The Criterion Theatre

The Criterion Theatre, Piccadilly Circus, London, W1V 9LB


The Criterion Theatre

The Criterion Theatre was built in 1870 by catering company Spiers and Pond on the site of a 17th-century posting inn called the White Bear. It was designed by Thomas Verity, who won the competition to design a concert hall development with a ballroom and big restaurant. The frontage, originally the restaurant’s façade, has a French Renaissance influence, and is built from Portland stone. Subsequently, the concert hall became a theatre, and the structure was finished in 1873, with interior décor by Simpson and Son.

The Criterion Theatre was almost lost in the 1970s, when it was slated for redevelopment, but a trust was set up to save it. Some notable productions include Looking Through a Glass Onion - John Lennon in Word & Music, Misery, The 39 Steps, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), The Complete History of America, and The Bible, The Complete Word of God, performed by the Reduced Shakespeare Company.

The Criterion Theatre is a Grade II listed building and seats 588 on three tiers. It is sited at 2 Jermyn Street, Piccadilly Circus, City of Westminster, London SW1Y 4XA. The closest public transport is at Piccadilly Circus station on the Bakerloo or Piccadilly line.


Now Showing: 39 Steps

Everyone knows that laughter is the best medicine, and anyone in need of a shot of mirth to lighten the load will have a worthy belly laugh when taking the 39 Steps in the West End. This farce, adapted by Patrick...

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