What You Need To Know About The Ambassadors:
The Ambassadors is one of the smallest West End theatres and seats just 444 visitors. It is a Grade II listed building, which was originally built by the renowned architect W. G. R. Sprague. As with the Novello and Aldwych Theatres, Sprague intended the Ambassadors to be part of a pair with the St Martin’s Theatre.
In June 1913 the theatre opened and was initially used as a venue for a new type of entertainment show popular in Paris. From the 1920s onwards, there was more drama on the bill including performances by Ivor Novello and Vivien Leigh.
Today the theatre most frequently houses long-running West End musicals. At the time of writing, Stomp has been playing at the venue since 2007.
In 2015, plans were announced by Cameron Mackintosh to turn the Ambassadors into the renamed Sondheim Theatre. The venue will be the West End home for regional transfers and, at the time of writing, these plans are scheduled to start in 2018.
Despite its name, it is worth noting that the Ambassadors is not part of the Ambassadors Theatre Group (ATG).
Top Facts About The Ambassadors:
- The Ambassadors was the original home of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap before it moved to the St Martin’s Theatre, where it is still playing to this day.
- There is a small statuette given to the theatre by Agatha Christie to mark the record-breaking run of The Mousetrap in the Stalls bar.
- From 1996 until 1999, the Ambassadors was used as an alternate venue for the Royal Court Theatre.
Key Information About The Ambassadors:
Tube: The closest tube station is Leicester Square (Piccadilly and Northern lines), which is approximately five-minutes’ walk from the theatre. Alternatively use Covent Garden (Piccadilly line) and Tottenham Court Road (Central and Northern lines), which are both a five-minute walk.
Train: Charing Cross train station on The Strand is served by Southeastern trains and is a 5-10 minute walk from the theatre.
Bus: Bus numbers 14, 19, 24, 29, 38 and 176 all stop close to the theatre. To plan your journey in more detail please visit the Transport for London website.
West End parking
Q-Park car parks can be found at:
Chinatown – 20 Newport Place, WC2H 7PR
Soho – Poland Street, W1F 7NQ
Trafalgar – Spring Gardens, SW1A 2TS
Leicester Square – Whitcomb Street, WC2H 7DT
Q-Park offers discounted parking for ticket-holders visiting participating West End theatres and the Ambassadors is part of the Q-Park Theatreland Parking Scheme.
NCP car parks can be found at:
Shaftesbury – Selkirk House, Museum Street, WC1A 1JR
Covent Garden – Parker Street, WC2B 5NT
The closest car park to the theatre is: Chinatown and Soho.
For Blue Badge parking information, click here.
The Ambassadors does not have step-free access, although all steps have handrails and are well-lit.
The Ambassadors doesn’t have spaces for wheelchairs in the theatre, but the theatre can store wheelchairs if visitors want to transfer to a seat.
There is also no adapted toilet.
Working dogs are welcome in the auditorium or can be looked after by a member of staff. You should arrange either option in advance.
The auditorium is fitted with an infra-red hearing system and headsets are available; both need to booked in advance and a deposit is required.
The theatre has prepared a visual story for children and young adults with sensory sensitivities, which can be downloaded from their website here.
To discuss all access requirements and to book tickets, please phone 02073955405 or email [email protected].
The Ambassadors has two in-house bars. You can visit the Circle bar 45 minutes before the start of the performance and the Stalls bar opens 30 minutes beforehand. Both serve a selection of wines, beers and soft drinks, plus light snacks. You can also contact the theatre in advance to order drinks, including champagne, to be ready for your visit and customers can pre-order interval drinks before the show, which means you can collect them during the break to save queuing again!
For sit-down dining, try nearby Chinatown or Covent Garden; many of the restaurants offer pre-theatre menus.