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Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DE

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Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DE

Year opened: 1882
Capacity: 786

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Located near Trafalgar Square, The Playhouse is a West End Theatre, opened in 1882. It was originally built by F. H. Fowler and Hill with a larger seating capacity than it currently has. After being restored in 1907, it reopened as The Playhouse in 1987. From 1951 until 1976, the venue was used consistently by the BBC as a live performance recording studio. The Ambassador Group managed the venue from 2002, and in 2013, they bought full ownership of The Playhouse.

Upcoming Highlights

  • The End of Longing

    Booking until May 14

  • 1984

    Opens Jun 14

The End of Longing

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Until May 14, 2016

Matthew Perry, best known for his stint as a loveable neurotic in a small sitcom called Friends, presents and stars in his first play, The End of Longing, a dark comedy about four broken souls who set out to shatter their demons once and for all. Expect Perry's trademark wit to shine through in this bittersweet story of yearning and attempted recovery, directed by Lindsay Posner.


June 14-September 3, 2016

Since the clocks first struck 13 in George Orwell's nightmare novel of government control 1984, we've been captivated by its themes of suppression of thought and expression, obsessed with analysing the surveillance led culture that surrounds us, and hoping that we are not yet fully in the thrall of the omnipotent Big Brother.

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Jun 14-Oct 29, 2016

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