Following a smash-hit, sold-out run at the Dorfman Theatre, Polly Findlay’s electrifying, five-star production of David Eldridge’s Beginning transfers to the West End’s Ambassadors Theatre. Starring Sam Troughton and Justine Mitchell, who reprise their roles, the production follows a pair in real-time as they embark of the risky beginnings of a new relationship.
Booking from 22 January 2018 until 24 March 2018
Running Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

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The Ambassadors Theatre is relatively young in comparison with other West End theatres, built as part of a pair with the adjacent St Martin’s Theatre. Whilst there were some early productions such as Odds and Ends (1914) and Pell Mell (1916), the rate of producing dwindled during the onset and aftermath of World War I.

After the First World War, a number of performers established their careers on the Ambassador Theatre stage, including Ivor Novello in Debrau (1921), Vivien Leigh in The Mask of Virtue (1935) and Hermione Gingold who starred in If (1921). Following these acclaimed performances, three revue shows took place: Sweet and Low (1943), Sweeter and Lower (1944) and Sweetest and Lowest (1946).

Revue shows defined the early to mid 20th century, until Agatha Christie’s thriller The Mousetrap famously made its world premiere in 1952. The whodunit ran at the Ambassadors Theatre for a hugely impressive 22 years, before transferring across the road to the St Martin's Theatre. The Mousetrap continues to this day, and is the West End's longest-running show.

As the popular play transferred, the venue saw shorter runs of plays such as Journey's End (2005) and musicals such as Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2004) and Little Shop of Horrors (2007).

Towards the end of 2007, Steve McNicholas and Luke Cresswell's ever-popular dance-come-musical Stomp transferred from the Adelphi to the Ambassadors, where it continues to play today.

Over the years, smaller shows have run at alternative times, including Broadway musical The Secret Garden (2016) and The Very Hungry Caterpillar (2016). The Ambassadors Theatre is also the resident venue for the National Youth Theatre, who have produced productions such as Wuthering Heights (2015) and Private Peaceful (2014).

As Stomp continues at the venue, a variety of productions play limited performances, with The Very Hungry Caterpillar returning in 2017, alongside several National Youth Theatre productions.

It has been announced that the Ambassadors Theatre has been sold to Cameron Mackintosh, who is set to rename the venue the Sondheim Theatre and completely refurbish the theatre.

Past Shows

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
(closed 7 Jan 2018)
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(closed 6 Jan 2018)
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar
(closed 7 Jan 2017)

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The Secret Garden
(closed 31 Aug 2016)
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The Confessions of Gordon Brown
(closed 30 Jul 2014)