Criterion Theatre
Criterion Theatre
4.5
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Neighbourhood: St. James's
Perennially fashionable since the days of Henry VIII, the aristocratic “Clubland” of St James's is a premier destination for high end craft and bespoke design. Here you’ll lose count of the Royal Warrants (which indicate that the Royal Family patronizes the establishment) seen in shop front windows, even during a short stroll to bordering Green Park or St James’s Park. With the brightly lit and constantly buzzing junction of Piccadilly Circus at its northeast corner and none of Central London too far away, this is an surprisingly central and accessible part of town, especially given its prosperous demeanor.
How to get there
  • Piccadilly Circus • 1 min walk
  • Leicester Square • 6 min walk
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  • Linda M
    2 contributions
    Laughing out loud performance
    Went to see The Unfriend last night. So funny!! The actors who played the two teenagers were especially brilliant and brought back so many memories of our two children when they were growing up - very much exaggerated- that obviously struck a cord with many in the audience.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 3 March 2023
  • ktglessinger
    London, United Kingdom21 contributions
    Brill play
    Saw the unfriend. Brilliant play, absolutely loved it and as I'm a huge league of gentlemen fan I'm so glad I went to see it. Never been to an underground theatre either. Seats not great in the stalls if you suffer back problems.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 April 2023
  • MartinRHor
    Riga, Latvia66 contributions
    Funny play in a fabulous theatre.
    The criterion theatre is cosy and very well decorated. A lovely theatre all round. The play was excellent, very funny indeed. First rate actors excellently cast. Highly recommend both the theatre and the play, Bleak Expectations. There were references to Dickens’ works, some oblique and some not so oblique. It was also fun trying to spot them. A great outing.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 June 2023
  • Thomas M
    Wading River, New York26 contributions
    Beautiful Theatre; Witty Production
    Beautifully restored theatre right on Piccadilly Circus — not sure that there is a bad seat anywhere in the house. Staff are lovely — all, to a person, were warm, courteous, and helpful. Made my evening at the theatre completely stress-free and enjoyable. Saw the current production, Bleak Expectations, in early May whilst in London for the Coronation. Tremendously funny with a cast who were clearly enjoying themselves. Production is on through 13 August. Cannot recommend it too highly.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 7 July 2023
  • AmbridgeGirl
    London, United Kingdom636 contributions
    Lovely old theatre!
    Beautiful old theatre, tiled interior. Stalls are three floors down and you can hear the Piccadilly Line trains. The seats are not as spacious as some other theatres but really enjoyed 'The Way Old Friends Do.'
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Natasha_J_Soliar
    London, United Kingdom451 contributions
    A beautiful, intimate yet modern theater in the heart of Piccadilly
    This is a beautiful little yet modern and wonderfully organised theater in the heart of Piccadilly. I can't recall my last time at the Criterion, it may have been when Sharon Gless starred in Misery many moons ago . This impromptu Tuesday matinee of "The Way Old Friends Do" was a cheesy, fun, tongue in cheek Abba homage and I enjoyed it. The staff were lovely so chatty and accommodating as I waited, seated inside before the doors officially opened. The intimacy of the venue means there's a beautiful atmosphere and with two bars and hyper modern efficient and clean toilets, it's a great success all round. Nearest tube is Piccadilly Circus {Piccadilly Line} and take exit 3 to come onto street level in front of the Criterion doors
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 September 2023
  • Natasha_J_Soliar
    London, United Kingdom451 contributions
    A beautiful, intimate yet modern theatre in the heart of Piccadilly
    This is a beautiful little yet modern and wonderfully organised theatre in the heart of Piccadilly. I can't recall my last time at the Criterion, it may have been when Sharon Gless starred in Misery many moons ago . This impromptu Tuesday matinee of "The Way Old Friends Do" was a cheesy, fun, tongue in cheek Abba homage and I enjoyed it. The staff were lovely so chatty and accommodating as I waited, seated inside before the doors officially opened. The intimacy of the venue means there's a beautiful atmosphere and with two bars and hyper modern efficient and clean toilets, it's a great success all round. Nearest tube is Piccadilly Circus Piccadilly Line and take exit 3 to come onto street level in front of the Criterion doors
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 September 2023
  • Jess J
    8 contributions
    Outstanding experience in every way
    First of all, I would like to extend the highest possible accolade to Derren Brown and his team for producing the wonderful show ‘Unbelievable.’ This was a joyful feast of musical virtuosity, slick illusion, and warm engagement with the audience, the whole of which left me feeling massively uplifted. I must also mention the genuine hero of a man who works in the box office. I turned up with two tickets but one was accidentally purchased by me for the show the following week. This kind man calmly found a seat and transferred the ticket to the date I was actually there with my friend. I cannot thank him enough for the way he dealt with this. Ten out of ten for the whole Criterion experience.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 September 2023
  • Guy E
    14 contributions
    Unbelievable at the Criterion - Definitely worth seeing and good value
    Nice theatre, quite small and intimate and with good views from most places and good leg room as well (important when 6' 4"). We had tickets for 'Unbelievable' in the stalls on the Sunday matinee with a great view at £25 direct from the theatre. For our £25, we got a good two plus hours of an entertaining magic show with lots of audience participation and banter. A few head scratchers in there and whilst there were no gobsmacking, jaw-dropping tricks, it was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon nonetheless. Definitely recommend.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 November 2023
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Edward F
United Kingdom43 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
Went to see Unbelievable. I was hoping to have that wow factor and it never really came. The cast were strong and there were a few lines which made me smile.

There was a lot of audience participation and this meant the evening dragged on a bit. Especially as you had to wait for them to come from the seat to the stage.

The finale seemed a little lacklustre. The cast was solid and this definitely was a family event.
Written 30 November 2023
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Guy E
14 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Nice theatre, quite small and intimate and with good views from most places and good leg room as well (important when 6' 4"). We had tickets for 'Unbelievable' in the stalls on the Sunday matinee with a great view at £25 direct from the theatre. For our £25, we got a good two plus hours of an entertaining magic show with lots of audience participation and banter. A few head scratchers in there and whilst there were no gobsmacking, jaw-dropping tricks, it was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon nonetheless. Definitely recommend.
Written 27 November 2023
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John L
Bedford, UK21 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
The theatre was nice but the magic show UNBELIVEABLE truly was ....it was the worst magic show I have ever seen .The theatre was half empty that says it all . IT was nothing more than a stage show that just did not work ,we have seen Derran perform live before and can not believe he put his name to this show if you want to see magic go somewhere else
Written 25 November 2023
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Jess J
8 contributions
Sept 2023 • Friends
First of all, I would like to extend the highest possible accolade to Derren Brown and his team for producing the wonderful show ‘Unbelievable.’ This was a joyful feast of musical virtuosity, slick illusion, and warm engagement with the audience, the whole of which left me feeling massively uplifted. I must also mention the genuine hero of a man who works in the box office. I turned up with two tickets but one was accidentally purchased by me for the show the following week. This kind man calmly found a seat and transferred the ticket to the date I was actually there with my friend. I cannot thank him enough for the way he dealt with this. Ten out of ten for the whole Criterion experience.
Written 25 September 2023
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Natasha_J_Soliar
London, UK451 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
This is a beautiful little yet modern and wonderfully organised theatre in the heart of Piccadilly.

I can't recall my last time at the Criterion, it may have been when Sharon Gless starred in Misery many moons ago . This impromptu Tuesday matinee of "The Way Old Friends Do" was a cheesy, fun, tongue in cheek Abba homage and I enjoyed it.

The staff were lovely so chatty and accommodating as I waited, seated inside before the doors officially opened. The intimacy of the venue means there's a beautiful atmosphere and with two bars and hyper modern efficient and clean toilets, it's a great success all round.

Nearest tube is Piccadilly Circus Piccadilly Line and take exit 3 to come onto street level in front of the Criterion doors
Written 6 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

AmbridgeGirl
London, UK636 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
Beautiful old theatre, tiled interior. Stalls are three floors down and you can hear the Piccadilly Line trains. The seats are not as spacious as some other theatres but really enjoyed 'The Way Old Friends Do.'
Written 24 August 2023
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Catlady89
2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
A friend and I went to see Bleak Expectations which we loved - with the added treat of seeing the glorious Stephen Fry.
However, they had run out of programmes 2 weeks before the end of show's run and didn't see the point of printing any more. We felt that it showed a lack of regard for their audience, many of which, like us, enjoy reading the programme and indeed keep them as a reminder. A very selfish attitude and in all our years of regular theatre going, this is the only time we have ever experienced this. We were both disappointed.
Written 13 August 2023
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Jade
2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
An incredibly rude man at the box office window.
I went in to ask directions and he had a terrible attitude, very unwelcoming.
Written 1 August 2023
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Thomas M
Wading River, NY26 contributions
May 2023
Beautifully restored theatre right on Piccadilly Circus — not sure that there is a bad seat anywhere in the house. Staff are lovely — all, to a person, were warm, courteous, and helpful. Made my evening at the theatre completely stress-free and enjoyable.
Saw the current production, Bleak Expectations, in early May whilst in London for the Coronation. Tremendously funny with a cast who were clearly enjoying themselves. Production is on through 13 August. Cannot recommend it too highly.
Written 7 July 2023
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MartinRHor
Riga, Latvia66 contributions
Jun 2023 • Friends
The criterion theatre is cosy and very well decorated. A lovely theatre all round. The play was excellent, very funny indeed. First rate actors excellently cast. Highly recommend both the theatre and the play, Bleak Expectations. There were references to Dickens’ works, some oblique and some not so oblique. It was also fun trying to spot them. A great outing.
Written 18 June 2023
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