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Cambridge Theatre Earlham Street, London WC2H 9HU

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Nearest Tube Station Tube Station: Covent Garden (350m)
Parking Parking: MasterPark at Cambridge Circus. NCP at St Martin’s Lane. Meters in Earlham Street (11 spaces), and in Mercer Street (2 spaces).
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Venue Information:
Total Seats: 1231
No of Bars: 3
No of Food Point: 0
No of Parking Spaces: 0
Guide Dogs Guide Dogs: Guide dogs are not allowed inside the auditorium, but staff can dog-sit for 4 dogs per performance in the manager’s office.
Sound Amplification Infra-Red: Infra-red system with 8 headsets. You will be asked to sign a receipt. Induction loop at the Box Office.
Disabled Wheelchair Access Disabled Access: Entrance to the foyer through 2 sets of double swing doors. Please let Box Office staff know that you have arrived. Entrance into the Stalls corridor through the third double EXIT door on Earlham Street. From here there is a slight slope down into the stalls, to 2 spaces for wheelchair users at N1 and N34. Transfer seats for up to 4 wheelchair users and 2 scooter users. The wheelchairs and scooters can be stored and will be retrieved by an usher.
Toilets Toilets: Adapted toilet in stalls corridor. Ushers have keys.
Steps Steps: No steps to the foyer through 2 sets of double swing doors. Box Office counter on right. Staircases between levels have 2 handrails and steps are highlighted. 5 steps down from the main foyer to the Stalls, 31 up to the back of the Royal Circle (2 steps between rows). Over 60 steps up to the Upper Circle.
Air Conditioning Air Conditioning: No
Venue Owner Owner: Really Useful Theatres

The Cambridge Theatre is a West End theatre, on a corner site in Earlham Street facing Seven Dials, in the London Borough of Camden, built in 1929-30. It was designed by Wimperis, Simpson and Guthrie; interior partly by Serge Chermayeff (an interior designer with the firm of Waring & Gillow), with interior bronze friezes by sculptor Anthony Gibbons Grinling[1]. The theatre is built in steel and concrete and is notable for its elegant and clean lines of design. The theatre was refurbished in 1950—the original gold and silver decor was painted over in red, and candelabras and chandeliers were added. In 1987, in order to restore the original décor, the theatre was once again refurbished, this time by Carl Toms. The theatre has a circular entrance foyer, with Grinling's bronze frieze depicting nude figures in exercise poses, the theme continues into the main foyer, with dancing nudes, marble pilaster uplighters and concealed lighting.

English Heritage notes

"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."

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