Gielgud Theatre

Gielgud Theatre, London: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Gielgud Theatre Reviews: 4.5/5

Gielgud Theatre
4.5
The area
Address
Neighborhood: Soho
The go-to district for a good time in London, Soho hosts a wealth of world-class theatres and a compelling lineup of cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, and clubs. At Soho's core is London's original Red Light District and the epicenter of the LGBT scene – and thus the city's hottest nightlife. For shopping enthusiasts, Soho is not only the home of London's greatest concentration of boutique shops, but also the most strategic place to set off on a tour of the world's most celebrated department stores. In the southern part of the neighborhood lies Chinatown, with its multitude of delicious and affordable restaurants. Closer to the Thames, Chinatown's narrow and teeming lantern-lit lanes spill onto the expansive hub of glitzy Leicester Square.
How to get there
  • Piccadilly Circus • 3 min walk
  • Leicester Square • 5 min walk
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4.5
645 reviews
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LoveTravel768425
1 contribution
Bar service terrible
Nov 2021 • Friends
I went with a group of friends I hadn’t seen since lockdown to see The Mirror and the Light. First theatre trip in ages. Spent all interval (at least 15 mins) queuing in the stalls bar. Very slow. A bell rang and immediately the staff started shouting almost gleefully that no-one else would be served. I asked to speak to the manager (Philip?) as I had done nothing but queue. He said he “understood “ but there wasn’t enough time. There was then another 8 minutes until curtain up. Service levels definitely slipping and scant disregard for theatre goers whom by all accounts they are trying to entice back into the theatres. Stop shouting, start serving
Written November 11, 2021
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judy t
brixham23 contributions
Superb show in an atmospheric setting
Nov 2021
This theatre is a beautiful Edwardian building I believe and any updating has been very much in keeping with its original style. We attended a performance of Hilary Mantel's "The Mirror and the Light", having previously seen "Wolf Hall "and "Bring up the bodies" at other theatres. This final part of the trilogy did not disappoint, thanks to the hugely talented cast lead by a powerful yet nuanced performance given by the star and co writer, Ben Miles - the prolonged ovation was richly deserved. All the staff at the theatre were efficient, helpful, friendly and unobtrusive which added to our enjoyment of the evening and we would definitely recommend this show and this theatre to any fellow theatre lovers.
Written November 9, 2021
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futtock21
London, UK11,095 contributions
Two refurbishments but stuck in a time-warp
Oct 2021 • Friends
Established in 1906 as the Hicks Theatre and named after some long-forgotten impresario this was known as The Globe from 1909 until 1994 when it assumed its present name celebrating the actor who starred here in 1939 and also directed Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Other notable productions include Bolt’s A Man for All Seasons in 1960, a season of Dame Edna Everage in 1976 not to mention a number of Alan Ayckbourn plays, the final burial ground for tired musicals such as Les Miserables not to mention Daisy Pulls Off Her Knickers in 1983. We saw a stunning production converting part of Hilary Mantlepiece’s rather tedious non-historical novels of Tudor England and apologist for Thomas Cromwell (entertainingly misadvertised as Oliver Cromwell in the theatre’s own blurb into an epic drama.
Written October 24, 2021
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horse1uk
Rye, UK250 contributions
Up Start Crow
Mar 2020
No idea what this was about as my partner led me into the theatre after getting last minute tickets, it was clever and funny with a good cast, i did find i had to listen for some of the jokes/quips/witt some took some working out, i didn't find it as funny as some people who were roaring or maybe they were just easily pleased.Good few hours and didnt feel i wasted my afternoon.
Written March 14, 2020
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Ian G
Hornchurch, UK69 contributions
Upstart Crow show
Mar 2020 • Couples
As fans of the tv show my wife and I went - will mention the show shortly.
The theatre is a beautiful building. It feels like you are on a special night out when you go in and to a saloon. I am not sure if they have recently decorated but it is clean and fresh.
ALL the staff we came into contact with were attentive, friendly and helpful and the seats (3rd row of dress circle) afforded excellent views. I even loved the fantastic Bern Schwartz portrait of Sir.John Geilgud.
Now the show. If you are a fan of the tv series - go!! The script is excellent, mixing the comedy of the characters with Shakespeare script pieces. The cast are superb. A special mention to Mark Heap and the bear - who can claim to steal the show; but in truth, the whole cast were great.
As you can tell I really enjoyed it. So much so that I even had discussions with strangers who had been seated on the same row at the end; where we agreed it was excellent ( note: I have lived in London for 36 years- I do NOT strike up conversations lightly).
Written March 11, 2020
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Lance D
Peterborough, UK55 contributions
Great night out to see "Upstart Crow"
Mar 2020
We treated ourselves to some very good (expensive) seats to see Upstart Crow and the Gielgud. Wow, a fantasitc show, very funnny from start to finish!

Nice little theatre, and just on the edge of China Town, so good food options nearby.
Written March 8, 2020
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Steven M
Sale, UK64 contributions
Upstart crow had me laughing from start to finish
Mar 2020 • Couples
Upstart Crow is absolutely fantastic, the writing is brilliant and the jokes just keep coming. I have honestly not seen anything as funny as this and recommend people catch it while they can.

The theatre itself is beautiful and we found the facilities really good.
Written March 8, 2020
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Des J
Northampton, UK57 contributions
Upstart Crow
Mar 2020 • Couples
My partner is a huge Upstart Crow fan, I was late to the party. I binge watched the all the TV series, loved it and decided to get tickets for her birthday. I’ve never been to watch a play in London so this was a first time visit for us. The theatre is relatively small, which is a positive for me. The building itself being wonderful in decor and character. The staff were friendly and attentive. The bar prices did not require the sale of a kidney to source refreshments. And the play was marvellous! We laughed from start to finish. Comic genius and a stellar performance from all the cast members? I don’t think that’s too much of a stretch. Thank you to all involved, we had a wonderful night.
Written March 7, 2020
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Damian M
7 contributions
Upstart Crow / Birthday Treat
Mar 2020 • Couples
Booked up to see Upstart crow in Dec and upgraded to a Box with the Champagne package as it was around my wife’s Birthday. Gemma Wheelan, David Mitchell and the whole cast were fantastic and was a great production to see with some great comic lines from Ben Elton. As it is on a limited run would encourage anyone to book up and see it if looking for a show. Hospitality from the Mackintosh team was well worth it to get reserved seating in the bar with pre ordered champagne, they took our coats to the cloakroom, got our parking ticket validated and escorted us to our seats. Fantastic evening.
Written March 7, 2020
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Jos T
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg74 contributions
Upstart crow is hilarious
Mar 2020 • Family
Loved the tv show and the stage show did not disappoint. Loved the fact so many of the shows stars were in it, even if mark heap played a different character. Part of our group thought it was a bit panto like at times but we loved it, really funny. Ben Elton wrote some cracking lines that were well delivered by everyone. A real cracker. Loved.the bear.
Written March 6, 2020
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