UK – London – Ambassadors Theatre

Dates: 1913 – present

Official website: http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/ambassadors-theatre

Designed by W.G.R.Sprague as a development consisting of two theatres (St Martins Theatre construction was delayed by the First World War, and opened in 1916)

Selected Past Productions

  • Songs for Nobodies (9 January 2019 – 23 February 2019)
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  • Foxfinder (6 September 2018 – 20 October 2018)
  • Pressure (6 June 2018  – 1 September 2018)
  • Beginning (17 January 2018 – 24 March 2018) by David Eldridge, transfer from the National Theatre
  • 2014 – Stephen Waley-Cohen announced plans to sell the venue to Delfont Mackintosh Theatres, who intend to rename the theatre after Stephen Sondheim once the sale is completed. 
  • Stomp (4 October 2007 – 7 January 2018)
  • Little Shop of Horrors (29 June 2007 – 8 September 2007) Menier Chocolate Factory’s revival
  • 4 April 2007 – Announced that ATG had sold the venue to Stephen Waley-Cohen, who renamed the venue The Ambassadors and carried out extensive refurbishments
  • Whipping It Up (22 February 2007 – 16 June 2007) starring Richard Wilson & Richard Bathurst
  • Love Song (24 November 2006 – 24 February 2007) by John Kolvenbach starring Cillian Murphy and Neve Campbell
  • Waiting for Godot (September 2006 – November 2006)
  • On The Third Day (22 June 2006 – 29 July 2006)
  • Hamlet (20 February 2006 – 22 April 2006)
  • Journey’s End (24 June 2005 – 28 January 2006)
  • Telstar (24 June 2005 – 10 September 2005)
  • Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (19 April 2005 – 18 June 2005)
  • Ying Tong: A Walk with the Goons (14 February 2005 – 19 March 2005)
  • Sweeney Todd (13 October 2004 – 5 February 2005) Watermill Theatre production
  • Guantanamo: Honour Bound To Defend (23 June 2004 – 4 September 2004)
  • The Shape of Things (17 May 2004 – 12 June 2004)
  • Stones in His Pockets (14 July 2003 – 1 May 2004) transferred from Duke of Yorks Theatre
  • The Bomb-Itty Of Errors (? to 12 July 2003)
  • Abigail’s Party (3 Dec 2002 to April 5 2003) transferred to the Whitehall Theatre
  • The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband ( to 30 November 2002) starring Alison Steadman and Daisy Donovan
  • The Vagina Monologues (10 May 2001 – October 2001 then 26 February 2002 to 22 June 2002) (transferred to the Arts Theatre 23 October – 26 Feb 2002 and then 25 June 2002 – 12 October 2002) designed by Bunny Christie, lighting by Chris Davey
  • Pub Landlord Live starring Al Murray
  • Krapp’s Last Tape by Samuel Beckett starring John Hurt (Previewed 25 January 2000, Opened 27 January 2000, Closed 11 March 2000)
  • Spoonface Steinberg by Lee Hall (Previewed 4 January 2000, Opened 5 January 2000, Closed 22 January 2000)
  • Some Explicit Polaroids by Mark Ravenhill (Previewed 12 October 1999, Opened 14 October 1999, Closed 20 November 1999)
  • 1999 – Venue returned to its’ original design and renamed the New Ambassadors
  • 1996 – Venue bought by The Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) and split into two small spaces, by creating a false floor at circle level. 
  • April in Paris (Feb 3 1994 – April 30 1994)
  • Les Liasions Dangereuses by Christopher Hampton with Alan Rickman – RSC production (October 1986 to September 1990)
  • Dylan Thomas Growing Up (March 1980)
  • The Mousetrap (25 November 1952 – 23 March 1974) – the show transferred to St Martins Theatre, next door, opening on 25 March 1974, so keeping the continuous run.
  • The Mask of Virtue (1935) starring Vivien Leigh in her West End debut. 
  • Rope (1929) by Patrick Hamilton
  • The Curates Egg (1922)

Equipment

From the 1971 The Stage Guide
Electrics: Strand Grand Master on SL gantry. Dimmers – 48 (450 to 1875W all +/- 1/3). Total capacity to stage – 100A on each of 3 phases. Special effects supply – 50A on 1 phase. No follow spots. Footlights can be covered. 
From the 1978 and 1987 British Theatre Directory:

Switchboard: Strand SP60/3 in Prompt Side stage box
2003: Arri Image 250 (72 circuits)

Archive equipment related to Ambassadors Theatre over the years

  • SP Series (Strand)
  • Grand Master Board (Strand)
  • Image (Arri)
  • Documents


    Ambassadors Theatre - Arthur Lloyd 
    [External Website]
    From Arthur Lloyd website

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