Cambridge Theatre

Location:  36 Earlham Street

Currently Showing: Matilda

Access: Covent Garden

Stage Door:  Shelton Street, turn left twice out of the main entrance

Ownership: LW Theatres


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The Cambridge Theatre is one of the West End’s youngest theatres.  It opened on 6th September 1930 and was built by B A Meyer.  Its first production was André Charlot’s Masquerade.

The theatre had many successful productions over the next decades including, most notably, George Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House, William Douglas Home’s The Reluctant Debutante, John Mortimer’s The Judge, Hamlet with Ian McKellen, Audrey Hepburn in Sauce Piquant (a sequel to Sauce Tartare), and Behind the Fridge with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.

In 1986, Stoll Moss Theatres Ltd took over the theatre after a brief closure following an unsuccessful attempt to convert the theatre into a magic show venue called The Magic Castle of Seven Dials.  The theatre was then home to many productions, including, most notably, Grease which starred Shane Richie and Ben Richards.

In 2000, the Cambridge Theatre became part of the Really Useful Theatre Group. Initially, this was in partnership with Bridgepoint Capital but became fully owned by the Really Useful Theatre Group in December 2005.  Under their ownership, the theatre was home to Fame, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Dancing in the Streets and Chicago, before Matilda opened here on 24th November 2011.

Visiting Information 

The Cambridge Theatre stands on Seven Dials.  Leicester Square is five minutes’ walk from the theatre and has many bars, cafes and restaurants with outdoor space.  Piccadilly Circus is ten minutes’ walk from the theatre.  Covent Garden is nine minutes’ walk away from the theatre and has many bars and restaurants.

Our favourite restaurants nearby are:

  • The Ivy – West Street, British
  • Rossopomodoro – Covent Garden, Italian
  • Sartori – Great Newport Street, Italian, reasonable price

Seating Tips

The Cambridge Theatre is relatively small so even the back rows are not far away from the stage.  There is one centre aisle and seats on this aisle will give you the best view. The premium seats are four either side of the centre aisle in row G, however these are not very much different from seats on the same centre aisle either a few rows back or forward, which are available for a slightly reduced price.  The back row of the stalls (row S) is considerably cheaper than the premium seats.  However, the view from this row may be slightly restricted by the overhang of the next tier.

The dress circle has two centre aisles.  The circle premium seats are the front row of the centre block of seats and are the same price as the stalls premium seats. Tickets for seats in the upper circle are all considerably cheaper than most others.

Where to buy tickets

The Cambridge Theatre is owned by LW Theatres (formerly the Really Useful Theatre Group) and therefore the best place to buy tickets for Matilda is through their website.  You will pay face value with a booking fee.

There are deals around quite frequently for this show.  These are either flash sales (usually booking within two or three weeks and possibly visiting within a month) or discounts for booking further in advance. However, some ‘deals’ are not really deals, so use SeeTickets price as a base price.