The Ambassador Theatre London, previously known as the New Ambassadors Theatre, is a famous West End house located in West Street, on Charing Cross Road in Westminster. With a maximum seat count on 444, the theatre is one of the smallest in West End. The Ambassador Theatre was designed by W G R Sprague, the designer behind many West End Theatres including St Martin Theatre and the Aldwych Theatre. The theatre was built by Kingerlee and Sons of Oxford and opened on 5th June 1913 with a production of Panthea. In 1996, the theatre underwent major renovation work and was converted into two studio spaces in order to accommodate the Royal Court Theatre.
Since 1999, the theatre has been home to some of the most iconic shows on West End, especially dramas and adult shows that thrive in a smaller space. Some of the shows performed at the theatre include Krapp's Last Tape by Samuel Beckett, Marie Jones' Stones In His Pockets, Some Explicit Polaroids by Mark Ravenhill, Spoonface Steinberg by Lee Hall, and The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler. Some of the more recent productions at the theatre include Love Song by John Kolvenbach, Whipping It Up by Steve Thompson and the Menier Chocolate Factory's revival of Little Shop of Horrors. In October 2007, the global blockbuster Stomp premiered in the theatre and ran for over 10 years before closing on January 2018.
Address: West St, London WC2H 9ND, UK
Opened: 5 June 1913
Seating Capacity: 444
Stalls : 251
Circle : 195
Check out the Ambassador London Seating Plan here.
Now Playing at Ambassador Theatre
Kunene and the King
Kunene and the King mark the 25th anniversary of the end of apartheid with a highly anticipated London run at The Ambassadors Theatre. The play is written by South African activist, actor and playwright John Kani (The Island, Black Panther) and directed by Janice Honeyman (The Tempest, 2009). Kunene and the King reflects on a quarter-century of change without ever getting too preachy or heavy-handed.
The play is set in South Africa. Jack Morris (played by Antony Sher) is a white South African classical actor who is well known for performing in Shakespeare roles. Lunga Kunene, a black South African (played by John Kani) becomes his at-home carer. Bonding over a shared passion for Shakespeare, the two men from seemingly different backgrounds reflect on the 25 years of apartheid-free Africa.
There are 26 steps down to the stalls auditorium and 5 up to the circle. All staircases have handrails and steps are highlighted.
Wheelchair: Due to space constraints in the theatre, only wheelchair transfers can be accommodated. Patrons with wheelchairs will need to transfer to one of the seats which come with armrests. The theatre staff are always available to offer help and will even store the wheelchair in the foyer during the performance. Please note that the staff are not permitted to lift patrons.
Restroom: Ladies toilets are located both 19 steps down the stairs to the stalls, and also up 26 steps from the foyer. Gents toilets are up a flight of 8 steps from the main foyer and 26 steps down on the stalls level.
Bar: There are two bars in the Ambassador Theatre, the stalls bar and the circle bar. The foyer to the circle bar and stalls bar lie 19 steps and 26 steps away, respectively. If your drinks are in plastic cups, you may take them into the auditorium.
Assistive Listening System: There is an infrared system enabled in the auditorium with both loop and conventional headsets. Remember that headsets must be booked in advance and a deposit is required. Once you arrive for the show, please speak to a member of staff to receive your headset.
- The auditorium allows snacks and drinks in plastic containers, however, hot food is not permitted. Also, like most theatres in the West End, no glass is allowed in the auditorium. Make sure that the drinks purchased from the bar are transferred into plastic cups if you wish to take them inside the seating area.
- Booster cushions are available in the theatre for small children. Please ask the theatre staff for additional details.
- Guide dogs and hearing dogs are permitted in the auditorium and staff can dog-sit if prior intimation regarding the same has been provided.
- The Q-Park Car Park in Newport Place offers 50% off to theatregoers. Just display a properly validated parking ticket and theatre ticket to avail the discount. You’ll also need to validate the tickets by the box office to claim the discount.
- The Ambassadors Theatre is air-conditioned. Please bring along a light jacket or pullover in case it gets too chilly.
- You can request tap water at the bar if required.
- Foxfinder is not suitable for young children and those under 14 will not be admitted to the theatre.
The Ambassador Theatre is located near Cambridge Circus and there are plenty of public transport options for you to choose from.
Address: West St, London WC2H 9ND, UK
Train: Leicester Square Underground is the closest tube station and Charing Cross is the closest mainline station.
Bus: Bus routes 14, 19, and 38 serve Charing Cross Rd, stopping close to the theatre. You can also board the buses on line 24, 29, and 176 and get dropped at a walking distance from the theatre.
Restaurants near Ambassador Theatre London
Make your West End experience extra special with our hand-picked selection of the best restaurants near Ambassador Theatre.
1. The Ivy: Visit this long-standing celebrity haunt in art deco surrounds for Modern British food and a pre-theatre menu.
2. L'Atelier De Joel Robuchon: Try some world-class inventive French food in this luxury 3-floor brasserie with open kitchens and terrace.
3. Rossopomodoro Covent Garden: Amazing wood-fired pizzas and classics made with imported ingredients in an informal setting featuring an open kitchen.
4. Jamie's Italian Covent Garden: Experience the famed celebrity chef's relaxed Italian chain, with a rustic menu and an antipasti bar.
5. Dishoom: Visit this buzzy destination for Indian street food in Bombay-style digs with vintage decor & upscale touches.
6. Bill's Covent Garden (St Martin's) Restaurant: This contemporary European chain dishing up separate breakfast, afternoon tea, lunch and dinner menus.
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