LocationLocated just minutes away from Covent Garden tube station, the Cambridge Theatre is in the beating heart of London’s Theatreland, and is easily accessible. The surrounding streets are packed with bustling bars and restaurants, many of which offer discounts for theatregoers at specific times of day. The area contains plenty of high street and boutique shops, as well as Covent Garden Market itself for more unique gifts and mementos. Street performers abound on the cobbled streets of Covent Garden, and nearby attractions include the London Transport Museum, Royal Opera House and Leicester Square.
Getting thereBy Tube: The nearest station to the theatre is Covent Garden on the Piccadilly line.By bus: Numbers 1, 14, 19, 22, 29, 34, 55 and 176 all stop within the area of the Cambridge.By taxi or car: There is a National Car Park on St Martin’s Lane which charges £24 for a 4 to 6 hour stay. There are also parking meters on Earlham Street, the street of the theatre itself, with space for eleven cars, or two meters on Mercer Street, less than a minute’s walk from the theatre. Hailing a taxi after a show should be easy as there will be plenty outside. Alternatively, the main roads of Charing Cross Road or Shaftesbury Avenue will be full of black cabs.
SeatingThe Cambridge Theatre has a fairly large seating capacity of 1,287 people on three levels – the Stalls, Dress Circle and Upper Circle. As you can see from the seating plan to the right, the Stalls section is the closest to the stage. Because of this, tickets in this section are generally higher as you are able to see the expressions on the actor’s faces, and you may feel more a part of the action. The Stalls are well raked, meaning that seats towards the rear of the section are not obstructed by people in front of you. All seats fit comfortably within the proscenium, meaning that even seats at the end of each row enjoy a direct view of the stage. Leg room is on the whole very good in this section.
The Dress Circle is divided into three sections by two aisles which run width ways. Seats in this section are not curved, and enjoy a good view of the stage with no obstructions. Seats towards the front are best to feel as close to the action as possible.
The Upper Circle is divided into a front and back section by a central aisle running length ways. The front section provides the best views of the stage, although most of the section is unobstructed.
AccessibilityThe Cambridge Theatre is split across 3 levels: the Stalls, Dress Circle and Upper Circle. The foyer can be accessed through a set of double doors and there are no steps to get into the theatre. From the foyer it is 5 steps down to the Stalls, 31 to the back of the Dress Circle and over 60 steps up to the Upper Circle. Guests with seats in the Stalls can access the auditorium via the Stalls corridor, entered through the door on Earlham Street - the staff will be happy to guide disabled patrons to this alternative entrance. Concessions are available for all disabled guests.
There are 2 spaces for wheelchair users in seats N1 and N34 of the Stalls, accessed through the Earlham Street entrance. Transfer seats for 4 wheelchair users and 2 scooter users are also available in this section, with wheelchairs and scooters being stored and later retrieved by an usher. There is an adapted toilet in the Stalls corridor and drinks can be brought to disabled patrons in their seats, as all the theatre’s bars require the use of the stairs.
The auditorium is fitted with an infra-red system, with 7 headsets available from the Box Office. There is also an induction loop at the Box Office. Guide dogs are welcome inside the auditorium, although up to 4 dogs can be looked after by the cloakroom staff during each performance if preferred.Access bookings telephone line +44 (0) 20 7087 7966 or access booking form
HistoryThe Cambridge Theatre was built between 1929 and 1930 and has had something of a chameleon past, opening as a revue but also hosting opera, cinema and variety during its tenure. Little Me in 1964 starring Bruce Forsyth and Return to the Forbidden Planet in 1989 were particularly popular shows, with the latter running for almost four years and winning the Olivier Award for Best New Musical.
A whole host of stars have trodden the boards at the Cambridge Theatre since its opening, including Audrey Hepburn during her stage debut, Tommy Steele, Joan Collins, Peter O’Toole and Lulu. More recently, the Cambridge Theatre has been home to a plethora of exciting musicals and shows including the first London runs of both Fame and Chicago. Alongside classics such as Grease, the theatre has also been known to push the musical envelope, notably with its 2003 production of the controversial Jerry Springer The Opera.
Today, the Cambridge Theatre is owned by Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s LW Theatres and has been home to the RSC's multi-award winning production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical since 2011.