The Horrible Histories gang are back with Barmy Britain Part Four, a hilarious show about history – with all the nasty bits left in – in daytime performances throughout August at the Apollo Theatre.
Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae’s award-winning, five-star musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, will continue to play to rave reviews in the evenings.
Julia Donaldson’s picture book The Snail and the Whale is adapted for the stage this Christmas.
After first opening its doors February 1901, the Apollo Theatre has since become an inspiring destination for London entertainment and a venue for new and upcoming plays, musicals and comedies. Named after the Greek god of the Arts and leader of the Muses, Apollo, the the theatre certainly lives up to the reputation. A Grade-II listed building amid the beating heart of London’s Theatreland, the Apollo Theatre is tall, grand and exquisite. With a capacity of 775, the theatre consists of three levels made up of the Stalls, Dress Circle and Grand Circle. During a performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in 2013, the Apollo’s Balcony seating collapsed and the theatre has since been restored.
The Apollo Theatre has hosted a huge variety of theatre and entertainment, as well as a range of world-famous acting talent throughout its history which dates back to its opening in the early 20th century, when it presented 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 wide acclaim from critics and audiences alike.
From the 1970’s through to the 1990’s, the theatre continued to showcase fantastic writing and acting talent, with performances from huge names such as John Mills, Vanessa Redgrave, Zoe Wanamaker, Peter O’Toole and Penelope Keith. Since 2005, the theatre has been owned by Nimax Theatres and in more recent years has hosted successful productions of both new and classic plays starring names including 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 presented David Suchet in Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night, as well as popular productions of Twelfth Night and Richard the III starring Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry. 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 to December 2013 before transferring to the Gielgud after the Balcony collapsed. Let the Right One In opened at the Apollo Theatre on March 26th and played for an extensive time, closing on August 30th 2014.
After a successful premiere at St James Theatre, Urinetown played at the Apollo Theatre until January 3rd 2015. The musical was shortly followed by a limited run of Donmar Warehouse’s My Night With Reg, which ran for 12 weeks from the January 17th to April 11th 2015. A West End Revival of The Audience saw Kristin Scott Thomas star as the Queen, opening at the Apollo on April 21st and running for a limited season until July 25th 2015. Father and son duo James and Jack Fox played in Dear Lupin, which entertained audiences for a short two month run beginning on July 30th 2015. Following this production, the smash-hit Edinburgh Fringe favourite Showstopper! The Improvised Musical enjoyed their London debut, which was so successful that it moved to the Lyric Theatre for limited performances. Mischief Theatre brought their new farce Peter Pan Goes Wrong to the Apollo for a festive season, proving to be yet another popular transfer. This production ended on January 31st 2016, but promises to return. Gemma Arterton gained five star reviews for her performance as Nell Gwynn in Jessica Swale’s Olivier Award-winning comedy, Nell Gwynn, which transferred from Shakespeare’s Globe. Horrible Histories – The Best of Barmy Britain ran for a spectacularly gruesome summer run in 2016, closing on September 3rd. Michael Crawford gave a star turn in new British musical The Go-Between, which closed October 2016 after an extended run. In October 2016, Mischief Theatre returned to the Apollo with their calamitous show Peter Pan Goes Wrong, which played a festive season until January 29th 2017.
In February 2017, Tom Hollander took to the stage in a revival of Tom Stoppard’s Travesties. Directed by Patrick Marber, Travesties transferred from the Menier Chocolate Factory after a five-star, sold-out run. One man show Brodsky/Baryshnikov then played a limited five performances at the venue, starring renowned performer Mikhail Baryshnikov. Another Menier Chocolate Factory transfer saw Olivier Award-winning actress Eve Best star in Terence Rattigan comedy Love in Idleness, directed by Trevor Nunn. Following this, Hollywood stars Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell took centre stage in Benedict Andrews’ stylish revival of Tennessee Williams’ classic play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. 2017 closed with a transfer of critically acclaimed new musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, from creators Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae, which continues booking into 2018. The Birmingham Stage Company returned in summer 2018 with their new production Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part Four, followed by a festive season with Dr Chris and Dr Xand’s Operation Ouch! Live on Stage.
- Bars: The Stalls Bar and Grand Circle Bar are available, with movable seating available.
- Toilets: Men’s and women’s toilets are available on the Stalls and Grand Circle levels of the auditorium. A fully adapted toilet is available on the Stalls level.
- Access: Access spaces are located in Row Q. Call the access line for booking.
- Air Conditioning: Yes, the theatre is air conditioned.
- Booster Seats: Booster cushions are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Cloakroom: A cloakroom is available at this venue.