The Gielgud Theatre opened on 27 Dec. 1906, and was built for Seymour Hicks. The Gielgud was built as a pair with the Sondheim Theatre.
The house was renamed the Globe Theatre in 1909 by its new manager, Charles Frohman from America. It was known as the Globe Theatre for the next 85 years until a 1994 name change to avoid confusion with Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on the South Bank. It was then that the theatre received its current name, the Gielgud.
Hit shows at the Gielgud Theatre include Simon Stephens' The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Jez Butterworth's The Ferryman and a gender-swapped revival of Stephen Sondheim's Company. Delfont Mackintosh Theatres own the Gielgud Theatre.
The auditorium has three levels – Stalls, Dress Circle and Grand Circle.
The Stalls offers very good sightlines with each row being offset from the one in front. The overhang of the Dress Circle becomes apparent from Row R onwards.
The Dress Circle doesn’t have a strong rake. The stage is not obstructed by the overhang of the Upper Circle.
The Upper Circle seats offer good legroom. The seats curve inwards towards the stage.
To Kill a Mockingbird is at the Gielgud Theatre. The Gielgud Theatre is located on Shaftesbury Avenue, and is one of six theatres on the West End road.
Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Shaftesbury Avenue) 12, 14, 19, 38; (Regent Street) 6, 13, 15, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453
Night bus numbers: (Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, N19, N38; (Regent Street) 6, 12, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453, N3, N13, N15, N109, N18, N136
Car park: Brewer Street (3mins)
Directions from tube: (3mins) Take Shaftesbury Avenue along the side where the famous illuminated signs are. The theatre will be on your left about 100 metres along.