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Charing Cross Theatre

Previously called the New Players' Theatre and founded in 1936, the Charing Cross Theatre occupied several premises in the West End of London before locating to its present site under The Arches off Villiers Street below Charing Cross station. The current site was a famous Victorian music hall The Players' Theatre. It was refurbished in 2005 and taken under new management in 2006 and reopened as 'The New Players Theatre'.

The Charing Cross Theatre
Address The Arches, Villiers Street
Westminster, London
Coordinates 51°30′29″N 0°07′27″W / 51.508099°N 0.124134°W / 51.508099; -0.124134
Owner Steven M. Levy & Sean Sweeney
Type Off West End theatre
Capacity 265
Current use Theatre
Opened 5 June 1913

It is one of the smallest West End Theatres, rebuilt to meet the demands of national and international producers wanting a theatre which offers a degree of intimacy and is the equivalent of an Off Broadway space. The Theatre then was taken under new management by Broadway producer Steven M. Levy and Sean Sweeney in 2011 and the theatre once again had its name changed to the Charing Cross Theatre with the Players Bar & Kitchen.

From 4 September 2017- 11 November 2017, Charing Cross theatre will be running a stage production of the 1979 tv film comedy 'The Knowledge (film).'

Set against the backdrop of the harsh economic times of 1979, The Knowledge is based on the iconic 1979 TV film comedy, written by Jack Rosenthal, and follows the hilarious struggles of four Londoners as they attempt to better themselves by attempting the fearsome "The Knowledge" - the process of becoming a London black cab driver. Standing between them and the coveted Green Badge is the eccentric Mr. Burgess, the examiner. Also known as "The Vampire", he is on an obsessive mission to maintain standards.

The Knowledge cast includes of Steven Pacey as Mr Burgess, Celine Abrahams as Brenda, James Alexandrou Gordon, Jenna Augen as Val, Louise Callaghan as Miss Staveley, Ben Caplan as Ted, Michael Chance as Arab Tourist, Alice Felgate as Janet and Fabien Frankel as Chris.

Acclaimed actress and writer Maureen Lipman is to direct this world stage premiere. The rest of the creative team is made up of Nicolai Hart-Hansen (Set Design), Jonathan Lipman (Costume Design) and Andrew Johnson (Sound Design).




Forthcoming productionsEdit

With the appointment of Thom Southerland as Artistic Director in 2016, Charing Cross Theatre announced it was turning into a producing house launching with a number of major musicals.[3]


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