Love Letters

Acclaimed stage and screen actors Martin Shaw and Jenny Seagrove will lead a revival of A. R. Gurney’s tragi-comedy Love Letters at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, London this winter.  The pair have worked extensively together, most notably on the classic BBC series Judge John Deed, as well as numerous times in the West End. Don’t miss your chance to see them share the stage once again in this tender play mirroring modern times. 
Booking from 3 December 2020 until 7 February 2021
Run time is 2 hours (including interval)

Only Fools and Horses: The Musical

The best loved cockneys of the entertainment halls of fame, Del Boy and Rodney take to the stage for the new West End show Only Fools and Horses the Musical. Written by the series’ writer John Sullivan’s son, Jim Sullivan, alongside comedy icon Paul Whitehouse, the musical features music by Chas and Dave. Witness the dodgy deals, the markets and the hilarious japes when this heart-warming show arrives at London's Theatre Royal Haymarket.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

A surprising visitor arrives at the Theatre Royal Haymarket – The Tiger Who Came to Tea pounces back to London to delight whole families. The beloved children's book by Judith Kerr comes to life on stage. The classic story and stunning illustrations from Kerr's book are imaginatively brought to life on the stage. Kids will be gripped from start to finish as they enjoy the colourful staging, huge singalongs and hilarious performances.
Booking from 12 July 2021 until 5 September 2021
Run time is 55 minutes (no interval)

Box Office Contacts

Box Office:020 7930 8800
Access Booking:020 7930 8800
Group Booking:020 7930 8800
Stage Door:020 7930 8890
Theatre Royal Haymarket, London


One of the West End’s oldest theatres, the Theatre Royal Haymarket officially opened in 1720 with a French play entitled La Fille a la Morte, ou le Badeaut de Paris. Successful early productions included The Beggar’s Opera (1729) and The Dragon of Wantley (1734).

The current building opened in 1821 with a production of The Rivals, followed by Our American Cousin (1862) An English Gentleman (1871) and a number of burlesque performances.

Following this, the Haymarket became synonymous with light comedies, such as The Palace of Truth (1870), The Wicked World (1873), Charity (1864), The Zoo (1875) and the premiere of Engaged (1877). Oscar Wilde premiered a variety of his productions at the theatre, including A Woman of No Importance (1893) and An Ideal Husband (1895).

During the late 19th to early 20th century, the venue made its name hosting plays and comedies, including Under the Red Robe (1896) and J.M. Barrie’s The Little Minister (1897), as well as Bunty Pulls the Strings (1911), Ghosts (1914) and The Widow’s Might (1916).

Soon, productions began to run for an extended amount of time, with J. M. Barrie’s Mary Rose (1920) running for 399 performances and Yellow Sands (1926-1927), which ran for 610 shows. Notable productions after this included The First Mrs Fraser (1929), starring Marie Tempest, Noel Coward’s Design for Living (1939), The Importance of Being Earnest (1948) and a production of The Glass Menagerie, starring Helen Hayes.

The mid 1900’s saw some rarer plays performed, such as Flowering Cherry (1957), Terence Rattigan’s Ross (1960), Ides of March (1963), directed by John Gielgud and A Voyage Round My Father (1971-1972), starring Alec Guinness.

By this point, the Theatre Royal Haymarket was known for a quick turnover of plays featuring star casts. Productions of note were Virginia (1981), with Maggie Smith, Hobson’s Choice (1982), starring Penelope Keith and Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya (1982) and The Cherry Orchard (1983). Throughout this time, the theatre produced many plays in repertory, including The Aspern Papers (1984), with Vanessa Redgrave, who also appeared in Antony and Cleopatra (1986).

Toward the end of the 20th century, works from a number of playwrights were performed at the theatre, comprising Terence Rattigan, John Osborne, J.M. Barrie, David Mamet, Jean Anoulih, Tom Stoppard, Henrik Ibsen, Oscar Wilde, Neil Simon and more. Renowned actors such as Derek Jacobi, Robert Lindsay, Alan Bates, Martin Shaw, Jessica Lange, Steven Berkoff and Richard Dreyfuss appeared at the theatre.

21st century productions have included The Royal Family (2001), starring Judi Dench, Lady Windermere’s Fan (2002), starring Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson, The Breath of Life (2002), with Maggie Smith and Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes in Brand (2003) and When Harry Met Sally (2004).

2005 saw Victoria Wood’s hilarious Acorn Antiques the Musical premiere, starring Julie Walters and Celia Imrie, followed by Hay Fever (2006), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (2006), The Last Confession (2007) and The Country Wife (2007), amongst many more.

Trevor Nunn’s Olivier Award-winning production of Flare Path transferred to the theatre in 2011, starring Sheridan Smith, followed by the National Theatre’s One Man, Two Guvnors (2012), Fatal Attraction (2014), Great Britain (2015), Taken at Midnight (2015), starring Penelope Wilton, Harvey (2015), Elephant Man (2015), starring Bradley Cooper, and McQueen (2015).

2016’s shows included Mr Foote’s Other Leg, Bad Jews, How the Other Half Loves and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, directed by Nikolai Foster and starring Pixie Lott. Dominic Cooper then took to the stage in The Libertine, before the RSC’s Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing came to the theatre in 2017.

Damian Lewis and Sophie Okonedo starred in Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, followed by Edward Fox in Sand in the Sandwiches and the RSC transfer of Queen Anne, starring Emma Cunniffe and Romola Garai. 2017 rounds off with dark comedy Venus in Fur, starring Natalie Dormer and David Oakes, followed by Christmas With The Rat Pack.

The Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas kicked off 2018, featuring well-known hits from the iconic trio. Jonathan Munby directed Bryony Lavery's acclaimed play Frozen, starring Suranne Jones, Jason Watkins and Nina Sosanya. 2018 also sees the Maly Drama Theatre return with limited performances of Uncle Vanya and Life and Fate, followed by Christopher Hampton's adaptation of Molière’s Tartuffe.

2018 saw West End transfer of cult hit Heathers the Musicalfollowed by Take That musical The Band.

The world premiere of new musical Only Fools and Horses took place in early 2019 at the theatre, starring Paul WhitehouseIn April, family show Where is Peter Rabbit? hopped into the theatre to play morning and early afternoon performances. For the festive season in 2019-2020, children's classic The Tiger Who Came to Tea played a limited run.

Past Shows

Peter Rabbit OT Small
Where is Peter Rabbit?
(closed 1 Sep 2019)
The Band
(closed 12 Jan 2019)
Peppa Pig's Adventure
(closed 6 Jan 2019)

Broken Wings
(closed 4 Aug 2018)
(closed 28 Jul 2018)
Life and Fate
(closed 20 May 2018)

Uncle Vanya
(closed 17 May 2018)
Frozen - Play
(closed 5 May 2018)

Christmas With The Rat Pack
(closed 6 Jan 2018)
Venus in Fur
(closed 9 Dec 2017)
Queen Anne
(closed 30 Sep 2017)