The Queen’s Theatre was built in 1907. It staged a variety of comic plays, Shakespeare and other classics. In 1940 it suffered a direct hit from a German bomb and the façade and front of house were completely destroyed. The rest of the building was also badly damaged and 3 people were killed. It remained closed for almost 20 years after that. The first person to return to the stage there was John Geilgud, who performed Ages of Man, a selection of Shakespeare’s speeches and sonnets. It has continued to stage a variety of productions. In 2004 it became home to London’s longest running musical, Les Miserables.
There are 3 licensed bars in the theatre. It seats 979 over 3 levels. The view from the last 3 rows of the Stalls is affected by overhang from the tier above. The first 2 rows also have a rather uncomfortable view as they are a bit too close to appreciate the scale of the production. The Dress Circle offers clear views throughout, although the ends of row A do have a slightly side on angle. The Upper Circle has a restricted view because of its height. The more central you are in this tier, the better the view will be.
Disabled access to the auditorium is through the fourth EXIT door on Wardour Street. There’s a 5cm step up to the Dress Circle where there are 2 spaces for wheelchair users. The auditorium has an infra-red sound amplification system for the hard of hearing with 12 headsets. The reception in the front row of the Stalls is not too good so patrons using this service should avoid it. There’s an adapted toilet in the foyer.
The nearest tube station is Piccadilly Circus (250m). Blue badge holders can make use of 2 parking spaces in Archer Street. Otherwise, you’re advised to use Westminster City Council car parks at Poland Street or China Town, or NCP at Wardour Street, Newport Place, Denman Street or Lexington Street.
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