'Art' in recent years. Madonna made her West End debut at the theatre in the 2002 production of Up For Grabs. Other recent notable productions have included The Vagina Monologues, By The Bog Of Cats, Democracy, The King's Speech, Skylight, and As You Like It.

Palace Theatre

The Palace Theatre opened in 1891 as the Royal English Opera House. The theatre's first production was Arthur Sullivan's opera Ivanhoe. The theatre was soon converted into a music hall and renamed as the Palace Theatre of Varieties. The Palace Theatre has also been used to screen films beginning in 1897. Located near the intersection of Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue, the theatre is a three minute walk north of Leicester Square station.

The Palace Theatre seats 1,400 theatregoers over four levels. Notable appearances over the years have included he Marx Brothers, who performed selections of their Broadway productions in 1922. The imposing theatre has become known as a leading venue for musicals, including successful and lengthy runs The Sound of Music, Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserables, Spamalot, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and Singin' in the Rain.

Duke of York's Theatre

The Duke of York's Theatre on St. Martin's Lane opened as the Trafalgar Square Theatre in 1892. The theatre was damaged during the Second World War, causing it to close from 1940 to 1943. The West End theatre seats 640 people on three levels and it is currently owned by the Ambassador Theatre Group. Also known as The Trafalgar and the Royal Court Downstairs over the year, it is within a three minute walk from Leicester Square, which sits to the north-west of the Duke of York's Theatre.

Named in honour of the future King George V, the theatre's opening production was a performance of Wedding Eve. Early successes include musical comedies, including Go-Bang, Madame Butterfly and Miss Hobbs More recently, the theatre has welcomed Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, Stephen Poliakoff's Sweek Panic and Simon Gray's The Holy Terror. Other major productions in recent years have included The Judas Kiss with Rupert Everett and Freddie Fox, Constellations with Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall, and Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense.

Garrick Theatre

The first curtain to rise at the Garrick Theatre was on 24 April 1889 with a performance of Arthur Wing Pinero's Profilgate. The theatre seats 656 on three levels, although it historically sat 800 on four levels when it was first built. Situated on Charing Cross Road, the Garrick Theatre is about a two minute walk south from Leicester Square tube station.

First known as a venue for melodrama, the Garrick Theatre is now a receiving house for a broad range of productions including dramas and musicals. Notable productions have include Born Yesterday with Laurence Olivier in 1947, To Dorothy a Son with Richard Attenborough in 1940, La Plume de Ma Tante with Jack Buchanan from/ 1955 to 1957, and Farewell Farewell Eugene with Margaret Rutherford and Peggy Mount. In recent years, the Garrick's stage has seen performances of Rock of Ages, Twelve Angry Men, Loserville, Chicago, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Leicester Square Theatre

The Leicester Square Theatre is a 400-seat studio theatre. Once known as Notre Dame Hall, Caver in the Town and The Venue, the theatre's current name was adopted in 2008. In addition to its larger open plan performance area, the venue also features a 70-seat basement space. Since 1953, the theatre has hosted a range of performances, including cabaret, musical acts and theatre, plays, comedies, and stand-up comedy. Leicester Square Theatre sits east of Leicester Square tube station, which is within two minutes walking distance from the theatre.

As a live music venue, the predecessors to the Leicester Square Theatre welcomed the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Sex Pistols. Notable theatre productions have included the premiere of the Boy George musical Taboo, Round the Horne, and Australian comedy The Vegemite Tales. Russell Howard, Joan Collins, Joan Rivers, Macy Gray, Rosanne Barr, and many others have also performed at the theatre. Recent productions have included Alex, Frisky & Mannish's School of Pop, and Wilfredo: Erecto!.

The Arts Theatre

The Arts Theatre is the smallest commercial receiving house in London's West End. Seating 350 people, the theatre is housed in a two-tier basement auditorium. The Arts Theatre opened in 1927 and was originally a members-only club, although the building where the theatre is based dates from 1913. The venue first staged unlicensed plays to avoid censorship laws during Lord Chamberlains' administration. Recent productions at the Arts Theatre have included Seussical, The Tailor Made Man, Bette and Joan, David Wood's Storytime, Storm in a Flower Vase, and Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie. Located on Great Newport Street, the theatre is about a minute's walk from Leicester Square tube station to the north-east.

London Coliseum

The London Coliseum was one of London's largest and most opulent variety theatres when it was built in 1904. The theatre was originally known as the London Coliseum Theatre of Varieties. The large West End venue seats 2,558 along four levels and was the first theatre in Europe to use lifts between levels for theatregoers. The Coliseum is the home of the English National Opera, which moved into the theatre as the Sadler's Wells Opera Company in 1968. Situated on St. Martin's Lane, the Coliseum is a three minute walk south-east of Leicester Square tube station.