The Cambridge Theatre is one of the youngest West End theatres, making it also one of the most accessible and best in terms of overall views. The auditorium is divided into three levels: The Stalls section, which is on the same level as the stage; the Dress Circle which is one level above and the Upper Circle which is the highest level in the auditorium. The auditorium has a large proscenium arch which frames the stage, making views from all three levels exceptionally good. Each section is set back above the one below, so overhanging balconies are not an issue as in other theatres.
For the current production of Matilda the Musical
the set extends out into the building, engulfing the auditorium. This means that views are streamlined onto the stage, and you feel involved even on the furthest row away from the stage.
The stalls section offers generous legroom and feels comfortable throughout. The stage is low, so even seats in the first few rows are not looking up at the action and straining their necks. The section has a full central aisle, meaning that there is plenty of opportunity for seats with extra legroom in each row. The seats are well raked, giving good views over the audience in front and clear views of the stage. The rows are not broad enough to restrict the view at the end of each row, meaning even seats towards the edge have an excellent view of the stage.
The dress circle is the first level of seats above the stalls and looks down at the stage. The section is set back above the stalls and does feel further back. This is good to take in the huge set and to appreciate all of the action. The section is divided into three equally sized blocks of seats, with two central aisles providing good opportunities for extra legroom.
This section feels far back from the stage and is divided into a front and rear section. The front section provides good views of the stage and allows an excellent sense of perspective, looking straight down at the action. Legroom becomes more restricted in the rear section, and views begin to be obstructed by the safety rail along the front of the balcony and also around each stairwell.
Where are the best seats for children at the Cambridge Theatre?
The current show at the Cambridge Theatre, Matilda the Musical
allows booster seats for children under the age of 6 years old. These can be used to help smaller children see over the heads of people in front. The auditorium is very well raked however, and this isn't too much of a problem in all three levels. Some children may prefer to sit closer to the action, in which case the Stalls are better, especially to be able to see the action in the central aisle. Slightly older children may prefer to sit in the Dress Circle to be able to take in the whole stage more effectively. The front of the Upper Circle is also suitable for children, but please note that this section does feel quite high, and some children may not like being this far away from the stage. For easiest accessibility, many parents find that sitting on an aisle is most convenient for the toilets and other facilities.
Where are the Restricted View seats?
There are a limited number of restricted view seats at the Cambridge Theatre, and these are all in the rear of the Upper Circle and are priced accordingly. Rows J and K 13-16 and 25-28 surround the stairwells and are restricted by the additional safety rails around them. These seats are usually allocated as £5 day seats for 16-25 year olds. Please see the Tickets page
for further information. The final two rows of the Upper Circle are the second cheapest tickets in the venue, as these also are restricted somewhat by the front safety rail. Any restricted view seats sold should be clearly marked on your ticket.
What if I am hard of sight or hearing?
The auditorium is fitted with an infra-red hearing loop system, which works well at all levels of the auditorium. These are available from the users on arrival. Binoculars are available in the front of seats in the Upper Circle for a small hire charge and should be replaced after use.
How many steps are there in the theatre?
The main foyer has step free access through two sets of doors. The stalls are 5 steps down from ground level, and the Dress Circle is 31 steps up to the rear of the section. There are over 60 steps up to the back of the Upper Circle. All staircases have two handrails.
Where are the toilets located?
Stalls: Women and Men's toilets at the back of the section.
Royal Circle: Women's is up 3 steps and men's on the same level as the bar.
Adapted Toilet: Situated in the Stalls corridor.
Where are the bars located?
There is a bar on all three levels. The stalls bar is below the stalls, down 22 steps from floor level. The Dress Circle bar is up 31 steps from the foyer. Drinks may be brought to disabled customers in the auditorium.
Are there wheelchair facilities in the theatre?
There are two wheelchair spaces available in the auditorium, situated at N1 and N34 in the Stalls. Transfer seats are also available in the Stalls, with room for 4 wheelchairs and 2 scooters. To book each of these seats, please contact the Customer Relations team at See Tickets who look after The Cambridge Theatre:
Access Phone number: +44 (0)8444 124648
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