Cambridge Theatre

Cambridge Theatre

Cambridge Theatre
32-34 Earlham Street


(5mins) Take Cranbourn Street away from Leicester Square until St Martin’s Lane, where you head left 100 metres to a small roundabout where the theatre can be seen.

Please note: the location shown on the map is an approximate location of the theatre. In the majority of cases the theatre will be marked on the map so please make sure you locate the exact location yourself. If the theatre is not shown on the map please make sure you locate the correct road name and take account of the directions.

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Matilda the Musical

Matilda the Musical

Matilda The Musical is the multi award-winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl.

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Cambridge Theatre Information

Getting There

By Car
NCP car parks can be found in the following close locations

Selkirk House, Museum Street, London, WC1A 1JP

St Martins Lane Hotel
45 St Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4HX

Covent Garden
Parker Street, Parker Mews, London, WC2B 5NT

You can see these, and other NCP car parks on their website http://www.ncp.co.uk/

However, you can participate in the Q-Parks Theatreland Parking Scheme and get 50% off your parking costs by validating your parking ticket in the foyer at the theatre.

For more information on Q-Parks Theatreland Parking Scheme either call +44 (0)870 442 0104 or visit Q-Parks website http://www.q-park.co.uk/theatreland

The closest participating car park for the Cambridge Theatre is at 20 Newport Place, London, WC2H 7PR. The rates for this car park are £6.50 per hour, up to 5 hours, and after that it is £38 for 24 hours.

Don't forget to pay the £11.50 (£1 less if you register, but that costs you £10 for a car) daily congestion charge for central London which applies from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays, if you are driving into London.


All The Really Useful Group Theatres have a dedicated host to assist disabled patrons. Please call 0844 412 4648 for booking information and advice.

In The Area

Cash/ATM – there is an HSBC bank on the corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Charing Cross Road, which is approx. a 3 minute walk from the Cambridge Theatre.

Eating – Try Italian at Ooze Risotteria, Portuguese at Canela Covent Garden, pizza & cocktails at Earlham Street Clubhouse, or even mussels, frites & Belgian beers at Belgo Centraal.

Drinking – Café Nero is just around the corner on Earlham Street, & The Crown pub is on the corner of Shorts Gardens & Monmouth St.


The Cambridge Theatre only opened in 1930, making it one of the youngest theatres in London's West End district. The theatre is constructed of steel and concrete and is notable for its elegant and clean design. The interior decorations, originally by Serge Chemayeff, were restored in 1986. The first production was Masquerade starring Beatrice Lillie, followed by Edgar Wallace' thriller On The Spot starring Charles Laughton.

During the late 1930s the theatre was used for trade film shows, and in 1969 used as a cinema.

The Cambridge Theatre has been home to a variety of plays and musicals, including Billy Liar, Half A Sixpence with Tommy Steele, Little Me with Bruce Forsyth, Jerry Springer – The Opera and the original and current revival of Chicago.

In 2000 The Cambridge Theatre came under the ownership of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Theatre company and in September of that year the world premier of Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton's new musical The Beautiful Game opened.

In 2006 Chicago transferred from the Adelphi Theatre to return to the theatre where the show had debuted in 1977.

English Heritage says of the theatre:-

“the Cambridge Theatre is a rare, complete and early example of a London theatre adopting the moderne, expressionist style pioneered in Germany during the 1920s. It marked a conscious reaction to the design excesses of the music hall and contemporary cinemas. Theatres looked for a new style appropriate to the greater sophistication of their entertainment and found it in the Germanic moderne forms of simple shapes enlivened by concealed lighting, shiny steelwork and touches of bright colour; this was not taken up by cinema designers until 1935”

The building became Grade II listed in January, 1999.