Discover Leicester Square

The Criterion Theatre

Located in the heart of Piccadilly, the Criterion Theatre has been home to some of London’s longest running and most beloved comedies and farces.

Opened in 1874, the theatre was designed by the renowned architect Thomas Verity with the interiors by Simpson and Son.

As the theatre’s auditorium is located underground, it was used by the BBC during the London blitz as it could easily be transformed into a studio that was free from the threat of destruction. From here, many programmes were both recorded and broadcast live.

Opening Hours:

Please check performance times on The Criterion Theatre's website.

The Criterion Theatre
Red Square

Newton to Shakespeare

Leicester square has been home to a number of historical figures. Statues of William Hogarth, Sir Joshua Reynolds, John Hunter and Sir Isaac Newton have all featured in the gardens, which at the centre, permanently showcases William Shakespeare.

Sign up to our Newsletter