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Criterion Theatre

Criterion Theatre: See the Greats

Referred to as one of the 'absolute jewels of the West End' by its chairman Stephen Fry, the 588-seat Criterion Theatre is one of London's most famous and beloved venues. Located by the Eros statue in the heart of Piccadilly Circus, the theatre first opened its doors in 1874 to great critical and popular acclaim. Since then, it has hosted a multitude of different productions including Samuel Beckett's avant-garde play Waiting for Godot, The 39 Steps, and The Comedy About a Bank Robbery. American troupe The Reduced Shakespeare Company brought its acclaimed. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare to the stage of the Criterion for a nine-year run in 1996.

How to get to the Criterion Theatre

The Criterion theatre is just a few steps away from Piccadilly Circus tube station on the Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines. There are several bus stops in close proximity to the venue. For those preferring to travel by car, the Theatreland parking scheme offers a 50 percent discount on all off-street parking charges for up to 24 hours.

Criterion Theatre tickets can be purchased directly from the venue's box office or online. The auditorium is located below street level. Step-free street-to-foyer access for wheelchair users is available through the entrance on Jermyn Street. The venue provides two wheelchair spaces in the back row of the upper circle.

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