UK – London – Charing Cross Theatre

Dates: 1946 – present
Address: The Arches, Villiers St, London WC2N 6NL

Formerly known as the Players’ Theatre, the New Players Theatre and Gattis-in-the-Arches


Built into arches beneath Charing Cross station. 
Seats: 300


1971 (from The Stage Guide)
Electrics: Major Grand Master board on SR. Dimmers – 36; no presets; 2 groups. Circuits – FOH 12; Flies 19; Stage dips 5. Total capacity available – 100A on 3 phases. Socket type – 15A BESA. 

Links to information about equipment at Charing Cross Theatre over the years

  • Grand Master (Major)



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    Selected Productions

    • Zorro (12 March to 8 May 2022)


    From the Charing Cross Theatre website

    Since 1864, there has been a theatre under the arches at Charing Cross Station. Known throughout the years by several names (Gattis-in-The-Arches, The Players Theatre and the New Players Theatre), the theatre was rechristened the Charing Cross Theatre in January, 2011 to mark the change in its ownership and the new era on which it was embarking.

    Although the Music Hall tradition is still honoured with periodic Sunday performances, the Charing Cross Theatre has operated as a legitimate commercial venue since 2002. The current management is committed to presenting affordable theatrical productions of the highest standards, while maintaining a collaborative atmosphere where seasoned professionals can work with emerging young talent.

    Recent productions include The Exonerated; Thrill Me; the transfer from Broadway of Ghetto Klown, starring John Leguizamo; Fascinating Aida: Cheap Flights; Facing The Music starring Patricia Routledge; the world premiere of 6 Actors in Search of a Director, written and directed by Steven Berkoff; the critically acclaimed production of Tennessee Williams’ Vieux Carre; the Olivier Award-winning production of La Bohème; the UK Premier of Jerry Herman’s Dear Worldstarring Betty Buckley; Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris; The Mikado; a six month run of Dusty; Piaf and Tennessee Williams’ In The Bar Of A Tokyo Hotel.