The Ambassadors Theatre opened in 1913. It was built as a companion to St Martin’s Theatre, with the intention of housing smaller productions in a more intimate venue.
The inaugural play Panthea lasted just 15 nights. Early plays included Deburau starring Ivor Novello, and Eugene O'Neill's The Emperor Jones. The Mousetrap* premiered at the Ambassadors Theatre on 25 Nov. 1952, and later moved to St. Martin's Theatre in 1974.
Recent shows include a decade-long run of Stomp, as well as star-studded plays.
The auditorium has two levels – Stalls and Dress Circle. It is an intimate theatre.
In the Stalls, the rake of the seating becomes obvious from Row E and is quite a sharp rake, but the last two rows are set lower than those in front. The overhang of the Dress Circle affects the view from Row M.
The Dress Circle is not affected by an overhang, but the legroom on this level is not ideal.
Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Charing Cross Road) 14, 19, 38, 24, 29, 176
Night bus numbers: (Charing Cross Road) 14, 24, 176, N5, N19, N29, N38, N41, N279
Car park: Chinatown (5mins)
Directions from tube: (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.
30 November 2023 - 2 March 2024
31 August 2023 - 25 November 2023