Photograph looking up at the exterior of the Theatre Royal in Stratford East, the building is red with cream embelllishment

Theatre Royal Stratford East

The Theatre Royal Stratford East was built in 1884 and has a long and varied history of serving the East End and producing plays for the people.  Its strong tradition of developing and encouraging new voices for the stage has given it a unique place in our culture.  Famed for bringing Oh What a Lovely War and Five Guys Named Moe to world acclaim, its vision is to break new ground with musicals that bring contemporary and urban music into the mainstream of British theatre.

Barbara Windsor worked with VocalEyes Describer Bridget Crowley on the description of the Theatre Royal Stratford East for London Beyond Sight (2012).

Directions, Access and Additional Information

Tube: Stratford – Central and Jubilee Lines

Bus: 25, 69, 86, 97, 104, 108, 158, 238, 241, 257, 262, 276, 308, 339, 425, 473, D8, N8, N86

Train: Stratford – Main line trains and the Docklands Light Railway

Exit Stratford Station and cross over to the Stratford Centre, which is a shopping mall located across the road from the front of the station.  Enter the mall and continue straight on until you reach the central square and then turn left by the JD Sports shop.  Continue on until you reach the end of the walkway marked by a Peacocks store at the end.  This will bring you to the exit of Stratford Centre and to the back of the Theatre Royal Stratford East. Continue walking and you’ll see the theatre’s bar, then the front entrance and theatre Box Office.

At the Theatre Royal Stratford East there are regular audio described performances for blind and partially sighted people.

There are a limited number of backstage tours of the theatre available for free but these must be booked in advance through the box office on 020 8534 0310 or [email protected]

Opening times:

Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm (Box Office and main foyer)

The restaurant and bar are open from 10am

Parking – There is no parking at the theatre itself but there is a multi-storey car park above the Stratford Centre.

Audio playlist