Upstart Crow

Upstart Crow tickets
The smash-hit stage adaptation of Ben Elton’s critically acclaimed Shakspearean sitcom Upstart Crow returns to the West End. David Mitchell and Gemma Whelan reprise their roles as Shakespeare and Kate with further exciting casting to be announced. The extremely limited 10-week season will play at the Apollo Theatre.

Derren Brown: Showman

Derren Brown: Showman tickets
For the first time in six years, the master illusionist Derren Brown returns to the West End with his new live show, Showman. The two-time Olivier Award winner brings his new show to the Apollo Theatre for a three-month run during which the contents of the show are being kept a closely-guarded secret. Showman promises to be a truly unique and unforgettable experience for West End audiences.

Potted Panto

Potted Panto tickets
Get into the Christmas spirit with seven pantos packed into 70 hilarious minutes when Potted Panto returns at the West End’s Apollo Theatre! Join Dan and Jeff as they explore Dick Whittington’s London, make a wish on Aladdin’s lamp and try to get Cinderella to the ball on time. This madcap ride through the biggest and best of pantomime will put a smile on your face no matter your age, and has been delighting London audiences since 2010.
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Booking from 17 December 2022 until 8 January 2023
Run time is 70 minutes (without an interval)

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History

Located on Shaftesbury Avenue, the Apollo Theatre is one of London's most characteristic venues. Opening in 1901 with an American musical, The Belle of Bohemia, the theatre became well-known for hosting a string of musical comedies throughout the early 1900's. In 1908, a four-year run of Follies cemented the venue's success. Following that, the Apollo hosted variety shows up until the end of the First World War.

Throughout the 1920's, the Apollo began to host plays, including a 1928 production of R.C. Sherriff's The Journey's End, starring Laurence Olivier. Since then, works from prolific playwrights such as Noel Coward, Terence Rattigan and Ivor Novello have entertained audience.

The Apollo Theatre has upheld its tradition for staging plays rather than large-scale musicals, due to the intimate stage and auditorium. Notable productions include Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem (2010, 2011-2012), starring Mark Rylance and Mackenzie Crook, followed by The Madness of King George III (2012), starring David Haig and Long Day's Journey Into Night (2012). Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry starred in all-male productions of Richard III and Twelfth Night (2012), which ran in rep.

In 2013, the acclaimed stage adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time transferred to the venue from the National Theatre. On December 19th 2013, the play came to an abrupt end when the Balcony of the seating collapsed. Closed for restructuring until March 2014, the Apollo Theatre reopened with a Royal Court transfer of Let the Right One In. Following a hugely successful run at London's St James Theatre, new musical Urinetown (2014) transferred to the theatre in September, playing an extended run until January 2nd 2015.

2015 opened with a limited run of the Donmar Warehouse transfer of My Night With Reg, which ran for three weeks. Following that, Kristin Scott Thomas starred in a revival of The Audience, which achieved previous success at the Gielgud Theatre in 2013. Further productions included the West End premiere of Dear Lupin and Edinburgh Fringe Festival favourite Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, which was extended due to popular demand. Mischief Theatre's festive farce Peter Pan Goes Wrong flew into the theatre for a Christmas period, embarking on a tour in 2016.

2016 saw a year of action-packed theatre, opening with a transfer of Jessica Swale's rollicking comedy Nell Gwynn, starring Gemma Arterton. Later, the show picked up an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. Further productions included a summer run of Horrible Histories: The Best of Barmy Britain and a London premiere of new British musical The Go-Betweenstarring Michael Crawford. Despite receiving lukewarm reviews, the musical continued until October 15th 2016. Christmas saw festive favourite Peter Pan Goes Wrong swoop back into the theatre for a strictly limited season, closing January 29th 2017.

Kick-starting the 2017 season, Patrick Marber's highly-acclaimed new production of Tom Stoppard's Travesties plays, starring Tom Hollander. Following this, performances include renowned performer Mikhail Baryshnikov in one man show Brodsky/Baryshnikov and Olivier Award-winning actress Eve Best in Terence Rattigan's comedy Love in Idleness, opposite Anthony Head and Edward Bluemel, directed by the legendary Trevor Nunn. Late 2017 saw Hollywood stars Sienna Miller and Jack O'Connell take to the stage in a revival of Tennessee Williams' domestic drama Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae's smash-hit new musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie later transferred to the venue in November 2017 following a successful premiere in Sheffield. Running in the daytime, August 2019 saw the return of Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part 4. Over the Christmas period, family-friendly show The Snail and the Whale played.

The Apollo Theatre closed in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It reopened in October 2020 with social distancing measures in place, before closing its doors again in December 2020. Comedian Adam Kay brought his acclaimed one-man show This is Going to Hurt to the theatre, alongside the long-running musical Everybody's Talking About JamieThe hit musical paused its West End run in September 2021, expecting to return to the theatre in 2022.

During the summer of 2021, the Horrible Histories gang brought the fifth instalment of their acclaimed Barmy Britain series to the theatre.

In October, Mischief Theatre's Olivier Award-nominated show Magic Goes Wrong transferred to the theatre for a four-month run. 2022 saw a much-anticipated revival of Jez Butterworth's landmark play Jerusalemstarring original cast members Mark Rylance and Mackenzie Crook. Later in 2022, Upstart Crow returns to the West End starring David Mitchell, and illusionist Derren Brown brings his anticipated Showman tour to London for a three month season. For Christmas 2022, Potted Panto returns to London for another festive season.

Past Shows

Jerusalem
Jerusalem
(closed 10 Aug 2022)
Magic Goes Wrong
Magic Goes Wrong
(closed 27 Feb 2022)
Everybody's Talking About Jamie
Everybody's Talking About Jamie
(closed 26 Sep 2021)

 
The Snail and the Whale
The Snail and the Whale
(closed 5 Jan 2020)

 
Operation Ouch! Live on Stage
Operation Ouch! Live on Stage
(closed 6 Jan 2019)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
(closed 7 Oct 2017)

 
Love In Idleness
Love In Idleness
(closed 1 Jul 2017)
Brodsky/Baryshnikov
Brodsky/Baryshnikov
(closed 7 May 2017)
Travesties
Travesties
(closed 29 Apr 2017)