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Piccadilly Theatre

Expect a bit of razzmatazz, a top hatful of tunes and some high-kicking at Piccadilly Theatre in the heart of London's West End. It's set back from Piccadilly Circus and has hosted some of the world's most famous musicals in recent years.

Behind its modest exterior is a stylish, original Art Deco interior with period fittings and a capacity of 1,200. The venue is air-conditioned and is wheelchair-accessible. There are bars located on all three theatre levels and lots of pubs and restaurants nearby offering great value pre-theatre menu deals.

History

The Piccadilly Theatre has hosted a wide range of entertainment since it opened in 1928, then the largest theatre in London, including cabaret, cinema, theatre and dance.

After initially operating as a theatre it was briefly taken over by Warner Brothers and premiered the first talking picture to be shown in the UK, The Talking Fool, starring Al Jolson. In the 1930s, it became a cabaret venue and was widely known for its spectacular stage shows. It reverted to a theatre in the 1950s, and in the 1960s premiered classic American plays such as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and A Streetcar Named Desire.

Henry Fonda, Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Edna are among the famous stars who have appeared here and it has been home to broadcast shows by The Beatles in the 1960s and, in the 1980s, the Live from the Piccadilly variety show hosted by Jimmy Tarbuck.

Heading into the 1990s the venue moved towards musicals and dance and in recent years has featured such smash-hit shows as Jailhouse Rock, Guys and Dolls, Grease, Ghost the Musical, Viva Forever, the Spice Girls extravaganza, Dirty Dancing and Jersey Boys.

Located in the heart of the West End, at 16 Denman Street, the theatre is just a few minutes' walk away from Piccadilly tube station, which is served by the Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines. It's also close to Leicester Square tube station by foot, which is served by the Northern and Piccadilly Lines. The nearest overground train station is Charing Cross.

It?s also within easy walking distance of Chinatown, as well as attractions such as the National Gallery, the Royal Academy and the National Portrait Gallery. It's also just a few tube stops from a wide range of great shops along Oxford Street and in Covent Garden.

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