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ARTS THEATRE

CLICK HERE for details of the "Above The Arts Theatre" Studio
 

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (one man play)

Four ghosts visit a Victorian tightwad in the course of a single night...

Charles Dickens' own acting version of his classic story is performed by Simon Callow, in a revival of his 2011/12 hit at this venue.



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Performance Schedule:
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Monday to Sunday at 3.30pm and 7.45pm
NO performances on 12th and 25th December 2016 and 1st January 2017.
NO 3.30pm performances on 8th, 9th, 13th December 2016 and 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th January 2017.
NO 7.45pm performances on 19th, 24th and 31st December 2016.

Runs 1 hour 20 minutes approximately, with no interval.

 

 

Ticket Prices:

Offers May be available - Click Here

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This venue is using "dynamic pricing" with prices changing according to demand.

All performances from 14th December 2016 onwards:
Sunday to Thursday:
Stalls:

Rows A to L: 39 except
"Restricted View" seats J 1, 2, 17 and 18: 22
Rows M and N: 35
Row BB: 30

Dress Circle:

Row A: 39
Rows B to E: 35
Row F: 30

Dress Circle Slips:

22


Friday and Saturday:
Stalls:

Rows A to L: 49 except
"Restricted View" seats J 1, 2, 17 and 18: 22
Rows M and N: 45
Row BB: 35

Dress Circle:

Row A: 49
Rows B to E: 45
Row F: 35

Dress Circle Slips:

22




Preview performances from 8th to 13th December 2016 only:
Stalls:

Rows A to L: 25 except
"Restricted View" seats J 1, 2, 17 and 18: 10
Rows BB, M and N: 15

Dress Circle:

Row A: 25
Rows B to F: 15

Dress Circle Slips:

10

Some details may change. The monkey will update as available.




 

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Buying Tickets Online:

Other Box Office Information

Tickets offered differ between outlets. Outlets also may offer different seats via their phone and online systems. Offers may be available click here.
Theatre Box Office:

www.artstheatrewestend.com
Sales are handled by the theatre. This system allows you to choose your own seats.

 

Booking fees per ticket for online bookings:
90p per ticket booking fee.

 

Other Online Choices (with S.T.A.R. genuine ticket agencies):

When the box office does not have seats available, or you require an alternative choice of seats, the Theatremonkey Ticketshop, telephone 020 7420 9778 (0044 207 420 9778 if calling from outside the United Kingdom), agency service offers tickets with booking fee of 6 on 35 seats (4 on 22 seats Monday to Thursday / 8.50 on 49, 7.75 on 45, 4 on 22 Friday and Saturday tickets). More than the box office, but well worth trying as it often has tickets when other companies do not! Note that this system will confirm exact seat numbers prior to purchase. A 1.95 per booking, not per ticket, handling fee may apply on some transactions by telephone. NO handling fee applies for online purchases.

Another alternative is www.seetickets.com / telephone 0870 830 0200 which offers tickets with booking fee of 5.85 on 39 seats (5.25 on 35, 3.30 on 22 seats Monday to Thursday / 7.35 on 49, 6.75 on 45, 3.30 on 22 Friday and Saturday tickets / 3.75 on 25, 2.25 on 15, 1.50 on 10 preview seats). A 2.75 per booking, not per ticket, transaction fee is also added on all bookings. (FREE call if using BT.com Calling Plan at your chosen times).

Encore Tickets (telephone 0207 400 1253 / 0044 207 400 1253 if calling from outside the United Kingdom) offers tickets with booking fee of 11 on 39 seats (10 on 35, 7 on 22 seats Monday to Thursday / 14 on 49, 13 on 45, 7 on 22 Friday and Saturday tickets / 14 on 25, 11 on 15, 3 on 10 preview seats). A postage charge of 1.45 per booking, not per ticket may be applied to bookings made from UK addresses more than 5 days before the performance. The "Flexiticket" Exchange Service, allowing FREE transfer / cancellation (credit note up to 12 months) of your booking up to 3 days before the performance is also available for 1.99 per ticket. "Meal and Show" packages may also be available. Quality and Value hotel / theatre ticket packages are also available.

Londontheatredirect.com offers tickets with booking fee of 7.75 on 39 seats (7 on 35, 6 on 30, 4.50 on 22 seats Monday to Thursday / 9.75 on 49, 9 on 45, 7 on 35, 4.50 on 22 Friday and Saturday tickets / 5 on 25, 3 on 15, 2 on 10 preview seats) per ticket. There is a 1 per booking, not per ticket, transaction fee for collecting tickets from the box office before your performance. Alternatively, if time allows, there is a postage to your home option, costing 2.95 (4.95 to non-UK addresses) per booking, not per ticket. Optional Ticket Insurance is also available. Discounts and Meal and Show Packages may also be available.
 




See Tickettree.com for great value "hotel and theatre ticket" packages.

Other Independent S.T.A.R. ticket agencies may also offer an alternative choice of seats.

 

Box Office Information:
Tickets offered differ between outlets. Outlets also may offer different seats via their phone and online systems. Offers may be available click here.
Theatre Box Office:
Telephone: 020 7836 8463
Operated by the venue itself. Lines are open Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm.

Booking fees per ticket for telephone bookings:
90p per ticket booking fee.

 

For personal callers or by post: 6/7 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JB
No booking fee for personal callers. Box Office usually open from 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday (plus any other performance days) only. Check before travelling.

 

Special Access Needs Customers:
Wheelchair users and other registered disabled theatregoers can book their seats and enquire about concessionary prices that may be available to them on a dedicated phone line. See Notes.

www.artstheatrewestend.com is the venue website.

 

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Theatre Seat Opinions:
Please remember that cheaper seats often do not offer the same view / location quality as top price ones, and that ticket prices are designed to reflect this difference.

 

Seating Plan Diagram

Stalls Dress Circle Notes
STALLS 
Layout:
The circle overhangs the stalls at row E. 

Seats are arranged in a single block.

The rake (sloped floor to help see over rows in front) is most noticeable from row E back.

Rows AA and BB at the very front of the stalls may be removed.

Legroom:
Mostly acceptable throughout the stalls.

Choosing Seats in General:
If row AA is in use and discounted then some may well find it worth the neck ache thinks the monkey.

If row BB is the front row - and not discounted it's not a bad view, but possibly expensive for those who prefer to take in the stage without the strain. Discounted, worth a glance if your physio is a good one... The monkey might consider 5 to 8 at the price.

Otherwise, at top price, the monkey chooses the most central seats in rows E to J. It isn't keen on seats too near the pillars though. The first and last two or three seats in each row as a final choice.

Some productions have row J and K "restricted view" end seats 1 and 18 in use cheaply. Worth a look for those willing to peer, feels the monkey, who would take K first for being less up against the pillar. The seats next to them, K2 and 17 at full price are still worth a miss, though.

Further back, the rear stalls are close to the stage in this tiny theatre. Again, avoid the edges of rows to maximise value. The only exception is in rows M and N, where seats 1 and 2 are more central than in other rows.

If sold at second price though, as is row M usually, the monkey considers them pretty good, even if the top of the set may be missing. It would take row M or even N before dress circle row F at the same price.

With all seats the same price, the monkey would go for seats forward of row L first. 

General Hazard Notes:
The high stage makes viewing from rows AA to D a neck-aching experience.

Pillars are located at the ends of rows G and H. These pillars affect seats at the ends of row J (not generally on sale - and removed) was directly behind one.

Changes for the current production:
Row BB is the front row, discounted due to the high stage. Not bad, though, feels the monkey, as the floor isn't vital for this show.

Rows M and N drop a price over the row in front. Take M over L for maximum savings, feels the monkey - cheaper for the same view.

If you are a pillar fan, J 1, 2, 17 and 18 are cheapest in the venue. If happy to peer to the side, not terrible for this production.

 

Reader Comments:
"Row BB: "Ghost Stories" (June 2014). Front row. The row is close to the stage and half way through there is a slight obstruction but its minor."

"Row BB: "Ushers: The Front of House Musical" (September 2015). If you like lovely actors in your face then house left is best!"

"BB7: "Beautiful Thing" (May 2013). Bought for 24.50. As it states when you are booking your ticket, the view is restricted as the stage is raised. Compared to the Savoy Theatre's raised stage, this wasn't too bad as the stage is built up with steps and many of the actors will perform from these steps. At times, it almost feels like they are performing solely to you. On the odd occasion people's legs will be out of view and the neck-craning can get a bit annoying at times, but if you're anything like me and you love being as close to the stage as possible then these seats are for you. I would be a bit more cautious about booking seats on either far side of row BB - these usually sell last out of this row and it's easy to see why. I sensed that a lot of action would be missed from sitting in these seats."

"BB 7 and 8: "American Idiot" (July 2015). The most amazing seats...seen as the cheap seats because of high stage (restricted view). We thought you have to be kidding (but we liked the ticket price so not complaining!!) we loved the fan girls seats - all the action happening right in front of this ;-) I want to go again and would have to sit in those seats again!!"

"BB11 and 12: "Park Avenue Cat" (July 2011). I was tempted by an email that offered 'Best Seats for only 15' and booked blind. Foolishly I didn't check their location before we went. These were the WORST seats I've ever had in my life, in any theatre, anywhere. The row was squashed in front of the stage, and although we had leg room, we had to crook our necks and lean backwards to see the actors on stage. However, we got a good view up the female actors' skirts. Younger members of the audience in BB appeared to be able to maintain this awkward pose better than my husband and I - being in our late forties we have to be a bit more careful and had to keep looking downwards at our toes to rest our poor necks. An extremely uncomfortable experience. Strongly recommend that Theatremonkey never goes for these seats, even though he is probably a bit more bendy than we humans."

A 3 and 4: "Murder Ballad" (October 2016). Originally was sold Circle F1&2 for 12.50 each, on the night of the show was upgraded to Stalls F3 and 4. The stage is very high for this production so take from row D or so back, to see the floor which is important for this show. Also I wouldn't want to be any further to the right as you will miss action in the far right corner of the stage."

"A8: "Murder Ballad" (October 2016). Got it for 15 at 3pm yesterday afternoon (6th October 2016) for the evening's performance. Stage is even higher than usual at the Arts for this production by about 8-10 inches, meaning anyone unlucky enough to be in row BB can't see a thing - the stage will be several inches higher than anybody sitting there. A8 was equally poor, so I asked to be moved, and the (very rude) box office begrudgingly moved me to B17. Didn't see this was such an issue as the house was so empty. Being an extra row back helped matters a little, but floor level action further back than the front fifth of the stage is still invisible - and a lot of the action is viewed through a chair unnecessarily placed in the downstage right corner. (Same problem for those sitting downstage left side). I'd say you won't get a decent uninterrupted (and neck-friendly) view for this show until at least row F of the stalls."

"B1: Would definitely go for something more central if I could have chosen. Still had a good view though, although felt a bit disconnected from the action by being right at the side."

"B1 to 4: ('Eve Ferret Sings Again!' in 2011). Seats were right at one side of the theatre and quite close to the stage but with a good view of all but the very nearside of the stage. None of these facts were an issue for this particular show (a cabaret) but might well be an issue with another show such as a play."

"B11: Seat was SO creaky I had to move to the empty one next to me. It was creaking like no theatre seat has ever creaked before. Avoid this seat. View from 1 along was very good and squeak free."

"B17: "American Idiot" (September 2016). The theatre is small. You would want a premium seat for this show, as it's on the split level, so the overhang would cut your view. B row is the third row back, any nearer the stage and you would be craning your neck a bit. The bonus of this seat is it's right be the stage steps, so plenty of room and no-one sitting in front of you. I had to sit at a slight angle, but it wasn't uncomfortable. I missed some bits that took place on one side of the stage (writing on a blackboard), but to be honest that was more bad staging than the fault of the seat position."

"Row C: (Mark, regular contributor). centre - Good clear view of the stage."

"D9: (Mark, regular contributor). for 'Naked Boys Singing' it's certainly close enough to see everything, put it that way."

"F5 and 6 were as good as they get in this small venue."

"F8: "The Tailor-Made Man" (February 2013). Great view."

"G12 and 13: "A Guide To Sexual Misery" (September 2010), (Clive). A perfect view with good legroom. There is a good chance of being required to move seats for the second half of this show."

"H10 to 13: "Park Avenue Cat" (July 2011), (Clive). Excellent seats very good view of the stage with good rake and good leg-room."

"H12 and H13: "A Dish of Tea With Doctor Johnson" (September 2011), (Laura). Ended up sitting next to the play's director Max Stafford-Clark, (who was lovely by the way!). The seats themselves gave an excellent view of the action being right in the centre and just in front of the overhang from the dress circle, although legroom was a little cramped - we're 5'2" and 5'3" and we struggled slightly. I'm not sure I'd have paid top price for the seat but if you can get them cheaply then they're a fair value in my opinion."

"L10: "American Idiot" (July 2015). This is a hit and miss seat .. I'd got it at a discount so couldn't complain. There is little drop from row L to K in front and there is no offsetting of seats at all, so if you get someone of even average height in front, your view is quite blocked. At the very last moment before the show started, I got a tall man with a ponytail so lost around one sixth of the stage - the central part. Fortunately 'American Idiot' uses split level stage so managed to see a good percentage. Pay full price for this row and you take a big risk ..."

"Row N: Great leg room and perfect unobstructed view, has a good rake. Very hot, though. Now the bad points: during the play, 8 times the entrance/exit door - the only one to theatre - was opened and let the hallway light into the auditorium. Not only that, but they appear to have a bar/club directly behind a locked single layer door. I could hear crowds singing "my sex is on fire" more than what was said on stage. It really is appalling sound proofing, surely they could have better - and a curtain over the door! It really did spoil our night."

 

DRESS CIRCLE 
Called the CIRCLE in this theatre.

Layout:
Six rows of seats cling to a narrow shelf, with a further two rows extending from the circle down the sides of the theatre. 

Legroom:
Poor throughout most of the circle, row A centre slightly less, comfortable to 5ft 5, rows B to E to 5ft 7, row F bench to 5ft 9 or taller if willing to sit back in the deep bench. Slip front row has enough to around 5ft 2, though is high enough to let longer legs drop a bit. Rear row slips have enough for someone of 5ft 8, and are deep for the taller to sit back in too - though view is lost.

Seats B 1 and 16 have nothing in front.

Choosing Seats in General:
Centre Block:
View from all central block seats in the circle is unexceptional, with little to recommend it beyond price if cheaper than the stalls. Row B is the best bet for avoiding rails and most of the low rake problem.

Row F is a bench, so arrive early to stake out your portion. If row F is cheaper than E - and no sound desk is nearby - the monkey would save a few pounds as it doesn't mind the bench seat - it's quite deep.

Wheelchair spaces are at the side of row F, offering a decent enough view but distraction from the soundboard when positioned nearby.

Side Blocks:
Side circle seats, Rows R and L 1 to 14 have bars restricting the sightlines, and the closest seats to the stage miss the nearside corner. These rows are benches too, so again arrive early to stake out your portion! The price makes them worth considering, if the discount for restricted view is worthwhile - though you may want to pay the same to sit in the front row or rear rows of the stalls instead for legroom / seat width comfort in particular.

On odd occasions when row F seats are the same price as slips, the monkey would go for seats in row F first. When rear stalls are also the same price - it would take rear stalls first.

General Hazard Notes:
Low bar in front of row A.

The circle has a shallow rake, making it harder to see over taller heads in front from middle row seats.

Sound desk can replace seats in row F, making F4 and 8 and E4 to 8 (which are usually nearest to it) a mss for purists.

Rows R and L have bars in front and a side view of the stage.

Changes for the current production:
Row A is top price, unless happy to see over the rail, the monkey prefers stalls. It would also go for B over A, as the view is the same for less cash.

Row F drops to third price outside of previews. Again, stalls are a better bet, though if you don't mind a bench, F isn't terrible value - particularly for the shorter who may miss things form the back. Skip it during previews, as there are better seats further forward.

The slips are fourth price. Probably slightly better view than stalls pillar seats, but less legroom in the front row of them, the monkey feels. Fair value, it judges.

 

Reader Comments:
"Row A: (Graham). A very simply laid out intimate venue. We were sat in the front row of the circle and didn't find it to cramped at all. There is a bar running across the front of the row but it did not even come close to affecting my view of the stage. The circle in general seems to have a good rake too so think the view would be fine from most seats."

"D17: "Beyond the Fence" (February 2016). Although at the end of the row, the view was really quite good. Legroom is a bit limited."

"D5: (Mark). Bad seat, the rake is terrible in the circle of this theatre. Even being tall I couldn't see very well over the people in front of me. I moved to an empty seat in row B, which was much better."

"Slip Seats: Long benches and quite tight if a few larger people are sharing it with you... or the man next to you leaves his phone on gets a call then texts 10 minutes into the second half we are not sure...! Saying that, the view was good and you dont really miss any of the action."


Notes
Total 350 seats approx.

Not air conditioned. Be prepared for a hot and uncomfortable time in the height of summer, alas. To minimise the effects, seating in the front stalls is normally coolest as heat rises - and is also trapped in Circle overhang. Just a bit of advice from someone in the theatre industry who has a grasp of physics...

2 Spacious bars.

Guide dogs are welcome either inside or dog-sat. Audio described and signed performances occasionally. Step-free access from foyer to Circle. Wheelchair access is via a side entrance and there is an adapted toilet near the Circle seats (just a unisex one though). Contact staff in advance for full information on 020 7836 6463.  A "venue access guide" from the team who created book "Theatremonkey: A Guide to London's West End," is available to download in PDF format by clicking here.

1 gentleman's and 1 ladies toilet on each level. 

 

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Getting to this Theatre
Find this theatre on a Street Map
Nearest Underground Station Buses Car Park
Nearest Underground Station:
Leicester Square - Northern (black) and Piccadilly (dark blue) lines.

The escalator from the platforms deposits passengers into a circular space with a number of staircases leading to the surface. Beside each staircase is a vast white panel listing the places accessible from that exit. 

Look for the one showing the Arts theatre. It is marked "Charing Cross Road East" and "Cranbourn Street". When you leave the ticket gates, do a 180 degree "U" turn. This exit is hidden behind you, between the gates! Go up the first little staircase. At the top of it, turn right, taking the "Cranbourn Street" exit. Go up the stairs. In front of you will be Cranbourn Street. On the opposite side of the road are shops.
 

Turn to your left. Walk to the end of the street.

 If you see the Hippodrome Nightclub on the opposite corner across a busy road, turn around. Wrong Way. If you reach the end of the street and see a large restaurant - The Sussex on the opposite corner, well done. 


Do not cross the road to it. Instead just turn left at the corner. The Arts is ahead of you on the left, a small building on Great Newport Street.

If you take the other staircase at Leicester Square station then at the top, in front of you will be Charing Cross Road. On the opposite corner, notice the Hippodrome Nightclub and a wide pedestrianised street. Turn to your right then right again at the corner and walk down Cranbourn Street passing the entrance you originally aimed for and missed. Change to the other side of the road and walk to the end of the street. If you reach the end of the street and see a large restaurant "the Sussex" on the opposite corner, well done. Do not cross the road to it. Instead just turn left at the corner. The Arts is ahead of you on the left, a small building on Great Newport Street.

 

Buses:
24, 29 and 176 stop on Charing Cross Road. Walk down Cranbourn Street to the end, changing to the other side of the street as you go. If you reach the end of the street and see a large restaurant - The Sussex on the opposite corner, well done. Do not cross the road to it. Instead just turn left at the corner. The Arts is ahead of you on the left, a small building on Great Newport Street.

 

Taxi:
A rank for Black taxis is at Charing Cross Station - a fair distance from the theatre, if you cannot hail one in the busy street outside the venue or on Charing Cross Road (to the right, up Newport Street).

 

Car Park:
Newport Place, China Town. On leaving, use Gerard Street to get you onto Shaftesbury Avenue. On Shaftesbury Avenue look to your right. The brown brick building to your right is the Palace Theatre. Don't bother crossing the road, but turn to your right on Shaftesbury Avenue and walk in the direction of it. When you come to the main road intersection in front of Shaftesbury Avenue, cross Charing Cross Road at the traffic lights. Now turn to your right and walk down Charing Cross Road, crossing Litchfield Street as you go.

Next is Newport Street. Turn left into it and the Arts Theatre is along on your left on the same side of the road.

This theatre does NOT take part in the "West End Parking" scheme offering discounts to theatregoers.

 

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