The Arts Theatre is an independent theatre located in Westminster in the heart of the West End. This atmospheric arts centre is situated on 6 – 7 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JB. Its nearest Underground station is Leicester Square.
This dynamic theatre venue provides a diverse programme of entertainment covering a myriad of genres.
The Arts Theatre opened in 1927 as a members-only club for staging unlicensed plays in order to avoid theatre censorship. Known for producing experimental plays, which were considered to be non-commercially viable for the West End, the Arts Theatre and a group of other alternative theatres operating in London at the time, were described by theatre producer Norman Marshall as ‘The Other Theatre’.
The theatre’s main house comprises of a 350-seat proscenium arch auditorium. In 2015, an additional ‘Above the Arts’ studio theatre was opened on the first floor, which contains 60 seats.
The Arts Theatre additional ‘Rooms at the Arts’ studio is available to hire for workshops and rehearsals. This vibrant arts venue is also home to the MADD Hatters café, a collaborative creation of two brands – dessert specialists MADD and tea connoisseurs MASSIS tea.
The venue is also home to the Convent Garden Cocktail Club, which is located in the basement of the Arts Theatre. Having opened in 2008, the Convent Garden Cocktail Club radiates a down-to-earth vibe that blends the prohibition era of New York with a British Gentlemen’s club. The characterful and laid-back Convent Garden Cocktail Club was also the original home of the London Cocktail Club.
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