Location: 6-7 Newport Street
Currently Showing: Ruthless! The Musical
Access: Leicester Square tube (exit marked Cranbourn Road)
Stage Door: Wait inside theatre cafe/bar
The Arts Theatre opened in 1927 as a members’ club where unlicensed plays were performed. In 2000, the theatre was taken over by producers and launched as a West End theatre. In 2011 the theatre changed hands again into JJ Goodman’s. The theatre is now the West End’s smallest theatre with a capacity of 350.
In 2014, the Arts opened two rehearsal rooms and the 60 seat studio theatre called Above the Arts. Above the Arts is an intimate, little venue with the entrance to the venue is the blue door to the left of the main Arts Theatre.
The Arts Theatre is well situated only two minutes’ walk from Leicester Square. There are plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants in the square along with many shops. Trafalgar Square is also within three minutes’ walk and is a popular tourist site.
The box office is immediately ahead of you as you walk into the theatre bar/café where you will need to pick up the tickets as the theatre don’t post them to you. There is a bar/café but there is not much seating and the bar is only open at certain times.
- Sartori – Great Newport Street, Italian, reasonable price
- Spaghetti House – Cranbourn Street, chain, vouchers available
- Bella Italia – St Martin’s Lane, chain, vouchers available
The central seats from rows B to G offer the best perspective and view of the stage. These are the most expensive seats in the house.
The ends of rows are usually cheaper than the central seats as they have a slightly restricted view but they are perfectly good and give the added benefit of being on the end of a row. The rows towards the back of the theatre are obviously cheaper but because it’s a small venue, the view is still good. The front row is also cheaper, generally, because the stage is quite high.
In the dress circle, there are bench seats which provide a side view of the stage but the view is not very good.
Another tip for saving money on tickets is going to a preview performance which are sold at a considerably cheaper rate than after press night. Bear in mind, it is a preview though and the company may not have perfected the performance yet.
Where to buy tickets
For this venue, always buy direct from the theatre’s website as other tickets companies will sell them above face value. Also, you have to pick the tickets up from the box office rather than having them sent to you.
Reviews from the Arts
The Ushers – ★★★ “…the height of all stagey-ness…a fabulous show performed by a very talented cast.” Read more >>>
The Blues Brothers – ★★ “…lacked style and refinement.” Read more >>>
I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change – ★★★★★ “…funny yet touching, show about the problems of love and relationships which everyone can relate to” Read more >>>
Toxic Avenger – ★★★★★ – “…an all-round smash hit that will make you laugh until your face hurts” Read more >>>