Her Majesty's Theatre

Her Majesty's Theatre

Her Majesty's Theatre
57 Haymarket


(5mins) Go along Coventry Street and then take Haymarket on the right where the theatre will be approx. 200 metres along.

Please note: the location shown on the map is an approximate location of the theatre. In the majority of cases the theatre will be marked on the map so please make sure you locate the exact location yourself. If the theatre is not shown on the map please make sure you locate the correct road name and take account of the directions.

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Her Majesty's Theatre Information

Getting There

By Car
If you are driving, there are NCP car parks at the following addresses:

St Martins Lane Hotel
45 St Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4HX

Covent Garden
Parker Street, Parker Mews, London, WC2B 5NT

Selkirk House, Museum Street, London, WC1A 1JP

You can see these, and other NCP car parks on their website http://www.ncp.co.uk/

However, you can participate in the Q-Parks Theatreland Parking Scheme and get 50% off your parking costs by validating your parking ticket in the foyer at the theatre.

For more information on Q-Parks Theatreland Parking Scheme either call +44 (0)870 442 0104 or visit Q-Parks website http://www.q-park.co.uk/theatreland

The closest participating car park for Her Majesty's Theatre is at 20 Newport Place, London, WC2H 7PR. The rates for this car park are £6.50 per hour, up to 4 hours, and after that it is £38 for up to 24 hours.

Don't forget to pay the £11.50 (£1 less if you register, but that costs you £10 for a car) daily congestion charge for central London which applies from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays, if you are driving into London.

Alternatively, plan your journey using Transport for London journey planner https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/


There is level access into the foyer and to the Box Office. To access the Stalls is down steps, through the Stalls Bar and then up some more steps. The Royal Circle, Grand Circle and Balcony are all up steps. If you have any mobility issues, it is advisable to book seats in the Stalls.

Infra-red system with headsets / induction loop at box office. Headsets are available and should be collected from the cloakroom next to the Stalls bar.

The theatre does allow access dogs inside the auditorium; alternatively staff can dog-sit up to 4 dogs for each performance in the Manager's office.

All The Really Useful Group Theatres have a dedicated host to assist disabled patrons. Please call 0844 412 4648 for booking information and advice.

In The Area

Cash/ATM – an HSBC cash point is available at 455 Strand, which is approx. 7 mins walk; Barclays is located at 48 Regent Street, which is approx. 5 mins walk; there is also an RBS cash machine at 48 Haymarket, which is about 2 mins walk via St Alban's Street.

Eating – If you fancy an Indian meal, Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar is located at Suffolk Place, Haymarket. Brumus Bar & Restaurant is also located on Suffolk Place and serves modern European fare. Gourmet burgers from Byron – Proper Hamburgers at 11 Haymarket are available. New York style food is available from Chop Shop, or American diner style at Planet Hollywood, or Yo! Sushi are all available on Haymarket.

Drinking – Rileys Sports Bar on Haymarket; The Comedy Pub at 7 Oxendon Street is only a 4 minute walk. Costa Coffee is located at 15 Regent Street.


Starting with the first theatre in 1705 there have been a total of four theatres on the site of Her Majesty's Theatre in Haymarket.

In 1705 the first theatre, named The Queen's (after Queen Anne), opened as an opera house with an Italian opera called The Loves of Ergasto. In 1711 Handel was Composer at The Queen's and conducted his first opera, Rinaldo. The venue was thus established as presenting Italian opera for the first time in the UK. In 1714 when King George I came to the throne the theatre was renamed The King's Theatre.

In 1791 a new King's Theatre opened, after the first building had been destroyed in a fire in 1789. In 1837 - with the accession of Queen Victoria, the theatre's name was again chaned - this time to Her Majesty's Theatre, Italian Opera House.

In 1867 the theatre was again destroyed by fire and a new building, this time designed by Charles Lee was built. However, the theatre stood empty until 1875 when it was occupied by the Evangelist Meetings of Moody & Sankey. There were then a variety of performances until at Christmas in 1890 a pantomime closed the theatre and two years later in 1892 Her Majesty's Theatre was demolished.
In 1896 the actor Herbert Beerbohm Tree laid the foundation stone of his new theatre which was completed in 1897 and reopened with a production of Gilbert Parker's Seats of the Mighty. During his 18 years of management Tree established the building as a playhouse with more than 46 of his own productions, including Shakespeare, adaptations of novels and melodramas.

With the accession of King Edward VII in 1901 the theatre was again renamed, this time as His Majesty's. Tree appeared as Malvolio in Twelfth Night and Beau Brummell in The Last of the Dandies, and Sarah Bernhardt returned to London in a season of French dramas.

In 1904 Tree instigated a drama school in the Dome Room at the top of the theatre, which eventually became the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

The Phantom of the Opera opened in 1986 - the original cast being led by Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman. Subsequently the cast has included Claire Moore, Dave Willetts, Michael Ball, John Barrowman, Peter Straker and Mike Sterling. Phantom is still playing to capacity and it is currently the longest running and most successful production in the theatre's long and colourful history.
The latest refurbishment of the building took place between 1992-1994 when new toilets and a new roof were installed - and all without the loss of even one performance of Phantom!

Her Majesty's Theatre has had a long list of “firsts”:-

1711 - Handel's first opera was Rinaldo
1732 - Handel's Esther was the first oratorio to be heard in England
1806 - Mozart's La Clemenza De Tito was the first of Mozart's operas to be performed in London
1811 - Cos Fan Tutti and The Magic Flute were first heard at Her Majesty's
1817 - The theatre hosted the first performance of Don Giovanni
1818 - Premier of The Barber of Seville
1851 - Beethoven's Fidelio was performed for the first time in this country
1863 - The London premiere of Gounod's Faust was sung in Italian
1878 - Bizet's Carmen was first heard in this country
1882 - The first complete performance of Wagner's Ring Cycle was given
1983 - The first stage version of Bugsy Malone was produced.