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Apollo Theatre

A guide to the Apollo Theatre in London's West End
 

The Apollo Theatre, which was designed as a venue for musical entertainment, opened its doors on Shaftesbury Avenue in 1901. Its first production, the Belle of Bohemia, was not a success and the theatre soon changed hands. But it rectified this in the years since then with a succession of hit plays and comedies. Located at the heart of London's theatreland, the venue is ideally placed for pre- or post-theatre drinks, or a meal in one of many popular restaurants nearby check out our great lastminute.com theatre meal deals.

The theatre has a capacity of 775, accommodated on four levels orchestra stalls, dress circle, upper circle and balcony. It is three minutes walk from Piccadilly Circus tube station, four minutes from Leicester Square and seven minutes from Tottenham Court Road. The exterior is in the French Renaissance style with a Louis XVI-style interior, an elegant setting for your visit whether you're going with your family or a loved one.

The history

After its unsuccessful start, the venue found its feet with a string of successful Edwardian musical comedies before staging the UK premiere of Harold Brighouse's Hobson's Choice. Other notable early landmarks included an appearance by Laurence Olivier in R C Sherriff's Journey's End in 1928, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Idiot's Delight (1938), Patrick Hamilton's Gas Light (1939) and Terence Rattigan's Flare Path (1942).

The theatre enjoyed its longest run with the comedy Boeing Boeing starring Patrick Cargill which opened in 1962 and transferred in 1965. Sir John Gielgud appeared in the landmark Alan Bennett production of Forty Years On in 1968 and returned a year later with Sir Ralph Richardson in Home by David Storey. Other notable productions of that period include Separate Tables by Terence Rattigan, which starred John Mills.

More recently, the theatre has hosted hit productions including Arthur Miller's The Price starring Warren Mitchell, Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who is Sylvia and Friedrich Schiller's Mary Stuart with Harriet Walter. Other hits include The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams featuring Jessica Lange, Long Day's Journey into Night by Eugene O'Neill, Arthur Miller's All My Sons, Jerusalem and Let the Right One In.

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