Gielgud Theatre

 
 
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Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D 6AR
 
 
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Gielgud TheatreFrom the outside, the Gielgud Theatre is an impressive sight, towering four storeys over Shaftesbury Avenue, its height further emphasized by the turret on top. The interior is also magnificent, with richly-decorated pillars supporting the boxes and lavish Baroque ornamentation. Built in 1906 and known as the Globe Theatre for most of the 20th century, it was renamed after the great actor Sir John Gielgud in 1994. For such an impressive theatre, it has had a surprisingly chequered production history, with few long-running shows and some notable flops, such as the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tell Me on a Sunday. Still, there have been some high points in its history: many of Alan Ayckbourn's plays debuted at the Gielgud and the 1943 production of The Importance of Being Earnest is widely regarded as being the definitive version of one of the great British comedies.

 

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Piccadilly Circus Tube Station
 
3 minutes walk
 
Leicester Square Tube Station
 
4 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
10 minutes walk
 
Euston Railway Station
 
22 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

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Brewer Street NCP
 
1 minutes walk
 
China Town Masterpark
 
3 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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    Every Hotel Piccadilly
    London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £103  30% off
    Coventry Street, W1D | 3 minutes from Gielgud Theatre
    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
     
     
     
    Cafe Royal Hotel
    London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £229  32% off
    68 Regent Street, W1B | 4 minutes from Gielgud Theatre
    Café Royal is a 160-bedroom 5-star luxury hotel on Regent Street, in London's city centre overlooking Piccadilly Circus. The hotel has conference facilities, a cafe, bar ... More
     
     
     
    Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel
    London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £109  21% off
    Leicester Square, WC2H | 4 minutes from Gielgud Theatre
    Overlooking Leicester Square - the setting for London's regular film premieres - the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire has glamorous, exclusive décor to match its high-profile setting: ... More
     
     
     
     
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    Criterion Theatre
    London > Entertainment > Theatres
    218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Soho, London W1V | 2 minutes from Gielgud 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 ... More
     
     
     
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    Prince of Wales Theatre
    London > Entertainment > Theatres
    Coventry Street, Soho, London W1D | 3 minutes from Gielgud Theatre
    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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    Prince Edward Theatre
    London > Entertainment > Theatres
    Old Compton Street, Soho, London W1D | 3 minutes from Gielgud Theatre
    The Prince Edward Theatre was designed by Edward Stone and opened in 1930 with a performance of the musical ‘Rio Rita’. Just a few years later, ... More
     
     
     
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    Ronnie Scott's
    London > Entertainment > Jazz Clubs
    47 Frith Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Gielgud Theatre
    The legendary Ronnie Scott's has been a Mecca for the international jazz community since 1959. Created by music-lovers for music-lovers, it has played host to almost ... More
     
     
     
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    Curzon Soho
    London > Entertainment > Cinemas
    93-107 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D | 3 minutes from Gielgud Theatre
    This cracking, refurbished Soho cinema shows a broad-range of art-house films. The three screens feature Dolby THX sound and ample leg-room. The regular Sunday double-bills ... More
     
     
     
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    Prince Charles Cinema
    London > Entertainment > Cinemas
    7 Leicester Place, Soho, London WC2H | 3 minutes from Gielgud Theatre
    Having achieved almost cult status, this reasonably-priced, independent cinema in the heart of Leicester Square is not quite the true hidden gem it once was. ... More
     
     
     
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    London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, WC2N | 6 minutes from Gielgud Theatre
    Emma Thompson returns to the London stage for the first time in 25 years to play Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet ...More
     
     
     
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    Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
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    Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 10 minutes from Gielgud Theatre
    Olivier-Award winner Tamsin Greig (Episodes, Green Wing, Jumpy, God of Carnage), who made her name as Debbie Aldridge in Radio 4's The Archers, makes her musical ...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 | 10 minutes from Gielgud Theatre
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    Lights Of Soho
    London > Attractions > Art Galleries
    Brewer Street, W1F | 1 minute from Gielgud Theatre
    A new gallery space dedicated to light art. ... More
     
     
     
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    Soho
    London > Attractions > Other Attractions
    Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Gielgud Theatre
    Soho, the set of streets and alleyways between Oxford Street, Shaftesbury Avenue, Charing Cross Road and Regent Street is one of the most cosmopolitan parts of ... More
     
     
     
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    London > Attractions >
    W1D | 2 minutes from Gielgud Theatre
    Walking from Gerrard Street to Shaftesbury Avenue in the Chinatown area of Soho you'll come across the pedestrianised Horse & Dolphin Yard which gets its name ... More
     
     
     
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    Gelupo
    London > Shopping > Delicatessens
    7 Archer Street, Soho, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Gielgud Theatre
    From the team that bought you Bocca Di Lupo comes Gelupo, a traditional Italian gelateria, delicatessen and espresso bar in the heart of Soho. Gelupo is ... More
     
     
     
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    Gerry's
    London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
    74 Old Compton Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Gielgud Theatre
    If spirits are your tipple then this is the place to go. Gerry’s stocks an extraordinary selection of wines and unusual spirits from liqueurs to schnapps, ... More
     
     
     
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    Lina Stores
    London > Shopping > Delicatessens
    18 Brewer Street, Soho, London W1F | 1 minute from Gielgud Theatre
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    Brewed Boy
    London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
    Rupert Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Gielgud Theatre
    Brewed Boy - aka Rob Lockyear - spent eight years in Australia learning all about the coffee culture Down Under and has put all that know-how ... More
     
     
     
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    Spuntino
    London > Restaurants > American restaurants
    61 Rupert Street, Soho, London W1D7PJ | 1 minute from Gielgud Theatre
    The third London restaurant from Russell Norman and Richard Beatty, the creators of the highly popular Polpo which led to Polpetto, Mishkin's and Polpo at Ape ... More
     
     
     
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    Snog
    London > Restaurants > Ice Cream Parlour
    9 Brewer Street, Soho, London W1F0RG | 1 minute from Gielgud Theatre
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    English [Out There!]
    London > Education > English Language Courses
    10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 9 minutes from Gielgud Theatre
    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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    Cookery School
    London > Education > Cookery Courses
    15B Little Portland Street, W1W | 10 minutes from Gielgud Theatre
    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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    L'Atelier des Chefs
    London > Education > Adult Education
    19 Wigmore Street, W1U | 13 minutes from Gielgud Theatre
    Whether you're a Nigella or not in the kitchen, the L'atelier des Chefs cookery school can teach you something. Classes are given in the basement kitchens ... More
     
     
     
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    AWAY Spa W London
    London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
    10 Wardour Street, W1D | 2 minutes from Gielgud Theatre
    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 | 3 minutes from Gielgud Theatre
    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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    Triyoga
    London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
    Unit 2.4-2.6 Kingly Court, Soho, London W1B5PW | 5 minutes from Gielgud Theatre
    On the second floor of the Kingly Court complex off Carnaby Street, Triyoga offers busy city people a refuge where they can centre themselves. One of ... More
     
     
     
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    Waxy O'Connor's
    London > Nightlife > Pubs
    14-16 Rupert Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Gielgud Theatre
    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 | 2 minutes from Gielgud Theatre
    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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    London > Restaurants > Gastropub
    90 Berwick Street,, Soho, London W1F | 3 minutes from Gielgud Theatre
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    Madame Jojo's
    London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
    8-10 Brewer Street, Soho, London W1F | 1 minute from Gielgud Theatre
    This was once a sleazy Soho strip club, as the name suggests, and it really shows. Deep reds are the dominant colour, with mirrors, booths and velvet curtains creating ... More
     
     
     
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    Comedy Camp
    London > Nightlife > Bars
    3 Archer Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Gielgud Theatre
    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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    Bar Rumba
    London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
    36 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Gielgud Theatre
    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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    68 Dean Street
    London > Business > Venue Hire
    68 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Gielgud Theatre
    This stylish private house in Soho is suitable for photo shoots, meetings, press events, filming and for a limited range of social events such as dinners ... More
     
     
     
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    Odeon, Leicester Square
    London > Business > Venue Hire
    24-26 Leicester Square, WC2H | 4 minutes from Gielgud Theatre
    One of London's biggest cinemas, the Odeon Leicester Square regularly plays host to premieres and awards ceremonies as well as screening the week's big releases. Aside ... More
     
     
     
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    Haymarket Hotel
    London > Business > Venue Hire
    1 Suffolk Place, St James's, London SW1Y | 5 minutes from Gielgud Theatre
    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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    The Borderline 5 minutes walk from Gielgud Theatre

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