Things to do in London

Garrick Theatre London – Home of The Drifters Girl Musical

Last Updated On

Built over an underground river, the Garrick Theatre London is named after the Shakespearean actor, David Garrick. The historic site opened in the year 1889 and was financed by the playwright W.S. Gilbert. The original theatre, which could fit 800 people, was designed by Walter Emden and C.J. Phillips. In 1968, an active campaign by the Musician’s Union, Equity, and many theatre groups saved the Garrick Theatre from the proposed redevelopment of the Covent Garden.

Some of the notable plays that have been performed here include The Profligate, A Pair of Spectacles, The Wedding Guest, and No Sex Please, We’re British. More recent productions that have been performed at the Garrick Theatre are All on her Own, Harlequinade, Red Velvet, The Painkiller, and The Entertainer. The latest production coming to the Garrick Theatre is The Drifters Girl Musical.

Venue Details

Address: 2 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0HH, UK

Opened: 1889

Seating Capacity: 732

Seating Chart
Check out the Garrick Theatre London Seating Plan here.

Coming Soon to The Garrick Theatre

The Drifters Girl Musical

garrick theatre london

The Drifters were one of the most popular vocal groups, recording numerous number one R&B hits over the years. The Drifters Girl is the story of The Drifters’ female music manager, Fay Treadwell.

he musical highlights the highs and lows of the group, giving the audience a peek into the personal tragedies and battles fought in court. It follows Faye’s 3-decade journey to promote The Drifters and make them a global force.

Practical Information

Accessible Seating

Wheelchair users can access the theatre through the Dress Circle, which is on street level. Please make yourself known to the staff, who will help you get seated. Please note that row E in the Dress Circle has wheelchair space.

Available Facilities

Assistive Listening System: The theatre has a Williams sound hearing assistance system. Please note that headsets are available on a first come first served basis.

Cloakroom: A cloakroom is available at the venue.

Guide Dogs: Garrick Theatre allows guide dogs in the theatre. In case you deem the sound too loud, the theatre staff is happy to look after your guide dog. Please note that the theatre can dog sit only two dogs at a time.

Toilets: Male and female toilets are located on every level. An adapted unisex toile is located in the main foyer.

Handy Tips

  • A limited number of booster cushions are available at the theatre.
  • Snacks can be brought into the auditorium but please note that hot food will not be allowed inside.
  • The theatre is air conditioned, so be sure to carry a ligth sweater in case it gets chilly.
  • The Garrick Theatre has a strict no glass policy, so all drinks will have to be transferred to plastic cups before you enter the auditorium.

Getting There

Tube: The nearest tube station is the Leicester Square station (Picadilly Line and Northern Line - Charing Cross).

Bus: 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 23, 24, 29, 87, 88, 91, 139, 176, and 453.

Restaurants near Garrick Theatre London

1. Garrick Arms: Enjoy a couple of drinks here before or after seeing the play at Garrick Theatre. This traditional pub has a relaxing vibe!

2. Steak & Co.: As the name suggests, the perfect place to have some mouth-watering, sizzling steaks.

3. Bella Italia: This Italian restaurant chain is a good place to relax and try some delicious pizza.

4. Leicester Square Kitchen: With an incredible selection of Mexican and Peruvian dishes, along with fine wines, this is perfect for a quick stop before your show.