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Trafalgar Studio 2
Address: 14 Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A 2DY, UK
Opened: September 29, 1930
Trafalgar Studios, formerly the Whitehall Theater until 2004, is a West End theater in Whitehall, near Trafalgar Square, in the City of Westminster, London. Also known as Trafalgar Studios at the Whitehall Theater in honour of its former incarnation, the building consists of two intimate theaters designed by architects Tim Foster and John Muir. Studio 1, the larger of the two spaces with 380 seats, opened on 3 June 2004 with the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Othello. Studio 2, with 100 seats, opened in October 2005 with the play Cyprus.
Bars: Foyer bar next to the Box Office. 25 steps to Stalls Bar (spacious, few seats). Drinks can be brought to disabled customers in the auditorium upon request.
Limited mobility: Leg room is generally good with extra space on the front row and on the side aisle of row E.
Access description: One shallow step up from the street through double swing doors into the foyer. Box Office opposite. All staircases have handrails and steps are highlighted. 25 steps down then up 10 steps in to the auditorium (3 steps between rows). Theatre opens 1 hour before performance.
Sound Amplification: Infrared system in the auditorium with 16 headsets, available from the box office with a deposit. Check with Box Office which seats in the auditorium have best reception.
Guide Dogs: Guide dogs are allowed inside the auditorium by prior arrangement with the theatre, alternatively staff are happy to dog-sit. You will be seated in an aisle seat.
Disabled Access: No spaces for people who need to remain in their wheelchairs. Transfer seating is available to Row A (3 spaces) and K (1 space). Access to Row A is through the Stalls Bar and Row K is up 14 steps. Wheelchair users must bring 2 people to help with the steps. The theatre can store a maximum of 3 wheelchairs per performance. Venue is not suitable for scooters.
Toilets: 22 steps up from the foyer to women’s and men’s. More toilets off the Stalls Bar.
Disabled Toilets: No adapted WC.
The nearest National Rail station to Trafalgar Studios is London Charing Cross, which is literally round the corner from the theater. Charing Cross connects the centre of London to many places in Kent and also provides quick connections to London Bridge and London Waterloo. Please see the directions below.
Charing Cross (3 minutes): Exit the station and take the immediate left down the Strand. You will reach a roundabout (Trafalgar Square will be ahead of you); continue walking left round the roundabout and then turn down Whitehall. Trafalgar Studios will be on the right hand side of the road.
The nearest tube stations are Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern Lines), Embankment (Bakerloo, Circle, District and Northern Lines) and Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly Lines.) Please see the directions below.
From Charing Cross (2 minutes): Please see the directions above in the ‘Rail’ section.
From Embankment (7 minutes): exit the station via the left hand exit (towards the City and the Strand) and walk up Villers St. Turn left onto the strand and keep walking until you meet the roundabout (Trafalgar Square will be ahead of you); continue walking left round the roundabout and then turn down Whitehall. Trafalgar Studios will be on the right hand side of the road.
From Leicester Square (7 minutes): Trafalgar studios is essentially in one big long straight line away from Leicester Square station. Take the exit and head south down Charing Cross Road. You will pass the Garrick Theater after about a minute of walking. Continue down the road, pass the Portrait Gallery, pass Trafalgar Square (which will be on your right) and continue straight over the roundabout onto Whitehall. The theater will be on the right hand side of the road.
Buses to Whitehall: 3, 11, 24, 87, 88, 159
Buses to Cockspur St (Trafalgar Square): 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 15, 88, 453
Trafalgar studios is within the London Congestion Charge Zone which applies from 7am until 6pm and costs £10 per day. If you are driving to the theater after 6pm then you will not be charged.
Trafalgar Studio is part of the Q-Park Scheme. The nearest participating car park is the 24hr Q Park in Trafalgar Square (SW1A 2TS). Parking costs £18 for up to 3hrs, and £24 for 4hrs but theatergoers can save 50% if they have their tickets validated at the theater.
There will be plenty of black cabs around after the show has finished as taxi drivers are aware of the potential business. However you can also get a cab from the designated taxi rank at Charing Cross National Rail Station which is only a short walk away from the theater.
Facilities At Trafalgar Studios 2
Seat plan: Trafalgar Studio Two Seat Plan
Infrared hearing loop
WHEELCHAIR SPACES: Yes, in the front row. Transfer seating also available.
INFRARED SYSTEM: Yes. Reception is best in seats A5-8, B6-9 C7-10 or D7-8. Devices are at the Box office (induction loop necklaces and headsets).
ACCESSIBLE TOILETS: Yes.
GUIDE DOGS: Yes.
NEAREST TUBE/RAIL STATION: Charing Cross and Embankment.
NEAREST CAR PARKS: Trafalgar Square Car Park, via Spring Gardens.
Nearest tube: Charing Cross
Tube lines: Bakerloo, Northern
Location: Fringe/Off West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Whitehall) 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 88, 91, 159, 453; (Strand) 6, 9, 13, 15, 23, 29, 87, 139, 176
Night bus numbers: (Whitehall) 12, 24, 53, 88, 159, 453, N2, N3, N5, N11, N18, N20, N44, N52, N87, N91, N97, N109, N136, N155, N381; (Strand) 6, 23, 139, 176, N9, N13, N15, N21, N26, N29, N41, N47, N89, N279, N343, N551
Car park: Trafalgar (8mins)
Within congestion zone?: Yes
Directions from tube: (5mins) Head left on the main road Strand. Follow Trafalgar Square around onto Whitehall and the theatre’s on your right.