The Ambassadors Theatre London

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The Ambassadors Theatre London
West Street,
WC2H 9ND London
GB

Venue information

The Ambassadors Theatre was designed by W G R Sprague who designed many West End Theatres including the St Martin's situated next door and the Aldwych Theatre in Covent Garden. It was built by Kingerlee and Sons of Oxford.

The theatre opened on 5th June 1913 with a production of Panthea, a play by Monckton Hoffe which ran for only 15 nights.

The great impresario Charles B. Cochran took a lease on the theatre in 1914 and introduced what was then a new genre of entertainment from Paris, the 'intimate' review. Odds and Ends starring the French actress and singer Alice Delysia ran for over 400 performances. More Odds and Ends followed in 1915.

Vivian Leigh Subsequently the theatre presented Deburau in 1921 which saw Ivor Novello making his first stage appearance, Eugene O'Neill's The Emperor Jones starring Paul Robeson, The Mask of Virtue in 1935 which saw the West End stage debut of a 22 year old Vivien Leigh and Spring Meeting in 1938 with Margaret Rutherford.

Britain's longest running production The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie opened at The Ambassadors on 25th November 1952 and played here until its 21st Birthday in 1973 when it transferred next door to the larger St Martin's Theatre. The stalls bar of the Ambassadors currently displays a commemorative statuette, which was presented to the theatre by Agatha Christie to celebrate the play's record breaking run.

The Mousetrap Following The Mousetrap the theatre saw a variety of shows, the most notable at this time was the RSC's hit production of Les Liasions Dangereuses by Christopher Hampton with Alan Rickman.

In 1996 the theatre was transformed into two studio spaces to accommodate the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs who were resident until 1999. After their successful residence the theatre was converted back to its original design and renamed The New Ambassadors Theatre.

Since 1999 the theatre has seen many shows play at this intimate venue including: Some Explicit Polaroids by Mark Ravenhill, Spoonface Steinberg by Lee Hall, Krapp's Last Tape by Samuel Beckett and starring John Hurt, Al Murray the Pub Landlord, Marie Jones' award winning Stones In His Pockets, The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler, The Watermill Theatre's highly acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd and On The Third Day – winner of the Channel Four search for a first time playwright entitled The Play's The Thing.

Most recent productions at the theatre have been Love Song by John Kolvenbach starring Cillian Murphy and Neve Campbell, the political comedy Whipping It Up by Steve Thompson and starring Richard Wilson and Robert Bathurst and the Menier Chocolate Factory's revival of Little Shop of Horrors. The current production of Stomp opened in October 2007.

In June 2007 the theatre reverted back to its original name of The Ambassadors Theatre.

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Address: The Ambassadors Theatre
West Street, WC2H 9ND London
Public transport
Leicester Square Underground is the closest tube station. For detailed travel planning information, please see the Transport for London Journey Planner. Charing Cross is the closest mainline station. For detailed travel planning information, please see the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner.

Buses: 14, 19, 24, 29, 38, 176. For detailed travel planning information, please see the Transport for London Journey Planner.

The Society of London Theatre has produced a very useful guide with directions from Nelson's Column to the Ambassador's Theatre.

Parking

Parking
The Q-Park Car Park in Newport Place offers a 50% discount to theatregoers on production of a properly validated parking ticket and theatre ticket. Tickets may be validated by the box office.

Accessibility

Patrons with specific access or seating requirements should book with the Box Office direct on 020 7395 5405. Bookings for specific seats should be made early to avoid disappointment. Bookings and enquiries can also be taken by email at access@theambassadorstheatre.co.uk.

Patrons with disabilities
We have prepared a Visual Story for children and young adults with sensory sensitivities. It is intended to help them prepare for a new experience and to become familiar with the new surroundings.

Stairs
The Ambassadors Theatre is located in West Street. It is situated next to the St Martin's Theatre and opposite the Ivy Restaurant. There is a small step into the foyer, where you will find the box office on the left. There are 26 steps down to the stalls auditorium and five up to the dress circle. All staircases have handrails and steps are highlighted.

Hearing impaired
There is an infrared system working throughout the auditorium with both loop and conventional headsets. Headsets must be booked in advance and a deposit is required. Upon arrival, please speak to a member of staff to receive your headset. Please be aware that sections of Stomp can be very loud.

Guide dogs
Guide dogs and hearing dogs are permitted in the auditorium and staff can dog sit by prior arrangement. Dogs will be looked after in the manager’s office. Please inform the box office at the time of booking.

Wheelchair access
Due to spatial restriction within the theatre, we are only able to accommodate wheelchair transfers. Patrons need to be able to transfer to one of our seats which have armrests. Our staff are always available to provide assistance and will store the wheelchair in the foyer during the performance, however they will not be permitted to lift patrons.

Drinks
There are 19 steps up from the foyer to the circle bar and 26 steps down to the stalls bar. Drinks in plastic cups may be taken into the auditorium.

Adapted toilets
There is no adapted toilet.

Toilets
Female toilets are located both 19 steps down the stairs to the stalls, and also up 26 steps from the foyer. Male toilets are up a flight of 8 steps from the foyer, and 26 steps down on the stalls level.

Underground access
The nearest underground station is Leicester Square Station. For detailed travel planning information, please visit the Transport for London Journey Planner.

Rail access
The nearest overground station is Charing Cross Station. For detailed travel planning information, please visit the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner.

Bus
Nearby bus stops on Charing Cross Rd, serviced by the following buses: 14, 19, 22, 24, 29, 38, 40, 176 For detailed travel planning information, please visit the Transport for London Journey Planner.

Parking
The Q-Park Car Park in Newport Place offers a 50% discount to theatregoers on production of a properly validated parking ticket and theatre ticket. Tickets may be validated by the box office.