The Arts Theatre | London West End
Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JB - Arts Theatre Tickets: 020 7907 7092
Arts Theatre, London West End
The Arts Theatre is a club theatre in Great Newport Street, in Westminster, Central London. It reopened in February 2009 following a refurbishment.
The Arts Theatre seats 347 in a two-tier basement auditorium. It opened on 20 April 1927 as a members only club for the performance of unlicensed plays, thus avoiding theatre censorship by the Lord Chamberlain's office. It was one of a small number of committed, independent theatre companies, including the Hampstead Everyman, the Gate Theatre Studio and the Q Theatre, which took risks by producing a diverse range of new and experimental plays, or plays that were thought to be commercially unviable on the West-End stage. The theatrical producer Norman Marshall referred to these as ‘The Other Theatre’ in his 1947 book of the same name.