Formerly called the New Ambassadors Theatre, the Ambassadors Theatre is a west-end theatre tucked neatly away in West Street, close to Cambridge Circus. Seating just 195 in the Dress Circle and 251 in the Stalls, people, it is one of the smallest west end venues.
Along with the adjacent St Martin's, the Ambassadors Theatre was conceived by architect, W.G.R.Sprague in 1913 and was built with the intention of being a small and intimate venue. The theatre was Grade II Listed by English Heritage in 1973. and is perfectly situated opposite the Ivy, the renowned restaurant and favourite haunt of London's theatrical elite.
The venue was bought out by its namesake the Ambassador Theatre Group in 1996 and was split into two small spaces by creating a false floor at circle level. In 1999 it was renamed the 'New Ambassadors' and featured niche works not normally seen outside of fringe venues. However, within a few years, the theatre had largely reverted back to showcasing more commercially viable productions to suit its location in the west-end theatre district.
ATG had sold the venue on April 4th, 2007 to Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen, who renamed the venue 'The Ambassadors Theatre' and began an extensive refurbishment of the theatre.
Notable productions to showcase at the venue include a young Vivien Leigh making her west end debut in 1935 in 'The Mask Of Virtue' which was the first play in which Lawrence Olivier saw her perform.
Possibly the most famous production to showcase at the Ambassadors is 'The Mousetrap' by Agatha Christie which was performed there as the resident production from 1952 - 1974 before moving next door to the St Martin's Theatre where it still plays today. Another notable long-running production to play at the venue was Stomp which transferred from the Vaudeville Theatre in 2007.
Where Is The Best Section To Book Tickets At The Ambassadors Theatre?
There are only two different levels in the theatre so in practical terms when choosing where to book tickets at the Ambassadors Theatre it really depends on whether you prefer to sit in the stalls on the ground floor looking directly at the stage or on the first floor in the dress circle looking down at the stage from an elevated position? Both vantage points have their own merits so ultimately it will boil down to personal choice however it is always advisable to check the seating plan prior to purchase to ensure satisfaction.
Are There Any Seats To Avoid When Booking Tickets At The Ambassadors Theatre?
The Ambassadors is a small and intimate theatre that thankfully has no pillars to negotiate however there are slight restrictions to the view from the overhang from the circle at the rear of the stalls from row N onwards which could affect your enjoyment of the show depending on the production.
AddressWest Street, London, WC2H 9ND
Directions from nearest 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.
(Charing Cross Road) 14, 19, 38, 24, 29, 176
Night Bus Numbers
(Charing Cross Road) 14, 24, 176, N5, N19, N29, N38, N41, N279
Within Congestion Zone