Phoenix Theatre

Bill Kenwright presents the spine-chilling The Exorcist at London’s Phoenix Theatre, featuring the voice of Ian McKellen as The Demon.

Smash-hit Kander and Ebb musical Chicago returns to the West End to play at the Phoenix Theatre, from March 2018.

About the Phoenix Theatre

The Phoenix Theatre is located on Charing Cross Road, in between the Leicester Square and Tottenham Court Road underground stations. Designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, Bertie Crewe and Cecil Masey, the building is close to a host of shops and hotels, making it a key theatre in the West End. Opening in 1930, the Phoenix Theatre showed Noel Coward’s Private Lives, which starred CowardGertrude Lawrence and Laurence Olivier in one of his first roles. The Phoenix Theatre interior is very grand and is often considered to be one of London’s finest. Designed by director Theodore Komisarjevsky in an Italianate style, there are golden wall engravings and plush, red carpets which make the theatre exceptionally striking.

Past Shows

The Phoenix Theatre has hosted numerous successful plays and musicals over the years, including John Gielgud’s Love for Love and Terence Rattigan’s Harlequinade and The Browning Version, as well as Night and Day by Tom Stoppard. Past musicals have included The Baker’s Wife, The Biograph Girl, and Into The Woods. The most successful production in Phoenix Theatre history is the heart-wrenching Blood Brothers, which played for an impressive 21 years, making it one of London’s longest running productions in history. Closing on November 10th 2012, the theatre saw a short running production of Goodnight Mister Tom.

Following that was the successful UK premiere of Once the Musical, began previews on 16 March before opening on 9 April, winning a 2014 Olivier Award. Once the Musical closed on Saturday 21st March 2015. Another musical premiere opened at the Phoenix, in the shape of the musical adaptation of the popular film Bend It Like Beckham, which arrived at the theatre on 15th May 2015. After a smash-hit run at London’s Savoy Theatre, Chichester Festival’s revival of Guys and Dolls danced into the Phoenix Theatre. Rebel Wilson starred for the remainder of the run, with the production closing early on August 21st 2016. Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone’s final West End show, The Last Tango sashayed into the theatre, winning the hearts of audiences for a limited season, followed by a short stint from the UK tour of Dirty Dancing throughout December 2016. Peppa Pig’s Surprise played a festive season into January 2017, followed by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s new musical The Girls, which played until July 2017. Bill Kenwright’s successful UK tour of Evita stopped off at the Phoenix Theatre for a strictly limited season, starring Emma Hatton, followed by his new production of The Exorcistwhich continues into 2018.

2018 kicks off with a revival of smash-hit Kander and Ebb musical, Chicago.

Access and Facilities

  • Bars: Bars are available across all levels of the theatre.
  • Toilets: Men’s and women’s toilets are available throughout the theatre. An adapted toilet is available in the Royal Room, just off the Dress Circle.
  • Access: Access spaces are located in the Dress Circle Box. Call the access line for booking.
  • Air Conditioning: Yes, the theatre is air conditioned.
  • Booster Seats: Booster cushions are not available at this venue.
  • Cloakroom: A cloakroom is available at the theatre.