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Ambassadors Theatre

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West St, London WC2H 9ND, London
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Description

First home to the longest-ever running West End show the Mousetrap from 1952 to 1974, the Ambassadors Theatre also welcomes a variety of world-class shows. Next door is the Martin’s Theatre, where the Mousetrap moved to after 1974. For example, the Ambassadors Theatre has welcomed the likes of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, John Doyle’s Sweemy Todd, Ying Tong- A Walk with the Goons, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Kate Belt’s On the Third Day, Peter Hall’s Waiting For Godot, Love song starring Cillian Murphy and Neve Campbell, Whipping it Up and Little Shop of Horrors.

Located on West Street near Cambridge Circus, the Ambassadors Theatre is in the very heart of the West End and is a Grade II listed building with its beautiful, old interior. In 1996 the theatre was bought by the Ambassador Theatre Group, the largest theatre operator in the West End. While it changed hands several times after this, it has been owned by the Ambassador Theatre group since 2018. Although the Ambassadors Theatre is one of the West End’s smallest theatres, it still hosts excellent shows and an incredible, intimate theatrical experience.


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Ambassadors Theatre London Seating

With a capacity of 410 seats, the Ambassadors Theatre is one of the West End’s smallest theatre venues which means that you can enjoy excellent views from most sections of the theatre. The auditorium is divided across two levels: the Stalls and the Circle.

The Stalls: as the section of the theatre closest to the stage, the Stalls boasts an extremely intense but intimate theatrical experience - imagine watching the Mousetrap here in 1952! If you are looking for premium seating, then this can be found in the centre of the Stalls, especially between seats 6-12 in rows D-G.

The Circle: as the second tier in the Ambassadors Theatre, the Circle has a capacity of 163 seats. While in many theatres the second tier has worse seating, the Circle has some of the best seats in the house, which can be found in the first two rows of the theatre. Alternatively, if you are looking for slightly cheaper tickets, these can be found in the last four rows of the Circle from H to L. Although these seats are discounted, there are still great views and legroom.


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Ambassadors Theatre Contact and Opening times

Ambassadors Theatre Contact Numbers

Telephone Booking:​ 0843 904 0061*

*​Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge.

Group Bookings: ​020 7206 1174

Access Bookings: ​0800 912 6971

Opening Times

The Ambassadors Theatre is Open 10:00 - 20:00 Monday to Saturday. 

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Useful Information

Getting there

Located on West Street, the Ambassadors Theatre is very easy to access using public transport and can equally be accessed by car. However, given that the Ambassadors Theatre is London’s Congestion Zone, which costs £11.50 between 7am and 6pm, it is recommended that you take public transport.

The Ambassadors theatre address is:

West Street, London, WC2H 9ND

Train: the closest train station to the theatre is Charing Cross Station, which is a 15- 20 minute walk away. Charing Cross Station serves national rail services around London.

Tube: the nearest tube station to the Ambassadors Theatre is Leicester Square, which is served by the Northern and Piccadilly lines. Covent Garden (Piccadilly) and Holborn (Piccadilly, Central) are also easily reached from the theatre.

Bus: you can easily access the Ambassadors Theatre by bus. There are several bus stops on Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue (14, 19, 24, 29, 38 and 176) which is only a 5 minute walk away from the Ambassadors Theatre.

Access

If you need to book any access requirements or have any enquiries prior to your visit, please call 020 7395 5405 or email: access@theambassadorstheatre.co.uk. It is important to contact the theatre beforehand and notify staff to check availability.

Getting into the theatre

The Ambassadors Theatre entrance has one small step down to the theatre foyer from street level. If you require assistance, please let a member of staff know beforehand.

Inside the Theatre

There is no customer lift available in the Ambassadors theatre and all of the sections must be accessed by stairs. Unfortunately, because of spatial restrictions in the theatre, it is not possible for wheelchair users to stay in their seats. However, wheelchair transfers are available, but the Ambassador Theatre assists that you bring a companion with you for assistance. Although staff are there to help, they cannot assist with the transfers so please bring a companion. During the performance, wheelchairs can be stored in the foyer.

For customers who cannot access the bars, staff are happy to provide an at-seat service but please let them know before the performance starts if you require this type of assistance.

The most recommended area of the theatre for customers with limited mobility is the Circle, which is 5 steps up form the main foyer, with handrails and highlighted steps. Transfers are possible in the Circle. However, the Stalls is 26 steps up from the main foyer and is not recommended for customers with limited mobility. The Stalls does not have much leg room either.


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Ambassadors Theatre History

First opening on June 5th 1913, the Ambassadors Theatre was designed by architect W.R.G Sprague, along with St Martin’s Theatre, which is next to the Ambassadors Theatre. It was intended to be a small, intimate venue, opposite to the well-known restaurant, The Ivy, for the theatrical elite. Known for hosting the Mousetrap, the longest running production at the West End, the Ambassadors Theatre also saw Vivien Leigh making her West End debut, starring in The Mask Of Virtue in 1935, where Laurence Oliver first saw her perform.

The Ambassadors Theatre was bought by the Ambassador Theatre Group in 1996 and was named the New Ambassadors, showcasing niche words and plays. In 2007, the theatre was sold to Stephen Waley- Choen, who renamed the theatre the Ambassadors, intending to sell it to delfont Mackintosh Theatres. However, this plan did not happen, and the Ambassadors Theatre was sold back to ATG in 2018.


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Ambassadors Theatre, London

Ambassadors Theatre

West St, London WC2H 9ND, London1

1NOTE: approximate address. The only address that is completely valid is the one shown on the tickets

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