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Apollo Theatre

Apollo Theatre

Apollo Theatre Shaftsbury Avenue, London W1D 7EZ

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Nearest Tube Station Tube Station: Nearest Underground: Picadilly Circus (Bakerloo, Piccadilly)
Parking Parking: Masterpark - Chinatown, Newport Place
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Venue Information:
Total Seats: 796
No of Bars: 2
Guide Dogs Guide Dogs: Guide dogs allowed into the auditorium and staff are available to dog-sit. Dogs will be looked after in Stalls bar or in managerís office..
Sound Amplification Infra-Red: Infra-red system with 6 headsets. Avoid front row of stalls. Deposit required.
Disabled Wheelchair Access Disabled Access: Entrance to the auditorium is through a door to the left of the Upper Circle entrance, on Shaftesbury Avenue. Once through the door there is a stairlift or 12 steps down to the stalls (with handrails on either side). 2 spaces for wheelchair users in seats N1, N2 or N19, N20 in the stalls. 2 wheelchair transferees can be accomodated in aisle seat in the stalls. Venue not suitable for scooters, but provisions can be made for 1 scooter transferee. Auditorium is carpeted with steep raking.
Toilets Toilets: Adapted toilet in the stalls.
Steps Steps: Adapted toilet at the end of inside the foyer. Accessible menís and womenís in the foyer, each with 1 cubicle that is wider and has handrails for people with mobility difficulties.
Air Conditioning Air Conditioning: Yes
Venue Owner Owner: Nimax Theatres

The Apollo Theatre is a Grade II listed West End theatre, designed by architect Lewin Sharp for owner Henry Lowenfield and is located on Shaftesbury Avenue in the City of Westminster. The fourth legitimate theatre to be constructed on the street, it opened on February 21, 1901 with an American musical comedy entitled The Belle of Bohemia, followed by with John Martin-Harvey's season, including A Cigarette Maker's Romance and The Only Way, an adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities.

The first London theatre built in the Edwardian period, the Apollo was renovated by Schaufelberg in 1932, and a private foyer and ante room was installed to the Royal Box. The sculpted work on the stone fascia is by T. Simpson, the building is of plain brick to the neighbouring streets. The theatre has a first floor central loggia. Inside there is a three galleried auditorium with elaborate plasterwork. The theatre seats 796, and the balcony on the 3rd tier is considered the steepest in London.

The Stoll Moss Group purchased the Apollo Theatre in 1975 and sold it to Andrew Lloyd-Webber's Really Useful Group and Bridgepoint Capital in 2000. Nica Burns and Max Weitzenhoffer purchased the theatre and several others in 2005, creating Nimax Theatres, which still owns the theatre.

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