What You Need To Know About Trafalgar Studios:
Trafalgar Studios opened in 2004 and was built on the original site of the old Whitehall Theatre. The new venue is made up of two auditoriums: the 400-seat Studio 1 and the 100-seat Studio 2.
The venue has built a strong reputation as an innovative venue since opening, and offers an exciting alternative to larger theatres in the West End in a more intimate experience. The theatre has staged work by some of the best modern playwrights, including ‘America’s greatest living playwright’ Sam Shepard, Patrick Marber and Philip Ridley, as well as dynamic modern takes on classics. As well as its exciting programming, the theatre also regularly attracts top performers including Martin Freeman, James McAvoy, Matt Berry and Lia Williams.
The building is Grade II listed and is noted for its attractive interior.
The Trafalgar Studios is part of the Ambassadors Theatre Group.
Top Facts About Trafalgar Studios:
- When the Whitehall Theatre was converted into the Trafalgar Studios, they cleverly split the auditorium, transforming the Dress Circle into Studio 1 and the Stalls into Studio 2.
- Trafalgar Studios runs an international exchange programme with the Sydney Theatre Company and the LAByrinth Theater Company in New York.
- Othello was the first play to be staged in Studio 1 in 2004, while Studio 2 opened a year later and launched with a production of Cyprus.
Key Information About Trafalgar Studios:
Tube: You can use Charing Cross (Northern and Bakerloo lines), which is on the corner of Trafalgar Square and just a short five-minutes’ walk from the venue. Alternatively use Embankment (Northern, Bakerloo, Circle and District lines).
Train: Travel to and from Charing Cross train station on The Strand. It’s served by Southeastern trains and is approximately five-minutes’ walk from the venue.
Bus: Jump on bus numbers 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 77a, 88, 91, 139, 159 and 453, which all travel close to the theatre. To plan your journey in more detail, 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 Trafalgar Studios 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: Trafalgar.
Trafalgar Studios is wheelchair accessible. You can access both auditoriums via a lift and both contain spaces for wheelchair users.
There is also an accessible toilet that can be accessed via a lift.
Working dogs are welcome and you can arrange with the theatre in advance to either take them into the auditorium or request that they are looked after by a member of staff.
You can contact Trafalgar Studios’ Access Champion Harri McKenzie-Donovan at: [email protected].
To discuss all access requirements and to book tickets, please phone the access line on: 0800 912 6971.
You can attend regular BSL-interpreted, Captioned and Audio-described performances at Trafalgar Studios, as well as Relaxed performances. You can also book to attend a touch tour. Please see Trafalgar Studios’ website or contact the access line on 0800 912 6971 above to find out more.
Buy your drinks and snacks before the performance and during the interval in one of Trafalgar Studios’ in-house bars. The Studio Bar is a relaxed area that is open from 6pm each evening where you can purchase a range of speciality cocktails. Plus you can also take advantage of the discounts that are available to ticket-holders. There’s also a plethora of bars and restaurants in nearby Covent Garden. The Strand is also just a short walk away.