The Ambassadors Theatre is a relatively small theatre compared to many other West End theatres, with a similarly small stage, with the depth of the stage only 6.25 metres. The auditorium has a proscenium arched stage suiting revue styles of productions.
The Ambassadors and the nearby St Martin’s Theatre were thought of as companions by their architect WGR Sprague in 1913, however, St Martin’s was delayed by three years. There followed a name changed when the theatre changed its name to The New Ambassadors Theatre in 1999 but on Wednesday, 4th April 2007 it was renamed The Ambassadors Theatre again. The Ambassadors is probably best known as being the original home of the Agatha Christie thriller The Mousetrap which opened here on 25th November 1952, and then stayed until 25th March 1974 before moving the short distance to St Martin’s.
Notable productions after this include 84 Charing Cross Road and a transfer of The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Christopher Hampton’s play Les Liaisons Dangereuses. More recent productions have included revivals of The Killing of Sister George (with Miriam Margolyes) and Dames at Sea (with Kim Criswell, Peter Duncan and Sara Crowe). The theatre was used by The Royal Court Theatre between 1996 and 1999 to stage their ‘Theatre Upstairs’ studio-based work, during which time their own theatre in Sloane Square was being refurbished.
Photographs taken 9th September 2010
Here are some options for public transport to the Ambassadors Theatre in London:
- Tube: The nearest tube station to the Ambassadors Theatre is Leicester Square, which is on the Piccadilly and Northern lines.
- Bus: Several bus routes serve the area around the Ambassadors Theatre, including numbers 14, 19, 24, 29, 38, 176, and N5.
- Train: The nearest railway station to the Ambassadors Theatre is Charing Cross, which is about a 10-minute walk away.
- Taxi: Taxis are widely available in London and can drop you off directly outside the theatre.
- Bike: There are several Santander Cycle docking stations near the Ambassadors Theatre, allowing you to cycle to the venue if you have access to a bike.
Note that public transport routes and schedules may be subject to change, so it’s always best to check the latest travel information before setting off.