Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0JP
The Phoenix Theatre on Charing Cross Road opened in 1930, and although the frontage isn't the most spectacular of all the theatres, its interior is enough to classify the theatre as one of the most beautiful in the West End.
The design of the theatre has kept to the traditional Italian style with the auditorium shining with golden engraves, stunning mirrors, a decorated ceiling, sculpted wooden doors and red seats, carpets and curtains.
The Phoenix was closely associated with the playwright Noel Coward for many years and the theatre opened with the premiere of 'Private Lives', with the cast including Coward himself and playwright Gertrude Lawrence - both often referring to the Phoenix as "our theatre".
They appeared on stage again together in 1936 in Coward's series of 9 act plays titled 'Tonight at 8.30', and the following 30 years saw many of Coward's plays hosted by the Phoenix.
Renovations took place in 1966 including the construction of the Noel Coward Bar, which he opened himself in December 1969 and in 1970 the entrance to the theatre was moved from Charing Cross Road to Phoenix Street.
Many award winning musicals have played at the Phoenix, especially during the 80's and 90's. 'Are you Lonesome Tonight?', a bio-musical about Elvis Presley, opened in 1985, Stephen Schwarz's 'The Bakers Wife' began its run in 1989, a successful season of Shakespeare's plays ran in 1988 including 'Much Ado About Nothing', 'As You Like It' and 'Hamlet', and 1990 saw the opening of 'Into The Wood' by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapin.
But it's Willy Russell's sensational award winning musical 'Blood Brothers' that is the theatre's longest running production since transferring from the Albery Theatre in November 1991 and is considered one of the best ever British musicals.
Leicester Square and Tottenham Court Road underground stations are the closest to the Phoenix Theatre.
When purchasing tickets for mainstream theatre productions, it is important to keep the following in mind.
The cheapest way to buy tickets is to buy directly from the theatres´ box office where the show is playing. Or, purchase your tickets from the ´Half Price Ticket Booth´ (AKA ´tkts´) located in Leicester Square, where they sell ´on the day´ tickets for all of the West End shows at a discount rate.
The booth is open Monday to Saturday from 10am - 7pm and Sundays from 12pm - 3.30pm. There is a maximum of 4 tickets per person. Avoid touts hanging about the theatres and any other ticket agencies around the West End that appear a little dodgy as tickets may not be legitimate. Always ask if your seat is in a restricted viewing area.
You can also purchase a theatre and hotel package which saves money all round. However, the best thing to do if you have your heart set on seeing a particular show is to book ahead. You will be guaranteed a good seat, a great view and a fab night out.
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|Tottenham Court Road Station||1||Central - Northern||0.22 miles|
|Leicester Square Station||1||Piccadilly - Northern||0.33 miles|
|Covent Garden Station||1||Piccadilly||0.41 miles|
|Piccadilly Circus Station||1||Bakerloo - Piccadilly||0.57 miles|
|Charing Cross Station||1||Bakerloo - Northern||0.75 miles|
|Charing Cross London Station||0.80 miles|
|London Euston Station||1.61 miles|
|London Waterloo International Station||1.64 miles|
|London Waterloo Station||1.74 miles|
|London Waterloo East Station||1.78 miles|