UK Travel Guide


Queen's Theatre

Designed by W G R Sprague in 1907 the exterior of the building was badly damaged by a bomb in the Second World War when it became the first London theatre casualty of war. Remaining dark for almost 20 years the present facade was completed in 1959. In 1913 when the tango became the latest dance craze the stalls were transformed into a dance floor surrounded by tables so patrons could partake of tea and dance. The fashion didn't last and in 1914 the theatre returned to live productions. In 1930 John Gielgud made his West End debut performance of Hamlet, and followed this with Richard II and Shylock in The Merchant Of Venice. Others who have appeared here are John Gielgud, Vanessa Redgrave, and Noel Coward who made his last theatrical appearance here in 1966, and Marlene Dietrich's with her successful one-woman show, and Charlton Heston.

Located at: Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1

Telephone: 020 7494 5040

Opens: Box Office Open 10:00am - 8:00pm

Cost: phone for information

Closest Subway Station: Piccadilly Circus Station (Click to see more atrraction at this station)