A complete guide to the Cambridge Theatre in London

By | Posted on 05-Mar-2020

A complete guide to the Cambridge Theatre in London

Celebrating its 90th birthday in London this year, the Cambridge Theatre stands proud as a jewel on one of the West End’s corners. Listed as a Grade II theatre, Matilda the Musical is currently making history as the venue’s longest-running production of all time, with no signs of slowing down. If you’re visiting the Cambridge  to see Matilda or just want to learn more, here’s our guide to the West End theatre. Book your Matilda the Musical tickets now.

Guide to London’s Cambridge Theatre in the West End

Where is the Cambridge Theatre?

The Cambridge Theatre is located on Earlham Street (WC2H 9HU) in London. It’s near the Donmar Warehouse, a prestigious off-West End theatre, but it’s also near the Ambassadors Theatre and St Martin’s Theatre.

How do I get to the Cambridge Theatre?

The Cambridge Theatre is in central London. If you’re visiting the Cambridge via train, the nearest rail station is Charing Cross, which is a fifteen to twenty-minute walk away. While walking, you’ll be able to stroll through Leicester Square, Covent Garden and many West End theatres in the city.

Travelling to the Cambridge Theatre by bus? The following routes will drop you off near the theatre:

Shaftesbury Avenue: 14, 19, 3
Tottenham Court Road: 24, 29, 176

Can I travel to the Cambridge Theatre by tube?

Planning to get to the Cambridge Theatre on the London Underground? The nearest tube station is Covent Garden, which is just a two-minute walk from the theatre, served on the Piccadilly line. Tube stations nearby include Leicester Square (Piccadilly and Northern), Tottenham Court Road (Central and Northern) and Holborn (Central and Piccadilly).

When did the Cambridge Theatre open?

The Cambridge Theatre is one of the West End’s newer venues, which opened in September 1930. In its history, it’s been a magic show venue, a cinema and an opera house, with stars including Joan Collins, Lulu and Bruce Forsyth taking to the stage. Previously, award-winning musicals including Fame, Chicago and Jerry Springer: The Musical have all been staged at the Cambridge.

What show is currently at the Cambridge Theatre?


Matilda the Musical is currently at the Cambridge Theatre, where it has continuously run since October 2011. The musical won seven Olivier Awards in 2012, and at the time was the most awarded musical in Olivier history. The four original Matildas received a shared award for best actress in a musical too, ensuring the musical found its place in the history books.

How many seats are inside the Cambridge Theatre?

The Cambridge Theatre has 1,238 seats over three seating levels. In the auditorium, there are 499 stalls seats, 295 dress circle seats and 444 upper circle seats.

Booking Matilda the Musical tickets with Encore Tickets? When you’re purchasing theatre tickets with us, our interactive seating plans will allow you to see every seat that’s available for the performance you want to attend. It’s also really easy to see deals on theatre tickets too, meaning you can get the best seat for your money.

Where should I sit at the Cambridge Theatre?

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We don’t want to spoil the atmosphere of Matilda the Musical for you, but when you step into the Cambridge, you’ll be welcomed into a literary world where realities and fantasy collide in spectacular style. Wherever you sit, you’ll be taken aback by the incredible theatrics, and that’s before the show’s even started!

If you’re wanting to be a part of Matilda’s incredible revolution, you’ll want to book stalls seats in the front four rows (rows A to D). But, you’ll have to watch out for Miss Trunchbull too, as she’s prone to picking on audiences just like the schoolchildren. Wanting to be close to the characters in Matilda the Musical? You’ll want to book aisle seats in the stalls, as characters will walk past you many times, so young ones will want to keep their eyes out for the characters close by.

Dress circle seats also offer an excellent view of the stage, meaning you can see every letter hanging in the auditorium . There’s also excellent seats in the grand circle too, perfect for theatregoers who are looking to see a West End show for less.

Still don’t know where to sit if you’re seeing a performance at the Cambridge Theatre? Learn all about the different levels in a theatre auditorium with our guide on where to sit at the theatre.

What restaurants are near the Cambridge Theatre?

Are you looking to dine out before or after a performance at the Cambridge Theatre. There’s family favourites and sophisticated selections on our top picks of restaurants near the Cambridge.

RestaurantAbout the restaurantReservation Times
Cantina LaredoDiscover vibrant Mexican cuisine that’s packed with flavour.1:00pm/6:00pm
Maxwell’s Bar and GrillAn all-American dining venue that serves mouthwatering classics.12:30pm/5:30pm/10:00pm
Thai Square Covent GardenAuthentic Thai restaurants with exquisitely fresh dishes and flavours.12:00pm/6:00pm/10:00pm