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Ambassadors Theatre

West Street, London WC2H 9ND

Ambassadors Theatre Safety Policy

Health & safety measures
  • All staff wearing masks
  • All visitors asked to wear masks
  • Regular visible cleaning of all touchable surfaces before and after performances
  • Paperless or print at home tickets
  • Availability of hand sanitiser
Visitor measures
  • Theatres displaying special safety certificate
  • Cash free venue - contactless payments only

Getting here

Closest Tube Station

Leicester Square

Closest Train Station

Charing Cross


The Ambassadors Theatre: History

The Ambassadors Theatre London, and the St Martin's Theatre were conceived by their architect, W.G.R. Sprague, as companions, born at the same time in 1913, but World War I interrupted the construction of the latter for three years. The Ambassadors was built with the intention of being an intimate, smaller theatre and is situated opposite the renowned restaurant The Ivy, favourite haunt of the theatrical elite.

The auditorium is decorated in an elegant Louis XVI style and the horseshoe shaped single balcony is only a few steps up from ground level, while the stalls are built underground. Charles B Cochran recognised the Ambassadors lent itself perfectly to intimate revue and a period of sophisticated 'miniature revues' were performed at the Ambassadors at the beginning of the First World War.

The world's longest running and most famous play, The Mousetrap, started its run at The Ambassadors Theater, with Richard Attenborough and his wife Sheila Sim, who were the first of generations of casts to perform in what has become a seemingly permanent tourist attraction. Since The Mousetrap, The Ambassadors has enjoyed numerous other successes, including the Royal Shakespeare's hit production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses in the 80s.

ATG took over The Ambassadors and it became the home for new writing. In 2007, it was announced that ATG had sold the venue to Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen, who began an extensive programme of refurbishments.


Recent Productions at The Ambassadors Theatre:

Stones in his Pockets (21 July 2003 - 1 May 2004) by Marie Jones

The Shape of Things (17 May 2004 - 12 June 2005) by Neil LaBute

 Guantanamo: Honour Bound to Defend Freedom (23 June 2004 - 4 September 2004) by Victoria Brittain and Gillian Slovo

Sweeney Todd (13 October 2004 - 5 February 2005) by Stephen Sondheim

 Ying Tong: A Walk with The Goons (14 February 2005 - 19 March 2005) by Roy Smiles

 Someone Who'll Watch Over Me (19 April 2005 - 18 June 2005) by Frank McGuinness

 Telstar (24 June 2005 - 10 September 2005) by Nick Moran and James Hick

 Journey's End (22 September 2005 - 28 January 2006) by R.C. Sherriff

 Hamlet (20 February 2006 - 22 April 2006) by William

Shakespeare, starring Ed Stoppard and Anita Dobson

 On the Third Day (22 June 2006 - 29 July 2006) by Kate Betts

 Waiting for Godot (September 2006 - November 2006) by Samuel Beckett

 Love Song (24 November 2006 - 24 February 2007) by John Kolvenbach

 Whipping it Up (22 February 2007 - 16 June 2007) by Steve Thompson, starring Richard Wilson and Robert Bathurst

 Little Shop of Horrors (29 June 2007 - 8 September 2007) by Alan Menken, starring Sheridan Smith and Alistair McGowan

Stomp (4 October 2007 - 7 January 2018) by Steve McNicholas and Luke Cresswell

The Ambassadors Theatre current production:

Pressure (6 June 2018- ) by David Haig





Ambassadors Theatre Seating Plan

The Shark is Broken is the current production at Ambassadors Theatre. The latest booking period for The Shark is Broken at Ambassadors Theatre started 09/10/2021 19:30:00 and runs until 13/02/2022 14:30:00. Tickets for The Shark is Broken start at £24 and are available to book now.

Ambassadors Theatre is located in London. The full address is Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, London WC2H 9ND.

Past Events

MusicalLittle Shop of Horrors

PlayOliver Reed: Wild Thing

PlayNYT: The Merchant Of Venice

PlayStones in His Pockets

PlayYing Tong

PlayKunene and the King
4.868 reviews

Anthony Sher and John Kani star in Kunene and the King in London

PlayNYT: Romeo and Juliet
2.01 reviews

The National Youth Theatre at The Ambassadors Theatre.

MusicalBe Bop A Lula!

4.331 reviews

Catch this amazing transfer before Beginning ends its run.

PlayBomb-itty of Errors

PlayThe Shape of Things

PlayThe Only Way Is Downton

‘A fine impressionist, giving a splendid display of Downtonry.' Stephen Fry

PlayNYT: Macbeth

PlayNYT: Pigeon English
4.01 reviews

An extremely intense staging of an extremely intense story, "Asweh."

PlayShape Of Things

4.875 reviews

Written by and starring the Olivier Award winning actor David Haig.

PlayLove Song

PlayStones in His Pockets

MusicalSongs For Nobodies
4.772 reviews

BOOK NOW for a ‘spellbinding solo performance’

PlayNYT: Wuthering Heights
5.01 reviews

MusicalThe Remains of Tom Lehrer (Performed by Adam Kay)

PlayThe Fitzrovia Radio Hour

PlayNYT: Prince Of Denmark

The National Youth Theatre at The Ambassadors Theatre.


PlayNYT: Prince of Denmark/Romeo & Juliet

4.8101 reviews

Everything, literally everything, can be a musical instrument for Stomp performers!

MusicalChristmas with Elvis
2.52 reviews

PlayNYT: Tory Boyz

The National Youth Theatre at The Ambassadors Theatre.

MusicalThe Night Before Christmas

PlayNYT: Consensual
5.01 reviews

PlayNYT: Jekyll & Hyde
4.52 reviews

Everyone has another face they hide behind…

PlayNYT: Selfie

PlayBaby Reindeer
4.822 reviews

Richard Gadd's Baby Reindeer comes to the Ambassador's Theatre for 1 month only

PlayWoman Who Cooked Her Husband, The

PlayWhipping It Up

4.33 reviews

A mind-bending psychological thriller from the pen of Anthony Horowitz.

4.026 reviews

Olivier Award-winner Iwan Rheon stars with Poldark's Heida Reed in the West End premiere of Dawn King’s award-winning thriller.

MusicalThe Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4
4.686 reviews

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4 is back in London with affordable tickets now on sale.

PlaySanta Claus And The Christmas Adventure

PlayPlays The Thing: On The Third Day

MusicalLittle Charley Bear and his Christmas Adventure


PlayThe Confessions of Gordon Brown

MusicalSweeney Todd


PlayGhost Stories
4.3198 reviews

The truly terrifying Ghost Stories returns to London!

4.259 reviews

Don't miss tickets for Switzerland, a chilling tale which turns into a tense psychological thriller.