Playhouse Theatre

The Royal Avenue Theatre opened on the 11th March 1882 with a revival of Offenbach’s Madam Favart. The prefix “Royal” was soon dropped from the theatre’s name, but comic operas, burlesques and the like remained the staple fare for several years. For much of this time, Arthur Roberts, a popular star of the music halls, led the company at the Avenue. It became the Playhouse Theatre in 1907 and remained a theatre until it was taken over by the BBC in 1951. It re-opened as a theatre in 1987 with the musical “Girlfriends”. More Information

Playhouse Theatre

Playhouse Theatre Access and Facilities

Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DN


  • Theatre facilities for disabled access
  • Guide Dogs are Welcome – please notify theatre when booking
  • Tube: Embankment or Charing Cross
  • Taxis: You should be able to hail a taxi outside the theatre but there is a rank up at Charing Cross Station
  • Buses passing neaby 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29, 53, 77A, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176, 453
  • Parking: Westminter City Council car park in Spring Gardens (Trafalgar Square)


  • Theatre facilities for the hard of hearing
  • Theatre air-conditioning
  • Theatre Bars – 4: Basement, Stalls, Dress Circle and Upper Circle.
  • Concessions: Ice Cream, confectionery, souvenirs and programmes
  • Theatre Toilets: Basement: Ladies and Gents, Foyer 1 unisex disabled. Dress Circle: Ladies and Gents. Upper Circle: Ladies and Gents

Future, current and past productions at the Playhouse Theatre

An Inspector Calls, 1984, The End of Longing, Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games, 1984, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Speed the Plow, 1984, Spamalot, The Mystery of Charles Dickens, Dreamboats and Petticoats