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Criterion Theatre
Criterion Theatre

Criterion Theatre

218-223 Piccadilly, St. James's, London, W1V 9LB

The Basics

Book in advance for the theater’s current production, and benefit from a choice of packages to suit your schedule and budget, whether you’re after a midweek matinee or all-inclusive evening show. Located beneath one of London’s busiest landmarks, the theater is a top spot to unwind after hours of sightseeing. Take advantage of tours concluding on Piccadilly Circus to seamlessly check off several city attractions in one day.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Guests with special access requirements must book directly through the theater.

  • The theater has two wheelchair-accessible spaces in the dress circle.

  • Headsets are provided for hearing-impaired theatergoers.

  • The theater has two bars and a small cloakroom; large luggage can’t be accommodated.

  • Take cash to avoid the 10-pound minimum for card payments.

  • Be prepared to walk down 54 stairs to the stalls.

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How to Get There

The theater is less than a 1-minute walk from Piccadilly Circus station, and a short walk from Leicester Square and Charing Cross. Local and hop-on hop-off buses serve the major junction regularly. With a box-office-validated ticket, evening or weekend attendees who are driving can avoid the Congestion Charge and receive a 50 percent discount in the nearby Q-Park Trafalgar Square lot.

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When to Get There

Matinees take place every Saturday and Sunday, while evening performances are typically scheduled daily except Monday—though some smaller productions run on this day too. If you’re there in winter, don’t miss the Leicester Square Christmas market or the festive light displays along Regent Street, both within easy reach of the Criterion.

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West End Comedy

From traditional farce to modern stand-up, the West End offers plenty for comedy fans. Other popular venues include the big-name-attracting Leicester Square Theatre, the independent Covent Garden Comedy Club, and the Comedy Store—a tourist favorite visited by more than 3,500 people each week.

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