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The 10 Best Famous Theatres in London


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London’s West End, and other areas around the globe, are home to many extraordinary theatres. There is no other theatre in the world that can match the variety of shows this city puts on each day, even New York’s Broadway. These are some of our favorites.

Arcola Theatre

The favourite theatre in East London can be found just off the Dalston Junction Station. Arcola won nine off-West End Awards last year thanks to its innovative work by international premieres and playwrights. It has two theatre spaces and a bar. The theater is heavily involved with East London arts and can be visited on Tuesdays.

Southwark Playhouse

Other than the West End’s glamour, it is important to remember other theatres in London. The Southwark Playhouse has been a beacon for independent theatre. It hosts new work and attracts artistic directors who will go on to work at the national level. This studio-style theatre also features a bar that works closely with the Southwark community.

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Harold Pinter Theatre

The Harold Pinter Theatre is a Victorian comedy theatre. It’s still well-known for its comedy. It was a theatre that became a major London landmark for its musical and comedic reviews, which continued throughout World War II. Catch Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf through May 2017.

The Old Vic

The Old Vic is London’s most well-known theatre. It has been part London’s stage life since 1818. Kevin Spacey served as artistic director for many decades and was responsible for the revival of new works from the theatre. Catch Girl at the North Country this summer with music and lyrics from Bob Dylan.

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National Theatre

The National Theatre is actually three theatres that put on up to 25 shows per year. This summer’s show features a modern version of Twelfth Night and Consent by Nina Raine. Many performances are broadcast live to cinemas across the country.

Sadler’s Wells

Sadler’s Wells, London’s premier venue for all things dance, is a real delight for those who love it. This summer, Soho is showing at the theatre. Matthew Bourne will also be showing some of his earlier work.

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The Globe Theatre

The Elizabethan theatre opened in 1990 as a replica Shakespeare’s Globe, where many of Shakespeare’s plays were first performed. The theatre is open every summer from March through October. It also has a programme of Shakespearian classics. Standing tickets can be purchased for as low as L5 for most shows.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theater

The amphitheater is one of London’s few open-air theatres. It’s located in Regent’s Park and opens every summer for Shakespeare and comedies. This summer, Jesus Christ Superstar and A Tale of Two Cities will be on display.

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Gate Theatre

London is proud to have a history of small theatre pubs where emerging playwrights are trained. The Gate Theatre is located in Notting Hill and showcases international work. This theatre has been home to many A-listers, including Jude Law and Kathy Burke.

Hen & Chickens Theatre bar

The Hen & Chickens is located on the noisy Highbury & Islington intersection. It has been a part of London’s small theatre scene for many decades. It also has Unrestricted View, a resident production company. This 54-seater hosts some of London’s most innovative work.

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