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I visited the Guildhall recently, and returned with my wife at a later date. Part of this excellent day out included finding the London Planner magazine (0nline latest copy is here) which is full of very useful information for the average London visitor. I also found a good listing of the many theatres in London here too, and this is my personal thoughts on whether the theatres are accessible and maybe some sensible suggestions on how to access the area, using my local knowledge of buses, trains, stations etc.

Here is my first decent attempt to put these on a google map. There is detail on each station and the steps needed to be climbed here. I summarise this detail on my accessible stations site listing, plus I will be adding travel tips and using buses strategically to these pages very soon. Feel free to offer any updates, and advice.

My first research into London theatres, and using my accesslondon credentials I have so far managed to visit about 50 of the theatres in London in some way. Every theatre was helpful in offering advice and some form of positive feedback. Some were not open at all. I visited the following :

The accessibility at the Theatre Royal Drury lane is outstanding, as is the friendliness shown to my enquiries. They have spent 60 million pounds on a refit. It is a shame about London bus stops which are continually being closed for roadworks without offering a reasonable alternative, which is ridiculous. The Number 15 best serves this area, when it is running correctly, and bus stops allow access to the service.

Theatre Royal, Drury lane - in October 2021
Theatre Royal, Drury lane – in October 2021
Theatre Royal, Drury lane internally close to the lifts to all levels, October 2021
Theatre Royal, Drury lane internally close to the lifts to all levels, October 2021

Here is the entrance to the theatre :

I kept spoken notes on my mobile app, and the winner is the Adelphi theatre where it looks so amazingly accessible, unlike the theatre very close by. The Adelphi, in the Strand has a slight ramp to access the building, and everything else is accessible, and the staff were incredibly helpful and interested in making the theatre a success. Well done.

Adelphi Theatre, 409-412 Strand, London, WC2R 0NS with Back to the Future
Adelphi Theatre, 409-412 Strand, London, WC2R 0NS with Back to the Future

As part of the theatres in London project to check if they are accessible, I cam across this page : https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/accessibility/ It is the next step in making stairs a thing of the past. I have been well versed in expensive contraptions for making a building safe for those in wheelchairs, but these go to the next level. Wow, I am impressed.

My London Theatre Listing (including seating capacity)

Adelphi Theatre – Back to the Future

409-412 Strand, London, WC2R 0NS (1436)
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible

Aldwych Theatre – Tina Turner

49 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DF (1176)
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible

Ambassadors Theatre – The shark is broken

West Street, London, WC2H 9ND (444)
Facilities: Infrared hearing loop

Apollo Theatre – Magic Goes Wrong

31 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES (775)
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible

Apollo Victoria Theatre – Wicked

17 Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG (2384)
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible

Arts Theatre – The Choir of Man from Nov 2021

6-7 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JB (350)
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Wheelchair accessible

Barbican – Anything Goes

Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
Barbican Theatre (1156) Barbican Hall (1943) The Pit (200)
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible

Cambridge Theatre – Matilda

32-34 Earlham Street, London, WC2H 9HU (1283)
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible

Criterion Theatre – Pride and Prejudice

Piccadilly Circus, London, SW1Y 4XA (593)
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible

Dominion Theatre – The Prince of Egypt

268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7AQ (2069)
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible

Donmar Warehouse

Donmar Warehouse, London, WC2h 9LX (251)
Facilities: wheelchair accessible, with three wheelchair spaces in the auditorium

Duchess Theatre – The Play thar Goes Wrong

3-5 Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5LA (494)
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible

Duke of York’s Theatre

104 St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4BG (650)
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible

Fortune Theatre – The Woman in Black

Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HH (432)
Facilities: Infrared hearing loop

Garrick Theatre – The Drifters Girl

2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH (718)
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible

Gielgud Theatre – The Mirror and the light

35-37 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR (986)
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible

Gillian Lynne Theatre – Cinderella

166 Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5PW (1108)
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible

Harold Pinter Theatre

6 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN (796)
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible

Her Majesty’s Theatre – The Phantom of the Opera

57 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4QL (1160)
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible

London Coliseum

St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4ES (359)
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible

London County Hall

Belvedere Road, London, SE1 7PB
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Wheelchair accessible

London Palladium

8 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF (2286)
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible

Lyceum Theatre – The Lion King

21 Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7RQ
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible

Lyric Theatre – Bob Marley story

29 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES (967)
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible

Noel Coward Theatre – A Ghost story (ending in October)

85-88 St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4AU (872)
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible

Novello Theatre – Mamma Mia

5 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4LD (1143)
Disabled toilets
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible (not in October, 4 steps)

Palace Theatre – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

109-113 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 5AY (1400)
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible

Peacock Theatre – Message in a Bottle (ends in October)

Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT (1000)
Facilities: Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible

Phoenix Theatre – Come From Away

Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0JP (1012)
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible

Piccadilly Theatre – Moulin Rouge (is coming in November)

16 Denman Street, London, W1D 7DY (1200)
Facilities: Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible

Playhouse Theatre – currently closed.

Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DE (786)
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible

Prince Edward Theatre – Mary Poppins

28 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 4HS (1650)
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible

Prince of Wales Theatre – The Book of Mormon

31 Coventry Street, London, W1D 6AS (1160)
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible

Savoy Theatre – Pretty Woman

Strand, London, WC2R 0ET (1158)
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible

Shaftesbury Theatre – & Juliet

210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8DP (1400)
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible
There is major renovation ongoing outside, and the theatre is awkward to access due to pavements closed. I will pop inside next time I am there.

Sondheim Theatre – Les Miserables

51 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6BA (1074)
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible

St. Martin’s Theatres – The Mousetrap

West Street, London, WC2H 9NZ (550)
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible
There are a series of ramps provided as needed to gain access. Nearest tube is Leicestaer square, which is inaccessible.

The Old Vic – Camp Siegfried, then a Christmas Carol (in November)

103 The Cut, London, SE1 8NB (1067)
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane – Frozen

Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5JF (2196)
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible
The accessibility here is outstanding, as is the friendlyness shown to my enquiries. They have spent 60 million pounds on a refit.
It is a shame about London Transport options which tend to require a bus to avoid the many inaccessible stations, or a taxi! The bust stops are continually being closed for roadworks without offering a reasonable alternative, which is ridiculous.

Theatre Royal, Haymarket – Only Fools and Horses

8 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT (888)
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible

Trafalgar Theatre (NEW) – Jersey Boys

14 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY
No accessible facilities listed.

Vaudeville Theatre – Celebration (November 2021)

404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH (690)
Facilities: Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible, using a wheelchair stair climber – No disabled toilets are available

Victoria Palace Theatre – Hamilton

Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5EA (1517)
Facilities: Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Wheelchair accessible

Wyndham Theatre – Leopoldstadt

Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DA

= Still to add to the various pages are :

Arts Theatre – The Choir of Man from Nov 2021
6-7 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JB (350)

Barbican – Anything Goes
Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
Barbican Theatre (1156) Barbican Hall (1943) The Pit (200)

Donmar Warehouse
Donmar Warehouse, London, WC2h 9LX (251)

London Palladium
8 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF (2286)

Peacock Theatre – Message in a Bottle (ends in October)
Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT (1000)

Piccadilly Theatre – Moulin Rouge (is coming in November)
16 Denman Street, London, W1D 7DY (1200)

Playhouse Theatre – ?
Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DE (786)The Old Vic – Camp Siegfried, then a Christmas Carol (in November)
103 The Cut, London, SE1 8NB (1067)

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