Gielgud Theatre
Gielgud Theatre
4.5
10:00 AM - 7:30 AM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:30 AM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:30 AM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:30 AM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:30 AM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:30 AM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:30 AM
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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 • 4 min walk
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  • Charles S
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom1,033 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Enjoyable Visit
    A most enjoyable visit to the Gielgud Theatre in London's West End to see the fabulous stage production of To Kill a Mockingbird starring Matthew Modine as Atticus Finch. The circa 1000 seat theatre is absolutely beautiful with seating on three levels. It is located on the corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Rupert Street with the nearest tube stations at either Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus. Worth a visit to take in a stage performance when in London.
    Visited February 2023
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Edward the dog
    Chichester, United Kingdom1,461 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a beautiful theatre.
    We had the most amazing day in London yesterday which included a matinee of Stephen Sondheims Old Friends. Absolutely amazing. It was a camp old time. The theatre itself is beautiful. The staff are really friendly. The bar prices very, very good for the West End. The seating comfy. And the views from the circle amazing. Although of course it was £235 a ticket, so you woukd hope so . Its also great to see the House Full signs as well.This show is highly recommended in a lovely theatre.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 15, 2023
  • Ryan
    Newport, United Kingdom291 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Show - Beautiful Theatre
    Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends is possibly one of the very best shows that I've seen and I'd happily see it again. The theatre is situated in the heart of the West End and within easily walking distance of public transport links. For a theatre of this age, the seats weren't as cramped as I'd been expecting although it did begin to get uncomfortable towards the end of a 2.5 hour show. Staff were friendly the prices at the bar were incredibly reasonable, at around £6.50 for a glass of wine - we'd expected to pay closer to £10.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 24, 2023
  • sa1gon
    London, United Kingdom1,071 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great venue and great show - Old Friends
    We hadn't been hear since we needed a wheelchair space but both the Access and the wheelchair area was excellent. The theatre staff were great, Hannah,the Access host was very friendly and helpful. The Accessible toilet was across the foyer, but it didn't seem a hassle to use it before the show. The performance was great and although the area has a slightly restricted view, it didn't spoilt the show for us. We had a great evening and look forward to returning to see the new musical in the new year.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 26, 2023
  • Gina S
    San Diego, California91 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First look at Gielgud Theater
    Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends is currently playing at the Gielgud Theater and this also marks my first visit to a theater in London. It has a beautiful interior with ornate carvings on the wall, an exquisite design on the ceiling when you look up, and pretty comfortable cushioned seats. This isn't a huge theater which is good for those seating in the back rows. That means there isn't a bad seat in the house, which is perfect for this wonderful show that we had the pleasure of watching live.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 17, 2023
  • Maxkoda
    98 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant THEATRE SHOW! Sheridan Smith is brilliant
    We had a great evening at the theatre 🎭 Our evening was perfect from start to finish! A special mention to James who looked after us so well. The show itself was brilliant! So intense and edgy! All the cast were amazing but especially Sheridan Smith whose talent is outstanding! The people who are leaving negative reviews I suggest you all go to a cabaret show in Blackpool instead! After the Show The cast came outside to sign the programme! Sheridan Smith was so friendly and lovely to everyone! We had pics taken with Her! We had a great theatre experience!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 7, 2024
  • Coats-do-roam
    Shropshire, United Kingdom17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Opening Night - “it’s okay to be different”
    Well, this is clearly a controversial topic! I honestly think that the musical theatre set need to open their minds to this one, it’s intense, brilliant and Sheridan is sublime! Does it require some concentration, maybe!? But this is not rocket science ! its not lines of singing showgirls and showstoppers from the off! But does every west end production really need to be - to be worthy? I am saddened at the public’s response to something so well thought out and produced, Sheridan and cast are utterly amazing ! I thank you for a wonderful performance on the night we attended and I did not see anyone leave or not enjoy what they were seeing …. “ If you always do what you’ve always done - you will always get what you always got” - come on people : open those minds!? X
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 11, 2024
  • mrstraveller1
    York, United Kingdom2,088 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Opening Night. Soon to be Closing Night!
    Well, I thought it was riveting! Booked tickets months ago on the strength of Sheridan being the lead. Our tickets were for late June but following a shock email informing us the show was to close 2 months earlier than scheduled, we had to re-jig plans to see it before May 18th (when it now ends). Apparently, audiences have been bored & confused by the production with some walking out at the interval. That certainly wasn’t the case on the night we attended. The packed house seemed very appreciative of its brilliance & of the supremely stellar cast. Sheridan is mind blowingly phenomenal, as ever she is. The girl is pure, raw talent & brings her mad, vulnerable, lovely magic to everything she touches. She's extremely well supported here though, with outstanding performances from a number of others. But light, sing-along entertainment it ain’t. It's a manic & incoherent watch at times, but also poignant & relatable. I was completely enthralled to the last.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 20, 2024
  • Sarah B
    Guildford, United Kingdom30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ignore negative reviews...opening night
    We went to see Opening Night at the Gielgud beginning of April. We booked because we love Sheridan Smith in everything she does. Was a bit concerned with all the negative reviews, but having read the synopsis, we absolutely loved it. Sheridan was fantastic as always and the rest of the cast were brilliant too. It is confusing at times, but knowing the plot beforehand really helped. No one walked out of our performance and it got a standing ovation. It's not an all singing and all dancing musical but a thought provoking piece of theatre. It is a.massive shame its closing early as it deserves better.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 25, 2024
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Steven M
Sale, UK67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Tony G
Milton Keynes, UK563 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This is a lovely theatre, steeped in history and with great character. It does suffer from a lack of space in the foyer and too few toilets but this is common in theatres of this age. Once inside though the magic unfolds and our seats in the middle of the stalls had a great view of the stage. We went to see ‘Girl from the North country’ which was brilliant and the lighting, sets and sound were all excellent. Although not cheap (it is in Shaftesbury Avenue after all) this theatre really adds to the experience and is recommended.
Written February 5, 2020
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judy t
brixham24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Londonersunseeker
North London751 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Having never watched the TV version I really didn't know what to expect so was greatly relieved that the reviews were true. I loved it....it was sooo funny and a great performance by all the cast.

I was lucky enough to get a row H seat in the stalls for under £30 from a online ticket agency a few days before I went to a matinee performance. The seat was OK for me as I am 5ft 7ins as my seat was on a slight curve.

The architecture and details in this theatre is amazing.

The only thing I would complain about are the ladies toilets situated through the entrance to get to dress circle. The space in the cubicles are very tight. Even airplane toilets have more room. If you are a lady of a larger size then you may have a problem.
Written February 21, 2020
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Mike_Kwasniak
Ipswich, UK824 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Meeting a friend, so we arrive at the theatre an hour early, and check out the dress circle bar. Staff are lovely, sell us a bottle of wine, and pop it in the cooler afterwards for us to finish during the interval :)

We are in the front row of the dress rehearsal, comfortable seats but with very restricted leg room. Perfect view of the stage.

‘Girl From The North Country’ is unlike anything we have ever seen, directed with astonishing virtuosity. A wonderful
production, perfect cast - soaring voices, gorgeous harmonies and thrilling ensemble work throughout. Atmospheric and heartbreaking, and one of the finest productions we’ve seen in a London theatre.
Written January 23, 2020
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Peter S
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Upstart Crow is a treat. It is so cleverly written and excellently acted. A little knowledge of Shakespeare is an advantage although not an absolute must. It probably suits the slightly older theatre goer, as I don’t think that it would amuse the majority of teens. The seats are more comfortable than many Westend theatres.
Written February 28, 2020
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Chris
Harpenden, UK147 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
First up: Upstart Crow is worth a watch. If you like the TV show, it's definitely worth seeing. Entertaining show, plenty of laughs from start to finish for two hours with a short internal in the middle. Well delivered by the cast and just about worth the titantic ticket prices they're charging.

We sat in the Dress circle, row c, seats 17+18 which are bang in the middle and provide a great view. Legroom is decent, although if you're really tall there's no theatre in London you'll enjoy without paying for a Box! They're not cheap, but worth it we felt.

It's quite a small theatre, which is great when you want a drink or to use the toilets - minimal queuing vs. other theatres.

Love the decor, inc the revolving chandelier as the centrepiece inside.

Ticket collection was swift and efficient.

Overall: great visit, can't find a fault.
Written March 1, 2020
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george r
Essex, UK13 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
Paid £400 for two stall seats and had to leave half way through the performance because the seats were so uncomfortable. To kill a mockingbird is a well performed and well directed show, however the poor seating & very sad condition internally of the theatre generally spoils the visit.
A small theatre that desperately needs smartening up.
Investment from the multi millionaire Macintosh is needed to substantiate the exorbitant cost of tickets.
The lack of any quality or class in the theatre itself would prevent me from being able to say the experience was anything other than disappointingly poor & over priced.
Written October 7, 2022
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adnyl444
London, UK65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
As good as the TV show. Opening night a couple of fluffed lines but as a person who fluffs her lines regularly in every day life this just made it better for me! A pity Shakespeare's dad, mum and wife are not in it but the story is very good and the link between Shakespeare's classics and 'issues' of the day are Ben Elton at his best. Highly recommended.
Written February 10, 2020
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Mark Turner
Taunton, UK116 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Went to see 'To kill a mockingbird' That was excellent. The theatre is nice - quite small so you can't get lost, and the stage is never too far. We did order the drinks in advance for the break - won't do that again. It was 2 G&T's at quite a high cost, It came in a paper bag but was at room temp. Would have been handy if next to the collection point you had a bucket of ice cubes as the point of advance ordering is to avoid the crowds in the bar, Apart from that, great
Written August 5, 2022
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