Playhouse Theatre

 
 
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Northumberland Avenue, Westminster, London WC2N 5DE 
 
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Playhouse TheatreA short step away from the main strip of West End theatres, the Playhouse's stylish curved facade is rather lost among the towering architecture of Charing Cross and Embankment. If the exterior is a little too restrained however, the same cannot be said for the auditorium, which is a sumptuous tribute to theatrical excess. A cream colour scheme is obscured by giant murals, statues and a mountain of gold inlay. The boxes are supported by caryatids, the house lights are on three-meter golden pillars, while the carved balustrades twist and turn like snakes. Sadly none of this glorious excess was ever seen by the bulk of the audience for the Playhouse Theatre's most famous shows. Hancock's Half Hour and and The Goon Show were both recorded here, along with a host of other BBC Radio shows. Since the BBC left in 1975, the Playhouse has struggled to establish itself as a major West End venue. Hits, like the Almeida's Naked starring Juliet Binoche and the National Theatre's An Inspector Calls have been matched by an equal number of flops and the theatre has changed hands many times. The transfer of the Menier's 2008 hit La Cage aux Folles did wonders for its reputation and it's currently home to the hugely popular Monty Python comedy Spamalot.

 

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198419841984George Orwell's seminal novel, 1984, is adapted by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan for Headlong Theatre company who have created "a superbly handled multimedia speculation on the nature of truth" according to the Guardian theatre critic Lyn Gardner who gave it 5 out of 5. Though "not an easy watch" (Guardian), Headlong's version of George Orwell's28th April 2014Saturday 19th July 2014 Where:
Playhouse Theatre,   Northumberland Avenue      WC2N 5DE
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1984
event > Theatre > Adaptations
DATES  28th April to 19th July 2014
George Orwell's seminal novel, 1984, is adapted by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan for Headlong Theatre company who have created "a superbly handled multimedia speculation on the nature of truth" according to the Guardian theatre critic Lyn Gardner who gave it 5 out of 5. Though "not an easy watch" (Guardian), Headlong's version of George Orwell's... More about this event
 
 

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Embankment Underground Station
 
1 minutes walk
 
Charing Cross Tube Station
 
2 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
0 minutes walk
 
Blackfriars Railway Station
 
18 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Q-Park Trafalgar
 
5 minutes walk
 
St Martins Lane NCP
 
5 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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Corinthia Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £265  21% off
Whitehall Place, SW1A | 1 minute from Playhouse Theatre
With 294 bedrooms, multi-level penthouse suites and terraces offering spectacular views of the River Thames, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall - the £300 million restoration of the ... More
 
 
 
Charing Cross - A Guoman Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £93  35% off
The Strand, WC2N | 2 minutes from Playhouse Theatre
This famous Grade II listed Victorian railway hotel has undergone a refurbishment of communal areas including the bar and restaurant along with a fully refurbished Executive ... More
 
 
 
The Royal Horseguards - A Guoman Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £145  26% off
2 Whitehall Court, SW1A | 2 minutes from Playhouse Theatre
Emulating the style of a French chateau, this grand Victorian residence, built in 1884, occupies a prime location within Westminster. It's worth staying at the Grade ... More
 
 
 
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Alternative Theatres nearest Playhouse Theatre

Nearest to Playhouse Theatre
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London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO)
London > Entertainment > Theatres
St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 4 minutes from Playhouse Theatre
London Coliseum is a magnificent historic building and an excellent venue in which to enjoy the soaring sounds and high drama of some truly thrilling operas. ... More
 
 
 
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Savoy Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 5 minutes from Playhouse Theatre
Situated alongside the Savoy Hotel, the building of the current theatre with its Art Deco auditorium, was financed by Richard d'Oyly Carte with the considerable profits ... More
 
 
 
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London Wonderground Spiegeltent
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Jubilee Gardens, Belvedere Road, SE1 | 6 minutes from Playhouse Theatre
Each summer, from May to September, a Speigeltent (from the Dutch for 'mirror tent') is set up in the shadow of the Southbank Centre, to host ... More
 
 
 
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Entertainment near Playhouse Theatre

Near Playhouse Theatre
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Southbank Centre
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 6 minutes from Playhouse Theatre
London's hub of cultural arts, The Southbank Centre announced in March 2013 that it's set for a £100 million revamp that will see the 1960s design ... More
 
 
 
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Southbank Centre: Purcell Room
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 6 minutes from Playhouse Theatre
Housed in the same modernist block as the Royal Festival Hall and sandwiched between it and the Hayward Gallery, the Purcell Room has a 372-seat auditorium, ... More
 
 
 
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Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall
London > Entertainment > Live Music
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 6 minutes from Playhouse Theatre
Located by the River Thames, with sweeping views of the capital from the London Eye to St Paul's Cathedral, the Southbank Centre is a unique metropolitan ... More
 
 
 
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Uncle Vanya
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 23rd April to 3rd May 2014
Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Road, Soho, London WC2H | 7 minutes from Playhouse Theatre
Last year saw London stage four revivals of Anton Checkov's Uncle Vanya and now 2014 welcomes another. Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky transfers his ...More
 
 
 
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The Weir
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 16th January to 19th April 2014
Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Road, Soho, London WC2H | 7 minutes from Playhouse Theatre
Conor McPherson's drama transfers to London's West End in January 2014 following a hugely successful run at the Donmar Warehouse in 2013. McPherson's The Weir ...More
 
 
 
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The Pajama Game
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 2nd May to 13th September 2014
Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H | 13 minutes from Playhouse Theatre
Chichester Festival Theatre has a happy knack of bringing first class musical revivals to the West End - with 'Singin' in the Rain', 'Sweeney ...More
 
 
 
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Sights and Attractions near Playhouse Theatre

The best museums, galleries, attractions near Playhouse Theatre
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The Strand Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
32 John Adam Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 2 minutes from Playhouse Theatre
Part of the Proud Galleries family, Proud Central became The Strand Gallery in 2010 expanding from a photography gallery to an exhibition space for all disciplines ... More
 
 
 
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Cenotaph
London > Attractions > Sights
Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | 3 minutes from Playhouse Theatre
Standing solemnly in the middle of Whitehall, visitors could be forgiven for passing the Cenotaph by unnoticed. But every November it becomes the focus of Britain's ... More
 
 
 
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St Martin-in-the-Fields
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 4 minutes from Playhouse Theatre
This historic church of St Martin-in-the-Fields overlooking Trafalgar Square was built in 1726 and is the best known work of Scottish architect James Gibbs whose ... More
 
 
 
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Shopping near Playhouse Theatre

The best shops and markets near Playhouse Theatre
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Davenports Magic Shop
London > Shopping > Specialists
7 Charing Cross Underground Shopping Arcade, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 3 minutes from Playhouse Theatre
From budding Harry Potters and bumbling Tommy Coopers to dynamic David Copperfields, Davenports is a haven for magicians of every level and ability. Non-magicians too are ... More
 
 
 
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Foyles Royal Festival Hall
London > Shopping > Books
Riverside, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, South Bank, London SE1 | 6 minutes from Playhouse Theatre
The family-run Foyles book shop has been in the book selling business since 1906. Around 30,000 books are stocked at this branch on a broad range ... More
 
 
 
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Hardys Original Sweet Shop
London > Shopping > Children's Gifts and Toys
25 New Row, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 6 minutes from Playhouse Theatre
Retro sweet shops are all the rage at the moment. In the Covent Garden area alone you'll find half a dozen of them, one of which ... More
 
 
 
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Restaurants near Playhouse Theatre

What are the best dining options near Playhouse Theatre London?
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Eat Cafe
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
39 Villiers Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 1 minute from Playhouse Theatre
Food to go in its simplest form. Freeshly baked bread for hand-made made sandwhiches; home made soups; simple salads. Another high street option for fresh. fast ... More
 
 
 
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The Lobby Lounge, Corinthia Hotel London
London > Restaurants > Afternoon Tea
Corinthia Hotel London, Whitehall Place, SW1A | 2 minutes from Playhouse Theatre
Afternoon Tea... More
 
 
 
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Champagne Charlies
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
17 The Arches, Villiers St, WC2N | 2 minutes from Playhouse Theatre
British Cuisine... More
 
 
 
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Education near Playhouse Theatre

Near Playhouse Theatre
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English [Out There!]
London > Education > English Language Courses
10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 14 minutes from Playhouse 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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The Method Studio
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R | 18 minutes from Playhouse Theatre
Learn to act by becoming the person you are portraying. Think yourself into the role... eat what they would eat, weigh what they would weigh, behave ... More
 
 
 
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Career Energy
London > Education > Careers Services
4-6 Staple Inn, Holborn, London WC1V | 18 minutes from Playhouse Theatre
Situated in the heart of London, Career Energy – formed in March 2002 - offers comprehensive advice on careers, career change and job searching. They’ll analyse ... More
 
 
 
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Leisure near Playhouse Theatre

Playhouse Theatre gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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ESPA Life at Corinthia
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
Whitehall Place, Westminster, London SW1A | 2 minutes from Playhouse Theatre
The people at Espa take grooming pretty seriously, and quite rightly, when it comes to appearances it's often best to leave it to the experts. You'll ... More
 
 
 
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London Marriott Hotel County Hall Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
Westminster Bridge Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 7 minutes from Playhouse Theatre
Fancy detoxing in the building where the Greater London Council used to run the city? The Spa at the London Marriott County ... More
 
 
 
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Jubilee Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
3 Belvedere Road, South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 7 minutes from Playhouse Theatre
The concrete promenade along the South Bank greatly benefits from this large patch of green grass for striders, strollers and sightseers to relax on. Not ... More
 
 
 
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Pubs near Playhouse Theatre

The best pubs near London Playhouse Theatre.
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The Sherlock Holmes
London > Nightlife > Pubs
10 Northumberland Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 2 minutes from Playhouse Theatre
Thirsty Sherlock Holmes fans look no further than this homage to the great detective himself and to original Victorian pubs. While you indulge in a soothing ... More
 
 
 
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The Clarence
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
53 Whitehall, SW1A | 3 minutes from Playhouse Theatre
Gastropub... More
 
 
 
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The Harp
London > Nightlife > Pubs
47 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 4 minutes from Playhouse Theatre
The Harp, a welcoming bar in Covent Garden, is a traditional pub where the emphasis is firmly on real ale - earning it CAMRA's National Pub ... More
 
 
 
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Nightlife near Playhouse Theatre

Playhouse Theatre clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Bassoon Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
Corinthia Hotel London, Whitehall Place, Westminster, London SW1A | 1 minute from Playhouse Theatre
The cocktails in the Bassoon Bar are very good, expensive, yes, but very, very good. Not only that but the bar has a piano which is ... More
 
 
 
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Gordon's Wine Bar
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
47 Villiers Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 1 minute from Playhouse Theatre
Home to Samuel Pepys in the 1680s, the building housing Gordon’s is now home to a regular, thriving crowd of drinkers of all ages and all ... More
 
 
 
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Rockwell
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Trafalgar, 2 Spring Gardens, Westminster, London SW1A | 3 minutes from Playhouse Theatre
Hotel bar on Trafalgar Square with public roof terrace. This bar is all about location, location, location. Just a few steps from Nelson's Column, the Trafalgar Hotel ... More
 
 
 
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Meeting venue hire near Playhouse Theatre

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near Playhouse Theatre.
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Royal Society Of Arts
London > Business > Venue Hire
8 John Adam Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 3 minutes from Playhouse Theatre
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Banqueting House
London > Business > Venue Hire
Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | 4 minutes from Playhouse Theatre
The only surviving section of Whitehall Palace. In its heyday the largest royal palace in Europe, this historic venue is the only surviving section of Whitehall Palace ... More
 
 
 
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London Eye
London > Business > Venue Hire
Jubilee Gardens, South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 5 minutes from Playhouse Theatre
The London Eye (or Millennium Wheel) elbowed its way onto the capital's tourist scene as one of the statement pieces to mark the turn of the ... More
 
 
 
 

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Boat Show Comedy Club
Boat Show Comedy Club
Comedy | Until 27th December 2014 

Tattershall Castle 2 minutes walk from Playhouse Theatre

For the past twelve years the Boat Show Comedy Club aboard the Tattershall Castle has played host to some of ...More

 
The Covent Garden Comedy Club @ Heaven
Comedy | On 19th April 2014 

Covent Garden Comedy Club, The Arches 2 minutes walk from Playhouse Theatre

Laddish gags and alternative wit from veteran stand-up and entertainer Bob Mills. Also featuring Alistair Barrie, Fin Taylor and MC ...More

Another Country
Another Country
Theatre | Until 21st June 2014 

Trafalgar Studios 3 minutes walk from Playhouse Theatre

The 1980s film shot Rupert Everett and Colin Firth to stardom, Another Country, it created a sensation when it came ...More

 
Bach Magnificat by Candlelight
Concerts | On 19th April 2014 

St Martin-in-the-Fields 4 minutes walk from Playhouse Theatre

The London Bach Singers, a chamber choir of virtuosi founded to perform the great choral works of Bach with their ...More

Katharina Fritsch: Hahn Cock
Katharina Fritsch: Hahn Cock
Exhibitions | Until 31st January 2015 

Trafalgar Square 4 minutes walk from Playhouse Theatre

A 4.7m (14ft) high sculpture of a cockerel in ultramarine blue is the latest sculpture to roost on the ...More

 
The Sunflowers
The Sunflowers
Exhibitions | Until 27th April 2014 

National Gallery 4 minutes walk from Playhouse Theatre

In The Sunflowers exhibition at The National Gallery two of Vincent van Gogh's iconic Sunflower paintings, dating from 1888, are ...More

 
Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice
Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice
Exhibitions | Until 15th June 2014 

National Gallery 4 minutes walk from Playhouse Theatre

The National Gallery stages a major display of works by the Italian painter Paolo Veronese from March to June 2014, ...More

 
Strange Beauty: Masters Of The German Renaissance
Strange Beauty: Masters Of The German Renaissance
Exhibitions | Until 11th May 2014 

National Gallery 4 minutes walk from Playhouse Theatre

Using paintings in its own collection by well-known German Renaissance artists like Hans Holbein the Younger, Albrecht Durer and Lucas ...More

 
Eifman Ballet: Anna Karenina
Dance | On 19th April 2014 

London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 4 minutes walk from Playhouse Theatre

Madonna is an avowed fan, according to the Daily Mirror who name Boris Eifman as "perhaps the greatest living choreographer ...More

Easter at the London Eye
Easter at the London Eye
Seasonal | Until 21st April 2014 

London Eye 5 minutes walk from Playhouse Theatre

This Easter weekend Edwin the Easter bunny and his friends will be taking over the London Eye to provide families ...More

 
 
 
 
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