Gielgud Theatre
Gielgud Theatre
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Soho
The go-to district for a good time in London, Soho hosts a wealth of world-class theatres and a compelling lineup of cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, and clubs. At Soho's core is London's original Red Light District and the epicenter of the LGBT scene – and thus the city's hottest nightlife. For shopping enthusiasts, Soho is not only the home of London's greatest concentration of boutique shops, but also the most strategic place to set off on a tour of the world's most celebrated department stores. In the southern part of the neighbourhood lies Chinatown, with its multitude of delicious and affordable restaurants. Closer to the Thames, Chinatown's narrow and teeming lantern-lit lanes spill onto the expansive hub of glitzy Leicester Square.
How to get there
  • Piccadilly Circus • 3 min walk
  • Leicester Square • 5 min walk
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  • Charles S
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom1,051 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Enjoyable Visit
    A most enjoyable visit to the Gielgud Theatre in London's West End to see the fabulous stage production of To Kill a Mockingbird starring Matthew Modine as Atticus Finch. The circa 1000 seat theatre is absolutely beautiful with seating on three levels. It is located on the corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Rupert Street with the nearest tube stations at either Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus. Worth a visit to take in a stage performance when in London.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Edward the dog
    Chichester, United Kingdom426 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a beautiful theatre.
    We had the most amazing day in London yesterday which included a matinee of Stephen Sondheims Old Friends. Absolutely amazing. It was a camp old time. The theatre itself is beautiful. The staff are really friendly. The bar prices very, very good for the West End. The seating comfy. And the views from the circle amazing. Although of course it was £235 a ticket, so you woukd hope so . Its also great to see the House Full signs as well.This show is highly recommended in a lovely theatre.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 October 2023
  • Ryan
    Newport, United Kingdom289 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Show - Beautiful Theatre
    Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends is possibly one of the very best shows that I've seen and I'd happily see it again. The theatre is situated in the heart of the West End and within easily walking distance of public transport links. For a theatre of this age, the seats weren't as cramped as I'd been expecting although it did begin to get uncomfortable towards the end of a 2.5 hour show. Staff were friendly the prices at the bar were incredibly reasonable, at around £6.50 for a glass of wine - we'd expected to pay closer to £10.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 November 2023
  • sa1gon
    London, United Kingdom1,111 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great venue and great show - Old Friends
    We hadn't been hear since we needed a wheelchair space but both the Access and the wheelchair area was excellent. The theatre staff were great, Hannah,the Access host was very friendly and helpful. The Accessible toilet was across the foyer, but it didn't seem a hassle to use it before the show. The performance was great and although the area has a slightly restricted view, it didn't spoilt the show for us. We had a great evening and look forward to returning to see the new musical in the new year.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 November 2023
  • Gina S
    San Diego, California89 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First look at Gielgud Theater
    Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends is currently playing at the Gielgud Theater and this also marks my first visit to a theater in London. It has a beautiful interior with ornate carvings on the wall, an exquisite design on the ceiling when you look up, and pretty comfortable cushioned seats. This isn't a huge theater which is good for those seating in the back rows. That means there isn't a bad seat in the house, which is perfect for this wonderful show that we had the pleasure of watching live.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 December 2023
  • Maxkoda
    43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant THEATRE SHOW! Sheridan Smith is brilliant
    We had a great evening at the theatre 🎭 Our evening was perfect from start to finish! A special mention to James who looked after us so well. The show itself was brilliant! So intense and edgy! All the cast were amazing but especially Sheridan Smith whose talent is outstanding! The people who are leaving negative reviews I suggest you all go to a cabaret show in Blackpool instead! After the Show The cast came outside to sign the programme! Sheridan Smith was so friendly and lovely to everyone! We had pics taken with Her! We had a great theatre experience!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 April 2024
  • Coats-do-roam
    Shropshire, United Kingdom17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Opening Night - “it’s okay to be different”
    Well, this is clearly a controversial topic! I honestly think that the musical theatre set need to open their minds to this one, it’s intense, brilliant and Sheridan is sublime! Does it require some concentration, maybe!? But this is not rocket science ! its not lines of singing showgirls and showstoppers from the off! But does every west end production really need to be - to be worthy? I am saddened at the public’s response to something so well thought out and produced, Sheridan and cast are utterly amazing ! I thank you for a wonderful performance on the night we attended and I did not see anyone leave or not enjoy what they were seeing …. “ If you always do what you’ve always done - you will always get what you always got” - come on people : open those minds!? X
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 April 2024
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Karen Walker
Thornton Cleveleys, UK7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Unfortunately the view was restricted in the balcony… we had booked the spragg bar for pre theatre drinks which was lovely .. we then decided to go back into the bar in the interval and was charged £35 a couple to sit in the bar … what they didn’t inform us of that you only have 20mins to order and drink your drinks and then had to either leave or sit the foyer and drink out of plastic glasses … we questioned this and was informed it was on ‘the website’ … the barman then basically escorted out of the theatre… we don’t argue that it may be their policy but you really need to inform people when ordering that there is only a limited time to order and drink your drinks … basically we paid £70 for four of us to sit the the area for 10 mins … unfortunately we won’t be returning.
Written 14 April 2024
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Coats-do-roam
Shropshire, UK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Well, this is clearly a controversial topic! I honestly think that the musical theatre set need to open their minds to this one, it’s intense, brilliant and Sheridan is sublime! Does it require some concentration, maybe!? But this is not rocket science ! its not lines of singing showgirls and showstoppers from the off! But does every west end production really need to be - to be worthy? I am saddened at the public’s response to something so well thought out and produced, Sheridan and cast are utterly amazing ! I thank you for a wonderful performance on the night we attended and I did not see anyone leave or not enjoy what they were seeing …. “ If you always do what you’ve always done - you will always get what you always got” - come on people : open those minds!? X
Written 11 April 2024
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Maxkoda
43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We had a great evening at the theatre 🎭
Our evening was perfect from start to finish! A special mention to James who looked after us so well. The show itself was brilliant! So intense and edgy! All the cast were amazing but especially Sheridan Smith whose talent is outstanding! The people who are leaving negative reviews I suggest you all go to a cabaret show in Blackpool instead! After the Show The cast came outside to sign the programme! Sheridan Smith was so friendly and lovely to everyone! We had pics taken with Her!
We had a great theatre experience!
Written 7 April 2024
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Mick Dargan
Bolton, UK28 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
A recent trip to The Gielgud Theatre; totally on-spec and with no other thought than it was next door to Les Miserables which we wanted to see but the only available tickets two together were £200 each! That led to us walking next door where tickets were plentiful. I should maybe have realised at that point there may have been a reason. I got aisle tickets in the Dress Circle and they were top class seats. As a theatre the Gielgud is as good as any other. As a musical theatre experience, Opening Night was probably not as good as ANY other!
Throughout the performance I wondered if I was ‘missing the point’ but all I missed was the opportunity to leave at half time; an option taken by about a dozen theatre-goers from the Dress Circle.
I think the point of the play was, there wasn’t a point! There were folk wandering around stage for the sake of it. OK, they were introduced on the big screen by name and their ‘job title’ within the play but sorry, we, the audience members, don’t have photographic memories.
The orchestra was way too loud in parts, particularly the second half. So much so that often, the lyric was hidden in amongst the din! It those words were meaningful, how would we know?
Special mention, though to Sheridan Smith (Myrtle) who did her best with what she had to work with and, for me at least, the star of the show (and best singer) Shira Haas (Nancy). The rest may as well not have been there.
Written 31 March 2024
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AndyG6
London, UK227 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Andy2962 I feel your pain.
Opening Night is a confusing and an unfocused mess. The first time I’ve ever left a West End show at the interval. Life is too short.

To be fair to the Gielgud Theatre the seats (Stalls P24/25) were comfortable enough and offered a good view of the stage and the 1 star just reflects the play.
Written 19 March 2024
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Andy2962
Vancouver9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Opening Night is probably the most boring show I have ever seen. Confusing and slow.
It felt like an age to the interval, when we were able to leave.
Written 18 March 2024
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Olivier B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Great Visit - To Kill a Mockingbird starring Matthew Modine as Atticus Finch is brilliant. The circa 1000 seat theatre is gorgeous.
Written 11 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Gina S
San Diego, CA89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends is currently playing at the Gielgud Theater and this also marks my first visit to a theater in London. It has a beautiful interior with ornate carvings on the wall, an exquisite design on the ceiling when you look up, and pretty comfortable cushioned seats. This isn't a huge theater which is good for those seating in the back rows. That means there isn't a bad seat in the house, which is perfect for this wonderful show that we had the pleasure of watching live.
Written 18 December 2023
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TheRoliingMcStones
Yorkshire404 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
I like a beginning, middle, and end show.
This one has a (predictable) end, but the structure of the production is messy.
Some of the performances are off-the-scale excellent, others are mediocre, and some are just too protracted.
Overall, not my bag, which makes me doubt the value of the eye-watering prices of the tickets, the merchandise and the catering.
Written 29 November 2023
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sa1gon
London, UK1,111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We hadn't been hear since we needed a wheelchair space but both the Access and the wheelchair area was excellent.

The theatre staff were great, Hannah,the Access host was very friendly and helpful.

The Accessible toilet was across the foyer, but it didn't seem a hassle to use it before the show.

The performance was great and although the area has a slightly restricted view, it didn't spoilt the show for us.

We had a great evening and look forward to returning to see the new musical in the new year.
Written 26 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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