After opening in Covent Garden in 1882 as the Royal Avenue Theatre, this attractive little venue first became famous for putting on the West End debut of George Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man in 1894.
Between 1951 and 1976, the Playhouse was used by the BBC, hosting live performances by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.
Its recent repertoire has been a heady blend of classics (Kristin Scott Thomas in Chekhov’s Three Sisters), hard-hitting new drama (Alan Rickman’s My Name is Rachel Corrie) and family-friendly musical fun (Spamalot).
CURRENT PRODUCTION: THE JUNGLE
Experience the Playhouse Theatre’s extraordinary in-the-round transformation which recreates the intimate staging of The Jungle.
The Jungle is a play about identity, nationality and community, set in Europe’s largest unofficial refugee camp – known as the Calais Jungle – which became a temporary home for more than 10,000 people in 2015.
Sharing stories from the residents, The Jungle covers the lifespan of the refugee camp from its creation to its eventual destruction. Join the residents over freshly baked naan and sweet milky chai at the Afghan Café, and experience the intense, moving and uplifting encounters between refugees from many different countries and the volunteers who arrived from the UK. This is the place where people suffered and dreamed.
Meet the hopeful, resilient residents of the Jungle – just across the Channel, right on our doorstep.