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Leicester Square Theatre
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Country United Kingdom
Owned by MWP Associates
Capacity 420 Seater Main House, 60 Seater basement
Opened 2008
Rebuilt 1953
Previous names 1953 Notre Dame Hall
2008 The Venue
Coordinates: 51°30′37″N 0°07′49″W / 51.510278°N 0.130278°W / 51.510278; -0.130278

The Leicester Square Theatre (formerly The Venue), is a 420-seat studio theatre on Leicester Square, in the City of Westminster, London, which opened in 2002. The building originated as the Notre Dame Hall in 1953, replacing an earlier building that had been destroyed by World War II bombing. It was used as a French cultural centre, until the 1970s when the hall became a venue for punk music. This use for live music and as a dance hall, continued until it was converted to a theatre in 2001.

The theatre is open-plan with grandstand-style seating, flexible staging and is situated beneath the Notre Dame French Catholic Church.

Among its famous productions have included the world premiere of the Boy George musical Taboo which played a highly successful run before transferring to Broadway, Round The Horne and two seasons of the cult hit Australian comedy The Vegemite Tales. The venue is a popular place for stand-up comedy and small musical productions as well as plays and comedies. American comedian Joan Rivers made her acting debut in August 2008 with her new play, Joan Rivers: A Work in Progress by a Life in Progress which played a total of 75 performances to celebrate her birthday. Leicester Square Theatre is owned and run by Artistic director Martin Witts.

Recent and present productions

External links


  1. ^ Arts Archive


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