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 crowds to the Garrick Theatre is Don Quixote by Angus Jackson.
Address: 2 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0HH, UK
Seating Capacity: 732
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Now Playing At The Garrick Theatre
Angus Jackson has employed several theatrical devices such as comic props and puppetry to assure an entertainment 'Don Quixote' show. David Threlfall plays the hoodwinked (titular character of) Don Quixote - his scraggly beard and whiskeres a perfect embodiment of the character. He does stupid but charming things such as rushing at windmills and considering a flock of sheep for an army. Sancho Panza, his squire, is played to perfection by Rufus Hound - his performance was critically acclaimed as well when the show premiered in 2016. Without a doubt, summarizing the entire novel into a nearly 3-hour show is no easy task, however, Angus Jackson rises to the occasion and delivers an entertaining show, an adaptation of the book by James Fenton.
Don Quixote makes it a point to live a eventful life of a medieval knight governed by a specific code of conduct, a figment of his own imagination. Borrowing inspiration from his vast collection of books on knighthood, he sets off on a journey into the Spanish landscape, promising to defeat villainous robbers, save beautiful women from trouble, and defend the rights of the citizens. Sancho Panza, his loyal and simple-minded aide, accompanies him on this life-changing journey. As the story progresses, the levels of craziness attain greater heights. Watch the show to follow Don Quixote and Sancho Panza on their exciting journey!
Mon,Tues, Thurs, Fri: 7:30 PM
Wednesday & Saturday: 2 PM & 7:30 PM
2 hours and 45 mins, with 1 intermission
Upcoming Show At The Garrick Theatre
Rip It Up (Feb 7, 2019 - Jun 2, 2019)
Making a transition from television to the stage, the famed finalists of Strictly Come Dancing are accompanied by a member of The Wanted whn they present the musical showdown of the season - Rip It Up. The foursome is comprised of Jay McGuinness and Aston Merrygold on the vocals, Harry Judd on drums and Olympian Louis Smith performing inane stunts to entice the audience. What's the best thing you ask? All of this is set to the tunes of the Swinging Sixties. This is a ballet show you'll remember for ages to comes!
Post a massively successful UK-wide tour in 2018, Rip It Up makes its way to West End. The show features chartbusters by globally adored bands/artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Presley, and The Beach Boys. Rip It Up is all about a fascinating song-and-dance routine characterized by psyechedelic music, style, fashion, and culture.
Wed, Sat & Sun - 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Thu & Fri - 7:30 PM
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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