UK – London – Piccadilly Theatre

Dates: April 1928 – present
Address: 16 Denman Street, London W1D 7DY

Official website: https://www.atgtickets.com/venues/piccadilly-theatre/

Designed by Marc-Henri Levy and Gaston Laverdet.
Original seating capacity of 1400 made it one of the largest venues in London. The capacity is now 1232.
The venue was built in 1928 at a cost of £200,000. 

History and Past Productions

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (from 29 November 2018 – limited season)
  • Strictly Ballroom: The Musical (from April 2018 – 27 October 2018) starring Jonny Labey, Zizi Strallen and Will Young
    • March 29 2018: A burst pipe backstage caused the first preview to be cut short (Whatsonstage article)
  • Annie (May 23 2017 – 18 February 2018) starring Miranda Hart then Meera Syal
  • Jersey Boys (14 March 2014 – 26 March 2017) transferred from the Prince Edward Theatre
  • Dirty Dancing (13 July 2013 – 22 February 2014) followed by a UK tour
  • Viva Forever – The Spice Girls Musical (27 November 2012 – 29th June 2013, 8 months)
  • Ghost the Musical (June 2011 – 6 October 2012)
  • Grease the Musical (24 July 2007 – 30 April 2011)
  • Guys and Dolls (19 May 2005 – 14 April 2007) Donmar Warehouse production
  • Jailhouse Rock: The Musical (19 April 2004 – 23 April 2005)
  • Jumpers (20 November 2003 – 6 March 2004)
  • Noises Off (13 August 2003 – 8 November 2003)
  • Ragtime (19 March 2003 – 14 June 2003)
  • Spend Spend Spend (opened October 12 1999, closed August 5 2000)
  • Mack and Mabel (Opened November 7 1995) 270 performances
  • 1990s – Swan Lake, choreographed by Matthew Bourne
  • Metropolis (8th March 1989 – 6th October 1989)
  • 1986 – Live from the Piccadilly TV broadcast, hosted by Jimmy Tarbuck.
  • Educating Rita (19 August 1980 – 18 September 1982)
  • Very Good Eddie 1976 (411 performances)
  • Gypsy (May 29 1973 – March 2 1974) 300 performances. Starring Angela Lansbury
  • Man of La Mancha (London premiere) (April 24 1968 ) 253 performances
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (London premiere) (1965) starring Constance Cummings
  • A Streetcar Named Design (London premiere) (October 12 1949) directed by Laurence Olivier, starring Bonar Colleano, Vivien Leigh and Renee Asherson
  • Damaged during the Second World War, with a German bomb landing on the theatre, necessitating extensive repairs in the 1950s.
  • 1936 April – The venue reopens as a cabaret restaurant called The London Casino.
  • 1931 – Folly To Be Wise – 257 performances
  • 1929 November – Reopened as a live venue with The Student Prince
  • 1928 – 1929 – Venue used as a Warner Bros cinema, including the UK premiere of The Singing Fool, starring Al Jolson, making it the first venue in the UK to show a talking picture. The Warner Brothers created the Vitaphone system to synchronise dialogue with image, which used a soundtrack on a gramophone record, mechanically linked to the movie projector to maintain synchronisation.
  • 1928 – Blue Eyes, a musical starring Evelyn Laye

Equipment

1971 (from The Stage Guide)
Electrics: Strand CDTH board in stalls box SL. Dimmers -120; 3 presets; 14 groups (memory pistons). Socket type – 15A BESA. Circuits – FOH 24; Flies and Stage dips 96. Total capacity available – 232kW. Special effects supply – 30A on 3 phases and 30A on 1 phase. Follow spots and footlights available on request. 
Sound: Console in stalls box SL. 2 amplifiers x 65W. Tape decks and turntables as required available for hire. Mic sockets – 2 long range on pros. sides. 13 loudspeakers in auditorium. 

Archive equipment related to Piccadilly Theatre over the years

  • CD / System CD (Strand)
  • Documents


    Piccadilly Theatre - Arthur Lloyd 
    [External Website]
    From Arthur Lloyd website

    LSI: Metropolis - Designer Lighting for the Concept Musical  (April 1989)
    [1.91Mb PDF]
    From Lighting & Sound International

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