The Garrick Theatre is located on Charing Cross Road in the West End, close to Leicester Square.
Built in 1889 with financing by W. S. Gilbert, the Garrick Theatre was designed by C. J. Phipps who was principal architect on a number of theatres both in the West End and outside of London. Phipps’ expertise was required in particular, because of the complexities of the location which involved a subterranean river. Originally built as a four-tier structure with 800 seats, the top level, known as the gallery, is now disused, leaving a capacity of 656.
Following the theatre’s promotion to a Grade II* status in 1960 by English Heritage, many of the interior features have been preserved well, and can still be seen today. The auditorium underwent a restoration in 1986, which involved intricate work to its extensive gold leaf decor, and the front facade was refurbished in 1997.
In 1968 the future of the Garrick, along with several other West End theatres, was threatened by the Greater London Council, who planned to redevelop Covent Garden. However, several prominent theatre owners joined forces with Equity, the trade union for actors and stage managers, to create a campaign called Save London Theatres, and their efforts led to the GLC calling off their plans.
The theatre was well-known for housing comedies, including A Pair of Spectacles (1890) by Sydney Grundy, The Wedding Guest (1900) by J. M. Barrie, Love on the Dole (1935) starring Wendy Hiller and Cathleen Nesbit, Sarah Simple (1937) by A. A. Milne, author of Winnie-the-Pooh, and a series of farces from 1967 lasting four years, including Don’t Just Lie There Say Something (1971).
In recent years, the Garrick has also been the home of several long running productions. Deathtrap, a thriller by Ira Levin, ran from 1978 to 1981, and was followed by No Sex Please, We’re British (1982-6).
In 1986, the theatre was acquired by the Stoll Moss Group, who were themselves purchased almost 15 years later by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group in 2000.
Garrick theatre tickets in London:
To make a booking or to find ticket prices for The Entertainer at the Garrick Theatre, London, you can select your ticket preferences at the top of this page. To get further information on:
- The Entertainer (Aug 2016 – Nov 2016), please click here.
- This House (Nov 2016 – Feb 2017), please click here.
- Potted Panto (Dec 2016 – Jan 2017), please click here.
- The Miser (Mar 2017 – Jun 2017), please click here.
- David Walliams’ Gansta Granny (Jul 2017 – Sep 2017), please click here.
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