Since first throwing open its doors over a century ago in February 1901, the Apollo Theatre has striven to become an inspiring destination for London entertainment, a fitting aim for a theatre named after the Greek god of the Arts and leader of the Muses, Apollo. A Grade-II listed building amid the beating heart of London’s Theatreland, the Apollo Theatre has played host to a number of different types of theatre and a range of world-famous acting talent throughout its history, stretching back to its origins in the early 20th century when it opened with a selection of Edwardian musical comedies and light operas such as Kitty Grey (1901) and Véronique (1904).
After these early beginnings a parade of plays and novel adaptations from the best of British and international writers graced the stage of the Apollo, with productions of Ivor Novello’s A Symphony in Two Flats (1929), Robert Sherwood’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Idiot’s Delight (1938), Terrence Rattigan’s Flare Path (1942) and Noël Coward’s Private Lives (1944) all winning popular and critical acclaim.
From the 1970s through to the 1990s the theatre continued to be a showcase for fantastic writing and acting talent, seeing performances from names like John Mills, Vanessa Redgrave, Zoe Wanamaker, Peter O’Toole and Penelope Keith over the decades. Since 2005 the theatre has been owned by the Nimax Theatres chain, and in more recent years there have been successful productions of both new and classic plays with star actors in the leading roles, such as Rosamund Pike in Summer and Smoke (2006), Jessica Lange in The Glass Menagerie (2007), Josh Hartnett in Rain Man (2008) and James McAvoy in Three Days of Rain (2009).
More recently the theatre has been home to the epochal Jerusalem (2011-2), productions of both Twelfth Night and Richard III (2012-3), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2013-2014) and The Audience starring Kristin Scott Thomas in 2015.
The theatre offers 755 seats across 4 levels, with the majority in the Stalls and Dress Circle. There is a Stalls Level Bar split over two levels which can accommodate around 150 patrons both standing and seated as well as a smaller Upper Circle bar.
Apollo Theatre tickets in London:
To make a booking or to find ticket prices for Nell Gwynn, The Go-Between and Peter Pan Goes Wrong at the Apollo Theatre, London, you can select your ticket preferences at the top of this page. To get further information on:
- The Go-Between (May 2016 – Oct 2016), please click here.
- Peter Pan Goes Wrong (Oct 2016 – Jan 2017), please click here.
- Horrible Histories – The Best of Barmy Britain (Aug 2016 – Sep 2016), please click here.
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