The Garrick Theatre has become the go to place for comedy in recent years with a run of successful and hilarious shows under its belt. The theatre, which has over 700 seats over three levels, is located near to Leicester Square on Charing Cross Road in London's West End.
Named after stage actor David Garrick, this historic theatre was opened on the 24th of April 1889 with a play by Arthur Wing Pinero called The Profligate. The Garrick is a Grade II listed building and the impressive interior still retains some of the original features.
Past and present productions at The Garrick Theatre
The current production at The Garrick is the hugely successful Beatles Musical, Let it Be . Over 1 million theatregoers worldwide have seen this show and relived the incredible rise to fame that took the fab four from playing Liverpool’s Cavern Club to conquering the world.
Other key productions include:
-Derren Brown's Mind Reader – In 2008 Derren Brown wowed audiences with his mind-bending tricks and illusions
-One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest – Christian Slater and Alex Kingston took to the stage in this thought provoking 2006 production
-At His Tittermost – Frankie Howard brought his unique brand of humour to the Garrick in 1990
What’s the best way to reach the theatre?
Getting to the Garrick is easy as it is conveniently located in the heart of London’s West End.
The nearest tube station is Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly lines), which is approx. 200 meters away, or there’s Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines), which is approx. 300 meters away.
Charing Cross Railway Station is approx. 300 meters away.
The 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29, 30, 91 and 139 all have routes which pass close to the theatre.
Santander bike hire docking stations can be found close by the theatre and Leicester Square.
Where are the best places to eat near Charing Cross Road?
Ciao, 17 Charing Cross Rd, Leicester Square
Ciao is perfect if you want to grab a light bite. They also do great coffee and superb gelato ice cream, so make sure you have plenty of time before your show as you might stay longer than you intended.
Garrick Arms, 8-10 Charing Cross Rd, Leicester Square WC2H 0HG
This traditional boozer serves a great selection of ales to go with their classic menu. The location of the Garrick Arms makes this a popular choice for visitors to the theatre.
Steak & Co., 3-5 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0HA
Sometimes only a steak will do! Steak and Co. are one of the most popular brasseries in the area due to their simplistic approach to everything from the décor to the steaks.
I want to make a weekend of it, where can I stay?
Ham Yard Hotel, 1 Ham Yard, London W1D 7DT
The Ham Yard Hotel is one of the cooler places to stay in Central London. Each room is individually designed featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with impressive views.
Premier Inn London Leicester Square Hotel, Queens House, 1 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7BP
Based almost on Leicester Square this hotel is ideally situated for visitors who want to enjoy Central London’s fantastic Cinemas. The rooms at the Premier Inn are functional, and there are good value family options available.
The Langham, London, 1C Portland Place, London W1B 1JA
If you’re looking for luxury, then book a room at the Langham. Located a short walk from the Garrick, this hotel is ideal for theatregoers looking to do some shopping between shows.
What nearby sights and attractions should I also visit?
Muggle Tours - Harry Potter London Tour, 1 Tooley St, London SE1 2SY
Fans of Harry Potter won’t want to miss the opportunity to take this fun tour, where you hop on a bus and visit film locations around London.
Odeon Leicester Square, 24-26 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7LQ
No visit to Leicester Square is complete without a visit to one of the incredible flagship cinemas. The Odeon Leicester Square is one of the top cinemas, so check out what’s on and catch some movie magic on your trip to London.
M&M's World, Swiss Court, 1 Leicester Square, London W1D 6AP
Families with a sweet tooth could do a lot worse than take a trip to M&M’s World where you’ll find everything is M&M themed, but it’s not just sweets you get here, there’s M&M clothing and M&M toys too.