Playing the Games

 
 

THIS EVENT ENDED ON THE 12TH AUGUST 2012

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, 218-223 Piccadilly, St James's, Piccadilly Circus, London SW1Y 4XA
 
 
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For two weeks the Criterion Theatre will celebrating the Cultural Olympiad with a number of leading comedians, actors and playwrights. Comedians including Stephen Fry, Alan Davies, Rick Edwards and Brian Blessed will be taking part in lunchtime discussions, late night comedy and bedtime stories. There will also be world-premiers of sport-themed plays by Adam Brace and Serge Cartwright.

 

About Criterion Theatre

The tiny entrance of the Criterion Theatre is almost invisible among the massive advertisements, traffic and crowds of Piccadilly Circus. To ignore it, however, is to miss one of London's most enchanting theatres. Use of mirrors and stunning murals of clouds and cherubs turns this underground labyrinth into an airy paradise. More about Criterion Theatre

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Piccadilly Circus Tube Station
 
0 minutes walk
 
Leicester Square Tube Station
 
5 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
9 minutes walk
 
Victoria Railway Station
 
21 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Leicester Square Masterpark
 
2 minutes walk
 
Brewer Street NCP
 
3 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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    Every Hotel Piccadilly
    London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £96  24% off
    Coventry Street, W1D | 2 minutes from Playing the Games
    Located right next to Leicester Square, in the heart of London's West End, the Every Hotel Piccadilly is the perfect hotel for those wanting to enjoy ... More
     
     
     
    Le Meridien Piccadilly
    London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £146  24% off
    21 Piccadilly, W1J | 3 minutes from Playing the Games
    A hotel that is distinctly in the old English style, with magnificent antique décor, staff who are attentive, discreet, and ever so polite and, most importantly, ... More
     
     
     
    Thistle Trafalgar Square, The Royal Trafalgar
    London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £93  32% off
    Whitcomb Street, WC2H | 3 minutes from Playing the Games
    Thistle Trafalgar Square, The Royal Trafalgar is a recently refurbished 4 star hotel located right in the heart of London's famous West End. Leicester Square, Piccadilly ... More
     
     
     
     
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    The 3 Little Pigs
    London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 5th August to 6th September 2015
    Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1A | 6 minutes from Playing the Games
    The Big Bad Wolf attempts to huff and puff the three little superstar piglets into submission in Stiles and Drewe's musical retelling of the children's story. ...More
     
     
     
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    War Horse
    London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 28th March 2009 to 13th February 2016
    New London Theatre, Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 12 minutes from Playing the Games
    This moving adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's World War I epic War Horse gets a West End transfer to the New London Theatre after two critically acclaimed ...More
     
     
     
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    The Play That Goes Wrong
    London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 5th September 2014 to 5th September 2015
    Duchess Theatre, Catherine Street, WC2B | 12 minutes from Playing the Games
    Presented by the award-winning, international comedy company Mischief Theatre, The Play That Goes Wrong follows the inept and accident prone Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society ...More
     
     
     
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    Criterion Theatre
    London > Entertainment > Theatres
    218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Soho, London W1V | 1 minute from Playing the Games
    The tiny entrance of the Criterion Theatre is almost invisible among the massive advertisements, traffic and crowds of Piccadilly Circus. To ignore it, however, is to ... More
     
     
     
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    Comedy Store
    London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
    1a Oxendon Street, Soho, London SW1Y | 1 minute from Playing the Games
    The Comedy Store is the spiritual home of stand-up in the UK. Despite being the best large comedy venue in the country, the Store still succeeds ... More
     
     
     
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    Prince of Wales Theatre
    London > Entertainment > Theatres
    Coventry Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Playing the Games
    Theatres have stood on this spot since 1884, perfectly placed to draw the attention of the great crowds moving between Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square. The ... More
     
     
     
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    Piccadilly Circus
    London > Attractions > Sights
    Piccadilly Circus, Soho, London W1J | 1 minute from Playing the Games
    Right in the middle of the West End, Piccadilly Circus isn't a circus at all, but an enormous road junction where Piccadilly itself Regent Street, Shaftesbury ... More
     
     
     
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    Stephen Wiltshire Gallery
    London > Attractions > Art Galleries
    5 Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall, St James's, London SW1Y | 3 minutes from Playing the Games
    Stephen Wiltshire's art work would be impressive even if you didn't know who he is. But his intricate and architecturally accurate pen and ink sketches are ... More
     
     
     
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    Lights Of Soho
    London > Attractions > Art Galleries
    Brewer Street, Soho, London W1F | 3 minutes from Playing the Games
    A new gallery space dedicated to light art. ... More
     
     
     
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    Lillywhite's
    London > Shopping > Sporting Goods
    24 Lower Regent Street, St James's, London SW1Y | 1 minute from Playing the Games
    Lillywhite’s probably owes its landmark sport shop status to its position in Piccadilly Circus more than anything, but this would be ignoring its remarkable heritage. Its founders, ... More
     
     
     
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    Godiva
    London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
    28 Haymarket, Soho, London SW1Y | 1 minute from Playing the Games
    Belgium's finest export, the first Godiva was opened in Brussels approximately 75 years ago by master chocolatier Joseph Draps and named after the legendary Lady Godiva. ... More
     
     
     
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    Jermyn Street
    London > Shopping > Specialists
    St James's, London SW1Y | 1 minute from Playing the Games
    The name Jermyn Street is synonymous with gentlemen's outfitters and, more specifically shirt makers. Turnbull & Asser, shirt makers by royal appointment to HRH Prince of ... More
     
     
     
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    Piccadilly Grind
    London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
    Unit 4, Piccadilly Circus Underground Station, St James's, London W1J | 1 minute from Playing the Games
    Following in the successful footsteps of well respected coffee shops Shoreditch Grind and Soho Grind, Piccadilly Grind delivers quality coffee to commuters on the tube. Raising ... More
     
     
     
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    Criterion Restaurant
    London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
    224 Piccadilly, Soho, London W1J | 1 minute from Playing the Games
    What makes the Criterion special is its truly spectacular neo-Byzantine interior which has been wowing diners ever since its doors swung open in 1873. Positioned in ... More
     
     
     
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    Mitsukoshi
    London > Restaurants > Japanese restaurants
    Dorland House, 14 - 20 Lower Regent Street, St James's, London SW1Y | 1 minute from Playing the Games
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    Cookery School
    London > Education > Cookery Courses
    15B Little Portland Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W | 12 minutes from Playing the Games
    Awarded The Best City Cookery School 2013, the Cookery School at Little Portland Street has been teaching people to make simple, honest food for more than ... More
     
     
     
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    English [Out There!]
    London > Education > English Language Courses
    10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 12 minutes from Playing the Games
    English [Out There!] takes a very hands-on approach to learning English. The course places an emphasis on using what you have learned. Students are taken out ... More
     
     
     
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    Courtauld Institute of Art
    London > Education > Arts and Drama
    Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 14 minutes from Playing the Games
    The Courtauld is one of the most prestigious art schools in the country, affiliated with the Oxbridge system and boasting a huge private location and prime ... More
     
     
     
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    AWAY Spa W London
    London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
    10 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1D | 3 minutes from Playing the Games
    On the 6th floor of the W London the AWAY Spa certainly takes you away from the manic pace of life in Leicester Square ... More
     
     
     
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    Urban Golf Soho
    London > Leisure > Golf
    33 Great Pulteney Street, Soho, London W1F | 4 minutes from Playing the Games
    OK, so you may not be able to soak up the rays on this indoor course but it's a brilliant idea that has been stylishly executed. ... More
     
     
     
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    So SPA Sofitel St James
    London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
    6 Waterloo Place, St James's, London SW1Y | 4 minutes from Playing the Games
    Opened in July 2009, So SPA by Sofitel is a stunning relaxation space - all marble and modern design - housed within the Sofitel St James ... More
     
     
     
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    Waxy O'Connor's
    London > Nightlife > Pubs
    14-16 Rupert Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Playing the Games
    Located where it is, Waxy's is fairly predictable. It's busy, it's Irish and it's got a fair smattering of tourists, but it also has that certain ... More
     
     
     
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    Waxy's Little Sister
    London > Nightlife > Pubs
    20 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1D | 3 minutes from Playing the Games
    If you're not up for the hectic atmosphere of Waxy O'Connors it might be worth slipping across the street to her infinitely more tranquil Little Sister. ... More
     
     
     
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    The Reform Club
    London > Nightlife > Pubs
    104 Pall Mall, St James's, London SW1Y | 4 minutes from Playing the Games
    Located in the heart of London's traditional Clubland in Pall Mall, The Reform Club was founded in 1836 and was membership was initially restricted to those who ... More
     
     
     
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    The Electric Carousel
    London > Nightlife >
    215-217 Piccadilly, St James's, London W1J | 1 minute from Playing the Games
    The team behind Madame Jojo's (RIP) return (hurrah!) with The Electric Carousel on the site where the legendary Pigalle Supper Club used to be, at 215-217 ... More
     
     
     
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    Bar Rumba
    London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
    36 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Playing the Games
    Located nearby to Leicester Square, Bar Rumba is a lively bar that's ideal for late-night partying in the West End. Having moved away from its urban ... More
     
     
     
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    Comedy Camp
    London > Nightlife > Bars
    3 Archer Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Playing the Games
    Excellent, intimate bar with a mainly gay crowd in the middle of Soho, boasting the usual combination of expensive but superior cocktails and finger food, ... More
     
     
     
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    Haymarket Hotel
    London > Business > Venue Hire
    1 Suffolk Place, St James's, London SW1Y | 2 minutes from Playing the Games
    A hip designer hotel by Tim and Kit Kemp in a grand building on the prestigious Haymarket, the broad boulevard street making for an impressive entrance. ... More
     
     
     
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    195 Piccadilly (BAFTA)
    London > Business > Venue Hire
    195 Piccadilly, St James's, London W1J | 3 minutes from Playing the Games
    The home of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is also available to hire for your own event. The iconic building at 195 ... More
     
     
     
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    Institute of Directors - IOD
    London > Business > Venue Hire
    116 Pall Mall, St James's, London SW1Y | 4 minutes from Playing the Games
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    The 39 StepsThe 39 StepsThe 39 StepsHitchcock's 1935 movie is a masterpiece of sustained adventure, as the hero - framed for murder - becomes both pursuer and prey for a shadowy international conspiracy. Classic scenes of The 39 Steps - at the Criterion - include vertiginous peril on the Forth Bridge, a frantic biplane pursuit, and the grandstand conclusion in a packed London Palladi2015-08-31T20:00:00+01002015-09-05T00:00:00+0100 Where:
    Criterion Theatre, 218-223  Piccadilly  Piccadilly Circus    SW1Y 4XA
    Category: event

    event > Theatre > Dramas
    DATES  14th September 2006 to 5th September 2015
    VENUE  Criterion Theatre 
    Hitchcock's 1935 movie is a masterpiece of sustained adventure, as the hero - framed for murder - becomes both pursuer and prey for a shadowy international conspiracy. Classic scenes of The 39 Steps - at the Criterion - include vertiginous peril on the Forth Bridge, a frantic biplane pursuit, and the grandstand conclusion in a packed London Palladi... More about this event
     
     

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    Comedy Store Players
    Comedy | On 30th August 2015 

    Comedy Store 1 minute walk from Criterion Theatre

    improvised sketches, songs, games and stand-up from Paul Merton, Josie Lawrence, Neil Mullarkey, Richard Vranch, Lee Simpson and Andy Smart....More

    The Book of Mormon
    The Book of Mormon
    Theatre | Until 14th November 2015 

    Prince of Wales Theatre 2 minutes walk from Criterion Theatre

    Creators of Southpark (Trey Parker and Matt Stone) have turned their satirical eyes to the cheery world of musicals. With ...More

     
    Urban Sessions
    Clubbing and Nightlife | Until 27th September 2015 

    Bar Rumba 2 minutes walk from Criterion Theatre

    Residents and guests supply smooth R&B and party pop....More

    The Gruffalo: Tall Stories Theatre Company
    The Gruffalo: Tall Stories Theatre Company
    Theatre | Until 6th September 2015 

    Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue 2 minutes walk from Criterion Theatre

    The Gruffalo is a classic that kiddies just love and this Tall Stories adaptation of the picture book by Julia ...More

     
    Matilda The Musical
    Matilda The Musical
    Theatre | Until 29th May 2016 

    Cambridge Theatre 2 minutes walk from Criterion Theatre

    The Royal Shakespeare Company's multiple award-winning musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's celebrated children's book Matilda is a big hit at ...More

     
    Jersey Boys
    Jersey Boys
    Theatre | Until 14th February 2016 

    Piccadilly Theatre 2 minutes walk from Criterion Theatre

    Jersey Boys at the Piccadilly Theatre is the tale of four blue collar boys from the wrong side of the ...More

     
    The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
    The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
    Theatre | Until 24th October 2015 

    Gielgud Theatre 3 minutes walk from Criterion Theatre

    This stage adaptation by Simon Stephens of Mark Haddon's hugely popular novel had a successful run at the National Theatre. ...More

     
    Kids Week
    Kids Week
    Kids Events | Until 31st August 2015 

    The West End 3 minutes walk from Criterion Theatre

    It's now over a decade since the excellent idea of Kids Week was first conjured up. A truly inspired summer ...More

     
    Retro Sundays
    Clubbing and Nightlife | Until 27th September 2015 

    Ku Bar 4 minutes walk from Criterion Theatre

    Resident VJ Vicki Vivacious and DJs Lady Lloyd and Pablo spin 1980s, 1990s and 2000s hits....More

    Lounge Sunday
    Clubbing and Nightlife | Until 30th August 2015 

    Freedom Bar 4 minutes walk from Criterion Theatre

    Residents and guests play relaxing and ambient music....More

     
     
     
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