Trafalgar Studios was built in 1930 and known at the Whitehall Theatre. Phyllis Dixey made a name for herself here in The Whitehall Follies as the West End’s first stripper in 1942. The place became really famous in the 50’s and 60’s with the television broadcasts of the Whitehall Farces. The building went on to be used as a World War II museum and a BBC radio studio before being completely remodelled in 2003. It now stages a diverse range of theatre that wouldn’t normally be seen in the West End.
The building is air conditioned and now has 2 performance spaces – Studio 1, which seats 380 and Studio 2, which seats 100. Studio 1 has a bank of steeply tiered seating which offers clear views throughout. The 3 boxes have sidelined views. There is a bar next to each of the studios.
Access for patrons using wheelchairs is difficult. There is a step up from the street into the building and you must transfer out of the wheelchair into a seat in Studio 1. There are 3 transfer spaces in row A, which is through the Stalls Bar, and one in Row K, which is up 14 steps. Wheelchair users must bring 2 companions to help with the steps. There is no adapted toilet. The auditorium has an infra-red sound amplification system for the hard of hearing with 16 headsets. There are 25 steps down to Studio 2.
The nearest tube stations are Charing Cross and Embankment (500m). Car drivers can use the Westminster City Council car park in Trafalgar Square or the NCP at Bedfordbury.
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