Arts Theatre

Arts Theatre

6-7 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JB

Getting here

Closest Tube Station

Leicester Square, Covent Garden

Closest Train Station

Charing Cross

The Arts Theatre is in the heart of the West End, Leicester Square. Almost a century old, the venue opened as a private member club in 1927.

The Smallest Theatre in the West End

It is currently an independent theatre offering a good platform for smaller musicals and plays. The theatre won the Best Theatrical Venue at the Broadway World Awards.

It is a beautiful red brick building with a period façade and beautiful arched windows. While the interior houses a simple rectangular auditorium, massive pilasters connect the exterior of the 2nd and 3rd floors. Although the theatre may seem small, the well-planned design maximises the auditorium’s seating by utilising the theatre’s three sides and arranging it over two levels. This makes the theatre feel larger.

Fun Fact: The façade of the Arts Theatre is older than the venue.

Seating at the Arts Theatre

The Arts Theatre is intimate, providing 123 seats in the Circle and 230 in the Stall – a total of 353 seats. Usually, theatregoers can book the Circle Slips at heavy discounts. Even though the arrangement faces side-on to the stage, the discounted prices make this area highly demanded. The centre of rows B-C offers a great viewing experience. However, the premium seats offer the best view of the stage, especially the centre of rows B-H in the Stalls. See the action clearly and conveniently without restriction. Overall, the theatre is a conventional black box venue which offers the audiences with good views.

The History of the Theatre

Back in 1927, the Arts Theatre Club was founded. The building was leased from the Salisbury Estate, and a surprisingly comfortable theatre was built in the basement. Designed by P Morley Horder, it cost about eighteen and a half thousand pounds. Upon its opening, the theatre focused on producing experimental un-licensed shows for subscriber-only spectators, keeping away from over-enthusiastic censorship. But it produced some fantastic shows which led the theatre to transfer to commercial endeavours and be hugely successful. One such production is Gordon Daviot’s Richard of Bordeaux (1932).

In 1934, Basil Ionides refurbished the auditorium, after which a fire badly damaged it. However, its reconstruction commenced immediately. Alec Clunes produced over a hundred shows here from 1942 to 1952, which gave it the nickname “The National Pocket Theatre” and also national status. The venue’s responsibility was on Sir Peter Hall next. He was only 24 when he started handling the theatre. Then, it became home to Caryl Jenner’s The Unicorn children’s theatre from 1967 to 1999. The following two decades have witnessed the theatre staging a wide variety of new, mainstream hits. A group of producers leased the Arts Theatre in 2000 and ran it for five years. During that time, they staged Julian Mitchell’s famous play Another Country. J J Goodman took over in 2011.

Today, the theatre is the smallest independent commercial theatre in the West End. It is famous for showing innovative plays, comedies, and one-off cabarets.

Arts Theatre Seating Plan
The Choir of Man is the current production at Arts Theatre. The latest booking period for The Choir of Man at Arts Theatre started 29/10/2021 19:30:00 and runs until 05/02/2023 15:30:00. Tickets for The Choir of Man start at £30 and are available to [book now](/booking/choir-of-man-tickets/09-2022).
Arts Theatre is located in London. The full address is Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JB.

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Summer Arts Festival: Cheeky Chappie

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The All or Nothing Experience

4.6(5)

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Bette & Joan

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Knights of the Rose

4.3(29)

Legendary classic rock meets Shakespeare, Marlowe and Chaucer

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The Awkward Squad

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Shakespeare's Queens & The Madness of King Lear

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Triple Espresso

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Park Avenue Cat

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Summer Arts Festival: Putting It Together

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The Blues Brothers XMAS special

4.4(14)

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Summer Arts Festival: Sinful

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I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

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Summer Arts Festival: The Last Lunch

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Bombshells

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Kingmaker

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How to Lose Friends and Alienate People

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Summer Arts Festival: Barb Jungr

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Beyond The Fence

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Ruthless! The Musical

4.4(24)

The Off-Broadway show that discovered young performers like Britney Spears and Natalie Portman comes to the West End!

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Dice House, The

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The Golden Voice

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Lilies On The Land

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The Tailor-Made Man

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The Killing of Sister George

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Shout!

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Alternative Comedy Gala

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Madness of George Dubya, The

Concert

All Or Nothing

4.6(11)

1965. A new phenomenon erupted out of London’s East End. It was the essence of all that was cool. It was Mod.

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Murder Ballad

4.7(10)

In the true tradition of all great murder ballads, when songs of love-gone-wrong are sung, blood must be spilled. The question is…by whom?

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Project Juno

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Fuddy Meers

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Woody Sez

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Summer Arts Festival: What About Samuel?

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Summer Arts Festival: Shappi Khorsandi

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The Toxic Avenger

4.6(32)

Prepare to laugh, scream and sing as ‘Toxie’ rocks the house and saves the day!

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NotMoses

3.1(12)

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All That Fall

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A British Subject

Musical

The Giant's Loo Roll

4.0(2)

Watch out for some frightened sheep, lots of excited children and a fantastic amount of toilet paper in this rip roaring new musical

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Leave Hitler To Me, Lad

Musical

Seussical

Dance

Summer Arts Theatre: The Arts Dance - An Evening of Contemporary Dance

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A Walk On Part: The Fall Of New Labour

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Happy Days

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Reduced Shakespeare Company's The Complete World Of Sports(Abridged)

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Drag Divas

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Complete Works of Shakespeare

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Dave Young "No Cutback's On Laughter"!

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American Justice

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Ushers: The Front of House Musical

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Lovesong of The Electric Bear

5.0(2)

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Hurricane

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Stig of the Dump

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Simon Amstell - Numb

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Tim Key - Masterslut

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That Thing Friday Night

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All That Fall

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Cecil's Starlight Safari with The Musical Balloon Band

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A Guide To Sexual Misery

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The Mystery Of Edwin Drood

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Fully Committed

Musical

Some Girl I Used To Know

Denise Van Outen stars in her new musical play

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Rotterdam

4.7(43)

'No, Alice, I don’t want to become a man, I just want to stop trying to be a woman.’

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Toyer!

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Big Pants & Botox

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The Tailor-Made Man

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Summer Arts Festival: The Girl Who Trod on the Loaf

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Storytime

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Cemlyn Jones

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American Idiot

4.6(46)

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Red Bastard

Musical

Some Small Love Story

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All Or Nothing: The Mod Musical

4.8(54)

1965. A new phenomenon erupted out of London’s East End. It was the essence of all that was cool. It was Mod.

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Catwalk Confidential

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A Dish of Tea with Dr Johnson

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Summer Arts Festival: The Hat Party

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F**cking Men

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Wet Weather Cover

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Ruby Wax: Sane New World

4.8(5)

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Beautiful Thing

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Oleanna

Oleanna returns to London! Tickets for the Arts Theatre run are available now!

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Santa’s New Sleigh

Meet Santa and take a photo with him on his sleigh - so don’t forget to bring your cameras!

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Guess How Much I Love You

5.0(2)

The adorable hares from the classic children's book make their West End debut this Christmas.

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Dirty Great Love Story

4.4(13)

Awarded a Scotsman Fringe First Award for outstanding new writing, Dirty Great Love Story combines drama and poetry.

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The Wipers Times

4.8(70)

Returning to London's West End for 7 weeks only!

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Baggage

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Gatsby

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The Pajama Men: Just The Two Of Each Of Us

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Bonnie & Clyde

4.8(33)

London's Most Wanted Musical comes to the Arts Theatre

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Bad Jews

4.2(113)

The dark comedy returns to London's Arts Theatre for a limited run