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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 venue, St. Martin's Theatre, 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

The box office is open from 6pm - 7.45pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Thursday and Saturday it is open 1pm - 7.45pm. Sunday it is open 2pm - 7.45pm. Pre-booked tickets can be picked up from one hour before the performance starts. Due to how busy the box office is during this time, it should be avoided if you are buying tickets for a future date.
The theatre opens 1 hour before the performance starts, at which time the bars and auditorium will be open. Space is quite limited in this venue, so it is recommended that you purchase any refreshments and make your way to your seat quite quickly.
There are two small bars, located 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 cup. These bars are accessible via stairs, but staff can arrange to have refreshments brought to the seat of any patrons with access requirements. Interval drinks can be pre-ordered to avoid queues at the bar between acts.
The theatre no longer allows the storage of bags in their cloakroom during performances. It is best to avoid bringing any bags or items that can't be held comfortably on your lap during the performance.
The venue has an air cooling system. In the summer this may mean the auditorium is slightly cool, so a light cardigan or shirt is worth bringing along.
The venue 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 Hawksmoor and The Ivy are highly recommended for those wanting to splash out. The theatre is also close to London's iconic Chinatown, with many Chinese and Asian-fusion restaurants to choose from.
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 London Underground. There are many budget options such as Travelodge and Premier Inn a short tube ride away.
You can call box the office directly on 03330 096 690, with calls being charged at standard geographic rates. For other contact options, visit
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