About the Phoenix Theatre

*Due to an unprecedented number of events, we have no availability across our venues in February or March 2017. If you are interested in discussing a booking from April 2017 onwards, please do contact [email protected] to discuss the possibilities.

A hidden gem in the heart of the West End, the beautifully detailed interior of the Phoenix Theatre, designed by Theodore Komisarjevsky, takes influence from both the Art Deco and Italianate architectural styles. Decorated in dark wood, bright golds, rich reds, and fresh greens, the theatre is one of our most decorative venues. The venue is also one of our most traditional spaces for those wanting an instantly recognisable theatre location, and so proves a popular choice for photo-shoots and filming. The theatre’s multiple bar spaces are also available for private hire, and are excellent for formal meetings, or as break-out spaces for auditorium hires. The large capacity auditorium is ideal for conferences and lectures on stage, and can also accommodate showcases.

The Phoenix Theatre is available for hire on weekdays from 10am-4pm subject to matinee performances (earlier starts can be facilitated) and all day and evening on Sundays.

The Phoenix Theatre first opened in September 1930, with the premiere of Private Lives, featuring Noël Coward in the cast, whose later return to the Theatre in Tonight at 8.30 and Quadrille cemented the star’s association with the venue. Throughout the Second World War the theatre was home to such land-mark productions as Tolstoy’s War and Peace, and later to a season with Paul Scofield and Peter Brook. A refurbishment in the late 1960’s led to the construction of the Foyer Bar, also known as the Noël Coward bar, which was opened by Coward himself. From 1968 an adaptation of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales ran for over 2,000 performances, and is now paid homage to in the Upper Circle Bar. Indeed, the success of this show has only been bettered by the current playing production, Blood Brothers, which has been showing at the theatre since 1991!

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Phoenix space and layouts

Directions to the Phoenix Theatre