Chicago | London West End
Garrick Theatre - Current Show: Chicago
Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH - Garrick Theatre Tickets: 020 75205690
Garrick Theatre, London West End
The Garrick Theatre is currently showing Little Night Music.
The Garrick Theatre was financed in 1889 by the playwright W. S. Gilbert, the author of over 75 plays, including the Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas. It was designed by Walter Emden, with C. J. Phipps brought in as a consultant to help with the planning on the difficult site, which included an underground river. Originally the theatre had 800 seats on 4 levels, but the gallery (top) level has since been closed and the seating capacity reduced to 656.
A proposed redevelopment of Covent Garden by the GLC in 1968 saw the theatre under threat, together with the nearby Vaudeville, Adelphi, Lyceum and Duchess theatres. An active campaign by Equity, the Musicians' Union, and theatre owners under the auspices of the Save London Theatres Campaign led to the abandonment of the scheme.
The gold leaf auditorium was restored in 1986 by the stage designer Carl Toms, and in 1997 the front fašade was renovated. The theatre has mostly been associated with comedies or comedy-dramas.