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What You Need To Know About The Tristan Bates Theatre:

The Tristan Bates Theatre is a cosy 70-seat studio theatre in central London. It is part of the Actors Centre and it operates primarily as a receiving house, which means it shows work created by other venues and theatre companies. The programme is a mixture of drama, musicals and comedies.

Tristan Bates Theatre is interested in contemporary theatre. It seeks to support new and emerging companies and talent, offering support for projects as they develop. Both national and international companies feature on the bill.

The theatre opened in 1994. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Actors Centre, the theatre was given a thorough refurbishment in 2008. 

Top Facts About The Tristan Bates Theatre:

  1. The Tristan Bates Theatre is named in memory of the son of Sir Alan Bates. The aspiring actor passed away aged just 19.
  2. Members of the Actors Centre can take advantage of a range of discounts and offers provided, including support to get their own work programmed.
  3. The Actors Centre opened in 1978 with the aim of creating a place for actors to meet up and support one another. It now also offers a busy programme of workshops.

Key Information About The Tristan Bates Theatre:


Tube: The closest tube stations are Covent Garden (Piccadilly line) and Leicester Square (Piccadilly and Northern lines). Both are a 5 to 10 minute walk from the venue.

Train: Charing Cross train station on The Strand is a 10 to 15 minute walk to the venue and is served by Southeastern trains.

Bus: Bus numbers 14, 19, 38, N5, N19, N20, N38 and N41 all stop very close to the venue. To plan your journey in more details, please visit the Transport for London website.


The closest car parks are situated at Whitcomb Street and Newport Place.

Accessibility info:

To discuss all access requirements and to book tickets, please contact the box office on: 020 3841 6611 or email: [email protected].


The Tristan Bates Theatre has its own in-house café bar where visitors can purchase alcoholic and soft drinks, as well as a range of snacks. The bar opens from 5:30pm. The theatre is situated in the heart of the West End, so if you’re looking for alternative eating arrangements or pre-theatre dining, we suggest heading to the area around the nearby Covent Garden piazza.

For more information visit the Tristan Bates Theatre’s website