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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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DATES  21st May to 31st July 2020
Rhys Ifans, recently seen in On Bear Ridge at the Royal Court Theatre, takes on the lead role of small-town lawyer Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, the new play by Aaron Sorkin based on Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Set in Alabama in 1934, the enduring story has sold more than 45 million copies worldwide and 2020 marks the 60th ... More about this event
 
 

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The Nadler Soho Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £128  30% off
10 Carlisle Street, W1D | 4 minutes from Gielgud Theatre
Promising 'the bill you pay at check-out is what you thought you'd pay when you checked in', the Nadler Hotels specialise in stylish, affordable accommodation. The ... More
 
 
 
Cafe Royal Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £408  27% 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 £137  30% off
Leicester Square, WC2H | 4 minutes from Gielgud Theatre
The Hampshire Hotel is located in the heart of film and Theatreland. Guests can enjoy superb Mexican- Peruvian sharing plates at Leicester Square Kitchen with drinks ... More
 
 
 
 
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Sondheim Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
51 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Gielgud Theatre
With a new name and following a major renovation, Queen's Theatre became the Sondheim Theatre in December 2019, reopening with Cameron Mackintosh's new version of Les ... More
 
 
 
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Boulevard Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Walker's Court, W1F | 1 minute from Gielgud Theatre
Fawn James, granddaughter of entertainment impresario Paul Raymond, who opened the original Boulevard Theatre as the Revuebar in 1958 ... 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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Picturehouse Central
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
7-14 Coventry Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Gielgud Theatre
A vast and much needed improvement on the old Cineworld cinema in the Trocodero, Picturehouse Central opened in June 2015 and was treated to a full ... More
 
 
 
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The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience West End
London > Entertainment >
22-32 Shaftesbury Avenue, Trocadero, W1D | 2 minutes from Gielgud Theatre
From spring 2019 the Crystal Maze LIVE Experience comes to the West End. After three successful years in Angel, Islington (open until 28th ... 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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The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 31st March 2016 to 1st November 2020
Gielgud Theatre, 218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, W1V | 2 minutes from Gielgud Theatre
Mischief Theatre, creators of The Play That Goes Wrong - winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy - and Peter Pan Goes Wrong, have ...More
 
 
 
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The Watsons
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 8th May to 26th September 2020
Gielgud Theatre, 6 Panton Street, SW1Y | 4 minutes from Gielgud Theatre
Adapted from Jane Austen's unfinished novel and "joyously directed" (Evening Standard) by Samuel West, The Watsons comes to the West End's Harold Pinter Theatre from Chichester ...More
 
 
 
The Doctor
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 20th April to 18th July 2020
Gielgud Theatre, St Martins Lane, WC2N | 5 minutes from Gielgud Theatre
Described by the Guardian as 'one of the peak theatrical performances of the year', Juliet Stevenson reprises her role in Robert Icke's The Doctor when it ...More
 
 
 
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Lights Of Soho
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Brewer Street, Soho, London 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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Horse and Dolphin Yard
London > Attractions >
Soho, London 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
A wonderful old delicatessen that's been around since 1944, the family-run Lina Stores is hugely popular with Soho's Italian population and stocks all the essentials, such ... More
 
 
 
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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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Yamagoya Soho
London > Restaurants > Japanese restaurants
64 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D | 1 minute from Gielgud Theatre
Enjoy Japanese food in a pared back space just off Wardour Street which takes inspiration from Tokyo's ramen-ya shops . Eat at Yamagoya ... More
 
 
 
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The London Film School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 7 minutes from Gielgud Theatre
The London Film School is the oldest-established international school of film technique in the world. The school has contributed significantly to ... More
 
 
 
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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, Fitzrovia, London 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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AWAY Spa W London
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
10 Wardour Street, Soho, London 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 Soho
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
Unit 2.4-2.6 Kingly Court, Soho, London W1B | 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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The Blue Posts
London > Nightlife > Pubs
28 Rupert Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Gielgud Theatre
Across the road from Chinatown, a pub had stood on the site of The Blue Posts at 28 Rupert Street since 1739. ... 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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Soho Residence
London > Nightlife > Bars
83-85 Wardour Street, W1D | 1 minute from Gielgud Theatre
Previously a blues and skiffle club and most recently known as The O Bar, Soho Residence was given a ... 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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Century Club
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D | 1 minute from Gielgud Theatre
Exclusive members' club with three cocktail bars, a screening room, roof terrace and restaurant. Opened in 2001, the Century Club encompasses the perfect ... 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, Soho, London 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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Fourth Plinth: Heather Phillipson THE END
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Exhibitions | Until 26th March 2022 

Trafalgar Square 7 minutes walk from Gielgud Theatre

London born artist Heather Philipson puts an ice cream with a cherry on top on The Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar ...More

 
Royal Ballet: The Dante Project
Dance | Until 1st June 2020 

Royal Opera House 8 minutes walk from Gielgud Theatre

The Royal Ballet's resident choreographer Wayne McGregor presents the world premiere of a dance piece inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy ...More

The Lion King
The Lion King
Theatre | Until 30th May 2020 

The Lyceum Theatre 11 minutes walk from Gielgud Theatre

The Lion King tells the story of Simba - the epic adventure of his battles, his friendships, his dreams and ...More

 

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