The Garrick was built in 1889 and named after the famous 18th century actor and playwright, David Garrick. It was threatened with demolition in 1968, but saved after a campaign by Equity. The theatre is mostly known for its comedies and comedy-dramas, but it has staged a variety of productions. Some of its most successful shows include The Fairy’s Dilemma (1904), No Sex Please, We’re British (1982) and An Inspector Calls (1995).
There are currently 3 levels of seating with the capacity for 656 guests. Unfortunately, many seats suffer from restricted views. The narrow arch of the stage means that seats at the end of the rows can have a side viewing angle. Some seats in the stalls are also affected by the pillars that support the Dress Circle. The best views are found in the central sections of the Stalls and the Dress Circle. On the Upper Circle, the seats in the central aisle are affected by the crash barriers at the front.
There is a Sennheiser infra-red sound amplification system in the auditorium. Disabled access is via a ramp into the foyer, where there is level access to the Dress Circle. Inside, there are 2 spaces for wheelchair users. There is an adapted toilet in the foyer. The building is air-conditioned and has 2 bars.
The nearest tubes are Charing Cross (200m), Leicester Square (200m) and Embankment (450m). There is parking at Trafalgar Square in the Westminster City Council car park, or at the NCP on Upper St Martin’s Lane.
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