The Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH (Photo: Charles Young)
The Garrick has 718 seats on 3 levels and is located near to Leicester square. New Garrick theatre was built in 1890, and during the Second World War was turned into a forces theatre.
During it’s time it has staged many successful productions, mainly dramas.
Restored in the 1990s by the really useful group it was sold in 2000 to a Broadway producer and is part of the NImex group of theatres. The interior of the theatre has retained many of its original features and is a grade two listed building.
The stalls bar which is allocated at the back of the stalls, is very small and gets very cramped during the interval. I would recommend ordering your interval drinks, these are then left on a numbered shelf inside and outside of the bar. Be prepared to have to squeeze yourself between the queue of thirsty audience members to retrieve the welcoming gin and tonic. On a positive note the drinks are automatically served in plastic glasses.
There are two sets of toilets ladies, on either side of the auditorium, however both only contain a few actual toilets and the queues are long.
We sat in stalls H2 and H3 and had a clear view of the stage. Leg room is limited as expected of an older theatre. There are several pillars throughout the stalls and it may be worth bearing in mind when booking tickets which are described as restricted view in the stalls, the view will be very restricted.
The Garrick has the character expected of an older theatre which adds to the theatre experience.