Playhouse Theatre

Playhouse Theatre, London: Address, Phone Number, Playhouse Theatre Reviews: 4/5

Playhouse Theatre
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Trafalgar Square / Embankment
With its iconic Nelson’s Column, majestic oversized lions and brightly-lit fountains, Trafalgar Square is not just considered the heart of this bustling London hub, but the very core of the city itself. Beyond this esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most popular cultural attractions including the National Gallery and many West End theaters. Along the way to these major sites are quiet lanes and antiquated pubs to discover, as well as riverside vistas to enjoy on the embankment. With a calendar full of celebratory events, any time of year is a fine time to visit.
How to get there
  • Embankment • 2 min walk
  • Charing Cross • 4 min walk
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4.0
519 reviews
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65
Poor
29
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43

CPaM68
Texas530 contributions
Well worth a visit
Oct. 2019
We had been vacationing in the Cotswolds but had driven back into London to fly back to the US the next day. Even though we had seen a Shakespearean play in Stratford-upon-Avon, we had also planned and pre-purchased our tickets to catch another performance at the Playhouse Theater in London. The tickets were reasonably priced, although I'm told the prices can vary from night to night. Since we were spending the night at an airport hotel, we rode the train into town and then caught the subway to the theater located on Northumberland Avenue near Trafalgar Square. The Embankment metro station on the Circle Line is within a block, so it is very convenient. What a great theatre. It originally opened in 1882, was rebuilt and redesigned in 1905, and currently has a seating capacity of about eight-hundred. The theatre has three seating levels and--while our seats had a very good view of the stage--the legroom was a little tight, making them a bit uncomfortable. Even though I sometimes have a difficult time hearing what the actors are saying at various stage productions, I thought the acoustics were excellent. This was the first time that we have been to this theatre--one of London's oldest--and it possesses great character and charm along with some amazing architectural features. If you are visiting London and love going to the theater, the Playhouse Theatre is well worth a visit. (PaM)
Written 25 June 2020
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Char G
3 contributions
Up close and Personal
Feb. 2020
An intimate venue that allows you to immerse yourself in the experience playing out on stage. We flew from the U.S. to see James McAvoy in Cyrano de Bergerac and were captivated by the performance of the entire cast. Loved every minute of it!
Written 20 March 2020
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Rincewind
Lowestoft, UK20 contributions
Playhouse theatre Cyrano de Bergerac
Feb. 2020 • Family
Small and compact theatre. Walking in the front door you are immediately faced with the bar. Toilets are downstairs and kept in great condition. The seats are fairly close together but plenty of leg room and it looked to me wherever you sit you would have a good view of the stage.
Written 28 February 2020
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lottydickenson
Basingstoke, UK18 contributions
Cyrano de Bergerac
Feb. 2020
We went to see this play in February 2020, and was not disappointed at all.
Both myself and my husband were enthralled by this modern, minimalist take on Cyrano de Bergerac. And felt so close to the stage and performance.
Quick witted, dark, light, James McAvoy is suitably cast as the main character.
We had seats in the middle of the circle, so a good view, only missed the bottom of the stage.
You do have to do your homework on the best seats, some seats have very poor views, which sadly is the drawback to this lovely little theatre 🎭
Thankfully the seats were comfortable for a three hour play (with break)
There is also very little room for a pre show drink, so I would advise you go somewhere else before the performance.
It’s an old theatre, with a lot of history behind it, and I for one think it’s a little gem 💎
Written 25 February 2020
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Larry P
Ottawa, Canada31 contributions
Not to my taste - Cyrano
Feb. 2020 • Couples
The man with the small nose, And the acres of highbrow prose,
Makes me long for a set
with colors and fete. This austere rendering
Makes me wistful remembering,
What show should be, complete with pomp and frippery.
This show makes me think it's a joke, but I'm probably just not woke.

Watching an actor performing rap battles, to be quite honest, frankly rattles.
I've seen Phantom and Les Miz, and I'm fed up with this.

Gimme MamaMia, Book of Mormon or Wicked or anything else that's not insipid.
Written 23 February 2020
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welovefrance22
London, UK264 contributions
Bizarre theatre and bizarre production!
Feb. 2020
I was so looking forward to seeing James McAvoy in this production of Cyrano de Bergerac but sadly due to the bizarre layout of this poky little theatre, the only thing I see was the left hand back of the stage! Whatever you do, don't bother buying upper circle seats, especially side view. The upper circle is incredibly steep and the seating is suitable for children only. You have no way of seeing the production, it's ridiculous! Most of James McAvoys performance is at the front of the stage and unless I'd stood up and hung over the barrier I couldn't catch a glimpse. So 15 minutes in I was resigned to the fact that I needed to attempt to get comfortable and merely listen to the show. Unfortunately that was a miserable experience too! I didn't know what to expect to be honest but this diverse and poetic rap version of the story I found confusing and irritating. Yes James was amazing in his acting as always but I'm afraid this production just didn't do it for me and I wouldn't rush back to this theatre unless James Norton appears naked on stage that is!
Written 13 February 2020
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amymcg
Market Lavington, UK18 contributions
Great theatre, electric atmosphere.
Feb. 2020 • Couples
My partner bought me tickets for Cyrano de Bergerac for Christmas, so I was pretty excited for the evening. The performance did not disappoint. What an amazing venue! Such a lovely intimate sized venue, it felt as if we were so close to the stage and the atmosphere made the whole production quite fantastic.
The production was absolutely fantastic and I felt privileged to have seen it. The staff at the theatre were brilliant and overall I couldn’t fault the experience.
Written 11 February 2020
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Alan R
Cambridge, UK1,248 contributions
Cyrano de Bergerac
Jan. 2020 • Couples
The production and performance of Cyrano was wonderful. Anita-Joy Uwajeh really connects with the part of Roxane and James McAvoy a convincing Cyrano capturing the love, the outrage and the quick wittedness of the character. The staging is minimalist but effective.
Written 2 February 2020
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CambridgeshireJanie
Cambridgeshire24 contributions
Cyrano de Bergerac at the Playhouse
Jan. 2020
Excellent production, powerful stuff. Sad not to be able to buy a programme with some weeks left to the end of the run, only offered a cast sheet or could by a copy of the play. Not a large theatre we had good seats in the stalls and the staff were pleasant enough until we tried to que at the stage door to see performers leave. Officious and completely unnecessary attitude only to be told after 20 minutes waiting in the rain that James was not coming out.
Written 31 January 2020
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susan j
London, UK368 contributions
Theatre needs refurb ...
Jan. 2020 • Solo
London Theatres need refurbishment. Long winding stairs, no Ladies’ toilets on one side of the Theatre on Dress Circle and Upper levels and no signs to tell you this.
So you have to spend a lot of time getting across to the other side.
The paintwork etc needs attention generally and the seats are too tiny for the 20th century - Audiences deserve better in London ... Back row of the Dress Circle around £90 is not good.
There are so many better Theatres in Town these days - more spacious, more comfortable, more toilets, better bars and so on and so on. Cheaper seats too. The Bridge, Old Vic, National Theatre etc etc. Worth taking a good look around when you’re deciding where to spend your money.
Written 4 January 2020
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