Charing Cross Theatre

Access Information

 

Charing Cross Theatre is found under the arches of Charing Cross station. The entrance to the Arches is on Villiers Street. The entrance to the theatre is opposite Heaven Nightclub. The address is Charing Cross Theatre, The Arches, Villiers Street WC2N 6NL.

 

Villiers street is accessible by car.  You can be dropped off outside the Pret a Manger on Villiers Street and the entrance to the Arches is directly opposite. there are no disabled parking spaces in the immediate area of the theatre.

 

The theatre is directly below Charing Cross station. To find the theatre from either the main line station or the underground, exit the station and turn right once outside. Beyond the station building, turn right again onto Villiers Street. Approx. 100 m down the hill, on the right hand side just past a staircase that leads back up into Charing Cross Station, the Arches is accessed via a wide square opening and the theatre entrance is along the Arches on the left. There may be advertiser’s A frames in the entrance to the Arches.

Please be aware that Villiers Street is a shared space road which means that its semi pedestrianised but vehicles use it occasionally. The Arches is fully pedestrianised.

A taxi rank is located outside Charing Cross Station

 

If you are arriving by underground, the nearest stations are Charing Cross, which is on the Northern and Bakerloo lines or Embankment on the Northern, Bakerloo and District and circle lines. From Embankment, it is about a four minute walk to the theatre. Take the left hand exit from the main ticket hall, walk straight ahead up Villiers street and turn left into The Arches, just before the staircase that leads up into Charing Cross Station. The theatre entrance is further along the Arches on the left.

Lots of buses stop near Charing Cross Station:
numbers 6, 9, 13, 87, N9, N44 N87 & N155 heading towards Aldwych, Alight at Trafalgar Square/Charing Cross Bus stop: stop E

Numbers 11, 15, 23, 91, N11, N15, N26, N91, N550, N551 heading from Euston or St Pauls. Alight at Trafalgar Square/Charing Cross Bus Stop – Stop F.

Numbers 11, 87, 91, N11, N44, N87, N91, N155, N199, heading towards Westminster, alight at Trafalgar Square/Charing Cross Bus Stop: Stop K.
The Theatre entrance is rather small so it can be difficult to find. It is at street level with no stairs. There are two main doors which open outwards. They are wooden doors with glass panes in them. Shortly before the performance, the right hand door is usually propped open. Outside the entrance there will be a red carpet leading to the doors with a short section of ropes guiding people inside.

The main entrance foyer is quite bright, lit by a large chandelier. It is relatively small with a staircase leading down to the auditorium on the left hand side.
The theatre does not have a cloak room. There is a level access toilet on the right hand side of the foyer. The door to this opens outwards. The main toilets are down two flights of stairs on the left of the foyer and have doors that open inwards.

Tickets can be collected from the box office which is located in the main foyer just as you go through the main entrance, on the right. Headsets should also be collected from the box office.
Further along on the right hand side is the entrance to the bar which opens around two and half hours before the performance starts. The box office opens two hours before.
Directly ahead as you come in, is the entrance to the balcony seating. There are no stairs. Wheelchair positions are in the balcony 1 area, which has only 10 seats.

 

The auditorium is long and thin like a cinema. It goes from row C to row X. When entering the auditorium on the stalls level you will arrive at row K which is in the middle of the auditorium. The stage is to your right. You are on the low numbers side of the auditorium “auditorium right”. The floor is steeply raked with two steps down between rows. There is a central aisle straight ahead of you, between rows J & K. The auditorium is a dark grey colour and the seats are dark red. They flip up and the rows are numbered 1-12 apart from row C which is 1-10.

At the Charing Cross Theatre guide dogs are welcome, and may stay with you in the auditorium or can be looked after by Front of House if you prefer.  If you are bringing a Guide Dog, please let the theatre know, by calling the Box Office on 020 7925 8040.  Ask to speak to the box office manager, Paul Heelis.

 

Please note that this information has been supplied by the venue and although every effort has been made to check details, you may still have some queries. Also call Paul, if you have any other questions about your visit.

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