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LEICESTER SQUARE THEATRE

(and "The Lounge")
 

(formerly The Venue Theatre - also note the "The Basement" is now "The Lounge")

Theatremonkey often highlights productions below. There are often even more, so for a full schedule of events, see www.leicestersquaretheatre.com, the official venue website.
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"Main Auditorium" schedule:

 

See www.leicestersquaretheatre.com for details.

 

Events include:

 

STEPHEN K AMOS: Bouquets and Brickbats

8th, 9th, 15th and 16th February 2019
All performances at 7pm, except 15th at 9.30pm
All tickets £21.25 (plus £3.19 per ticket booking fee). Concessions £19.25 (plus £2.89 per ticket booking fee).
Highly acclaimed, uplifting stand-up comedian and broadcaster Stephen K Amos is back from his world tour and hits the road with his brand-new tour Bouquets and Brickbats. His main aim is to cheer us up, for a moment, and try to help us forget what a mess the world finds itself in right now.

Bouquets and Brickbats. Praise and criticism. Love and hate. Why such extremes? Everyone these days seems to be an expert, a critic, a judge. Or a victim. Are we a nation of snowflakes with an unwarranted sense of entitlement, unable to process opposing opinions.?

Do people really understand what they feel so strongly about, and does knowledge promote more neutral feelings? Why is everybody either mortally offended or so much a fan that they fail to see the faults?

Two years after Brexit and Britain is more divided than ever. Forget everything that’s going on in the world, and immerse yourself in the warming comedy of “one of the most likable figures in British Comedy” (Radio Times).

As seen on Pointless Celebrities, QI, The People’s History of LGBT (BBC), UKTV’s Celebrity Storage Hunters and Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, and BBC1’s Live At The Apollo and Have I Got News For You, as well as What Does The K Stand For? on BBC Radio 4. The Stephen K Amos Talk Show, in which Stephen invited popular stand-ups to chinwag about this, that and the other, was filmed at last year’s Edinburgh Festival and is now available on Amazon’s Audible.

Stephen is also taking part in the new three-part series Pilgrimage: The Road to Rome, alongside Katy Brand and Les Dennis. The BBC Two series, which will air soon, sees celebrities give up their creature comforts to follow the Via Francigena trail – to finish up at the Vatican.
www.stephenkamos.com
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Mark Cortale presents

 


BROADWAY @ LEICESTER SQUARE THEATRE
3rd February 2019
Performances at 4pm and 8pm
Runs 2 hours approximately, including one interval.

 

JENNA RUSSELL with SETH RUDETSKY as pianist and host
4pm


JUDY KUHN with SETH RUDETSKY as pianist and host
8pm

All tickets £66.25 (including "Meet and Greet"), £56.25, £41.25, £26.25 (plus £4 / £4 / £4 / £3.94 per ticket booking fee).
20% off all tickets when you buy both shows together, in a single transaction.

 


Olivier Award winner & Tony Award nominee Jenna Russell (Sunday In The Park With George, Merrily We Roll Along and Fun Home at the Young Vic) and four-time Tony nominee Judy Kuhn (star of Trevor Nunn’s new Fiddler On The Roof at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Broadway’s Fun Home, Chess and Les Misérables) will join Seth Rudetsky as music director/host for two intimate concerts on Sunday, February 3 as part of the long-running Broadway @ Leicester Square Theatre series.

Broadway @ Leicester Square Theatre began in 2013 with Patti LuPone and returned with Audra McDonald in 2016 and John Barrowman and Ramin Karimlooo earlier this year. What differentiates this concert series is the seamless mix of intimate behind-the-scenes stories from Broadway’s biggest stars – prompted by Rudetsky’s probing, funny, revealing questions – and their stellar singing of the musical theatre repertoire.

This is a spontaneous mix of of hilarity and show-stopping songs that is not to be missed.

Jenna Russell
Jenna Russell is an award winning actress whose accolades include 2007 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Dot/Marie in Sunday In The Park With George at Wyndhams Theatre. She reprised her role on Broadway at Studio 54 where she won 2008 Theatre World Award for Broadway Debut Performance. She also received a 2008 Tony Award nomination and 2008 Drama Desk nomination for the same role.She has received Olivier Award nominations for her performances as Mary Flynn in Merrily We Roll Along and Sarah Brown opposite Ewan McGregor in Guys and Dolls in the West End. She was also long listed for Best Musical Performance for Evening Standard Theatre Awards for her roles as Little Edie in Grey Gardens at Southwark Theatre and Mary Flynn in Merrily We Roll Along at The Pinter Theatre. Other recent theatre credits include Helen Bechdel in Fun Home at The Young Vic, and Mephistopheles in Dr Faustus starring opposite Kit Harington at The Duke of Yorks Theatre.

Judy Kuhn
Judy Kuhn is currently starring as Golde in London in the sold-out production of Fiddler on the Roof at the Menier Chocolate Factory, a role she also played on Broadway in 2016. On Broadway, the four Tony Award nominee, starred as Helen Bechdel in Fun Home (Tony & Drama League Award nominations) a role she created in the original Public Theater production for which she won the 2014 Lucille Lortell Award. Also on Bway she starred in the Roundabout’s hit revival of She Loves Me (Tony nomination); and the original Bway productions of Chess (Tony & Drama Desk nomination); Les Misérables (Tony & Drama Desk nomination); Rags (Drama Desk nomination); Two Shakespearean Actors (Lincoln Center Theatre), Alan Menken & Tim Rice’s King David; and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Other select theater includes: The Visit by JohnKander, Fred Ebb & Terrance McNally at The Williamstown Theater Festival; Fosca in the much-lauded production of Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine’s Passion (Drama League Award nomination); the inaugural season of Encores! Off-Center in The Cradle Will Rock; US premiere of Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. In the West End she starred in Metropolis (Olivier Award nomination). Judy sang the title role in Disney’s Pocahontas as well as the in the sequel Pocahontas II: Journey To A New World.

Seth Rudetsky
Seth Rudetsky has played piano in the orchestra for more than 15 Broadway shows including Ragtime, Grease and Phantom. As a comedy writer, he was nominated for three Emmy Awards for The Rosie O’Donnell Show and has written 3 volumes of Seth’s Broadway Diary filled with hilarious theatre stories, as well as two young adult books published by Random House. After the Orlando Florida nightclub shooting, his husband James spearheaded Broadway For Orlando, a star-studded recording of What The World Needs Now Is Love that Seth conducted/arranged featuring Idina Menzel, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Judy Kuhn, Rachel Tucker, Audra McDonald and 30 other Broadway stars which raised over $100,000 for the victims, their families and The Trevor Project. He loves performing in London and has been at Leicester Square Theatre opposite Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, John Barrowman and Ramin Karimloo and, in 2016, he starred with some amazing West End talent in a one-day benefit of his Broadway musical comedy Disaster! at Charing Cross Theatre that benefitted MADTrust. His favourite thing is getting stars to tell never-before-told inside theatre stories and then making them sing tons of amazing songs…exactly what these shows at Leicester Square Theatre will be!
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Off The Kerb Productions presents

 


ANGELA BARNES: ROSE TINTED
UK Tour 2019

8th March 2019
7pm
Runs 1 hour 50 minutes approximately, including a support act.

All tickets £15.25 (£13.25 concessions), (plus £2.29 / £1.99 per ticket booking fee).


Once again, Angela Barnes sold out show after show at last year’s Edinburgh Festival, and picked up some well-earned critical acclaim along the way. Now she brings that show, ROSE TINTED, on a tour of the UK in 2019.

You may have seen or heard Angela on a number of topical comedy TV and radio shows, and do you know what? She is just about fed up of the news! She’s anxious, she’s depressed and she’s fatigued. Bored of Brexit, tired of Trump and knackered by North Korea. The world is going to hell in a handcart and Angela, a natural pessimist, is fed up of commentating on it all as it happens.

But can a renowned pessimist like Angela really find it in herself to accentuate the positive, look on the bright side and pop on her rose-tinted specs to make the bad stuff go away? Just for a little bit? Like maybe for an hour?

Or is she better off confronting the horrible stuff and laughing in its ugly face? This is stand-up and stories from a woman who is just, like the rest of us, trying to live her life… and wouldn’t mind a taste of that ignorant bliss she’s heard so much about!

Before becoming a comedian, Angela worked in health and social care. In 2011, she won the BBC New Comedy Award and became a finalist at the 2011 Latitude Festival New Act of the Year competition. Since then Angela has become a regular on BBC’s The News Quiz, Newsjack and Mock The Week. She has also appeared on Live At The Apollo (BBC2), The Now Show (BBC Radio 4), Stand Up For The Week (Channel 4 / Open Mic) and Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3).

Besides Rose Tinted’s success at the Fringe in 2018, Angela was also awarded the Edinburgh Panel Prize as part of the Home Safe Collective – a project to help vulnerable comedians get home safely after shows, in the wake of the tragic death of Australian stand-up Eurydice Dixon.

 




 "The Lounge" schedule:


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Performance Schedule:
The monkey advises checking performance times on your tickets and that performances are happening as scheduled, before travelling.

For Comedy performances, see under individual listings above.

 

Ticket Prices:

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Buying Tickets Online:

Other Box Office Information

Tickets offered differ between outlets. Outlets also may offer different seats via their phone and online systems. Offers may be available click here.
Theatre Box Office:
www.leicestersquaretheatre.com
This venue sells its own tickets.
The site allows you to choose your own tickets in the main auditorium (not the Lounge, which is too small!) from those available.

Booking fees per ticket for online bookings:
A booking fee of 10% - minimum fee £1.50 per booking, not per ticket applies. All booking fees are capped at £4 per ticket.

Other Online Choices (with S.T.A.R. genuine ticket agencies):

Other Independent S.T.A.R. ticket agencies may also offer an alternative choice of seats.
 

Box Office Information:
Tickets offered differ between outlets. Outlets also may offer different seats via their phone and online systems. Offers may be available click here.
Theatre Box Office:
Telephone: 0844 873 3433
Operated by Ticketsolve on behalf of the venue.

Booking fees per ticket for telephone bookings:
12% - minimum fee £1.75 per booking, not per ticket applies. All booking fees are capped at £4 per ticket.

For personal callers or by post: 5, Leicester Place, Leicester Square, London WC2H 7BP. 
No booking fee for personal callers. The venue box office normally opens each performance day at 2.30pm for over-the-counter sales, but check by telephone before making a special journey.

Special Access Needs Customers:
Wheelchair users and other registered disabled theatregoers can book their seats and enquire about concessionary prices that may be available to them on a dedicated phone line. See Notes.

www.leicestersquaretheatre.com is the official venue website.

 

 
 
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Theatre Seat Opinions:
Please remember that cheaper seats often do not offer the same view / location quality as top price ones, and that ticket prices are designed to reflect this difference.

Remember to arrive early, as the auditoriums contain nifty bars and socialising space as the sides of the seating. These usually open to the public from around 30 minutes before the performance begins. Oh, and also take time to study the wall pictures throughout (don't forget the one over the staircase as you descend from the street) - a total hoot, unusual and original.

 

Seating Plan Diagram

Main Auditorium

"The Lounge" Auditorium

Notes

Main Auditorium
Once an old underground Ballroom frequented by "The Sex Pistols" and "The Clash," then a church hall, then a clumsily created theatre; it is amazing what professional know-how, thought, time, money and sheer love of theatre can achieve.

This is one of the most comfortable auditoriums in London. Modern seating, well positioned (also heavily bolted down, sadly, and thus so far un-stealable - the monkey tried as it wanted a pair for its lounge) impress greatly.

The "night sky" colour scheme of the ceiling helps make a fairly low room seem open and airy and contrasting carpeting with acoustic underlay help the sound reach all parts of the theatre clearly.

Layout:
A central block of seats in long rows facing a wide, shallow-ish stage.

Either side of the central block are two areas of "slip seats," most have a sideways view to the stage.

The auditorium is not raked (sloped floor to help see over rows in front), but seats are positioned "offset" to those in front, and the stage is high enough to prevent viewing problems. To date (and with many full houses) no problems have been recorded.

To enhance things further, there are small (50cm or so) gaps between some seats in some rows. The effect is to "stagger" seats even more, improving sightlines by arranging things so that most seats are not directly behind the ones in front.

Legroom:
Comfortable in all seats for all but the very tallest (over 6ft 5 or so).

Very best legroom are the front rows of the slips, and the first (1 to 4) and last (22 to 25) seats in row B, which have nothing in front of them, with 5 and 21 also having only a sliver of seat to the side in front.

The new seats are also wide, "accommodating most broader figures admirably," as the politer advertisements might say.

Choosing Seats in General:
Centre Block:
The front row shouldn't prove a "neck ache" experience for anyone.

Behind, in row B, the only issue the monkey noticed was that with scenery in position making the stage smaller, the last few seats in the row have a slightly lesser view of the performer. It doesn't anticipate this being an issue for most productions, though.

Moving back through the theatre, every seat has a clear view. The real purists might decide that the first and last four seats a little less central, but the actual view is fine - best once past row D. Monkey advice is a row F back if you are taking ends of rows, as these show off the stage to best perspective.

At the rear of the central block, a sound desk position is well away from any seating, and won't distract, and six seats in row R, with nothing in front and easy access by the entrance stairs may attract envious glances. R4 here, and Q8 are the nearest public seats to the exit.

Side Slip Blocks:
Either side of the main block, these have instantly become a monkey favourite. An unbeatable combination of price, view and legroom, monkey like.

On the "high-numbers" side, two rows of eight seats run parallel to the wall, facing the main seating block front-on across a wide aisle space. Viewing is side-on to the stage, and the seat nearest the stage may be conscious of a pillar beside it, but there is no impact on view. Best of all, the seats furthest from the stage have a great viewing angle... and are almost within arm's-reach of the bar.

On the "low-numbers" side, an interesting arrangement sees six seats in a line parallel to the wall (as on the other side of the theatre), with a row of three and a row of two behind that. There is then a gap, and two rows of front-facing seats (one of five, behind of four) are angled to face the stage. The monkey liked the two nearest the aisle in particular. Perhaps because the bar is but a sparrow-hop away from them...

General Hazard Notes:
Mind your step down into the auditorium, they are fairly small.

Sound desk behind the centre block.

Some events use only the centre of the stage. Extreme row ends may not see into the rear corners of it.

Changes for the current production:
None.

Reader Comments:
"Venue: Might be worthwhile pointing out to people that, given the size of the venue, it would be difficult not to feel part of the action. Except of course in those side seats 'cos you'd be looking at the opposite wall. LOL"

“Central Row B: Lovely comfortable seats with lots of leg room."

"D7: “Alex Gaumond's gig” (May 2011). I'd heartily endorse your general comments on the main auditorium; a very comfortable space, with outstanding acoustics and a surprising amount of legroom for a flat auditorium. Sightlines are excellent and I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a bad seat in the house. I was in D7, and was extremely pleased -- and, for £20, you really can't snip at the value for money! It's an intimate venue to say the least -- where I was felt very much "in the action". I probably wouldn't have wanted to be much further forward though... row A and B were *extremely* close to the front of the stage and I think might be slight candidates for neckache, but also extremely atmospheric.

Speakers hang in front of B4 and B22 on the stage wall / extended proscenium arch (for this event only, notes the monkey). If you're in these seats for a gig and have sensitive hearing, you might want to think carefully about your choice. The sound was "comfortably intense" in D7, but I wouldn't have wanted to be much nearer the speakers to be honest! Even though it wasn't the warmest or the coolest of nights last night though, the air-conditioning was rather breezy at times in a mostly-full house."

"D16 and D17: (James – regular reader). Good place to see a show from."

“H17 and 18: (Anne Gross). The Theatre is cosy and comfortable, plenty of leg room and a good view from our seats.”

"Side Stalls Right 9: "The Prodigal2 (November 2018). I wasn't quite sure where this seat was originally but if you keep your eyes on the bottom of where each row begins it's fairly easy to find. I'm 6ft tall and appreciated the side aisle so that I could stretch my left leg out. My right kneecap touched the back of the seat in front. In terms of the view, I was able to see the stage without being obstructed by the heads of the two people in front because the odd angle meant I was actually looking between them and up at the stage. There is no rake for these seats and I think that's probably true for all the seats. I was worried I would get a neck ached due to being almost perpendicular to the stage but I was fine. I did miss about 20% of the stage and (for this production) the cast tended to be looking away and thus I saw their backs quite a bit. However, I quite like this theatre, it feels cozy and the seat was comfortable.
Note 1: On your diagram, side stalls right 9 is now actually directly behind seat 6."

 

"The Lounge" Auditorium

Layout:
Once forgotten storage space, now a small room any performer with common sense will be fighting to work in.

From one-person stand-up comedy and plays to solo song-fests, presentations and press launches, the monkey knows it can be hard to get a booking for "The Lounge," for either producers or audiences as it is a wonderful space with a great programme of work.

Legroom:
U
nlimited everywhere as these are normal, movable chairs.

Choosing Seats in General:
All seats can be moved about and pulled in close to create an intimate atmosphere. All are un-numbered and seating is first-come, first served each evening.

Right in front of the stage are two rows of chairs, sometimes gathered around tables at the sides and centre to create that cabaret feel.

Behind these, in the centre of the room, are two pillars. Between the pillars, a backless padded bench may be placed - this has space for five people (or about two potential gastric-band candidates). The monkey felt the chairs looked more comfortable, and the bench is also a bit lower compared to them... somebody large on a chair in front might crowd out the view a bit. Outside the pillars are a few more chairs.

Beyond this row, two more rows of individual chairs are arranged either side and between the pillars to provide a decent view of the stage. The back row is against the wall of the venue. Likely to be popular are two seats on the right (looking from the stage) of it. These are closest to the bar - which itself helps create a warm 'club' atmosphere.

Every chair has a clear view of the performer, and the performer has a clear view of every seat.

General Hazard Notes:
In the far corner of the auditorium is a stool and niche for sound equipment. These won't bother anybody.

Changes for the current production:
None.

Reader Comments:
None.

 

 

Notes
400 Seats in the main auditorium.
65 seats, plus standing space, in "The Lounge"

Air Conditioned. One reader describes it at "rather breezy at times" in the main house.

No disabled access, though staff are working on this and other facilities as quickly as they can. A "venue access guide" from the team who created book "Theatremonkey: A Guide to London's West End," is available to download in PDF format by clicking here.

No food except bar snacks and Ice Cream. 

2 Bars in main auditorium, 1 bar in "The Lounge" auditorium.

2 Toilets; 1 gents 2 cubicles, 1 ladies 7 cubicles.

The monkey gratefully thanks the new owners for their help in compiling this information.

 
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Getting to this Theatre
Find this theatre on a Street Map The theatre entrance is slightly above the red arrow.
Nearest Underground Station Buses Car Park
Nearest Underground Station:
Leicester Square - Northern (black) and Piccadilly (dark blue) lines.

The escalator from the platforms deposits passengers into a circular space with a number of staircases leading to the surface. Find the one marked "Charing Cross Road West" exit number 2, it is to the right of the tube exit gates. Go up the staircase. 

At the top, in front of you will be Charing Cross Road. Next to you, notice the Hippodrome Nightclub and a wide pedestrianised street. Turn to your right, pass the Hippodrome, and turn right into Cranbourn Street (a pedestrianised zone). 

Walk along the street, passing the Warner Cinema. Enter Leicester Square. Look to your right. There is a wide pedestrian street marked "Leicester Place". Turn into it. Walk towards the easily visible lit canopy entrance, just before the cinema.

 

Buses:
24, 29, 176 to Charing Cross Road.

Look for the Hippodrome Casino. Next to it is  Cranbourn Street (a pedestrianised zone). 

Walk along the street, passing the Warner Cinema. Enter Leicester Square. Look to your right. There is a wide pedestrian street marked "Leicester Place". Turn into it. Walk towards the easily visible lit canopy entrance, just before the cinema.

 

Taxi:
A rank for Black taxis is at Charing Cross Station - a fair distance from the theatre. Best chance of hailing one in the street is to walk down Leicester Place and along Cranbourn Street to Charing Cross Road.

 

Car Park:
Whitcomb Street.

Leave the car park and turn left. Cross the road and walk uphill.

At the end of the Street is a huge McDonalds. Stop and have a burger. Or not. As you like.

Turn right into Coventry Street and walk past McDonalds and into Leicester Square. Walk over to the same side as the Empire Cinema and Equinox nightclub. Walk straight on past them.

Just beyond the block where these places stand, there is a wide pedestrian street marked "Leicester Place". Turn  left into it. Walk towards the easily visible lit canopy entrance, just before the cinema.

This venue does not participate in any discount parking scheme.

Nearest alternative is Spring Gardens on Trafalgar Square. Cross the square, to the far corner at the right side of the National Gallery as you look at it. The street there is Charing Cross Road. Walk along it, passing the National Portrait Gallery, up to the Hippodrome Casino on the left of the street, opposite the Wyndhams Theatre.

Next to the Casino, on your side of the road is Cranbourn Street (a pedestrianised zone). 

Walk along the street, passing the Warner Cinema. Enter Leicester Square. Look to your right. There is a wide pedestrian street marked "Leicester Place". Turn into it. Walk towards the easily visible lit canopy entrance, just before the cinema.


 

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