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Arts Theatre

Closed until: 28 February 2021

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Access

Sound Amplification:

None at present

Toilets:

Very large cubicle with some adapted toilet facilities at the back of Circle.

Guide Dogs Policy:

Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome in the auditorium, please discuss with the Box Office team when booking.

Wheelchairs:

1 space in Circle.

Access from Street to Foyer:

Ramp

Access From Theatre Foyer To Seat:

5 stairs up to Circle, 19 down to Stalls.

Level Access:

N/A

Stairs/Lift/Ramp Available:

Ramp from street to Dress Circle

Contact

Contact the venue:

020 7836 8463

Your Visit

Security Information:

Security note: For your comfort and security, you may be subject to additional checks on your visit to London theatres. Please contact the venue for more information.

Bar:

The Arts Theatre bar is open from 6pm on performance evenings and from an hour before matinee performances. Serving up a full range of soft and alcoholic beverages and snacks, plus Pimms on tap. Bar located inside the foyer, the counter is to the left (1.2m high) with low moveable seating in the centre. Bar with moveable seating also at Stalls level.

Air Conditioned:

Yes

Accepts Theatre Tokens:

Yes

History

The Arts Theatre continue to produce short runs of excellent plays, operating as the West End’s smallest commercial receiving house, seating a maximum of 350 attendees in a two-tier basement auditorium.

Situated on Great Newport Street in the heart of Leicester Square, The Arts Theatre originally opened in April 1927 as an independent, members-only club, performing unlicensed plays and avoiding censorship. Prioritising artistic experimentation over commercial appeal, the Arts Theatre aimed to present a diverse range of new productions and continues to showcase a broad range of shows to this date.

The early years of the theatre saw it undergo troublesome financial times as the small and unlicensed plays were failing to bring in enough money to cover its costs. This changed, however, in 1946 when Alec Clunes and Peter Elstob were able to raise enough capital to put the theatre in a firm place financially

While the theatre continues to host smaller-scale productions, it has also been the venue for the works of notable playwrights. For example, Tom Stoppard’s satirical play Dirty-Linen and New-Found-Land enjoyed a run of four years at the theatre between 1976 and 1980.

The venue also houses two rehearsal rooms, a private members’ bar, and an upstairs performance space – the aptly named, Above The Arts. The venue is owned by Consolidated Development and is operated by JJ Goodman Ltd.

Due to the current pandemic various venues and productions are making announcements for their individual shows. Please bear with us as we try to keep this page as up to date as possible. If you find a mistake, please let us know by emailing enquiries@soltukt.co.uk. If you click through to seat selection (where you'll see either best available or a seating plan), you will be seeing the most up-to-date prices. If this differs from what we've written on the calendar, please bear with us, as those prices will update soon.

We now sell our famous TKTS Booth discounts online here at Official London Theatre.

We are now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen.

We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times you are not able to enjoy the show you have booked for and hope the following helps clarify next steps in respect of your tickets .

There is nothing that you need to do if your performance has been cancelled, but we do ask for your patience.

If you have booked directly with the theatre or show website for an affected performance, please be assured that they will contact you directly to arrange an exchange for a later date, a credit note/voucher or a refund. If you have booked via a ticket agent they will also be in contact with you directly.

We are processing in strict date order of performance, so you are likely to be contacted after the date you were due to go to the theatre. However, we want to reassure you that you will be contacted, and your order will be processed, but please do bear with us.

We’d like to thank everyone who has been patient and kind in dealing with their ticket providers so far and we are sorry that we cannot process your order as quickly as we would like.

Please do not contact your credit card company as that will slow the process down and put an additional burden on our box office and ticket agent teams.

In order for us to serve our audiences the best we can, please do not get in touch with your point of sale if you have booked for performances after 31 May. Please be reassured that if we have to cancel future performances you will be directly contacted by your theatre or ticket provider. Our producers continue to plan for all eventualities dependent on the individual needs of their shows and we will provide further updates on specific shows as and when they become available.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our theatres as soon as we are allowed to resume performances. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.

For more than 40 years, TKTS was our on-the-day theatre ticket box office in Leicester Square. Currently closed due to the current situation, we are now selling our great last minute seats and prices online. Click here to learn more.

While theatres are currently closed, various venues and productions are making announcements for their individual shows, including cancellations and rescheduled performances. Please check with the individual shows for details.