The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company has announced the full cast for Romeo and Juliet, the fifth production in the inaugural Plays at the Garrick season. Joining previously announced Lily James (Juliet), Richard Madden (Romeo) and Derek Jacobi (Mercutio) will be Meera Syal as the Nurse. Romeo and Juliet will play at the Garrick Theatre from 12 May until 13 August with press night on 25 May. The production will be broadcast live to cinemas on 7 July. Meera Syal said: "I'm so looking forward to … [Read more...]
Garrick Theatre London Tickets
The Garrick Theatre, located in the heart of London's West End, is a historic venue that has been entertaining audiences for over 100 years. The venue first opened its doors in 1889 and has since become a popular destination for people from around the world.
Having booked your tickets, transportation to the Garrick is easily accessible, as the venue is located within walking distance of several tube stations, including Leicester Square, Charing Cross, and Covent Garden. Additionally, there are several bus routes that stop near the Garrick, making it a convenient location for those traveling by public transportation.
Having booked your tickets for the Garrick you may be interested to know what else there is to do, either before or after your visit. When it comes to dining options near the Garrick Theatre, there are several restaurants in the area that offer pre-theatre menus for those looking to grab a bite before a show. One such option is The Ivy, a classic British restaurant that offers a pre-theatre menu that includes two courses and a glass of champagne for a reasonable price. Other nearby options include Dishoom, a Bombay-style cafe, and Hawksmoor Seven Dials, a steakhouse that offers a pre-theatre menu with two courses for a fixed price.
As for the theatre itself, the Garrick is known for its intimate atmosphere and its commitment to showcasing a diverse range of productions. Over the years, the theatre has hosted everything from classic plays by Shakespeare to modern productions like The Bodyguard and Young Frankenstein. The venue has also been used for film and television productions, including scenes from the popular BBC series Doctor Who.
In terms of amenities, the Garrick Theatre offers a bar area where patrons can enjoy a drink before the show or during intermission. The venue also has accessible seating options for those with disabilities and a cloakroom for storing coats and bags during the performance.
Overall, the Garrick Theatre is a must-visit destination for theatre enthusiasts and tourists alike. With the Garrick's rich history, diverse range of productions, and convenient location, it's no wonder why the Garrick continues to be one of London's most beloved theatres. So whether you're in town for a weekend or you're a local looking for a night out, be sure to check out the Garrick Theatre for an unforgettable theatre experience.
Charing Cross Road
London, WC2H 0HH
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square
Tube Lines: Piccadilly, Northern
Directions from nearest tube: (2 minutes) Go along Charing Cross Road parallel to Leicester Square until you reach the theatre on your left.
Railway Station: Charing Cross
Bus Numbers: (Charing Cross Road) 24, 29, 176; (Strand) 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139
Night Bus Numbers: (Charing Cross Road) 24, 176, N5, N20, N29, N41, N279; (Strand) 6, 23, 139, N9, N11, N13, N15, N21, N26, N44, N47, N87, N89, N91, N155, N343, N551
Car Park: Leicester Square, Whitcomb Street
Within Congestion Zone: Yes
Venue Facilities: Air-conditioned, Bar, Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Toilets and Wheelchair accessible
The Garrick Theatre London
The Garrick Theatre was designed by Walter Emden, and C J Phipps as a consultant to help with the planning on this site which included an underground river.
The theatre was built for W S Gilbert, who was responsible for the book and lyrics of all Savoy Operas with Sir Arthur Sullivan. The theatre opened on 24th April, 1889 and was named after David Garrick, an 18th Century actor. The theatre has retained its Victorian aspects. Sir John Hare produced and starred in The Profligate with Johnston Forbes Robertson and Lewis Waller in 1889.
When first built the theatre had 800 seats on four levels, but since then the gallery has been closed and the seating capacity reduced to 656. The gold leaf auditorium was restored in 1986 by the designer Carl Toms and in 1997 the front facade also had a facelift. The theatre has largely been associated with comedies or comedy-dramas.
Recent productions include a No Sex Please We’re British, which then transferred to the Duchess Theatre in August 1986. On 24th October 1995 the Royal National Theatre’s multi-award winning production of J B Priestley’s An Inspector Calls opened here, having played successful seasons at the RNT’s Lyttelton and Olivier theatres as well as the Aldwych Theatre and a season on Broadway.
It’s quite tortuous these days to experience a Shakespeare play in which every line is acted out. Red Velvet sees Adrian Lester as Ira Aldridge taking on the title role in Othello - a role Lester took on without the additional backstory at the National Theatre in 2013. Except this is the Theatre Royal Covent Garden in 1833 (the name Royal Opera House was not adopted until 1892), and in this play-within-a-play, scenes from the Bard are performed with such exaggeration to the … [Read more...]
At the recent Critics' Circle Annual Awards, Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench spoke on theatre, jokes, critics during excellence in film award 2016 at the UK Critics Circle ceremony. Dame Judi Dench, who won the Trewin Award for Best Shakespearean Performance for her turn as Paulina in The Winter’s Tale. The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare’s timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption, which opened to critical acclaim at London’s Garrick Theatre on 7th November, 2015 is reimagined … [Read more...]
Donmar Warehouse announce full casting for the UK premiere of Elegy by playwright Nick Payne. Directed by Artistic Director Josie Rourke, the full cast is Barbara Flynn as Carrie, Nina Sosanya as Miriam and Zoë Wanamaker as Lorna, returning to the Donmar stage. Elegy starts previews from 21st April 2016 and imagines a very-near future in which radical and unprecedented advances in medical science mean that it’s now possible to extend life. What if every neuron in the human brain could be … [Read more...]
Full casting has been announced for the West End transfer of Jessica Swale’s new play Nell Gwynn, directed by Christopher Luscombe. The production stars Gemma Arterton in the title role, with the full cast including Paige Carter, Michele Dotrice, Matthew Durkan, Michael Garner, Greg Haiste, George Jennings, Ellie Leah, Peter McGovern, David Rintoul, Anneika Rose, Nicholas Shaw, David Sturzaker, Jay Taylor, Sasha Waddell and Sarah Woodward. Following its critical acclaim and a sell-out run at … [Read more...]