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Ambassadors Theatre London

About the Ambassadors Theatre

The Ambassadors Theatre is one of the West End's smallest theatres, with a capacity of 446 across two levels. It was built alongside its sister theatre, St. Martin's, by architect W.G.R. Sprague and first opened in 1913. For a brief period in the 1990s, the Ambassadors Theatre was split into two spaces, but its original design was restored in 1999. The building has been Grade II listed since March 1973.

The Ambassadors Theatre is primarily known to host small-scale plays, although many musicals have played there and it was the long-time host of Stomp from 2007-2018. The theatre was also the first home of the world's longest-running play The Mousetrap, from 1952 to 1974, before it moved to St. Martin's Theatre, where it still plays to this day. Other notable productions include The Mask of Virtue, which saw the West End debut of Vivien Leigh, the 2004 revival of Sweeney Todd and The Little Shop of Horrors.

Plan your visit

The Ambassadors Theatre box office is open from 10am to 8pm during Monday to Saturday. The theatre opens 1 hour before the performance starts, from which time pre-purchased tickets can be collected from the box office.
There is no formal dress code at the Ambassadors Theatre, but patrons are advised to dress comfortably and sensibly.
The Ambassadors Theatre has air-conditioning within the main auditorium in order to help keep patrons comfortable during hot weather.
The Ambassadors Theatre no longer allows the storage of bags in their cloakroom during performances.
The Ambassadors Theatre Group undertakes bag checks on entrance to the theatre. It is advised that all patrons avoid bringing large bags, rucksack and suitcases into the venue, as well as arriving with enough time to pass through security.
The Ambassadors Theatre has two small bars in the Stalls and the Circle. Soft drinks, alcoholic beverages and small snacks can be purchased here, with drinks being able to be taken into the auditorium if transferred into a plastic glass. These bars are accessible via stairs, but staff can arrange to have refreshments brought to the seat of any patrons with access requirements.
The Ambassadors Theatre is a short walk from Covent Garden and Seven Dials, both vibrant hotspots for pre-theatre dining. Dishoom is often a favourite for many offering a delicious modern take on Bombay cuisine, while Hawksmore and The Ivy are highly recommended for those wanting to splash out. If you’re looking for a bargain though why not head into Chinatown and try one of the many budget buffets.
The Ambassadors Theatre is located within a very central location making hotels very popular with tourists. The nearby Z-Hotels offer a good balance of quality and affordability, while the Covent Garden Hotel comes recommended for five-star luxury. Those wanting more of a bargain though are recommended to look slightly further out, as the theatre is very well connected by the underground.
The Ambassadors Theatre opened on 5th June 1913, being built as an intimate and smaller counterpoint to many of the larger West End venues. It was built alongside the adjacent St Martin’s Theatre, however construction of that venue was completed later due to World War I.

Help booking tickets

You can arrive at the Ambassadors Theatre box office from one hour before the performance starts to collect pre-booked tickets. You may be asked for your confirmation email and ID so it is advised to have them on your and accessible. It is recommended to arrive as early as possible to allow for any time you may need to queue.
The Ambassadors Theatre’s box office is open from 10am until 8pm from Monday to Saturday for theatregoers to make in-person purchases. Pre-booked tickets can be picked up from one hour before the performance starts and generally due to busyness during this time, should be avoided if you are buying tickets for a future date.
You can call the Ambassadors Theatre box office directly on 03330 096 690, with calls being charged at standard geographic rates.
STAR (Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers) is the industry body that regulates the sale of London theatre tickets, including the Ambassadors Theatre. When booking from a company you can check the STAR ticket seller database to see if they are registered and conforming to STAR practices. When buying online, you should also check for the padlock in your browser URL bar to ensure the connection is secure.
The Ambassadors Theatre is available to hire for events when performances are not on. For any enquiries, please call the events team on 020 7534 6173.
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