The Noel Coward Theatre, which was formally known as the Albery, is situated on St Martins Lane, in London’s West End. Its address is St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4AU. It’s between Browns restaurant and The Salisbury Pub, and directly behind the Wyndham’s Theatre in Charing Cross Road. There’s an alley, St Martins Court, down the side of the Noel Coward Theatre which brings you into Charing Cross Road by the Wyndham’s Theatre.
If you are arriving by car you can be dropped off outside the Noel Coward Theatre on St Martins Lane. There are double yellow lines directly outside the entrance, but single yellow lines further along St Martin’s Lane in both directions. There’s limited street parking which requires payment by mobile phone. Instructions are displayed by the parking bays.
The nearest Q-Park car parks are in Trafalgar Square or Newport Place in China Town. You can get a 50 percent discount on your parking costs at either of these car parks, if your ticket is validated at the theatre. There’s also an NCP car park in Upper St. Martin’s Lane, but please note that the discount does not apply to NCP car parks.
If you are coming by bus, numbers 24, 29 and 176 stop on Charing Cross Road. The nearest bus stop is outside Leicester Square tube station, which is also the nearest underground station.
Leicester Square tube station is on the Northern and Piccadilly lines. To get to the theatre leave the station by exit number one. At the top of the staircase turn left into St Martins Court and follow the courtyard around to the left between the Wyndham’s and Noel Coward theatres. At the end of the alley turn left again into St. Martin’s Lane. The entrance to the theatre will be on your left.
The nearest overground station is Charing Cross on the Strand. This is about ten minutes walk from the theatre.
The main entrance to the Noel Coward Theatre is up three marble steps. There are three sets of glazed double doors which are pinned open prior to a performance. Once through these doors there are three inner sets of doors which open both ways, leading into the main foyer. Prior to entering the main foyer, staff will be carrying out security checks on any bags you have with you.
The box office is to the right of the foyer and has two serving windows. Also situated to the right is a cloakroom. Directly in front of the main doors as you enter, is a fireplace with a large mirror above it. To the left of the foyer is a staircase with handrails on both sides, which goes up to the Albery Bar and the Grand Circle. There are 30 steps.
You can collect your headsets from the Front of House staff. Please ask on arrival. When you pick up your headset, you will be asked to leave a form of identification, such as a credit or Oyster card which will be returned after the performance. If you do not hold a form of identification you will be asked for a £10 deposit. Staff will also have large print and Braille cast lists. If you would like to listen to the introductory notes fifteen minutes before the start of the performance, you should collect your headset in good time to take your seat.
The ladies’ toilets are situated to the left of the foyer as you enter, up three steps. There’s an accessible toilet to the right of the foyer. The gentlemen’s toilet is also to the right of the foyer, through the doors leading to the Stalls. There’s a staircase leading down and then nine steps up.
There are also ladies and gentlemen’s toilets at the rear of the Stalls auditorium, as well as up in the Albery Bar. All these toilets have steps.
The auditorium seats just under 900 people, on four levels – Stalls, Royal Circle, Grand Circle and Balcony.
To get to the Stalls seating for seat numbers 1 to 14, go through the set of double doors to the right of the foyer. Go along the corridor and then turn left down several flights of steps.
The entrance to the Royal Circle seat numbers 1 to 14 is through the same set of double doors. The Royal Circle entrance is also on the left of the corridor, but up three steps. Staff will be available to direct you if you require assistance.
Stalls and Royal Circle seating, seat numbers 15 upwards, are through a set of double doors in the far-left corner of the foyer, once again going down a staircase for the Stalls and up three steps for the Royal Circle.
To get to the Grand Circle, go up the staircase from the main foyer.
To get to the Balcony seating you can go up the staircase from the foyer, through the Albery Bar, and then up a further flight of steps. Alternatively, there’s a staircase leading directly to the Balcony, from the right of the main foyer.
The auditorium is decorated in an ornate French style, in gold and cream.
On all levels, the floor slopes down towards the stage and the seating is arranged in a single block with an aisle either side. The seats fold up when not in use.
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. In this case, we would ask you to contact the theatre direct for clarification.
Useful information and contact numbers
The Noel Coward Theatre has three bars – the Albery which is up the staircase from the main foyer, the Lionels Bar which serves the Stalls and Royal Circle levels and the Noëls Bar at the rear of the Stalls. The Albery Bar opens an hour and a half before the start of the performance, the other two bars open 30 minutes before the start of the performance.
Guide and companion dogs can be taken into the auditorium, although it is advisable to ensure that you have an aisle seat, so that there is enough room for your dog. Alternatively, dogs can be looked after by staff during the performance.
If you have any queries about your visit to the Noel Coward theatre you can call the Access number which is 0844 482 5137, or the Box Office on 020 7812 7444. The Noel Coward Theatre is owned by Delfont Mackintosh and there’s further information about their Theatres on delfontmackintosh.co.uk.