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Shaftesbury TheatreLondon
210 Shaftesbury Avenue
London WC2H 8DP
TfL Fare Zone 1



The Shaftesbury Theatre is one of six London Theatres located on Shaftesbury Avenue.

The theatre started life in 1914 as The Princes Theatre and was the last venue to be built on Shaftesbury Avenue near New Oxford Street, so is slightly separated from the other theatres.

The theatre underwent extensive changes in the early 1960s and was renamed the Shaftesbury Theatre in 1962. To mark the end of theatre censorship in 1968, the revolutionary musical Hair opened. It played for over 5 years and was about to celebrate its record-breaking 2000th performance when the need to carry out renovation work forced the Theatre to close its doors.

Only prolonged and passionate opposition from members of the Actors’ Union and members of the entertainment industry saved the building from redevelopment and it is now a Grade II listed building.

The Theatre reopened in 1974 and is known for staging original works of high calibre drama and quality musicals. The formation of ‘The Theatre of Comedy Company’, with some thirty leading actors, writers and directors in 1983, led to the Shaftesbury Theatre being purchased by them in 1984.

Box Office
Patrons should either Book Online using the theatre’s own link or Tel: + 44 (0)2073 795 399
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Contact & Further Information
Tel: + 44 (0)2073 795 399
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Getting There
To find the best way for getting to The Shaftesbury Theatre, visit TfL Journey Planner, link above.
- By Underground 
Tottenham Court Road Station   Central and Northern Lines
Holborn Station                        Central and Piccadilly Lines
Covent Garden Station              Piccaddilly Line
- By Bus
The Theatre is well served by buses with the following routes stopping within easy walking distance of the Theatre
New Oxford Street/High Holborn   1, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 98, 242
Tottenham Court Road Station      10, 14, 24, 29, 73, 134, 390
Holborn Station                           1, 59, 68, 91, 168, 171, 188, 242, 521 
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