West End

West End Guide: Theatre Royal Haymarket London

The Theatre Royal Haymarket is a popular West End theatre located at the Haymarket in Westminster. Also called the Haymarket Theatre or the Little Theatre, this West End house’s origins can be traced back all the way to 1720. Officially the third oldest playhouse to still be active, Theatre Royal Haymarket has seen a lot of ownership changes and modifications. Being one of the oldest theatres in London, the Haymarket has a special role in bringing West End and musical theatre to the forefront. The theatre is a Grade 1 listed building and comes with a seating capacity of 888 and is presently owned by the Crown Estate.

With more than two century’s worth of experience in the West End business, the Theatre Royal Haymarket has hosted innumerable shows, both musicals and plays over the years. Some of the biggest ones include The Royal Family, The Breath of Life, When Harry Met Sally, A Few Good Men, A Man for all Seasons, Hay Fever, The Sea, The Rivals, Fatal Attraction, The Elephant Man, and Much Ado About Nothing. Currently, the Theater Royal Haymarket is hosting a fabulous production of Only Fools and Horses.

Our Theatre Royal Haymarket seating chart has all the information you'll need to make your West End experience truly special.

If you’re looking to catch Only Fools and Horses, here's a handy link where you can view the seat availability and real-time prices.

Venue Details


Address: 18 Suffolk Street , London

Opened: 1720

Seating Capacity: 893
Stalls : 357
Royal Circle: 215
Upper Circle: 186
Gallery: 131

Seating Chart
Check out the Theatre Royal Haymarket Seating Plan here.

Now Playing at Theatre Royal Haymarket London


Only Fools and Horses

theatre royal haymarket london - only fools and horses

Only Fools and Horses, the famous sitcom from Peckham marches towards West End this season. Penned by the late John Sullivan, the series that gained populaity in the 80s, has been adapted for the stag by Jim Sullivan, his son, who collaborates with Paul Whitehouse who also plays the role of Granddad. Witness the roles of the Rodney and Del Boy comes to life at the show which premieres at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on March 1st. A lot of nostalgia is guaranteed!

The Story

Only Fools and Horses is a celebration of the middle class demography in London and their dreams and aspirations. Set in the year 1989, the show follows the adventures of two brothers Del Boy and Rodney who reside with the elderly grandfather. Even though the age difference (and appearance) between the two brothers is pretty huge, the bond that they share is heart-warming. It portrays their adventures as they jump from scheme to scheme in an attempt to get filthy rich as quick as possible.

Director

Caroline Jay Ranger

Leading roles

Paul Whitehouse as Granddad
Tom Bennett as Del Boy
Dianne Pilkington as Raquel
Pippa Duffy as Raquel

Show Timings

Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri - 7:30 PM
Wed & Sat - 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM

Running Time

TBC

Practical Information


Section Accessibility

Stalls: The stalls section can be accessed via 30 stems from the foyer. You can also reach the stalls with an accessible entrance located at the front of the building. This entrance connects to the auditorium and to two wheelchair spaces at the end of the stalls section. Please note that wheelchair transfers are available to any aisle seat.

Royal Circle: This section can be reached via 24 steps from the main foyer.

Upper Circle: The upper circle can be reached via 57 steps from the main foyer.

Gallery: The gallery seating section can be accessed via 60+ steps from the foyer, and there are highlighted steps and handrails in place on either side for your convenience.

Available Facilities

Wheelchair: Wheelchair access can be done through the side doors of the theatre at the front of the building. The exit is located at the doors either side of the foyer on the Haymarket. A couple of wheelchair spaces are available at the rear end of the auditorium.

Restroom: Toilets for men and women are located in the stalls, royal circle, and grand circle sections. Patrons seated in the gallery will have to access toilets located in the grand circle section. There’s one adapted toilet available at end of the stalls section next to the accessible entrance.

Bar: Each section, barring the gallery, has a bar that can be accessed by the patrons. The stalls bar can be accessed by climbing down 14 steps down while the royal circle bar is situated on the same level as the seating. There are 3 steps up from the upper circle to the bar and this bar serves patrons seated in both the upper circle and the gallery.

Assistive Listening System: If you need an Infrared system with headsets, please collect them from the front of the house deck. A small deposit fee is charged and refunded at the end of the show.

Handy Tips


  • Only small rucksacks, briefcases, and handbags are allowed inside the theatre and you may be asked to open them for security reasons.
  • If you’re carrying a large luggage, please note that the nearest storage facility is located at Charing Cross Station and is a few minutes away from the theatre.
  • The gallery seating section has very limited legroom. If you’re looking for extra legroom, opt for seats F1, F21, G1 and G18 in the stalls.
  • You can bring access dogs to the venue but they are not allowed inside the theatre. However, there’s dedicated staff available to care for the dogs during the show.
  • If you need to book tickets for disabled patrons and those with access needs, please directly call the theatre box office from Monday to Saturday between 10 AM and 7.30 PM.
  • The Royal Haymarket Theatre is air-conditioned and it can get pretty chilly, so it makes sense to dress accordingly and bring along a jacket or pullover, just in case.

Getting There


The Theatre Royal Haymarket is located at 18, Suffolk Street, a popular commercial locality in central London. Since the theatre is located in a populous area, you have plenty of transport options available. Here are the most popular ones:

Tube: The tube stations closest to the Theatre Royal Haymarket are Charing Cross Station (Bakerloo/Northern Lines) and Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo/Piccadilly Lines). Charing Cross Station is the nearest train station.

Bus: Bus lines 3, 6, 12, 14, 15, 22, 23, 38, 88, 94, 159, and 453 ply to/from the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Vehicle Parking: Car parking spaces closest to the theatre include the Q-Parks at Leicester Square and Trafalgar.

Restaurants near Theatre Royal Haymarket London


If you’re looking for a quick bite or an elaborate meal before or after you West End experience, we have just the thing for you. Here are our picks of the top restaurants near the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

1. Ikoyi: This chic space serves a modern twist on authentic West African flavours and the decor is just as good as the food.

2. The Balcon: Visit this elegant dining room, with unusual chandeliers and a balcony, for French and Modern British dishes.

3. Estiatorio Milos: This classy, white-tablecloth pescatarian restaurant serves delectable imported Greek fish, prepared to order.

4. Rowley's Restaurant: Old school venue offering steaks, grills, and fish since 1976 with special pre-theatre menus.

5. Busaba Leicester Square: This Thai chain restaurant with a modern dark wood interior, moody lighting, and square communal tables offer great food.

6. VietCafe Haymarket: Try authentic Vietnamese cuisine in this unassuming little eatery with colourful, contemporary decor.

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