Get your West End fix at the Piccadilly Theatre, a wonderful building with a grand history in its walls that only adds to the electric atmosphere built in this theatre almost every night. Experience the best in musical and dramatic productions starring famed talent of the stage and screen. To check out what's on, use StubHub, where you can also buy or sell Piccadilly Theatre tickets today!
Finding its feet: theatre, cinema, casino and restaurant
The theatre was built by one of the leading architects of his time, Bertie Crewe, and Edward A. Stone. Completed in 1928, it was said upon opening that if all the bricks used in construction were lined up one by one, they would reach Paris from London. Its simple exterior covers a majestic Art Deco interior composed of a 1,232-capacity auditorium adorned with striking shades of pink designed by Gaston Laverdet and Marc-Henri Levy. 'Blue Eyes', a musical by one of the most important American composers, Jerome Kern, was the theatre's opening production and starred acclaimed actress Evelyn Laye. Soon after, Warner Brothers took over the theatre for a brief period, where it was turned into a cinema to premiere 'The Singing Fool', the first talking picture seen in the UK. It reopened as a theatre the following year and saw success with subsequent productions in the early 1930s until it was converted into a cabaret restaurant for a short time. In 1936, it became the London Casino, earning a reputation for its lavish stage shows. During World War II, the building was hit by a stray bomb and suffered significant damage. It returned in the 1950s, back as the Piccadilly Theatre, staging musicals and plays for the masses. After a turbulent first few decades, it continues to do so, keeping theatre alive and entertaining audiences from across the world. See what's next on StubHub, where Piccadilly Theatre tickets are up and ready to buy or sell now.
Broadway invasion and solidified reputation
The Piccadilly saw a surge of productions transferred from Broadway throughout the 1960s and '70s, such as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf - London, Man of La Mancha and A Streetcar Named Desire. This period helped to establish the Piccadilly as a dominant and respected theatre in the West End as opposed to its earlier years. The Beatles also recorded songs at the venue for the BBC in 1964. Later, it became the venue for the televised variety show, 'Live from the Piccadilly', hosted by comedian Jimmy Tarbuck between 1983 and 1988. In its modern era, the Piccadilly has seen the likes of Judi Dench, Ian McKellen and Henry Fonda grace its stage. To catch the next big thing, use StubHub to buy or sell Piccadilly Theatre tickets today!
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