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Apollo Theatre

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

The Apollo Theatre, named after the Greek god of the arts, was designed as a venue for musical entertainment. The theatre first opened its doors in 1901, but changed hands within a year. The theatre has hosted a variety of musicals, light operas, and theatre productions throughout its history. 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 venue's auditorium is built across three levels - the stalls, dress circle, and grand circle. Due to its limited capacity, the theatre has an intimate feel. An accessible entrance leading to a platform lift as well as step-free access to stalls Q1 and Q22 are provided.

It is three minutes walk from Piccadilly Circus tube station, four minutes from Leicester Square and seven minutes from Tottenham Court Road. Several bus routes stop on Shaftesbury Avenue. 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.

Over the years, notable productions have included Noel Coward's Private Lives, The Glass Menagerie with Jessica Lange, and Simon Stephens' award-winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. After a ceiling collapse and subsequent refurbishment forced it to close for a few months, the theatre reopened in March 2014 with an adaptation of Let The Right One In.

To find out about events Apollo Theatre, you can go online or inquire at the venue's box office. Special discounts maybe available when booking for a group of eight people or more.

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