The Shaftesbury Theatre opened as the Princes Theatre on 26 Dec. 1911. The theatre changed its name to the Shaftesbury Theatre in 1962, reopening with the Broadway musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying which became the theatre’s first long-running musical.
The musical Hair opened in September 1968 when the ban on theatre censorship was lifted, and went on to a run of just under 2000 performances. The show and theatre were forced to close when parts of the ceiling fell in on 20 Jul. 1973.
Reopening in 1974, the Shaftesbury's housed a line of musical productions, starting with West Side Story, Rent and Hairspray.
The auditorium has three levels – the Stalls, Royal Circle and Grand Circle.
The Stalls seats are on a very shallow rake which means that sightlines can be problematic
In the Royal Circle, the seats are gently raked which might impact on the sightlines depending on certain productions.
The Grand Circle does feel far away from the stage, but the central seats do offer good views of the stage.
Location: West End
Railway station: King's Cross St Pancras
Bus numbers: (Tottenham Court Road Station) 8, 29, 55, 134, 176, 242, 390; (Museum St) 1, 19, 25, 38, 98
Night bus numbers: (Tottenham Court Road Station) 134, 176, 242, 390, N8, N29, N35, N41, N55, N68, N98, N121, N253; (Museum St) 25, N1, N19, N38, N207
Car park: Holborn, Selkirk House Museum Street (5mins)
Directions from tube: (5mins) Turn right onto New Oxford Street (past the Dominion) for 200 metres, and then turn right onto Shaftesbury Avenue, where the theatre will be on your left 100 metres down.