There have been 4 theatres on this site; the first was built in 1705. It was originally an opera house, which employed Handel as Composer and was the first place in London to put on an opera by Mozart, in 1806. The current building dates from 1897, and after that the theatre was a playhouse. It went on, in more recent times, to have success with musicals, and since 1986 has been the venue for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera.
The theatre has 3 licensed bars and the auditorium has an air cooling system. It seats 1,262 over 4 levels. Due to its age, some seats in the theatre suffer from restricted or sidelined views. The Stalls and the Dress Circle are affected by pillars and overhang from the tiers above, from rows N to S and E to H respectively. The Grand Circle has side views in the outer sections and the Balcony is very high and set far back from the stage.
The auditorium has an infra-red sound amplification system for the hard of hearing with 10 headsets. Disabled access is through the EXIT door on Charles II Street and there are 4 spaces for wheelchair users in the Stalls. There is an adapted toilet near the access entrance.
The nearest tube stations are Piccadilly Circus (150m) and Leicester Square (300m). Parking can be found at the Westminster City Council car park at Whitcomb Street.
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