A complete guide to the Arts Theatre in London

By | Posted on 06-Mar-2020

A complete guide to the Arts Theatre in London

As London’s smallest West End theatre, tourists and theatregoers often flock to the Arts Theatre to catch an intimate performance. Once home to illegal plays and experimental productions, it’s recently seen hit after hit on its small stage, currently home to the multi-Olivier-nominated Six. If you’re seeing a show at the Arts or want to find out more about this special location, here’s our guide to the Arts. Book your Six tickets now.

Guide to London’s Arts Theatre in the West End

Where is the Arts Theatre?

The Arts Theatre is located on Great Newport Street, close to Leicester Square. Right in the heart of Theatreland, it’s close to many West End theatres including the Wyndham’s Theatre, St Martin’s Theatre and the Ambassadors Theatre. Take a look at this map of London where you’ll be able to see other places the Arts Theatre is near to.

How do I get to the Arts Theatre?

The Arts Theatre is in central London. The nearest rail station is Charing Cross, which is a fifteen-minute walk away from the theatre.

Are you travelling to the Arts by bus? The following routes will drop you off close to the theatre so you’re just a few steps away from seeing a West End musical.

Charing Cross Road: 24, 176
Strand: 6, 23, 139

Can I travel to the Arts Theatre by tube?

Planning on using the London Underground to get to the Arts Theatre. The nearest tube station is Leicester Square; just outside the theatre, you can catch tubes on the Northern and Piccadilly lines. Other tube stations near include Covent Garden (Piccadilly) and Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo and Piccadilly), so there’s no need to worry about getting lost.

When did the Arts Theatre open?

First opening as a private members-only club in 1927, the Arts Theatre was pivotal in the fight towards getting rid of theatre censorship. It’s been hailed as a ‘pocket National Theatre’ and the ‘New Arts Theatre’, but now it’s known as the Arts, with one famous production staged including Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot. In recent years, the Arts has been home to productions including Murder Ballad and American Idiot.

What show is currently at the Arts Theatre?

Cast members in Six

Six is currently at the Arts Theatre, where it has played a continuous run since January 2019. The musical was nominated for five Olivier Awards and has since opened on Australia and Broadway. Cast members in Six have included Aimie Atkinson and Millie O’Connell.

How many seats are inside the Arts Theatre?

Did you know that the Arts Theatre is the smallest West End venue by seating capacity? The Arts has 350 seats over two seating levels, with 227 stalls seats and 123 circle seats.

When you book Six tickets with Encore Tickets, you’ll be able to see every seat that’s available for your selected performance on our interactive seating plans, as well as our exclusive deals on theatre tickets. So, get booking your Six tickets now.

Where should I sit at the Arts Theatre?

Arts Theatre

As it’s the smallest West End theatre, every seat at the Arts offers a great view of the action on stage. So, if you’re seeing Six, you’ll be able to rock out with all the queens in style.

Want to feel as if you’re on stage yourself? You’ll want to book seats in the front three rows (Rows AA – A). They’re so close to the stage that you’ll hear every time the performers breathe. The front row offers ample legroom too, so if you’re looking to stretch out, then they’re the seats for you. But, these seats are often booked up months in advance, so you’ll want to book front row seats as soon as possible.

Some of the cheapest seats in the house are the slip seats. Even though you’ll have a side view of the stage, they’re great if you’re looking to see a production from a different angle. You might even be able to see a few backstage moments too.

Wanting to take in the whole stage with a seat further back? Circle seats at the Arts Theatre are much nearer to the stage than they seem. Book seats in the front two rows of the circle of the stalls (rows A to B) for a clear view of the stage without having to raise your neck.

Still undecided on which seats to book for a performance at the Arts Theatre? Take a look at our guide that’s all about where to sit at the theatre for even more information on booking the best seats for you.

What restaurants are near the Arts Theatre?

Looking for a restaurant to dine at before seeing a show at the Arts Theatre? Here’s our top picks of restaurants nearby, so book your table now!

RestaurantAbout the restaurantReservation Times
Browns Covent GardenSoak up the Covent Garden vibes, relax and unwind in style.12:30pm/6:00pm/10:30pm
Cantina LaredoVibrant tastes of modern Mexican cuisine, inspired by different regions of Mexico.1:00pm/6:00pm
Fire and StoneMenu of different pizzas made with the freshest ingredients.1:00pm/6:00pm/10:30pm
Old Compton BrasserieAll-day dining venue with an inspiring cocktail list.12:00pm/5:30pm
Salvador and AmandaGenuine Spanish tapas and authentic ingredients.5:30pm