Ambassadors Theatre Box Office
Address: Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, London, WC2H 9ND
Tube lines: Piccadilly, Northern
Nearest tube: Leicester Square
Directions from Leicester Square:
(5mins) Take Cranbourn Street away from Leicester Square until St Martin’s Lane, where you head left up to West Street. The theatre’s on your left past St Martin’s Theatre.
Nearest rail: Charing Cross
Bus routes: (Charing Cross Road) 14, 19, 38, 24, 29, 176
Night buses: (Charing Cross Road) 14, 24, 176, N5, N19, N29, N38, N41, N279
Car park: Chinatown (5mins)
In congestion zone?: Yes
Please note: The location shown on the map is an approximate location of the theatre. In the majority of cases the theatre will be marked on the map so please make sure you locate the exact location yourself. If the theatre is not shown on the map please make sure you locate the correct road name and take account of the directions.
What's On at the Ambassadors Theatre
Ambassadors Theatre Information
If you are driving, there are NCP car parks at the following addresses:
Selkirk House, Museum Street, London, WC1A 1JP
Parker Street, Parker Mews, London, WC2B 5NT
St Martins Lane Hotel
45 St Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4HX
You can see these, and other NCP car parks on their website http://www.ncp.co.uk/
However, you can participate in the Q-Parks Theatreland Parking Scheme and get 50% off your parking costs by validating your parking ticket in the foyer at the theatre.
For more information on Q-Parks Theatreland Parking Scheme either call +44 (0)870 442 0104 or visit Q-Parks website http://www.q-park.co.uk/theatreland
The closest participating car park for the Ambassadors Theatre is at 20 Newport Place, London, WC2H 7PR.
Don't forget to pay the £11.50 (£1 less if you register, but that costs you £10 for a car) daily congestion charge for central London which applies from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays, if you are driving into London.
Alternatively, plan your journey using Transport for London journey planner https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/
There is a bar on both levels. The Circle bar opens 45 minutes before the performance starts and is for use by all patrons. The Stalls bar opens 30 minutes before the show starts. Each bar closes once the performance has started.
Whilst there is no air conditioning, the theatre do strive to keep the theatre in comfortable conditions through the changing seasons.
If you have specific access requirements, we advise that you call or contact the theatre direct.
Stomp patrons should be advised that there is a section of the performance where Zippo lighters and the banging of metal bins could trigger some photosensitive epileptics.
The entrance is in West Street and there is a small step up into the foyer, where the box office is located. There are 26 steps down to the stalls auditorium and 5 up to the dress circle. All staircases are equipped with handrails.
Throughout the auditorium there is an infrared system, with both loop and conventional headsets. Headsets will need to be booked in advance and a deposit is payable. If you have booked a headset, please see a member of staff when you arrive to receive the headset.
The theatre allows both guide and hearing dogs in the auditorium, or staff can dog-sit throughout the performance if booked in advance.
Unfortunately, there is not room for wheelchairs in the auditorium, so guests need to be able to transfer to one of our seats. Staff are always available to assist with this, and wheelchairs will be store in the foyer throughout the performances.
There are no adapted toilets in the theatre. There are steps either up or down to both male and female toilet facilities.
In The Area
Cash/ATM – there is an HSBC cashpoint at 138 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8HB, Barclays at 25 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0HZ, Nat West at 20 Dean Street, W1A 1SX. Always be equipped with cash if you wish to buy drinks at the theatre, there are a lot of London theatres that only accept cash at the bar!
Drinks – there is a Starbucks opposite St Martin's theatre next door, or for something a little stronger, Two Brewers is just around the corner at 40 Monmouth Street.
Eating – there is certainly no lack of choice of where to eat, whether it is for a full meal, a snack, or takeaway. For instance, The Ivy is opposite the theatre, or choose French cuisine at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon nearly next door; on Litchfield Street you can choose Moroccan at Souk Bazaar, or visit the gastropub Ape & Bird on the corner of West Street and Shaftesbury Avenue.
Ambassadors Theatre was designed by W G R Sprague, built by Kingerlee & Sons, and opened on 5th June 1913. The first production was Panthea, which only ran for 15 nights.
In 1914 the new genre of “intimate” review from Paris was introduced at the theatre, by Charles B Cochran and Odds & Ends, starring Slice Delysia ran for more than 400 nights.
In 1921 Ivor Novello made his first stage appearance in Deburau. Another debut performance was the West End stage debut of Vivien Leigh.
The Mousetrap, an Agatha Christie story, ran at the theatre from November 1952 and continued through to 1973. It then transferred to St Martins Theatre next door.
In 1996 the theatre was divided into two studio spaces, with the Royal Court Theatre being resident upstairs until 1999. When the theatre reverted back to the original space it was re-named as the New Ambassadors Theatre.
In 2007 the theatre changed back to the original name of Ambassadors Theatre and the current show, Stomp, opened in October of that year.