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About the Arts Theatre

The Arts Theatre is situated in Leicester Square, in the heart of the West End. Opening in 1927 as a private members club, the venue is now an independent theatre which provides a platform for smaller plays and musicals.

The auditorium is intimate, with a capacity of 350 across the Stalls and the Circle. It is a traditional black box theatre, which boasts good views throughout.

After a refurbishment in 2009, the Arts Theatre hosts comfortable seats and good overall sight-lines. Slight restrictions can be found at the ends of Row J, which are behind pillars, and Rows M and N, which are affected by the Circle overhang. Slip seats in the Circle are restricted due to the angle of the seating.

Plan your visit

The Arts Theatre opens one hour before the show starts. The Box Office opens from 10am on the day of performances.
There is no specific dress code for the theatre. Patrons should wear attire that is comfortable and appropriate for the occasion.
The Arts Theatre does not have air conditioning, but does have some cooling systems in place to manage the temperature.
There are no cloakroom facilities at the Arts Theatre and patrons are encouraged not to bring large items to the theatre.
Security staff will be completing bag and ticket checks upon entry to the theatre, so patrons are encouraged to arrive early to allow plenty of time.
There is a cafe in the foyer of the Arts Theatre, serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages alongside a range of snacks. There is also a cocktail bar below the theatre.
The Arts Theatre is located right in the West End, where there are many cafes, restaurants and pubs to grab something to eat before or after the show. Try Steak & Co, which is just a few minutes walk from the theatre and offers a delicious pre-theatre menu. If pizza's on your mind, take a 5-minute walk to Rossopomodoro to try some authentic Neopolitan cuisine.
The Arts Theatre is located in the heart of the West End where there is a wide range of hotels available, including the five-star Radisson Blu Edwardian in Leicester Square. Alternatively, if you're on a budget, the Z Hotel near Trafalgar Square has affordable rooms and is just a 10-minute walk from the theatre.
The Arts Theatre first opened in 1927 as a members-only club to allow the performances of unlicensed plays during a time of censorship in theatre from the Lord Chamberlain. The venue became an official West End theatre in 2000 when it was taken over by a group of successful UK and US producers. It is the smallest West End theatre with a capacity of just 350.

Help booking tickets

Tickets are held at the box office for collection on the day of your performance. Patrons should try to arrive as early as possible to avoid queues and allow enough time to enter the auditorium. Please ensure you bring your confirmation email and a form of ID.
The Arts Theatre box office is open from 10am until 6pm Monday to Sunday for in-person bookings and collection.
The Arts Theatre box office can be contacted directly on 020 7836 8463.
STAR (Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers) is the industry body that regulates the sale of London theatre tickets. 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.
If you are looking to make a large group booking such as a school group or corporate trip, please send an enquiry to with the performance dates and number of tickets you are looking to book. We will investigate options and come back to you.
The Arts Theatre has two spaces available for private hire – the Pigeon Loft and Front Room. For full details of pricing and what the theatre can offer, please call 020 7836 8463 or email
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