Long term home of Austentatious. An Improvised Jane Austen Novel, Leicester Square Theatre is a gem in the heart of the West End.
The theatre has an illustrious history as a live music venue. As the ‘Cavern in the Town’ in the Sixties, Beat group The Small Faces had a regular residency. In the 1970s, as the Notre Dame Hall, The Rolling Stones played there along with The Who. But punk ruled supreme and the venue hosted some riotous early landmark gigs by The Sex Pistols. The Clash previewed their “London Calling” material there in 1979 before recording the seminal album the following month. Therefore it wasn’t long before music started playing a vital role in the venue’s programming. Macy Gray, Boy George, Tommy Emmanuel, John Mayall, Michael Feinstien, Stacey Kent, Hazel O’Connor, David McAlmont, Ruby Turner and Tony Christie are just a handful of names that have played the theatre in the last few years.
Since its re-opening in 2008 by Lesley Ackland and Martin Witts, the venue has become a home to comedy in the capital city, playing host to the major comedy talent of today including Bill Bailey, Michael McIntyre, Richard Herring, Micky Flanagan, Frankie Boyle, Sandra Bernhard, Bridget Christie, Jo Brand, Russell Howard and annual seasons with Stewart Lee.
In addition to the big names, the theatre prides itself in being a platform for up-and-coming artists and lesser known talent. Its schedule is the perfect combination of household names and tomorrow’s stars.
With 400 seat theatre, LST is perfect for audiences to experience a fabulous programme of comedy, cabaret, dance, music and theatre in a uniquely intimate setting.
‘Since opening Leicester Square Theatre in 2008 the venue has become one London’s first choice venues for comedy, cabaret and music. Over the last 8 years we have quickly built a massively loyal audience. I think the success is down to the venues location, a great team constantly in touch with our audience and acts and the fabulous theatre style setting. It’s a great venue for upcoming and established talent and the feedback from artists is always positive which is proved time and time again with return shows. The intimacy of the venue creates an atmosphere that isn’t always easy to create in a concert hall and that’s why I think the big names keep coming back.’ Martin Witts.
Leicester Square Theatre is the host venue for Austentatious. An Improvised Jane Austen Novel. A Special Edition on Monday 13th March as part of London Book & Screen Week.