With the impending move of Jersey Boys to the Piccadilly Theatre, London (situated on the corner of Sherwood Street and Denman Street in Soho) from 14 March 2014, I thought people might appreciate some information on the practicalities of going to see the show.
So first off, Denman Street is a one way street heading to Shaftesbury Avenue, so if you are driving you need to enter from the Brewer Street end – but this is for drop offs only as there is no parking in the street and the car park that used to be there is no longer active. The closest Car park to the theatre is in Brewer Street.
Much the easiest way to get to the theatre is by tube. The closest station is Piccadilly Circus – leave the station using Exit 1 – “Regent Street (East Side)” and once you get out just walk up Sherwood Street and 50 metres later you are there. Piccadilly Circus is on the Piccadilly Line which runs from Heathrow right through Kensington, the West End and on through Kings Cross and out finally to Cockfosters.
The theatre is surrounded by pubs, cafes and restaurants so it is easy to grab something to eat or drink before or after the show – or even “during” if, like me, you don’t like paying theatre prices for interval drinks!
Il Cucciolo is a great Italian restaurant 4 doors away: my standard pre-theatre meal there is a carafe of house red and a spag bol. They really know their business there and will get you out comfortably for curtain up.
If you like chicken, head for Clockjack Oven rotisserie where they serve top notch birds with salad and/or chips!
Opposite the theatre is Brasserie Zédel, a large, friendly, bustling French Brasserie set in an historic
Art Deco interior, selling good value French food.
For meat lovers, on the corner of Sherwood Street and Brewer Street is MASH. MASH stands for Modern American Steak House. Need I say more?
The theatre’s pub is the Queen’s Head, next door. They also do food but the place is very busy before the show with crowds spilling out onto the street so it is not really an option for pre-theatre dining although it’s a good “boozer” and excellent for a pre, or post show drink. As I mentioned before I also use it for interval drinks as it is quieter by then and cheaper and the beer is better BUT a word of warning: don’t forget to go back for the second half. It is very easy to do. Keep an eye on the smokers who have come out of the theatre for an interval cigarette – your cue is when the ushers hustle them back into the theatre.
If you would rather a more salubrious affair for your pre or post theatre drinks head for the Bar Américain at Brasserie Zédel opposite. The 1930’s theme fits perfectly with the surroundings and the cocktails are excellent. Don’t try and squeeze a visit here in the interval: you will never make it!
The theatre itself has been much improved with a re-working of the foyer. It is still very small but since they opened up the box office you don’t get the horrendous over-crowding as everyone tries to get to the auditorium at the same time.
The auditorium seats just over 1200 so it is about three quarters of the size of the Prince Edward. The stage itself is about two thirds the size of the Prince Edward (31’x21’x38’ instead of 44’x30’x35’) so it will be interesting to see the effect on the production, personally I think the more intimate surroundings will benefit the show.
There is space for three wheel chairs in the Royal Circle and access is from Sherwood Street. The theatre is equipped with Sennheiser infra-red sound amplification system and the theatre welcomes hearing dogs.