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The Ambassadors Theatre was built as part of a pair with St Martin’s Theatre, opening with Panthea in 1913. Starting off as a venue for intimate revues, a few years later it witnessed the stage debuts of both Ivor Novello and Vivien Leigh. The theatre is iconic for being the first home of West End stalwart Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap for 21 years, before it moved home to St Martin’s Theatre in 1974.
The Ambassadors Theatre hosted small-sized hits such as Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Vagina Monologues and Sweeney Todd. In 1996, it was refurbished into two separate theatres with an upstairs Royal Court Theatre, but when this ended in 1999 it was reverted back to its old look.
The theatre used to be called the New Ambassadors Theatre from 1999 until 2007; it was cut short when a private buyer bought it from Ambassador Tickets. Ronnie Wood from the Rolling Stones played a one-night set here in 2010.