UK – London – Piccadilly Theatre

Dates: April 1928 – present

Official website: http://www.piccadillytheatre.org

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.

History and Past Productions

  • Annie (May 29 2017 – ?) starring Miranda Hart
  • 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

Archive equipment related to Piccadilly Theatre over the years

  • CD / System CD (Strand Lighting)
  • 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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