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Charing Cross Theatre

#360 of 1,595 things to do in London
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Trafalgar Square / Embankment
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Address: Villiers Street | The Arches, London WC2N 6NL, England
Phone Number:
+44 844 493 0650
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Since 1864, there has been a theatre under the arches at Charing Cross...

Since 1864, there has been a theatre under the arches at Charing Cross Station. Known throughout the years by several names (Gattis-in-The-Arches, The Players Theatre and the New Players Theatre), the theatre was rechristened the Charing Cross Theatre in January, 2011 to mark the change in its ownership and the new era on which it was embarking.

Although the Music Hall tradition is still honoured with periodic Sunday performances, the Charing Cross Theatre has operated as a legitimate commercial venue since 2002. The current management is committed to presenting affordable theatrical productions of the highest standards, while maintaining a collaborative atmosphere where seasoned professionals can work with emerging young talent

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Lovely intimate theatre

A great little theatre that specialises in rarely seen/new musicals. 'Titanic' was terrific. The latest offering 'The Braille Legacy' is entertaining, well sung, but has a rather... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Greater London, United Kingdom
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Braille Legacy is a perfect show for this intimate theatre. An earnest production, brimming over with good values. Fine performances from the cast - the young lead has real star quality. One of my favourite London theatres, it never disappoints.

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A great little theatre that specialises in rarely seen/new musicals. 'Titanic' was terrific. The latest offering 'The Braille Legacy' is entertaining, well sung, but has a rather thin storyline and less than memorable songs. But well with keeping an eye out for what is being shown.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Just been to see "The Braille Legacy" and it was ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. It is the story of how Braille came to be. The acting was superb, every single singing and spoken voice was of a really high standard. The story flowed seamlessly and the live band were top quality. I loved it so much and rate it among the top... More 

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Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

This is a hidden gem of a place! Underneath the arches of Charing Cross Station, performances are periodically interrupted with the rumbling of a train above. The cosy and intimate auditorium makes all the audience feel engaged and part of the experience. I saw Derren Brown here - and was right at the back but still brilliant!! Staff very laid... More 

1 Thank Sara C
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

Fabulous little theatre set underneath the station - ideal for Derren Brown's Secret production, ahead of his USA tour. With 250+ seats the whole experience felt intimate and as we were in the forward block of seats, it felt like a very personal performance. The bar area is set over two or three rooms and is worth exploring to find... More 

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Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

Anyone reading this review, 100% book your tickets as the play "Death takes a holiday" is a MUST see. From the moment you arrive at Charing Cross you are greeted by friendly stuff. All of us (21-50 y.o.) were awakened and drown in by the characters, the story, the costumes and the beautiful songs.

Thank Lesia M
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Reviewed 24 February 2017

I have seen several productions here including Ushers the Musical and just last week Death Takes A holiday which was a fantastic show I would highly recommend. It is a delightful theatre. On this visit I sat on the end of the 3rd row in the stalls. The view was brilliant. Only 12 seats in the row so a small... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

This was our first time at this theatre and we really liked it there. It's quite small as it only has stalls and a couple of boxes, but this added to the atmosphere. The play / musical was not the best , but we did enjoy our time there. The lead male singer apparently only took on the role from... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Went here to see death takes a holiday and have never been to the theatre before. It is a bit hidden away in the arches but great location as close to great restaurants. It has a bar in the theatre to order drinks for the interval and also you are able to take drinks in plastic cups into the theatre.... More 

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Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Amazing show at this super little theatre situated under Charing Cross train station They serve a great 3 course set lunch in the piano bar - food was lovely. All seats in the theatre offer a great view. Very reasonably priced tickets. A great find !!!!!

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