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Shaftesbury Avenue,
London, W1V 7DH

Apollo Theatre Shaftesbury AvenueThe Apollo Theatre is on Shaftesbury Avenue in the West End of London and opened on 21st February 1901, making it the first West End theatre of the Edwardian period.

The Apollo Theatre was designed by Lewin Sharp and was the fourth Theatre to be built on the newly constructed Shaftesbury Avenue which was completed in 1887. The first was the original Shaftesbury Theatre which opened in 1888 and was destroyed in 1941. Next was the Lyric Theatre which opened in December 1888. Then came the Royal English Opera House, later to become The Palace Theatre which opened in 1891 followed by the Apollo in 1901.

The Apollo Theatre is a Grade II listed West End theatre. It seats 796, and the balcony on the third tier is considered the steepest in London.

The Apollo Theatre was renovated in 1932. The Stoll Moss Group purchased it in 1975 and sold it to Andrew Lloyd-Webber's Really Useful Group and Bridgepoint Capital in 2000. Nica Burns and Max Weitzenhoffer (Nimax) purchased the theatre in 2005.


Tube : Piccadilly Circus
Train: Charing Cross
buses to he Playhouse theatre
14,19,22B, 38,53,88,94,159
nearest car park

This theatre participates in the Theatreland Parking Scheme - find out more about the great discounts offered by clicking on the link.


Infra-red system with 6 headsets. Avoid front row of Stalls.
Guide dogs allowed into the auditorium and staff are available to dog-sit.
Entrance to the auditorium is through a door to the left of the Upper Circle entrance, on Shaftesbury Avenue. Once through the door there is a stairlift or 12 steps down to the stalls (with handrails on either side). 2 spaces for wheelchair users in seats N1, N2 or N19, N20 in the stalls.
There is one adapted toilet at Stalls level.