Criterion Theatre

In 1870 caterers Spiers and Pond acquired the White Bear Inn site and adjoining properties between Jermyn Street and Piccadilly Circus. Thomas Verity was commissioned to design a new development consisting of a large restaurant, dining rooms, ballroom and galleried concert hall.

However, after building work commenced it was decided to alter the proposed concert hall to a theatre which opened in March 1874. The theatre boasts an almost perfectly preserved Victorian auditorium with a majority of the venue underground.

The theatre closed for major refurbishment from 1989 until it reopened in October 1992 and was most notably home to productions of the Reduced Shakespeare Company from 1996 to 2005.

The theatre is currently managed by the Criterion Theatre Trust.

Address
Criterion Theatre
Piccadilly
London
SW1Y 4XA

Location map

Transport / Accessibility
Nearest Underground: Piccadilly Circus
Nearest Rail: Charing Cross
Bus Routes: 6, 12, 13, 15, 22B, 38, 53, 88, 159
Wheelchair Access: Yes

What's on at the Criterion Theatre

  • The Comedy About A Bank Robbery Booking from now until 1st Apr 2018 Full details
  • The Comedy About A Bank Robbery Booking from now until 1st Apr 2018 Full details