35 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR
Booking until 7 June 2014
Noel Coward’s classic comedy Blithe Spirit returns to the West End in a glorious new production starring Dame Angela Lansbury as Madame Arcati. Michael Blakemore’s production has previously been seen on Broadway, where Dame Lansbury took home the 2009 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play. This will mark her first London performance in almost 40 years. She is joined by Charles Edwards and Janie Dee as newly weds Charles and Ruth, who throw an elaborate dinner party in which local clairvoyant Madame Arcati is invited. Whilst everyone is certain she is a fake, the ghost of Charles’ first wife is summoned, and chaos ensures as they try to get rid of this sabotaging spirit.
Booking from 24 June 2014 until 14 February 2015
Winner of the 2013 Olivier Award for Best New Play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time is adapted from Mark Haddon’s award-winning novel of the same name. This innovative and exciting production tells the story of an autistic teenager coping with a family struggle. 15-year-old Christopher Boone discovers the dead body of his neighbour’s dog one evening. This leads him on a heart wrenching journey of discovery as he tries to solve the mystery of the murder, but ends up unearthing vital puzzle pieces about his own life whilst he struggles to deal with the restraints of his mental condition. After a sell out season at the National Theatre and the West End’s Apollo Theatre, this award winning play transfers to the Gielgud Theatre from 24th June 2014.
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The Gielgud Theatre box office is located inside the theatre building on Shaftesbury Avenue and is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 8pm.
Pre-purchased tickets can be arranged for collection from the box office and can be picked up at any time on the day of the performance, although ideally at least an hour before the show starts. You may need some form of identification with you when collecting tickets and you will definitely need the credit or debit card you booked with and you booking reference as proof of purchase.
Originally known first as the Hicks Theatre, then the Globe Theatre, the theatre became the Gielgud Theatre in 1997 in honour of the actor John Gielgud, who performed at the theatre throughout his career.
The theatre has always been a considerable success among its West End counterparts and opened in 1906 with the hit musical The Beauty of Bath. The theatre then went on to house A Waltz Dream (1908) which was equally successful.
The Gielgud is generally characterised by shorter to medium runs of well written plays and has housed works from many success playwrights such as George Bernard Shaw’s Candida (1937) Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest (1939) and many Alan Ayckbourn premiers.
To date the longest running show at the theatre was a production of Daisy Pulls It Off which ran for almost 4 years from 1987. In more recent years the theatre has housed Tell me on a Sunday (2003), One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest (2004), Avenue Q (2009) Yes, Prime Minister! (2010) and The Ladykillers (2011.) The theatre also housed a production of Chariots of Fire in 2012 which coincided with the London Olympics. Dame Helen Mirren headed up a sold out production of The Audience in early 2013, which was followed by a revival of Noël Coward’s Private Lives starring Anna Chancellor.
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