Since first throwing open its doors over a century ago in February 1901, the Apollo Theatre has striven to become an inspiring destination for London entertainment: a fitting aim for a theatre named after the Greek god of the Arts and leader of the Muses, Apollo. A Grade-II listed building amid the beating heart of London’s theatre land, the Apollo Theatre is as tall and grand inside as it is out. The theatre holds around 755 seats across four levels, with the majority of seating in the Stalls and Dress Circle.
The Apollo Theatre has played host to a number of different types of theatre and a range of world-famous acting talent throughout its history, stretching back to its origins in the early 20th century when it opened with a selection of Edwardian musical comedies and light operas such as Kitty Grey (1901) and Véronique (1904). After these early beginnings a parade of plays and novel adaptations from the best of British and international writers graced the stage of the Apollo, with productions of Ivor Novello’s A Symphony in Two Flats (1929), Robert Sherwood’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Idiot’s Delight (1938), Terrence Rattigan’s Flare Path (1942) and Noël Coward’s Private Lives (1944) all winning popular and critical acclaim.
From the 1970s through to the 1990s the theatre continued to be a showcase for fantastic writing and acting talent, seeing performances from names like John Mills, Vanessa Redgrave, Zoe Wanamaker, Peter O’Toole and Penelope Keith over the decades. Since 2005 the theatre has been owned by the Nimax Theatres chain, and in more recent years there have been successful productions of both new and classic plays with star actors in the leading roles, such as Rosamund Pike in Summer and Smoke (2006), Jessica Lange in The Glass Menagerie (2007), Josh Hartnett in Rain Man (2008) and James McAvoy in Three Days of Rain (2009). The Apollo Theatre recently hosted David Suchet in Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night and productions of Twelfth Night and Richard the III starring Mark Rylance. The National Theatre’s highly acclaimed production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time ran at the theatre from March 2013 – December 2013.
Let the Right One In, an onstage adaption of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Swedish Horror Novel, opened at the Apollo Theatre on 26th March 2014. The show will close on the 30th August.
Urinetown has announced a transfer to the Apollo Theatre, with a run starting in September 2014. Tickets are now on sale.
- Bars- There is a Stalls Level Bar split over two levels which can accommodate around 150 patrons both standing and seated as well as a smaller Upper Circle bar.
- Toilets- Access to toilets is on each level of the auditorium.
- Access requirements – Access seating is available for booking and there are access adapted toilets.
Apollo Theatre London.co.uk provides a guide to the current show in our What’s On section. We also describe the location of the theatre, including a map of the area, the seating layout and the best seats available, details on how to buy tickets and information on hotels and restaurants near the Apollo Theatre London.