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Formerly the Whitehall Theatre, Trafalgar Studios is the contemporary venue that opened in 2004 and is best known for hosting plays with star casts. Split into two, the venue includes Trafalgar Studios 1 and 2, both with differing seating capacities. The former opened in 2004 with the RSC’s Othello, whilst the latter opened in 2005 with Cyprus.

Throughout its early years, the theatre hosted a variety of short run plays and small-scale musicals, including Sweeney Todd (2004), Losing Louis (2005), A New Way to Please You (2005) and the RSC season from 2005-2006, which included plays Sir Thomas More, Sejanus: His Fall and Believe What You Will.

Polly Teale’s adaptation of Jane Eyre (2006) followed, as well as Speaking Like Magpies (2006), Bent (2006-2007), Elling (2007), Dealer’s Choice (2007-2008), Fat Pig (2008), Entertaining Mr Sloane (2009), End of the Rainbow (2010), starring Tracie Bennett, A Christmas Carol (2010-2011), Ordinary Days (2011), Three Days in May (2011-2012) and Yes, Prime Minister (2012).

Trafalgar Studios truly stepped on the map in 2013 with the first of Jamie Lloyd’s season, Trafalgar Transformed, which saw productions Macbeth, starring James McAvoy, Harold Pinter’s The Hothouse, starring Simon Russell Beale and The Pride, starring Mathew Horne. 2013 concluded with the Olivier Award-winning Ghosts, which transferred from the Almeida.

2014 saw Jamie Lloyd continue his season at the theatre, presenting plays such as Another Country, Richard III, starring Martin Freeman and East is East (2014-2015), as well as The Ruling Class (2015), with James McAvoy.

Further plays throughout 2015 included Strindberg’s The Father, Golem, James Freedman: Man of Steal, Constellations, starring Rafe Spall, and Robert Icke’s Olivier Award-winning Oresteia.

Toward the end of 2015, Jamie Lloyd returned for a second Trafalgar Transformed season, directing plays including The Homecoming, starring Gemma Chan and The Maids, starring Uzo Aduba, Laura Carmichael and Zawe Ashton.

Subsequent productions have included Jesse Eisenberg’s self-written comedy The Spoils (2016), starring himself alongside Kunal Nayyar and Katie Brayben, The Naked Magicians (2016), Buried Child (2016-2017), starring Ed Harris and Amy Madigan and The Philanthropist (2017), starring Simon Bird and Lily Cole. Hollywood actress Stockard Channing stars in dark comedy Apologia through Autumn 2017.

2018 saw Tom Morris' new musical The Grinning Man transfer from Bristol Old Vic, followed by Hollywood star Orlando Bloom in dark comedy Killer Joe. The year also saw the Bush Theatre production Misty transfer to the venue following rave reviews. The show was gig theatre, a style which hadn't been seen at the venue before, and brought in a whole new audience. The year continued with a transfer of the National Theatre's popular production Nine Night.

In February 2019, Alex Kingston starred in the UK premiere of award-winning play Admissions. Wardrobe Ensemble's comedy Education, Education, Education played at the venue in May 2019. This was followed by English Touring Theatre's production of Peter Shaffer's Equus. 

In October 2019, the play A Day in the Death of Joe Egg was revived, starring Toby Stephens and Claire Skinner. The National Theatre's production of A Taste of Honey, starring Jodie Pregner, transferred to the theatre following a UK tour.

Past Shows

A Taste of Honey
(closed 29 Feb 2020)
(closed 29 Dec 2019)
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
(closed 30 Nov 2019)

Nine Night
(closed 23 Feb 2019)
(closed 20 Oct 2018)
Killer Joe
(closed 18 Aug 2018)

The Grinning Man
(closed 5 May 2018)
(closed 18 Nov 2017)
The Philanthropist
(closed 22 Jul 2017)

Buried Child
(closed 4 Mar 2017)
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The Naked Magicians
(closed 24 Sep 2016)
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The Spoils
(closed 13 Aug 2016)