Apollo Theatre

Apollo Theatre

Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7EZ

Apollo Theatre Safety Policy

Health & safety measures
  • All visitors asked to wear masks
  • Regular visible cleaning of all touchable surfaces before and after performances
  • One way routing in building to minimise contact
  • Signage regarding social distancing etiquette
  • Paperless or print at home tickets
  • Availability of hand sanitiser
  • Declaration on entry to confirm you have no Covid-19 symptoms
Visitor measures
  • Limited numbers with socially distanced seating

Getting here

Closest Tube Station

Piccadilly Circus

Closest Train Station

Charing Cross

The Apollo Theatre first opened its doors more than a century ago on 21st February 1901. It is a Grade II building and also one of the most well-known theatres in London’s West End.

Enter the Apollo Theatre

The Apollo Theatre first opened its doors more than a century ago on 21st February 1901. It is a Grade II building and also one of the most well-known theatres in London’s West End. Based on architect Lewin Sharp’s design, Henry Lowenfield - a Polish-born British businessman and theatrical impresario - commissioned the building's construction. When the theatre officially opened, it became the 4th legitimate venue for theatrical performances to be built on the street. The first show at the Apollo was the American musical comedy The Belle Of Bohemia. Located in Shaftesbury Avenue in the City of Westminster, the theatre offers a seating capacity of 775. The grand, tall structure comprises three levels – the Grand Circle, Dress Circle and Stalls. Nimax Theatres currently owns the building.

Its Construction, History, and Owners

The Apollo Theatre is one of the only London theatres to be freehold instead of leasehold. It is also the only fully finished theatre design by architect Lewin Sharp. The venue was named after the Greek deity of the arts and built for the specific purpose of hosting musical theatres. Builder Walter Wallis constructed the building with plain London brick, and the front piece highlights the Renaissance style with T. Simpson’s sculpted stone fascia. The building surrounds a 4-level auditorium, with a first-floor central loggia and three cantilevered balconies. After the demise of Queen Victoria, the theatre became London’s first theatrical venue to be completed in the Edwardian period. Unlike today’s 775 seats, the theatre initially opened with 893 seats. In 1932, Ernest Schaufelberg renovated the theatre and installed a private foyer and an anteroom to the Royal Box.

Before Nimax Theatres bought the Apollo, several different owners ran the venue.

  • 1944: Prince Littler ran the theatre.
  • 1975: Stoll Moss Group became new owners of the theatre.
  • 2000: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group and Bridgepoint Capital bought it.
  • 2005: Max Weitzenhoffer and Nica Burns bought the theatre and created the Nimax Theatres.

Past Productions

In 2013, the theatre’s balcony sitting collapsed during a performance of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, after which it saw a major restoration. On 26th March 2014, the venue reopened with an adaptation of Let The Right One In which was produced by the National Theatre of Scotland.

The Belle Of Bohemia, the first production at the Apollo, ran for 72 performances. John Martin-Harvey’s season followed, which included an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Tale Of Two Cities, The Only Way, and A Cigarette Maker’s Romance. Later, from 1920 to 1923, Edward Laurillard and George Grossmith Jr. managed the venue and presented a series of revivals and plays like the stage version of George Du Maurier’s novel Trilby, and H.F. Maltby’s Such A Nice Young Man. In 1928, R.C. Sherriff’s Journey’s End starred Laurence Olivier. The Apollo Theatre has run numerous productions, and its recent hits include Peter Pan Goes Wrong (2016) and Travesties (2017).

Apollo Theatre Seating Plan
Walking With Ghosts is the current production at Apollo Theatre. The upcoming booking period for Walking With Ghosts at Apollo Theatre starts 06/09/2022 19:30:00 and runs until 17/09/2022 19:30:00. Tickets for Walking With Ghosts start at £18 and are available to [book now](/booking/walking-with-ghosts-tickets/08-2022). Cruise is the current production at Apollo Theatre. The latest booking period for Cruise at Apollo Theatre started 18/05/2021 20:00:00 and runs until 04/09/2022 16:00:00. Tickets for Cruise start at £18 and are available to [book now](/booking/cruise-tickets-london-apollo-theatre/08-2022). Blippi The Musical is the current production at Apollo Theatre. The latest booking period for Blippi The Musical at Apollo Theatre started 16/08/2022 10:30:00 and runs until 20/08/2022 10:00:00. Tickets for Blippi The Musical start at £29 and are available to [book now](/booking/blippi-the-musical-tickets/08-2022).
Apollo Theatre is located in London. The full address is Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7EZ.

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Camille O’Sullivan

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Summer and Smoke

Summer and Smoke classic American drama

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Nell Gwynn

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Divas

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Madness Of George III

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The Audience

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Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain - Part Four!

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Sleuth

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Big Life

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Meow Meow

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Goat, The

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Love in Idleness

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See Olivier Award winning Eve Best, Anthony Head and Edward Bluemel in this great comedy!

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Country Girl

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Three Days Of Rain

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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

4.5(49)

Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell star in the iconic play by the genius Tennessee Williams, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof!

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A Life in the Theatre

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Idina Menzel

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My Trip Down The Pink Carpet

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Puppetry of the Penis

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Audience With The Mafia

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Let The Right One In

An atmospheric evening of eerie vampires and teenage love, full of tension and subversion.

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Dora the Explorer LIVE!

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Debbie Reynolds: Alive and Fabulous

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Dylan Moran

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Rain Man

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The Go-Between

4.0(151)

Legendary Michael Crawford stars in the new musical The Go-Between at the Apollo Theatre

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Satisfaction - The Dance Concert

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Travesties

4.5(80)

★★★★★ 'Tom Hollander is superbly funny' The Independent

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Ross Noble: Things

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Brodsky/Baryshnikov

3.5(11)

Do not miss out on the opportunity to see the legendary Mikhail Baryshnikov back in the West End!

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Julie Atherton: No Space For Air

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My Brilliant Divorce

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My Night With Reg

★★★★★ ‘The perfect British comedy…. tender and funny’ The Sunday Times

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Well

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Twelfth Night

The Globe's production of Twelfth Night at The Apollo Theatre, starring Stephen Fry and Mark Rylance.

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Kean

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Marilyn

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Vortex, The

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Glengarry Glen Ross

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Carrie's War

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Urinetown

★★★★★ 'Had me laughing like a drain' Sunday Telegraph

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Dear Lupin

4.2(39)

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What You Will

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The Distance You Have Come

The Distance You Have Come starring Alice Fearn!

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The Vivienne's Christmas: Up to Snow Good

The Vivienne is coming to the Apollo this Christmas and she's Up to Snow Good!

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Find Love, Lose Weight & Live Forever… Without Really Trying!

5.0(1)

Dr Chris and Dr Xand of Operation Ouch now have a show for adults!

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Operation Ouch Live on Stage

4.2(16)

CBBC's Doctor Chris and Doctor Xand live on the West End stage

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Monday Night at the Apollo

Rosalie Craig, Lucie Jones, Cedric Neal and more scheduled to star in Monday Night at the Apollo this year!

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Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain - Part Five!

Be on the right side of history with cheap tickets for the fifth incarnation of Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain!

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The Snail and the Whale

3.6(36)

The Snail and the Whale comes to the Apollo Theatre to take us on an adventure around the world!

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Magic Goes Wrong

4.5(282)

Mischief Theatre and Penn & Teller bring Magic Goes Wrong to the Apollo Theatre

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Extraordinary staging of an extraordinary 7 Olivier Award winning story of Christopher, a neighbour's dog and a long-kept family secret.

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Everybody's Talking About Jamie

4.7(898)

Come see why Jamie is the talk of the town.

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Fool For Love

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Bugsy Malone

The classic mobster musical is set to wow West End audiences.

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The Upstart Crow

4.8(224)

The Upstart Crow starring David Mitchell transfers to West End's Apollo Theatre

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Jerusalem

4.8(102)

Sonia Friedman presents the highly anticipated return of Jersualem by Jez Butterworth.