The Phoenix Theatre opened in 1930 with the premiere of Noel Coward's Private Lives featuring Coward himself in the cast.
A change of ownership in 1966 led to a refurbishment programme, including the construction of the Noel Coward bar in the Phoenix Street foyer, which was open by the great man himself in 1969.
The theatre is a curious mixture of traditional classical theatre architecture and the Art Deco style. Respecting the tradition of the Italian theatres, the auditorium shines with golden engraves, red seats, carpet and curtains. Above the boxes are panels by Vladimir Polunin after Tintoretto, Titian and Giorgione, and the entire safety curtain is a rendition of Jacopo del Sellaio's The Triumph Of Love. This is in contrast to the 1930's mirrored corridors and elaborate geometrical patterns that feature heavily in the interior.
The theatre is currently owned by the Ambassador Theatre Group.
Charing Cross Road
Transport / Accessibility
Nearest Underground: Tottenham Court Road
Nearest Rail: Charing Cross
Bus Routes: 19, 22, 24, 38, 40, 176
Wheelchair Access: Yes