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What You Need To Know About The Cambridge Theatre:

The Cambridge Theatre is one of the youngest theatres in the West End and is home to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s smash hit Matilda The Musical.

The theatre opened in 1930 and is famous for its eye-catching interior designed by Serge Chemayeff of Waring and Gillow. The auditorium seats 1,231 people, and the theatre has been used as a venue for both musicals and plays. Since 2011 it has been the West End home to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda. Previous productions to have run at the Cambridge Theatre include Return To The Forbidden Planet and Jerry Springer – The Opera.

Matilda The Musical is written by Dennis Kelly, and features music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. Based on the much-loved book by Roald Dahl, the musical tells the story of a super smart young girl who likes to read. Saddled with unfortunate parents and a evil headmistress, Matilda demonstrates some rather special powers in order to put things right. Read more about the show here.

The Cambridge Theatre is part of the Really Useful Theatres group. 

Top Facts About The Cambridge Theatre: 

  1. During the 1980s there was a plan to turn the Cambridge Theatre into a venue for magic shows called The Magic Castle Of Seven Dials, however the project failed and the venue reverted to being a theatre.
  2. In 2012 Matilda won seven Olivier Awards, which set set a new world record for the most Olivier Awards won by any musical in the history of the awards!
  3. Since opening in the West End, Matilda has subsequently gone on to play Broadway and tour North America and Australia.

Key Information About The Cambridge Theatre:

Transport:

Tube: You can travel to and from Covent Garden (Piccadilly line), which is five minutes’ walk to the venue. Leicester Square (Piccadilly and Northern lines) is also only a short walk away.

Bus: Bus numbers 14, 19, 24, 38 and 176 all stop close to the theatre. To plan your journey in more detail, please visit the Transport for London website.

Parking:

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 Cambridge Theatre 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: Shaftesbury (NCP) or Chinatown (Q Park).

If you are looking for Blue Badge parking, the Cambridge Theatre advises trying the NCP car park, which is only five minutes’ walk from the theatre, or the limited spaces on Earlham Street or Mercer Street. 

Accessibility info:

The Cambridge Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Please contact the general manager as soon as you arrive so that they can assist you. Step-free access to the Stalls is through the third double Exit doors on Earlham Street.

There are spaces for wheelchairs and scooters in the Stalls, and there are four transfer seats. You can store your wheelchair and scooter at the theatre during the performance. Please book these in advance with the Access Team.

The theatre is fitted with accessible toilets that can be found in the Stalls corridor.

Drinks can be brought to disabled visitors in the Stalls if required.

The auditorium is fitted with an infra-red hearing system. There are eight headsets available from the foyer, plus an induction loop at the box office.

Working dogs can be taken into the theatre or looked after by staff. The theatre has space for a maximum of four dogs at one time, so please arrange this in advance.

The RSC has recorded some introductory notes for visitors to listen to ahead of their visit. You can request the CD when booking a ticket or you can email [email protected].

To discuss all access requirements and to book tickets please contact the Access Team on: 0844 412 4652 or email: [email protected].

Access performances:

Matilda The Musical schedules regular Audio-describes, Captioned and BSL-interpreted performances. For more information, visit the Matilda The Musical website here.

Extra: If you are looking for seats with extra leg room, ask to book seats J1, J8 and Box A (up three steps). All aisle seats also offer slightly more space.

Facilities:

Like most West End theatres, the Cambridge Theatre has its own in-house bar facilities, serving a range of wines, beers and soft drinks. You can also purchase a range of snacks, including interval ice creams before the show or during the interval.

For more information visit the Cambridge Theatre’s website.