Visitors to London hoping for an unforgettable experience during their time in the English capital should consider the attraction of a trip to one of the West End’s many fine playhouses, with the Shaftesbury Theatre a great option to choose.
The last major theatre to open its doors on the iconic Shaftesbury Avenue, the venue has been attracting theatre lovers from across the globe for more than 100 years, having put on its first performance in 1911.
Home to an array of standout performances over the years, some of the most exciting and well-received shows at the Shaftesbury Theatre over have included West Side Story (1974), Urfaust (1959) directed by Ingmar Bergman, The Who’s Tommy (1996) and Jonathan Larson’s award-winning Rent (1998).
In more recent years, critically-acclaimed acts to have graced the Shaftesbury’s stage include Flashdance The Musical in 2010 – the musical remake of the classic 1980’s film – as well as Derren Brown’s Svengali and Broadway hit Rock of Ages, both in 2011.
Today, the theatre prides itself on offering a world-class experience to lovers of the arts and this is something guests at the Shaftesbury Theatre can be sure to receive.
What’s on, right now?
Running until late autumn, daily performances are being put on of the acclaimed show Memphis – a winner of four Tony Awards and featuring a Grammy Award-winning score penned by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan.
The show is based on the true story of a 1950’s radio DJ in Memphis, Tennessee who seeks fame and forbidden love to change the life of a club singer that is ready for her big break.
Starring multi-award-winning recording artist Beverley Knight as club singer ‘Felicia Farrell’ and West End legendary figure Killian Donnelly as radio DJ ‘Huey Calhoun’, the show will leave audiences breathless with its explosive blend of great music, energy and emotion.
Performances take place at 7.30pm on Mondays to Saturdays, with additional matinee showings at 2.30pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Tickets can be purchased from the Shaftesbury Theatre box office and can be bought either online or in person at the door.
Memphis runs for approximately two hours and 25 minutes, including a 20-minute interval, while guests in need of special services are well catered for, with facilities for a British Sign Language interpreter, as well as audio description and captioning.
How to get to Shaftesbury Theatre
Located at 210 Shaftesbury Avenue in the heart of the iconic West End, the theatre is served by a number of nearby public transport links that make getting there straightforward for visitors, no matter where they are staying in London.
The nearest Underground Tube stations can be found at Tottenham Court Road, Holborn and Covent Garden, with more information on local Tube services (including connecting lines and temporary closures) available via the Transport for London (TfL) website.
Meanwhile, a number of bus services can be found in easy walking distance of the theatre as well, with stops at New Oxford Street/High Holborn, Tottenham Court Road Station and Holborn Station. Services operate around the clock, so visitors can be sure there will always be a way to get home even after the night’s revelry is over.
Alternatively, a number of private car parks are available nearby, meaning individuals planning to drive into central London to see a show are also able to do so with relative ease.