LocationThe Trafalgar Studios are situated in the heart of the West End just off Trafalgar Square, within close proximity of famous theatrical locations including Strand and Northumberland Avenue. Covent Garden and Leicester Square are both within walking distance of the theatre, placing a range of shops and restaurants within easy reach of visitors. The area is also home to the majority of London’s theatres and attractions including the National Gallery, London Transport Museum and English National Opera, with the rest of the capital easily accessible via public transport.
Getting thereBy Tube: The nearest station to the Trafalgar Studios is Charing Cross on the Northern, Bakerloo and National Rail lines.By bus: Numbers 3, 9, 11, 12, 24, 29, 53, 77A, 88, 153 and 159 all stop close to the theatre.By taxi or car: Plenty of taxis can be found along Whitehall, and there is parking nearby at the MasterPark on Spring Gardens or the NCP in Bedfordbury.
SeatingTrafalgar Studios 1 is an exciting venue in the heart of Central London. Seating 392 people the venue feels intimate, with just one section of seating. Depending on the type of performance the seating layout can vary, with seats often being used on the stage area. The seats extend out in a fan formation from the stage with rows growing wider towards the back of the auditorium. Most seats have a clear view of the stage, although those towards the rear are often cheaper as they can feel further away. Avoid seats at the direct end of each row for the most focused view of the action.
AccessibilityThe seating within the Trafalgar Studios is all on one level, making it an easily accessible venue for those who have difficulty walking. Access to the theatre is on street level, with the foyer and Box Office both located in step-free areas. Studio 1 is on level access with the foyer, and once inside there is a lift to the lower level followed by a stairlift to the front of the auditorium. Discounted tickets are readily available for disabled patrons and their carers.
There are wheelchair spaces in the front row of Studio 1, accessible via two lifts down to the front of the auditorium. If guests would rather transfer into a seat for the duration of the show, wheelchairs can be stored and returned at the end of a performance. There is an adapted toilet on the lower level of the Studio Bar that can be reached from the foyer and both auditoriums, and access to the bar itself is also step-free; however, drinks can be brought to customers in the auditorium if preferred.
There is an induction loop and Sennheiser infra-red system located in both studios. For Studio 1, the best reception is between Row F and Row K and between seat numbers 5 and 26. Headsets can be collected from the Box Office for a returnable deposit of £10. Guide dogs are allowed inside the auditorium, or can be looked after by a member of staff during each performance if required.Access bookings telephone line 020 7492 9930 or access booking form
HistoryKnown as the Whitehall Theatre until 2004, Trafalgar Studios is composed of two separate auditoriums and is based near Trafalgar Square. Both theatres are comparatively small, with Studio 1 hosting 380 patrons and Studio 2 just 100, making it an intimate location in which to stage productions. The Whitehall Theatre first opened in 1930 and was designed in an Art Deco style, with its opening years characterised by a range of comedies and variety entertainment. During the Second World War the revue form of theatre was particularly popular, and in 1942 The Whitehall Follies featured Phyllis Dixey, the first stripper to perform in the West End. The show ran for 5 years before being succeeded by The Whitehall Farces, which carried on over the next 22 years.
In 1969 the theatre hosted a nude revue called Pyjama Tops, which remained on the stage for an impressive 5 years. After a few renovations the theatre reopened in 1986 with a revival of J. B. Priestley’s When We Are Married, and went on to showcase plays including The Importance of Being Earnest and The Foreigner. The Whitehall experienced a brief stint as a television and radio studio between 1997 and 1999, broadcasting a talk show hosted by Jack Docherty as well as Radio 4’s Live From London series, before returning to live theatre with an eclectic array of productions including Three Sisters, Puppetry of the Penis and Sweeney Todd. In more recent years the Trafalgar Studios has witnessed a range of short runs such as The Fitzrovia Radio Hour, Being Shakespeare, and Three Days in May. It is currently owned by the Ambassador Theatre Group.
2013 saw the inaugural Trafalgar Transformed season of dynamic political work under the leadership of director Jamie Lloyd to mark the theatre's refurbishment. The first production was a critically acclaimed Macbeth starring James McAvoy. The theatre has become known for its exciting production with celebrity stars.
- Buried Child, opened 14 Nov 2016, closed 04 Mar 2017
- The Naked Magicians, opened 31 Aug 2016, closed 24 Sep 2016
- The Spoils, opened 27 May 2016, closed 10 Aug 2016
- The Maids, opened 20 Feb 2016, closed 21 May 2016
- The Homecoming, opened 14 Nov 2015, closed 11 Feb 2016
- Oresteia, opened 22 Aug 2015, closed 07 Nov 2015
- Golem, opened 14 Apr 2015, closed 22 May 2015
- The Ruling Class, opened 16 Jan 2015, closed 12 Mar 2015
- East is East, opened 04 Oct 2014, closed 03 Jan 2015
- Macbeth, opened 09 Feb 2013, closed 26 Nov 2014
- Richard III, opened 01 Jul 2014, closed 18 Sep 2014
- Another Country, opened 26 Mar 2014, closed 21 Jun 2014
- Ghosts, opened 17 Dec 2013, closed 22 Mar 2014
- The Pride, opened 08 Aug 2013, closed 23 Nov 2013
- The Hothouse, opened 04 May 2013, closed 03 Aug 2013
- Yes, Prime Minister, opened 06 Jun 2012, closed 30 Mar 2013