The Comedy Theatre was built in 1881 and is one of the few Victorian theatres in London to have kept its original décor. It grew in fame during the First World War when it was the venue for C.B Cochran and Andre Charlot’s review shows. In the 1950’s, it challenged censorship of the arts by forming a private “club”, where banned shows could be presented without interference.
The type of work presented here in recent years ranges from musical comedies to experimental theatre. The stage has been graced by celebrities including Maureen Lipman and Ewan McGregor, and most recently, Tara Fitzgerald and Keira Knightley.
The auditorium seats 796 over 4 levels. Pillars in the Stalls and Dress Circle mean that some seats have restricted views. The handrail affects the view from the front rows in the Royal Circle and the Balcony.
There are 3 licensed bars on the premises and the building is air conditioned. The auditorium has an infra-red sound amplification system, with 6 headsets. There is level access from the street to the Dress Circle, where there are 4 spaces for wheelchair users. There is no adapted toilet. The best option for disabled guests is to use the toilet on the left of the auditorium, which is down 6 steps via a ramp and through 2 doorways of about 64cm in width.
The nearest tube station is Piccadilly Circus (225m). Parking can be found at the NCP on Denman Street or the Westminster City Council car park at Whitcomb Street.
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