The Apollo Theatre opened in February 1901, which makes it the first West End theatre of the Edwardian era. It was designed as a venue for musical entertainment but later branched out to put on a variety of theatrical productions. It has hosted a string of popular plays and comedies over the years and has had many famous cast members including Sir John Geilgud in a number of productions, Peter O’Toole in Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell (1990) and Penelope Keith in Star Quality (2001).
The auditorium seats 796 over 4 levels, the highest of which is said to be the steepest balcony in London. The building is air conditioned and there are bars on the Stalls and Upper Circle levels. The auditorium has a Sennheiser infra-red sound amplification system with a limited number of head sets available. Guests using this facility should avoid the front 3 rows of the Stalls. Disabled visitors should report to the Main Entrance on arrival. A member of staff will accompany you to the accessible entrance on Shaftesbury Avenue. There is a platform lift to the Stalls, where there are 2 spaces for wheelchair users, and an adapted toilet at the rear.
The nearest tube is Piccadilly Circus (250m). There are 2 disabled parking spaces behind the theatre in Winnett Street. Other drivers can try the Westminster Council cap park at China Town & Poland Street or the NCPs at Newport Place, Wardour Street or Denman Street.
In our travels around the web, we found these Apollo Theatre web pages useful. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to list your favourite Apollo Theatre website here.
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