Dates: 1906 – present
986 seats on three levels
Opened 27 December 1906 as the Hicks Theatre
Renamed The Globe in 1909
Renamed the Gielgud Theatre in 1994, as a tribute to Sir John Gielgud and to distinguish it from the newly built Shakespeare’s Globe on the South Bank.
Selected Past Productions
- To Kill A Mockingbird (10 March 2022 – 13 August 2022) starring Rafe Spall
- The Mirror and the Light (23 September 2021 to 23 January 2022)
- Upstart Crow (Previews from 7 February 2020, opening night 18 February 2020, closed in March 2020) performance run cut short by Coronavirus pandemic (originally scheduled to close 25 April 2020) starring David Mitchell
- Girl from the North Country (10th December 2019 – 1st February 2020)
- Les Miserables – The Staged Concert (10th August 2019 – 30th November 2019)
- Sweat (7th June – 20th July 2019)
- Company (26 September 2018 – 30 March 2019) starring Rosalie Craig and Patti Lupone, directed by Marianne Elliott
- Imperium (14 June – 8 September 2018)
- The Ferryman (20 June 2017 – 19 May 2018) directed by Sam Mendes
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2014 – June 3 2017) [the production moved here after the ceiling collapse at the Apollo Theatre, next door]
- Blithe Spirit (1 March 2014 – 7 June 2014) [starring Angela Lansbury]
- Strangers on a Train (Previews from 2 November 2013 – 22 February 2014)
- Private Lives (22 June 2013 – 21 September 2013)
- The Audience (Previews from 15 February 2013, opened 5 March 2013 – 15 June 2013)
- Chariots of Fire (2012)
- The Ladykillers (28 November 2011 – ?) adapted by Graham Linehan
- Lend Me A Tenor (2011)
- The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (2011) Kneehigh Theatre
- Hair (2010)
- Yes Prime Minister (2010)
- Enjoy (2009)
- Avenue Q (2009)
- Bill Bailey: Tinselworm (2008)
- Six Characters In Search Of An Author (2008)
- God of Carnage (2008)
- Gilbert & Sullivan season by Carl Rosa Opera (2008)
- Nicholas Nickleby (2007)
- Macbeth (2007) starring Patrick Stewart
- Equus (2007) starring Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths
- Frost/Nixon (2006)
2006 – Delfont Mackintosh Theatres took over operational control of the Gielgud from Really Useful Theatres.
- RSC Season – The Crucible & The Canterbury Tales (2005)
- And Then There Were None (2005)
- Some Girls (2005)
- Don Carlos (2005)
- One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest (2004) From the Edinburgh Fringe
- All’s Well That Ends Well (2004) starring Judi Dench
- Tell Me On A Sunday (2003)
- The Graduate (2000) starring Kathleen Turner, then Jerry Hall, then Linda Gray.
- Chapter Two (1996) written by Neil Simon, starring Tom Conti and Sharon Gless
The theatre is renamed The Gielgud as a special tribute to Sir John Gielgud and to distinguish it from the newly opened Shakespeare’s Globe on the South Bank. The opening production under its new name was
Hamlet (1994) with Stephen Dillane, directed by Peter Hall.
- Lettice and Lovage (1987) by Peter Shaffer, starring Maggie Smith and Margaret Tyzack (who both won Tony Awards when the production transferred to Broadway)
- Daisy Pulls It Off (1983) over 1000 performances
- Born in the Gardens (1980) starring Beryl Reid
- Ten Times Table (1978)
- Donkey’s Years (1976) by Michael Frayn
- The Chairman (1975)
- The Norman Conquests (1974 1 August) starring Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon, Penelope Keith, Felicity Kendal.
- My Fat Friend (1972)
- There’s a Girl in my Soup (15 June 1966 – 1969) 1064 performances – then transferred to the Comedy Theatre
- A Man For All Seasons (1960) by Robert Bolt. Starring Paul Scofield.
- Nude with Violin (1956) written by Noel Coward and directed by him and John Gielgud (transferred to Broadway & Australia).
- Charley’s Aunt (1955)
- An Evening with Beatrice Lille (24 November 1954) started as a 14 day experiment and became a £265,000 sell-out and ran for 195 performances.
- The Prisoner (14 April 1954) starring Alec Guinness. Produced by Peter Glenville.
- The Lady’s Not For Burning (1949) starring Richard Burton and Claire Bloom
- While the Sun Shines (1943) 1154 performances, boosting morale during the wartime years.
- The Importance of Being Earnest (1939) starring Edith Evans as Lady Bracknell, directed by John Gielgud
- Candida (1937) The first H M Tennant production, at the theatre that subsequently became the companys headquarters until 1991.
- Call It A Day (1935) play by Dodie Smith – 509 performances
- Biography (1934) starring Ina Claire, Joan Wyndham and Laurence Olivier
- Holding Out The Apple (1928) First appearance by John Gielgud at the theatre. Fourteen others followed.
- The Grand Duchess (1925) starring Margaret Bannerman
- Our Betters (1923) Satirical comedy by Somerset Maugham. 548 performances
- Belinda (1922) by AA Milne.
- My Pym Passes By (1922) by AA Milne.
- The Truth about Blayds (1921) by AA Milne.
- The Clock Goes Round (1913)
- The American impresario Charles Frohman became sole manager of the theatre and changed its name to The Globe it reopened with:
His Borrowed Plumes (1909) written by Lady Randolph Churchill (Winston’s mother)
- Brewster’s Millions (1907) starred Gerald du Maurier
- The Beauty of Bath (1906 27 December) A musical play by Seymour Hicks (after whom the theatre was named) and Cosmo Hamilton
1971 (from The Stage Guide)
Electrics: Board Strand IDM in stalls SL. Dimmers – 120; 300 preset memories; no groups. Circuits – FOH 24. Socket type – 15A BESA. Total capacity available 400A on 3 phases. Special effects supply – 100A on 1 phase. Follow spots – 2 sunspots in Upper Circle. Footlights cannot be covered.