About Apollo Theatre
The Apollo Theatre has been home to the some the finest musical theatre productions in London since it first opened in 1901. It is no coincidence the theatre is named after the god of the arts and muses in Greek mythology, as it was designed and built with the specific intention to showcase musical theatre. The architecture of the Apollo Theatre is one-of-a-kind, as it is the only theatre designed by architect Lewin Sharp. Construction of the stunning four-story venue on Shaftesbury Avenue was completed just one month after Queen Victoria’s death and was therefore the first theatre of the Edwardian era, though the eye-catching facade was sculpted in the style of Renaissance architecture. Throughout its history, the Apollo Theatre has been owned by several production companies and is now run by the esteemed organization Nimax Theatres who acquired the venue in 2005. As a mainstay of the West End for more than a century, the stage of the Apollo Theatre has been honoured by some of the greatest theatre artists of recent memory including Laurence Olivier, Mark Rylance, Stephen Fry, David Suchet, Kathleen Turner, James McAvoy, Jessica Lange, Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Pryce, and Zoë Wanamaker.
- Fun Facts About the Apollo Theatre
- In 1901, the theatre held a private opening to a selected audience, a move which caused an uproar. In support of the widespread indignation, “The Times” chose to review the first public opening the following day.
- For thrill-seeking theatregoers, the third tier balcony of the Apollo Theatre is considered to be the steepest in London.
- The ceiling of the Apollo Theatre famously collapsed in 2013 in the middle of a performance of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” after a period of heavy rainfall. The ceiling has since been reinforced after closing off the fourth level of the theatre.
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Transportation & Parking
Parking: Q-Park - Chinatown, Newport Place. If you’re driving into the West End to see a show, take advantage of Q-Park's Theatreland Parking Scheme saving 50% off off-street car parking charges for up to 24 hours. To qualify, simply present your Q-Park car park ticket for validation at our box office and the car park machine will automatically charge you half price. For details of locations and prices please visit Q-Park's website. Bus Routes: 1, 14, 19, 22, 24, 29, 38, 55, 176