Shaftesbury Theatre

Designed in 1911 as the New Princess Theatre by Bertie Crew, it was renamed the Shaftesbury Theatre in 1963. It was forced to close just prior to the 2,000th performance of the world-famous hippy musical, Hair, when, in 1973, when part of the roof fell in. It re-opened in 1975 with a production of West Side Story. With a handsome exterior, its facade dominates the whole corner of the Shaftesbury Avenue and Bloomsbury Street. It is currently owned by The Theatre of Comedy – started by king of farce, Ray Cooney, in the 1980’s. More information

Shaftesbury AvenueShaftesbury Theatre Access and Facilities

210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8DP


  • Theatre facilities for disabled access
  • Guide Dogs are Welcome – please notify theatre when booking
  • Tube: Holborn
  • Taxis: Hail a cab outside the theatre
  • Buses passing nearby – 8, 10, 14, 19, 22A, 22B, 24, 25, 29, 38, 40, 55, 73, 134, 176
  • Parking Westminter City Council car park at China Town, NCP at Museum Street, Drury Lane, Upper St Martin’s Lane, Parker Mews (approx. 200m)


  • Theatre facilities for the hard of hearing
  • Theatre air-conditioning
  • Theatre Bars – 4: Foyer, Stalls, 2 x Dress Circle, and 1 x Upper Circle.
  • Concessions: Ice Cream, confectionery, souvenirs and programmes
  • Shaftesbury Theatre – Ladies and Gents in Stalls, Dress Circle and Upper Circle plus Ladies off the Foyer

Future, current and past productions at the Shaftesbury Theatre

Motown, Memphis, The Pajama Game, From Here To Eternity, Burn the Floor, Rock of Ages, Hair, Tommy, Rent

& Juliet
& Juliet Theatre Breaks In & Juliet, Romeo’s death is the beginning
Memphis Theatre Breaks are no longer available to book. The next show