Built over an underground river, the Garrick Theatre London is named after the Shakespearean actor, David Garrick. The historic site opened in the year 1889 and was financed by the playwright W.S. Gilbert. The original theatre, which could fit 800 people, was designed by Walter Emden and C.J. Phillips. In 1968, an active campaign by the Musician’s Union, Equity, and many theatre groups saved the Garrick Theatre from the proposed redevelopment of the Covent Garden.
Some of the notable plays that have been performed here include The Profligate, A Pair of Spectacles, The Wedding Guest, and No Sex Please, We’re British. More recent productions that have been performed at the Garrick Theatre are All on her Own, Harlequinade, Red Velvet, The Painkiller, and The Entertainer. The latest production that has been drawing the crowd to the Garrick Theatre is Young Frankenstein by Mel Brooks.
Address: 2 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0HH, UK
Seating Capacity: 732
Check out the Garrick Theatre London Seating Plan here.
Now Playing At The Garrick Theatre
Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein made its West End debut for the first time in September 2017. Inspired by the novel by Mary Shelley, this re-imagined version is a quirky musical that ran for two years till 2009 on Broadway. Following its success, the renewed play continues to be a favourite among theatre lovers and critics. The original Broadway production was directed by Susan Stroman and ran for 484 performances. Her and Mel Brooks have come together with a power packed team to recreate the magic of Young Frankenstein, this time on West End.
Young Frankenstein is based on the famed novel by Mary Shelley, and its Oscar nominated 1974 movie reproduction. As the story begins, a New York-based brain surgeon and professor inherits a Transylvanian castle and a laboratory from his slightly deranged grandfather, Victor Von Frankenstein. The young doctor’s dilemma is to either choose his grandfather’s legacy and continue with the crazy experiment of reanimating the dead, or to run away from this frightening inheritance as far as possible. Thrown into the crazy story are also the sparks that fly between Young Frankenstein and the attractive lab assistant, Inga. The story unfolds as a hilarious ride in the form of a parody of cult horror films.
Monday-Saturday: 7:30 PM
Wednesday & Saturday: 3 PM
2 hours and 20 mins, with 1 intermission
Wheelchair users can access the theatre through the Dress Circle, which is on street level. Please make yourself known to the staff, who will help you get seated. Please note that row E in the Dress Circle has wheelchair space.
Assistive Listening System: The theatre has a Williams sound hearing assistance system. Please note that headsets are available on a first come first served basis.
Cloakroom: A cloakroom is available at the venue.
Guide Dogs: Garrick Theatre allows guide dogs in the theatre. In case you deem the sound too loud, the theatre staff is happy to look after your guide dog. Please note that the theatre can dog sit only two dogs at a time.
Toilets: Male and female toilets are located on every level. An adapted unisex toile is located in the main foyer.
- A limited number of booster cushions are available at the theatre.
- Snacks can be brought into the auditorium but please note that hot food will not be allowed inside.
- The theatre is air conditioned, so be sure to carry a ligth sweater in case it gets chilly.
- The Garrick Theatre has a strict no glass policy, so all drinks will have to be transferred to plastic cups before you enter the auditorium.
Tube: The nearest tube station is the Leicester Square station (Picadilly Line and Northern Line - Charing Cross).
Bus: 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 23, 24, 29, 87, 88, 91, 139, 176, and 453.
Restaurants near Garrick Theatre London
1. Garrick Arms: Enjoy a couple of drinks here before or after seeing the play at Garrick Theatre. This traditional pub has a relaxing vibe!
2. Steak & Co.: As the name suggests, the perfect place to have some mouth-watering, sizzling steaks.
3. Bella Italia: This Italian restaurant chain is a good place to relax and try some delicious pizza.
4. Leicester Square Kitchen: With an incredible selection of Mexican and Peruvian dishes, along with fine wines, this is perfect for a quick stop before your show.
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