Due to a dynamic past program that’s included the likes of Burn the Floor, Rock of Ages, Hairspray, Fame, and Rent, Shaftesbury Theatre is recognized as one of the top theaters in London’s West End. Initially opened in 1911, a seating capacity of 1,400 makes Shaftesbury Theatre the largest independent theater in the West End.
You can purchase tickets for shows at Shaftesbury Theatre online or at the on-site box office—booking in advance means getting the best seats at the cheapest price. VIP packages, which combine premium seats with canapes and Champagne, are also available. The theater offers guided tours of the historic building, but these may be affected by ongoing refurbishment works; check online beforehand to avoid disappointment.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Shaftesbury Theatre is a must-visit for theater lovers.
- The Royal Circle is accessible to visitors with limited mobility.
- There is a bar on site, selling snacks and drinks.
How to Get There
The closest underground stations are Tottenham Court Road (on the Northern and Central lines), Holborn (on the Piccadilly and Central lines), and Covent Garden (on the Piccadilly Line). The theater is well served by multiple bus routes that stop within a short walking distance. When to Get There
Performances are typically held from Monday through Saturday evenings and on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday afternoons—aim to arrive at least half an hour before the start time in order to clear security and find your seat. The box office is open from Monday through Saturday, 10am until 7:30pm. Production History
The theater opened in 1911 with a production of The Three Musketeers
. Since then, its most notable long-running productions have been Hair
, which ran from 1968 through 1974 and only had to close because part of the ceiling fell; Follies
, from 1987 to 1989; and Motown the Musical
, from 2016 to 2019.