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Currently showing at the Trafalgar Studio One

Trafalgar Studio One

Trafalgar Studios, formerly the Whitehall Theatre until 2004, consists of two intimate theatres that are situated on Whitehall, close to Leicester Square. Since opening, the theatres have staged a number of Royal Shakespeare Theatre (RSC) transfers before producing their own in-house productions of classic drama and new writing. 

The venue is close to attractions such as Leicester Square, as well as restaurants and pubs. It means it's ideally located if you're planning to combine your visit with some sightseeing or a great lastminute.com theatre meal deal.

The venue is three minutes' walk from Charing Cross tube station, four minutes from the Embankment and seven minutes from Leicester Square. The theatre comprises Studio One, which accommodates 380 people and Studio Two, seating 100 people. The theatre was designed in the Art Deco style and offers an intimate theatre experience, whether you're planning a special family day out or a day or evening at the theatre for two.

The history

The Whitehall Tavern was built on the site of the 17th-century Ye Old Ship Tavern, and opened in 1930. It built a reputation for contemporary comedies and subsequently hosted nude revues. It was closed and refurbished before opening in 1986, when it staged a variety of popular entertainment. Between 1997 and 1999, it was converted into a TV and radio studio before again reverting to use as a theatre. After this it staged shows such as Rat Pack Confidential, Puppetry of the Penis and Sing-a-Long-a-Abba before closing again.

Since reopening as the Trafalgar Studios, the theatre has hosted RSC transfers including productions from the company's Jacobean season including Sejanus: His Fall, Believe What You Will and A New Way to Please You. Other notable plays include Bent by Martin Sherman starring Alan Cumming, The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter starring Jason Isaac and Lee Evans, Fat Pig by Neil LaBute, and Macbeth with James MacAvoy. It has also hosted several musical productions including Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim.

More recently, productions have included Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr Sloane starring Imelda Staunton and Matthew Horne, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf with Matthew Kelly, and Othello starring Lenny Henry. It has also staged Richard III starring Martin Freeman and The Mountaintop by Katori Hall with David Harewood.