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Her Majesty's Theatre

There has been a theatre standing on the site where Her Majesty’s Theatre is situated since 1705. The first building was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh. It was called the Queen's Theatre after Queen Anne, and became The King's Theatre after 1714 when a succession of male monarchs were on the throne.

The current building opened in April 1897.  The name of the theatre changes from Her Majesty's to His Majesty's Theatre if there is a male monarch (most recently from 1901 to 1952). A number of musicals have been presented there since World War II including Lerner & Loewe’s Brigadoon (1949), Paint Your Wagon (1953), Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story (1958) and Fiddler On The Roof (1967) with Topol which had a run of 2,030 performances. Since 1986 Her Majesty's has been home to The Phantom of the Opera which is the second longest-running West End musical in history after Les Misérables
Her Majesty’s was the setting for the popular ITV1 variety series Live from Her Majesty's, which ran from 1982 to 1985. It was on this programme that Tommy Cooper collapsed and died on stage in 1984.

Herbert Beerbohm Tree built the theatre with profits he made from his tremendous success at the Haymarket Theatre which on the other side of the road. He owned, managed and lived in the theatre from its construction until his death in 1917 and had a banqueting hall and living room installed in the large, central, square French-style dome for his own use.

Her Majesty's Theatre has a very grand and luxurious interior with three tiers of boxes and gold statuary around the stage and French Renaissance design. The original Victorian stage machinery remains beneath the stage of the theatre and some of it is used for the “boat scene”. On 5th  May 2008 the show closed for three days for the first time in its run to allow the installation of an improved sound system with over 6 10 km of cabling and 120 auditorium speakers

Her Majesty’s can seat 1,216 on four levels. It is owned by Really Useful Group Theatres who purchased it in the year 2000.



Tube : Piccadilly Circus
Train: Charing Cross
buses to Her Majesty's Theatre
3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 22, 22B, 38, 53, 88, 94, 159


Infra red or loop sound amplification
Guide dogs are permitted inside the auditorium
Disabled seating area is situated in the dress circle