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Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT
Theatre Royal Haymarket
Address: 8 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT
Built in 1720. Re-built in 1820 by John Nash.
The Theatre Royal Haymarket, known originally as ‘The Little Theatre in the Hay’, is a Grade I listed building situated in the heart of the West End. Designed and constructed by John Potter in 1720 it is one of Britain’s most treasured theatres. The theatre seats 893 patrons and is the third oldest London Playhouse still in use.
Today the Haymarket strives to produce memorable theatrical experiences for audiences from around the world. Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions was set up in 2007 and has since produced some of the theatre’s most successful productions including Waiting for Godot and Flare Path. The seasons, led by artistic directors, Jonathan Kent, Sean Mathias and Sir Trevor Nunn, has seen performances from Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Eileen Atkins, Sir Patrick Stewart, Sienna Millar, Sheridan Smith, Ralph Fiennes, Joanna Lumley and Robert Lindsay to name but a few.
Encouraging the next generation of theatre makers has been paramount to the continued expansion of the Haymarket and in 1998 the theatre’s Chairman, Arnold M. Crook, set up The Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust to offer young people exceptional creative opportunities and experiences with leaders of the theatre industry. Masterclass has broadened it spectrum in the past year with the introduction of the Bravo 22 Company, a project that used theatre as a tool to aid rehabilitation for wounded, injured and sick service men and women, culminating in the play The Two Worlds of Charlie F. After two sell out shows in January 2012, The Two Worlds of Charlie F. secured funding for a tour of the country and went on to win the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award 2012. It is a project we are immensely proud of.
The auditorium has four levels - Stalls, Royal Circle, Upper Circle and Gallery.
The seating in the Stalls is very good, particularly as the overhang of the Dress Circle only really affects the view from Row V onwards. Of note, the narrowing of the auditorium towards the stage does affect the view of the outermost seats in Row H onwards.
The Royal Circle offers excellent view of the stage – the overhang of the Upper Circle doesn’t affect the view from any seat.
Seats in the Upper Circle curve towards the stage at the sides, and do not offer great legroom but views are pretty good for the price on offer.
The Gallery feels far from the stage, and the legroom available here is problematic.
Facilities At Theatre Royal Haymarket
Seat plan: Theatre Royal Haymarket Seat Plan
Facilities: Air conditioned
Infrared hearing loop
Access description: Main entrance up three 15cm steps (staircases have handrails on both sides and are highlighted) through a set of double swing doors. Box Office counter to the right of the entrance. 18 steps down from the foyer to the Stalls, 28 steps up to the Royal Circle, and 60+ steps up to the Upper Circle and Gallery, through a separate entrance to the right of the main entrance. 4 steps in to each box.
Sound Amplification: Sennheiser infra-red system with 20 headsets.
Guide Dogs: Guide dogs are not allowed into the auditorium but up to 6 can be looked after in the manager’s office.
Disabled Access: No steps to the auditorium through EXIT doors to the left and righthand side of the main entrance – please tell the Box Office in advance and they will be opened for you. 1 space for a wheelchair user at X18. The venue is suitable for scooters. Transfer seating available to any aisle seat for 1 scooter and 4 wheelchairs. The theatre can store 1 scooter and 4 wheelchairs per performance.
Toilets: Women’s and men’s are down 11 steps from the foyer and at Royal Circle and Upper Circle level.
Disabled Toilets: Adapted toilet at Stalls entrance on street level
Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus
Tube lines: Bakerloo, Piccadilly
Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Haymarket) 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 15, 19, 23, 38, 53, 88, 139, 159
Night bus numbers: (Haymarket) 6, 12, 23, 88, 139, 453, N8, N19, N38, N97, N3, N13, N15, N136, N159
Car park: Leicester Square, Whitcomb Street (2mins)
Within congestion zone?: Yes
Directions from tube: (5mins) Go along Coventry Street and then take Haymarket on the right where the theatre will be approx. 200 metres along.