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Gielgud Theatre

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In Person: Shaftesbury Avenue, LONDON, W1D 6AR
Phone: 0844 482 5151

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To Kill A Mockingbird
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Richard Coyle is playing Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird, Aaron Sorkin's new play based on Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, directed by Bartlett Sher, which opens at the Gielgud Theatre in March 2022.

Harper Lee's enduring story of racial injustice and childhood innocence has sold 45 million copies worldwide. On Broadway the production has not played to an empty seat and has become the most successful American play in Broadway history.

‘All rise for the miracle that is ‘Mockingbird’. Unmissable and unforgettable. An American classic.’
Mail On Sunday

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The Crucible
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The National Theatre’s acclaimed new production of The Crucible transfers to the West End this June for a strictly limited season. Olivier Award-winner Lyndsey Turner directs this electrifying new production with designs by Es Devlin in a ‘magnificent restaging’ (The Telegraph) of Arthur Miller’s masterpiece, a gripping parable of power and its abuse.

A witch hunt is beginning in Salem...

Raised to be seen but not heard, a group of young women suddenly find their words have a terrible power. As a climate of fear spreads through the community, private vendettas fuel public accusations and soon the truth itself is on trial.

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Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends
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Following the triumph of Old Friends at the 2023 WhatsOnStage Awards where it won the Best Theatre Event Award, and the unforgettable all-star gala performance to celebrate the life and work of the great Stephen Sondheim at the theatre named after him in May 2022, Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends, devised and produced by Cameron Mackintosh, will open for 16 weeks only at the Gielgud Theatre with many of that Gala cast.

Old Friends all-star cast will again include Bernadette Peters who is appearing in a West End run for the first time in her legendary career and Lea Salonga who is appearing for the first time in 27 years. Co-stars include several of the fabulous Gala company, including Christine Allado, Janie Dee, Bonnie Langford and Jeremy Secomb, joining them will be Beatrice Penny-Touré, Joanna Riding, and Jac Yarrow with further exciting casting to be announced soon.

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Piccadilly Circus (approx. 250m), Charing Cross (approx. 550m)


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The Gielgud Theatre has held its location on Shaftesbury Avenue since 1906 and been home to many traditional and modern classics. Originally known as the Hicks Theatre, the building was designed as twin to the Queen’s Theatre on the opposite street corner.

Designed in an elaborate French neoclassical style, the theatre has a capacity of 986 which is split between three bordered tiers. It opened as the Hicks with a production of The Beauty Of Bath in 1906, a play co-written by Seymour Hicks. However, in 1909, its name was changed to the Globe, before finally being renamed as the Gielgud in 1994. The venue decided on this final name in order to distinguish itself from the newly opened Shakespeare’s Globe, and also to pay homage to Sir John Gielgud, who made his first of fifteen appearances at the theatre in 1928.

Productions at the theatre have featured many of theatre’s most famous names. In the 1920s, A. A. Milne (the Winnie the Pooh author, who was also a popular playwright) had three of his plays performed there. During the Second World War, While The Sun Rises, a wartime comedy-romance, had an impressive 1154 performances, in order to boost morale. Other notable historical performances include Edith Evans as Lady Bracknell in a 1939 production of The Importance Of Being Earnest, directed by John Gielgud, and Judi Dench’s first appearance in 2004 with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s ten-year run of All’s Well That Ends Well.

In 2006, Delfont Mackintosh Theatres took over operational control of the Gielgud, and presented a series of acclaimed productions with an outstanding number of big-name actors including Iain Glen, Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Daniel Radcliffe, Richard Griffiths and Patrick Stewart. More recent successes of the venue include Yes, Prime Minister which has played at the theatre twice, and Graham Linehan’s highly entertaining stage adaptation of the classic Ealing comedy, The Ladykillers.

In 2013, the National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time transferred to the Gielgud for a three-year run. The highly acclaimed production won 7 Olivier Awards which equalled the record for awards won at the time.

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