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London West End Theatres

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Her Majesty's Theatre
Novello Theatre
Novello Theatre
Victoria Palace Theatre
Victoria Palace Theatre
Victoria Palace Theatre
Aldwych Theatre
Aldwych Theatre
Ambassadors Theatre
Apollo Theatre
Duchess Theatre
Duke of York's Theatre
Garrick Theatre
Gielgud Theatre
Haymarket Theatre Royal
London Palladium
Old Vic Theatre
Playhouse Theatre
Savoy Theatre
Savoy Theatre
Shaftesbury Theatre
Wyndhams Theatre
Ambassadors Theatre
Apollo Victoria Theatre
Cambridge Theatre
Cambridge Theatre
Cambridge Theatre
Criterion Theatre
Criterion Theatre
Dominion Theatre
Harold Pinter Theatre
The Lyceum Theatre
The Lyceum Theatre
The Lyceum Theatre
Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
New London Theatre
New London Theatre
Noel Coward Theatre
Palace Theatre
Palace Theatre
Piccadilly Theatre
Prince Edward Theatre
Prince Edward Theatre
Prince Edward Theatre
Prince of Wales Theatre
Prince of Wales Theatre
St Martin's Theatre
Trafalgar Studios
Vaudeville Theatre
 

 

From all singing, all dancing musicals and glitzy productions to satirical comedies and renowned dramas, London's West End Theatres boast a year-round world-class programme of productions. Here, LondonTown.com lists the theatres to ensure you never miss out on the hottest ticket in town.

 
 

Aldwych Theatre

Historic West End theatre which has been the home of both farce and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Aldwych Theatre Aldwych Theatre Where:
, Aldwych, London London, WC2B4LD
Category: Theatres

Aldwych, Covent Garden, London, WC2B4LD

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 
 

With the Waldorf Hotel sandwiched in between them, the Aldwych and Novello theatres were originally built to work as a pair. The Aldwych is probably most noted for being the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company (1960 to 1982), and for Ben Travers' famed Aldwych Farces (1925 to 1933). Previous notable productions include Noel Coward's Private Lives and Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

 
 

Events at Aldwych Theatre

Bring Up the Bodies Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

7th May to 6th September 2014 | £10-£59

 
Wolf Hall Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st May to 6th September 2014 | £10-£59

 
Vincent Simone & Flavia Cacace: Dance 'Til Dawn

23rd October 2014 to 3rd January 2015 - Various Times | £15-£59.50

 
All events at Aldwych Theatre
 
 
 

Ambassadors Theatre

A mid-sized theatre which gained fame as the home of 'The Mousetrap'.

Ambassadors Theatre Ambassadors Theatre Where:
, West Street, London London, WC2H 9ND
Category: Theatres

West Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9ND

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Covent Garden Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 
 

From the outside, it appears impossible that an entire West End theatre could be fitted into this two-storey Soho corner. However, not only is there a medium-sized auditorium, cheerfully over-decorated, but the whole Louis XVI interior feels spacious and airy. Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap opened at the theatre in 1952 and played here for more than two decades before transferring to St Martin's Theatre.

 
 

Events at Ambassadors Theatre

The Confessions Of Gordon Brown Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

3rd June to 30th July 2014 | £25-£35

 

A one-man play exposing the darkest secrets of being Prime Minister by Scottish journalist Kevin Toolis, winner of the 2014 BAFTA for his MI5 spy thriller 'Complicit', and starring Ian Grieve, The Confessions of Gordon ...more

Stomp On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st August 2010 to 21st December 2014 - Various Times | £26-£52.50, Premium Seats £67.50

 
Selfie: National Youth Theatre

17th September to 12th November 2014 - 7.30pm | Sep 17 £5 Dress Rehearsal, Sep 23, 30, Oct 1 preview £17.50, Oct 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 21, 28, Nov 4 & 5, 12 £25

 

A radical re-telling of The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde.

Macbeth: National Youth Theatre

19th September to 26th November 2014 - 2.30pm | Sep 19, 24, 26, 30, Oct 1 preview £17.50, Oct 8-28, Nov 4-26 £19.50

 
Private Peaceful: National Youth Theatre

23rd September to 21st November 2014 - Various Times | Sep 23 £5 Dress Rehearsal, Sep 24, Oct 3 preview £17.50, Oct 7, 10, 17, 24, 27, 31, Nov 7, 11, 14, 21 £19.50

 

Simon Reade's adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's compelling novel.

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Apollo Theatre

The first West End theatre of the Edwardian age.

Apollo Theatre Apollo Theatre Where:
, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, London London, W1D 7EZ
Category: Theatres

29 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London, W1D 7EZ

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 
 

The first West End theatre of the Edwardian Age, the Apollo has a pleasingly over-the-top design that takes in facades, statuary, and a gypsy coat-of-arms that was intended to bring good luck. Playing host mainly to relatively small-scale shows rather than more obvious crowd-pullers, this compact theatre has never really established an important role in the West End.

 
 

Events at Apollo Theatre

Let the Right One In Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

26th March to 27th September 2014 | £9.50-£55 (Previews 26-31 Mar), £19.50-£65

 
Urinetown The Musical Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

29th September 2014 to 24th January 2015 | £41.50-£51.50, Premium Seats £72

 
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Apollo Victoria Theatre

Art Deco theatre - one of the largest in London.

Apollo Victoria Theatre Apollo Victoria Theatre Where:
, 17 Wilton Road, London London, SW1V 1LG
Category: Theatres

17 Wilton Road, Victoria, London, SW1V 1LG

Tube: Victoria Station

 
 

In the days before cheap air travel, the first thing travellers from the continent would see as their trains pulled into London was the vast Apollo Victoria, a single building that took up an entire block. This huge theatre has played host to some classic shows over the years, with the outstanding popular favourite Starlight Express delighting millions in a run that stretched over a decade.

 
 

Events at Apollo Victoria Theatre

Wicked Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st August 2010 to 21st March 2015 - Various Times | £15-£95

 
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Cambridge Theatre

An Art Deco theatre which has been home to blockbuster musicals and some spectacular bombs.

Cambridge Theatre Cambridge Theatre Where:
, Earlham Street, Seven Dials, London London, W1D 7DY
Category: Theatres

Earlham Street, Seven Dials, Soho, London, W1D 7DY

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 
 

The Cambridge Theatre is a 1930s design classic in the Art Deco style, with smooth, sparsely decorated curves and two stunning gold murals. Its simplicity is belied by a long history of bizarre and spectacular productions, from the West End's first ice dancing (John Curry's Theatre of Ice), through the high-camp of Return to the Forbidden Planet to the all-singing, all-dancing Ku Klux Klan members in Jerry Springer, the Opera. In its time, this dignified auditorium has played host to a cinema, an opera company, the Comedie Francaise, the National Theatre, a magic show and some of the most important figures in theatre.

 
 

Events at Cambridge Theatre

Matilda The Musical Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

18th October 2011 to 24th May 2015 - Various Times | £20-£62.50

 
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Criterion Theatre

A subterranean theatre in the West End that has a romantic interior.

Criterion Theatre Criterion Theatre Where:
, 218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, London London, W1V 9LB
Category: Theatres

218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Soho, London, W1V 9LB

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 
 

The tiny entrance of the Criterion Theatre is almost invisible among the massive advertisements, traffic and crowds of Piccadilly Circus. To ignore it, however, is to miss one of London's most enchanting theatres. Use of mirrors and stunning murals of clouds and cherubs turns this underground labyrinth into an airy paradise.

 
 

Events at Criterion Theatre

The 39 Steps Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

14th September 2006 to 28th March 2015 - Various Times | £15-£49.50

 
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Dominion Theatre

This large venue has been host to big, over the top musicals for decades.

Dominion Theatre Dominion Theatre Where:
, 268 Tottenham Court Road, London London, W1T 7AQ
Category: Theatres

268 Tottenham Court Road, Bloomsbury, London, W1T 7AQ

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station

 
 

This huge theatre plays host to big, rocking musicals. The Dominion has a big stage and hundreds of seats - on a packed night here noise levels are like those at a rock concert. Built in 1928, the venue was originally used as a cinema before turning to theatre and musicals. Later, Universal hired The Dominion for its movie 'Phantom of the Opera', and Charlie Chaplin's City Lights was shown here with synchronised music and sound effects. The massive rooftop statue of Freddie Mercury that greets you as you leave the Tottenham Court Road tube stop is a hint of the show that's been playing here for the last few years.

 
 

Events at Dominion Theatre

Evita Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

16th September to 1st November 2014 | £25-£65

 

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita comes to London's Dominion Theatre for 55 shows from September 2014. With a number of previous adaptations, including the Oscar-winning 1996 movie with Madonna and Antonio Banderas, the ...more

West End Heroes

Sunday 28th September 2014 - 7.30pm | £30-£65, VIP Package £85-£175

 

Michael Ball hosts and performs in the 2014 version of the uplifting concert which features songs from musical theatre and pop standards, choreography and drilling, from the country's leading military bands and a range of ...

White Christmas Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

8th November 2014 to 3rd January 2015 | £37.50-£67.50

 

Aled Jones, who made his name as the voice of The Snowman, makes his West End debut in White Christmas, the musical written by Irving Berlin, based on the film which featured Bing Crosby, Danny ...more

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Duchess Theatre

One of the smallest theatres in the West End.

Duchess Theatre Duchess Theatre Where:
, Catherine Street, London London, WC2B 5LA
Category: Theatres

Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5LA

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 
 

The Duchess Theatre is one of the smallest in The West End, which is not entirely a bad thing. The seating is almost on top of the stage, creating an intense engagement between audience and actors of the kind usually reserved for the fringe. This has made the Duchess a favourite with actors and directors, in spite of cramped backstage conditions.

 
 

Events at Duchess Theatre

Bakersfield Mist Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

10th May to 30th August 2014 | May 10-26 previews £15-£42.50, May 27-Aug 30 £25-£52.50

 
The Play That Goes Wrong Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

5th September 2014 to 1st February 2015 | Sep 5-Oct 19 £20-£39.50, Oct 20-Feb 1 £20-£49.50

 
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Duke of York's Theatre

A medium sized West End theatre that has been home to plenty of solid hits.

Duke of York's Theatre Duke of York's Theatre Where:
, St Martins Lane, London London, WC2N 4BG
Category: Theatres

St Martins Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4BG

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Charing Cross Station, Covent Garden Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station

 
 

This theatre has more than its share of name changes. Originally called The Trafalgar in 1894, it became the Duke of York's to honour the future King George V. During the late '90s, the name was temporarily changed to The Royal Court Theatre. Over the years, the theatre also hosted ballets and operas and is also where the world was first introduced to the play (and character) of Peter Pan, in 1904.

 
 

Events at Duke of York's Theatre

Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

30th October 2013 to 20th September 2014 | Mon to Thu £20, £29.50, £39.50, £49.50, £57.50, Fri & Sat £20, £32.50, £42.50, £52.50, £59.50

 
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Fortune Theatre

The first theatre to be built after World War I.

Fortune Theatre Fortune Theatre Where:
, Russell Street, London London, WC2B 5HH
Category: Theatres

Russell Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5HH

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Holborn Station

 
 

This intimate theatre was built on the site of the old Albion Tavern, and opened in November 1924. The beginnings of the Fortune Theatre were anything but fortunate. The opening play, 'Sinners' by Laurence Cowen, closed after two weeks. Over the next few decades, the Fortune Theatre had to resort to showing amateur plays and during World War II the venue was used by ENSA, the concert party corps of the Forces. But in the 1960s the theatre's fortunes began to change and blockbuster hit, Stephen Mallatratt's The Woman in Black (1989) has been performed (over 5000 times) at the theatre ever since.

 
 

Events at Fortune Theatre

The Woman In Black Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st July 2009 to 10th June 2015 - Various Times | £18.00 - £48

 
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Garrick Theatre

This theatre is largely associated with comedies and dramas.

Garrick Theatre Garrick Theatre Where:
, 2 Charing Cross Road, London London, WC2H 0HH
Category: Theatres

2 Charing Cross Road, Soho, London, WC2H 0HH

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Charing Cross Station, Covent Garden Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station

 
 

Named after the great 18th century actor-manager David Garrick, The Garrick is a fantastic piece of late-Victorian kitsch. In recent years this venue has played host to a number of hugely popular shows including the Lieutenant of Inishmore and Tommy Cooper tribute Jus' Like That. The Garrick has also proved to be something of a magnet for Hollywood starlets, including Jake Gyllenhaal and Anna Paquin.

 
 

Events at Garrick Theatre

Let It Be
Ongoing

9th July to 21st September 2014 - Various Times | £15-£65

 
Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain - Part Two (Over 6s)
On Soon

3rd to 31st August 2014 - Various Times | £15-£20

 

A new stage adaptation of the popular children's books.

The Scottsboro Boys Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

4th October 2014 to 21st February 2015 | Previews - 4 Oct-23 Oct: Mon to Thu £17.50, £27.50, £42, £52, Fri & Sat £17.50, £32.50, £47.50, £57.50 | From 24 Oct: Mon to Thu £27.50, £37.50, £52, £62, Fri & Sat £27.50, £42.50, £57.50, £67.50

 
Christmas With Lee Mead

Sunday 7th December 2014 - 7pm | £16-£36.50, Premium £46.50

 

The West End performer and actor presents some of his favourite songs, and welcomes special guest Stephen Rahman-Hughes.

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Gielgud Theatre

A Louis XVI style theatre named in honour of the famous actor, John Gielgud.

Gielgud Theatre Gielgud Theatre Where:
, Shaftesbury Avenue, London London, W1D 6AR
Category: Theatres

Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London, W1D 6AR

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 
 

The Gielgud Theatre is an impressive sight, towering four storeys over Shaftesbury Avenue. For such an impressive theatre, it has had a surprisingly chequered history, with few long-running shows and notable flops. Still, there have been some high points in its history: the 1943 production of The Importance of Being Earnest is widely regarded as being the definitive version of one of the great British comedies.

 
 

Events at Gielgud Theatre

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

24th June to 25th October 2014 | £12-£57.50, Premium Seats £85

 
NT Platforms: Mark Haddon & Simon Stephens: Talk

Tuesday 9th September 2014 - 5pm | £4, concs £3

 

The author and adapter of the book and stage hit, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, in conversation.

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Harold Pinter Theatre

Victorian theatre with a reputation for staging landmark productions in both comedy and drama genres.

Harold Pinter Theatre Harold Pinter Theatre Where:
, 6 Panton Street, London London, SW1Y 4DN
Category: Theatres

6 Panton Street, Soho, London, SW1Y 4DN

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 
 

The Harold Pinter Theatre's 1881 interior is one of the oldest in London and one of the most charming, in spite of the damage wrought by an ill-considered restoration in 1954. The Renaissance-style auditorium, with its wooden panels, and gold ceiling and wallpaper, still retains many original features, while the unpretentious exterior is the most attractive and unspoilt among London's smaller theatres. Though in its early years it lived up to its name, the theatre has become known more recently for high-quality drama, notably the works of Harold Pinter (hence the name) - five of which have been performed here since 1991.

 
 

Events at Harold Pinter Theatre

The Importance Of Being Earnest Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

27th June to 20th September 2014 | £20-£55

 
Sunny Afternoon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

4th October to 1st November 2014 | £15-£65, Oct 4-27 £15-£49.50

 

Using music and lyrics by The Kinks' lead singer and songwriter Ray Davies, and a script by award-winning playwright Joe Penhall, Sunny Afternoon tells the extraordinary story of the musician, the ...more

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Haymarket Theatre Royal

One of the oldest theatres in London, with a colourful past.

Haymarket Theatre Royal Haymarket Theatre Royal Where:
, Haymarket, London London, SW1Y 4HT
Category: Theatres

Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station, Charing Cross Station

 
 

The Haymarket Theatre was built by John Potter on the site of the King's Head Inn and the Gun Smith shop in 1702. It has had a colourful history, complete with riots, death by stampedes, falling chandeliers and censorship - as well as plenty of smash hits. It was also one of the most forward thinking theatres and in 1873 became the first venue to introduce a matinee performance.

 
 

Events at Haymarket Theatre Royal

Daytona Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

28th June to 28th August 2014 | £17-£55

 
Great Britain

10th September 2014 to 10th January 2015 - Various Times | £15-£59.50

 
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Her Majesty's Theatre

A large theatre which was a long history of staging operas and blockbuster musicals.

Her Majesty's Theatre Her Majesty's Theatre Where:
, Haymarket, London London, SW1Y 4QL
Category: Theatres

Haymarket, St James's, London, SW1Y 4QL

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 
 

For much of the 18th century, the building on this site, mostly used for opera, was the largest theatre in England. Though rebuilt since, its operatic roots can still be seen in a grandiose exterior that includes a turreted dome and the popular Royal Opera Arcade. The interior is equally plush, with marbled pillars, gold statuary around the stage and three tiers of luxurious boxes.

 
 
 

London Palladium

Luxurious Victorian Theatre known for hosting variety shows.

London Palladium London Palladium Where:
, 8 Argyll Street, London London, W1F 7TF
Category: Theatres

8 Argyll Street, Soho, London, W1F 7TF

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 
 

For those who owned televisions in the 1950s and '60s, the London Palladium is the most famous variety theatre in the world. Stars who had previously been mere voices on the radio, leapt into the living room when Sunday Night at the London Palladium was first broadcast. The tiered auditorium, the second-largest in the West End, is undeniably impressive, as is the richly-ornamented foyer and staircase.

 
 

Events at London Palladium

Michael Flatley's Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games

1st September to 25th October 2014 - Various Times | £17.30-£97.80

 

The Irish-American dancer and choreographer returns with this dynamic re-vamped, dance-theatre spectacular, featuring guest performer, singer Nadine Coyle.

Bobby Socks And Blue Jeans

Sunday 19th October 2014 - 6.30pm | £32.50 & £37.50

 

Jukebox musical featuring hits from the 1950s and 1960s, including songs by Elvis, The Beatles, The Everly Brothers, Connie Francis, Cliff And The Shadows, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry and many more.

Paul Carrack

Sunday 2nd November 2014 - 7.30pm | £32.50 & £42.50

 

The Sheffield-born singer-songwriter and veteran guitarist, best known as a musician as part of Ace, Roxy Music and Squeeze, performs pop-rock.

Jeff Tweedy

Tuesday 4th November 2014 - 7pm | £27.50 & £50

 

The singer-songwriter and frontman of Wilco performs a show featuring tracks from his recent solo album as well as acoustic versions from Wilco and Uncle Tupelo back catalogues.

Sixties Gold

Sunday 16th November 2014 - 7.30pm | £35

 

A music showcase featuring well known rock'n'roll bands of the 60s including Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Searchers and many more.

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The Lyceum Theatre

A 2,000-seat theatre located just off The Strand.

The Lyceum Theatre The Lyceum Theatre Where:
, 21 Wellington Street, London London, WC2E 7RQ
Category: Theatres

21 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7RQ

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 
 

A few theatres have previously inhabited The Lyceum's site, including one designed by Samuel Beazley. Following a fire in the theatre the majority of Beazley's building had to be demolished, but the current building, opened in 1904, still retains Beazley's formidable original portico and facade. Despit the threat of demolition in 1939, the theatre has continued to host major productions.

 
 

Events at The Lyceum Theatre

The Lion King Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

24th September 2002 to 4th January 2015 - Various Times | £25-£68

 
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Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue

The oldest surviving theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue.

Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue Where:
, Shaftesbury Avenue, London London, W1D 7ES
Category: Theatres

Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London, W1D 7ES

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 
 

The Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue's oldest theatre was opened in 1888, just two years after the street itself was completed. An indistinct red brick building, it lacks the grandeur of the neighbouring Gielgud and Apollo, but has a charm and unassuming beauty that are all its own. The auditorium is also unconventional, with u-shaped balconies offering fine unrestricted views and bringing the audience closer to the action than in many large theatres. Though designed as a home for comic opera, the Lyric's major successes have been with serious drama.

 
 

Events at Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue

The Tiger Who Came To Tea Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

2nd July to 7th September 2014 - Various Times | £15.95-£18.70

 
The Tiger Who Came To Tea: KW & NB Ltd (Over 3s)
Ongoing

2nd July to 7th September 2014 - Various Times | £14.50-£17, admits four, applies to £17 tickets only family £62, Premium £21.50

 
Thriller Live
Ongoing

17th July 2013 to 19th April 2015 - Various Times | £27.50-£65, Premium Seats £85

 
Fame Forever

Monday 8th September 2014 - 7.30pm | phonr for prices

 

A concert musical conceived by David De Silva, with music by Steve Margoshes and lyrics by Ben H Winters, set during the 20th reunion of the class of 1984, from the La Guardia High School ...

Blofeld & Baxter: Memories Of Test Match Special: Talk

Monday 22nd September 2014 - 7.30pm | £19.50

 

The broadcasters and commentators discuss anecdotes from on and off the pitch.

All events at Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
 
 
 

New London Theatre

Versatile theatre that is a classic of 1970s design

New London Theatre New London Theatre Where:
, Drury Lane, London London, WC2B 5PW
Category: Theatres

Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5PW

Tube: Holborn Station, Covent Garden Station

 
 

Although this site has been an entertainment venue since at least the mid-19th century, the New London Theatre only opened its doors in 1973, making it one of the West End's newest theatres. The building is sleek and impressive, with a stunning mirrored facade. The amphitheatre was designed along the hyper-modern lines of post-war continental theatres. Stage, seats, lights, even the walls, can all be made to change their position. This allows directors to choose between conventional and in the round productions, as well as any number of different sizes and shapes for their stages. In practice, this wealth of choice rather bamboozled directors and it was nearly a decade before this revolutionary space had a major hit.

 
 

Events at New London Theatre

The Elephantom Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

30th June to 6th September 2014 | £12

 
The Elephantom (Over 4s): National Theatre
Ongoing

30th June to 6th September 2014 - Various Times | £13-£20

 
War Horse Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

28th March 2009 to 14th February 2015 | £15-£59

 
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Noel Coward Theatre

A mid-sized theatre where Noel Coward debuted as an actor and playwright.

Noel Coward Theatre Noel Coward Theatre Where:
, St Martin's Lane, London London, WC2N 4AU
Category: Theatres

St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4AU

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Covent Garden Station, Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 
 

Built as a companion to the Wyndham's Theatre, the Noel Coward theatre was originally named the New Theatre. It shook off its unimaginative and inaccurate name on its 70th birthday, becoming the 'Albery', and was renamed the Noel Coward Theatre after a 2006 refurbishment. Noel Coward appeared in 'I'll Leave It To You' at the theatre in 1920, the first West End production of one of his plays.

 
 

Events at Noel Coward Theatre

Shakespeare in Love Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

2nd July to 25th October 2014 | £15-£57.50, Jul 2-22 previews £10-£52.50

 
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Novello Theatre

One of the most impressive theatres in London, with a long record of hits.

Novello Theatre Novello Theatre Where:
, Aldwych, London London, WC2B 4LD
Category: Theatres

Aldwych, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 4LD

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 
 

Built in 1905 to form a pair with the near-identical Aldwych Theatre, the Novello Theatre is one of London's more spectacular theatres and has matching roster of hit shows. An attractive columned exterior gives way to a gorgeous foyer and auditorium, with marble, polished brass and gold the dominant materials. It was also at this theatre that Buddy became the most successful rock and roll musical of all time.

 
 

Events at Novello Theatre

Mamma Mia! Ongoing

6th September 2012 to 25th April 2015 | Mon-Fri £15-£64, Sat £15-£67.50

 
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Old Vic Theatre

One of the oldest and greatest theatres in the world.

Old Vic Theatre Old Vic Theatre Where:
, 103 The Cut, London London, SE1 8NB
Category: Theatres

103 The Cut, South Bank, London, SE1 8NB

Tube: Waterloo Station, Southwark Station, Lambeth North Station

 
 

With the exception of The Globe, the Old Vic has had a greater influence on the history of drama than any theatre standing today. From John Gielgud to Judi Dench, the Vic has played host to generation after generation of stars. Charles Dickens and Bernard Shaw reviewed plays here and it was the first theatre to perform the complete works of William Shakespeare as a series.

 
 

Events at Old Vic Theatre

The Crucible
Ongoing

21st June to 13th September 2014 - Various Times | £10-£55

 
Drama Workshop (Ages 5-8)
On SoonFree Event

Friday 8th August 2014 - 10.30am-1pm | Free, places limited, book tickets from Jun 17, 10am at www.kidsweek.co.uk

 

An interactive storytelling and puppetry workshop.

Drama Workshop (Ages 12-16)
On SoonFree Event

Thursday 14th August 2014 - 10.30am-1pm | Free, places limited, book tickets from Jun 17, 10am at www.kidsweek.co.uk

 

An interactive storytelling and puppetry workshop for children with autism and Asperger's.

Electra Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

20th September to 20th December 2014 | Sep 20-30 previews £10-£50, Oct 1-Dec 20 £10-£55

 
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Palace Theatre

Five storey theatre dominating Cambridge Circus, which is known for its musicals.

Palace Theatre Palace Theatre Where:
, Shaftesbury Avenue, London London, W1A 4AF
Category: Theatres

Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London, W1A 4AF

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Covent Garden Station, Tottenham Court Road Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 
 

The towering Palace Theatre dominates Cambridge Circus. Five storeys of dark-red brick with octagonal towers on the top give it a looming aspect better suited to a court than a theatre. This sinister atmosphere is continued inside, with heavy blocks of marble, and Renaissance style arches in the foyer and stairwells.Previous performances at the theatre include The Sound of Music, Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserables and its current production, which has run since February 2012, Singin' in the Rain.

 
 

Events at Palace Theatre

The Commitments Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

21st September 2013 to 14th September 2014 | Sep 21-30, Oct 1-7 previews £5-£33.75, Oct 8-31, Nov 1-30, Dec 1-31, Jan 1-26 £10-£67.50

 
Centrepoint Laughing Point

Monday 6th October 2014 - 7.30pm | £8.50-£21, Premium £31

 

Wit and merriment with the likes of Sara Pascoe, Stewart Lee and Josh Widdicombe. Proceeds to Centrepoint.

Michael Palin: Travelling To Work: Talk

Monday 20th October 2014 - 7.30pm | £30.50

 

The actor and broadcaster discusses his career.

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Piccadilly Theatre

A simple exterior conceals this grandiose Art Deco theatre.

Piccadilly Theatre Piccadilly Theatre Where:
, 16 Denman Street, London London, W1D 7DY
Category: Theatres

16 Denman Street, Soho, London, W1D 7DY

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 
 

A simple exterior conceals this grandiose Art Deco theatre, whose huge auditorium is decorated in shocking pink. A patchy production history has included few major hits. A celebrated John Gielgud production of Macbeth was ended in 1942 by the traditional misfortunes that haunt this play: four of the cast died, a designer committed suicide then the theatre was hit by a stray German bomb. In the 1960s and 1970s it improved its reputation with a series of successful transfers from Broadway. In its incarnation as a cinema, it also premiered the first talking picture to be shown in Britain.

 
 

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Jersey Boys Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

15th March to 26th October 2014 | £20-£60

 
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Playhouse Theatre

Stylish theatre just south of the main West End.

Playhouse Theatre Playhouse Theatre Where:
, Northumberland Avenue, London London, WC2N 5DE
Category: Theatres

Northumberland Avenue, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DE

Tube: Embankment Underground Station, Charing Cross Station

 
 

A short step away from the main strip of West End theatres, the Playhouse's stylish curved facade is rather lost among the towering architecture of Charing Cross and Embankment. If the exterior is a little too restrained however, the same cannot be said for the auditorium, which is a sumptuous tribute to theatrical excess.

 
 

Events at Playhouse Theatre

1984 Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

28th April to 23rd August 2014 | £10-£52.50 | 101 seats at £19.84 available at every perf

 
Speed-the-Plow Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

24th September to 29th November 2014 | £25-£59.50

 
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

20th December 2014 to 9th May 2015 | £24.50-£59.50

 
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Prince Edward Theatre

A popular Soho-based theatre that has premiered several major musicals.

Prince Edward Theatre Prince Edward Theatre Where:
, Old Compton Street, London London, W1D 4HS
Category: Theatres

Old Compton Street, Soho, London, W1D 4HS

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Tottenham Court Road Station, Covent Garden Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 
 

The Prince Edward Theatre was designed by Edward Stone and opened in 1930 with a performance of the musical Rio Rita. Just a few years later, the space was converted into a dance and cabaret hall, and was renamed the London Casino. After a few more name changes, the building was turned back into a theatre, re-christened with its original name, and opened in 1978 with the world premiere of Evita.

 
 

Events at Prince Edward Theatre

Miss Saigon Ongoing

3rd May to 25th October 2014 | £27.50-£67.50

 
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Prince of Wales Theatre

Art Deco theatre with a long history of presenting musicals.

Prince of Wales Theatre Prince of Wales Theatre Where:
, Coventry Street, London London, W1D 6AS
Category: Theatres

Coventry Street, Soho, London, W1D 6AS

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 
 

Various theatres have stood on this spot since 1884, perfectly placed to draw the attention of the great crowds moving between Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square. The original theatre on this site, called The Prince, had the distinction of showing the first ever musical comedy. The current building has stood since 1937, its seven-storey tower standing out even in the heart of London.

 
 

Events at Prince of Wales Theatre

The Book Of Mormon
Ongoing

25th February 2013 to 23rd August 2014 - Various Times | £37.50-£72.50, Premium Seats £125

 
Live At The Delfont Season: An Evening With
On Soon

24th Jul, 31st Jul, 7th Aug, 14th Aug, 21st Aug and 28th Aug 2014 - 11pm-1am | £22.50-£27.50

 
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Queen's Theatre

A theatre famous for short runs of high quality drama.

Queen's Theatre Queen's Theatre Where:
, Shaftesbury Avenue, London London, W1D 6BA
Category: Theatres

Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London, W1D 6BA

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 
 

The paradox of the Queen's Theatre, so ugly outside, so gorgeous within, is explained by a German bomb, which destroyed the faade and foyer in 1940. For almost twenty years, the theatre stood empty, before a reconstruction in 1959 created the current curve of concrete and brick. A photo in the foyer shows the theatre as it once looked, but if you want to see it in reality, the Gielgud Theatre is almost identical to the original design.

 
 

Events at Queen's Theatre

Les Miserables Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st January 2010 to 25th April 2015 - Various Times | £20-£65, Premium Tickets £95

 
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Savoy Theatre

An elegant theatre located next door to the Savoy Hotel.

Savoy Theatre Savoy Theatre Where:
, Strand, London London, WC2R 0ET
Category: Theatres

Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 0ET

Tube: Embankment Underground Station, Charing Cross Station, Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 
 

This elegant Art Deco theatre opened in 1881, financed by Richard d'Oyly Carte, who had banked a fortune from Gilbert and Sullivan's operettas. The Savoy Theatre was originally meant to be a showcase for opera, but it was not a success. In the 1950s onwards, the Savoy did much better with Agatha Christie's The Spiders Web and Alibi For A Judge.

 
 

Events at Savoy Theatre

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

10th March to 29th November 2014 | £24.50-£67.50

 
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Shaftesbury Theatre

A large Edwardian theatre that has been home to some of the biggest hits in the West End.

Shaftesbury Theatre Shaftesbury Theatre Where:
, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London London, WC2H 8DP
Category: Theatres

210 Shaftesbury Avenue, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 8DP

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Covent Garden Station, Holborn Station

 
 

A large and appealingly shabby Edwardian theatre which has produced almost a century of successful popular drama and musicals. The most notorious of these was Hair, infamous both for onstage nudity and an unfortunate ceiling collapse that terminated its near 2000 performance run. With other successful productions including Rent and Carousel, the Shaftesbury has a history of pleasing both audiences and critics alike.

 
 

Events at Shaftesbury Theatre

The Pajama Game Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

2nd May to 13th September 2014 | £20-£65

 
Memphis The Musical

9th October 2014 to 3rd January 2015 - Various Times | £20-£67.50

 
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St Martin's Theatre

This theatre is home to Agatha Christie's 'Mousetrap'.

St. Martin's Theatre St. Martin's Theatre Where:
, West Street, London London, WC2H 0DP
Category: Theatres

West Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 0DP

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Covent Garden Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 
 

Designed as a companion theatre to the New Ambassadors, St Martin's was completed in 1916. This theatre has had its successes in the past, but its performance history is dominated by a single show. Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap transferred here in 1974 to continue its successful run. It has done that and more, continuing for threedecades and becoming in the process the world's longest-running play.

 
 

Events at St. Martin's Theatre

The Mousetrap Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st August 2010 to 27th June 2015 - Various Times | £16.60-£63.10

 
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Theatre Royal Drury Lane

The oldest theatre in London, and the most beautiful.

Theatre Royal Drury Lane Theatre Royal Drury Lane Where:
, Catherine Street, London London, WC2B 5JF
Category: Theatres

Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5JF

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Holborn Station, Temple Station

 
 

London's oldest theatre is also its most spectacular, with a palatial auditorium that is among the most impressive in the world. The first theatre on this site was built in 1662 on the orders of Charles II. It has been rebuilt a number of times since then, but the current auditorium incorporates many elements from as long ago as 1820. As a result, this vision in cream and gold possesses an elegance unmatched in the West End. Its broad staircases, its chandeliered salon, its statuary and panels speak of an older, more glamorous theatrical age.

 
 

Events at Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

22nd May 2013 to 30th May 2015 | £16.50-£92.50

 
Tony Hadley

Sunday 19th October 2014 | phone for prices

 

The lead singer of Spandau Ballet performs all their classic hits with the Southbank Sinfonia Orchestra.

Celtic Woman: Emerald

Sunday 23rd November 2014 - 7.30pm | £23.50-£28.50

 

The ensemble created by David Downes and Sharon Browne, perform from a repertoire of traditional Irish music, pop favourites and original compositions.

Chico And The Gypsies

Sunday 30th November 2014 - 7pm | £35-£80

 

The co-founder of The Gypsy Kings, Chico Bouchikhi, leads his band in a concert full of infectious flamenco, rumba and Latin pop sounds, in support of their forthcoming album release.

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Trafalgar Studios

Pair of studio theatres housed within the former Whitehall Theatre.

Trafalgar Studios Trafalgar Studios Where:
, 14 Whitehall, London London, SW1A 2DY
Category: Theatres

14 Whitehall, Westminster, London, SW1A 2DY

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Embankment Underground Station

 
 

The Trafalgar Studios are two venues housed within what was London's Whitehall Theatre. The building itself is Grade II listed, and is an excellent example of simple, unadorned Art Deco style. The interior, however, is spectacular, with complex, cubist designs and sweeping curves of moulding and ironwork. Set among the great palaces that house the administrative machinery of British government, the Trafalgar Studios seat 380 and 80 people respectively and act as one of the London bases for the RSC who have been leading a somewhat nomadic existence since they vacated the Barbican Theatre.

 
 

Events at Trafalgar Studios

A Handful Of Stars
Now On

22nd to 25th Jul 2014 - Various Times | £15-£30

 

Paul Robinson directs Billy Roche's decade defining play which provides a searing look at the pain and disillusionment of teenager Jimmy, following the break-up of his family.

Richard III Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st July to 27th September 2014 | £15-£52.50

 
Dessa Rose
On Soon

29th July to 30th August 2014 - Various Times | £15-£30

 

A blend of fiction and history in this musical drama from Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, based on the novel by Sherley Anne Williams, set in the American South of the 1840s. Dessa Rose faces ...

Land Of Our Fathers

2nd September to 4th October 2014 - Various Times | £15-£25

 

A group of Welsh miners have been trapped in a collapsed coalmine for a fortnight, and it's just before the General Election. Chris Urch's drama set in 1979, is directed by Paul Robinson.

East is East Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

4th October 2014 to 3rd January 2015 | £15-£52.50 | All tickets £15 on Mondays

 
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Vaudeville Theatre

1920s theatre that has traditionally specialised in light comedy and cabaret.

Vaudeville Theatre Vaudeville Theatre Where:
, 404 Strand London, WC2R 0NH
Category: Theatres

404 Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 0NH

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Charing Cross Station, Embankment Underground Station, Leicester Square Station

 
 

Designed by CJ Phipps, the Vaudeville is the third theatre to be built on this site. The current Vaudeville opened on 23rd February 1926 with a revue called RSVP. One of the theatre's major successes was in 1954 with the musical 'Salad Days', starring Julian Slade and Deborah Reynolds. Since its opening, the Vaudeville has presented a wide range of shows, from comedy to melodrama.

 
 

Events at Vaudeville Theatre

Handbagged Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

3rd April to 2nd August 2014 | £20-£52.50, Apr 3-16 top price tickets available via Tricycle Theatre booking only £30

 
Hetty Feather (Over 7s) On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

5th August to 6th September 2014 | £15-£39.50

 

Jacqueline Wilson's Hetty Feather is brought to life on the Vaudeville stage this summer following a successful first run at the Rose Theatre in Kingston in April this year. Adapted by scriptwriter Emma Reeves - ...more

I Believe in Unicorns On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

8th to 31st August 2014 | £17.50 & £19, Premium £22.50 & £24

 

Michael Morpurgo's children's book about a little boy who hates stories is adaptated for the stage by the award-winning Wizard Presents Theatre Company. Set in a library, I Believe in Unicorns tells of the power ...more

Rabbit Hole

11th September to 22nd November 2014 - Various Times | Sep 11-23 previews £19.50-£42.50, Premium £65, Sep 24-Nov 22 £19.50-£52.50, Premiums £75

 
Will Tuckett: The Wind In The Willows (Over 5s)

26th November 2014 to 17th January 2015 - Various Times | £15-£42.50, tickets on sale Jul 15, 10am

 

Will Tuckett directs and choreographs the Royal Opera House's Olivier Award-winning production of Kenneth Grahame's tale of the four woodland friends Mr Toad, Ratty, Mole and Badger. The staging fuses dance, song, music and puppetry ...

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Victoria Palace Theatre

Giant, grandiose theatre on the South-West edge of the West End.

Victoria Palace Theatre Victoria Palace Theatre Where:
, Victoria Street, London London, SW1E 5EA
Category: Theatres

Victoria Street, Victoria, London, SW1E 5EA

Tube: Victoria Station

 
 

Originally known as Moy's Music Hall, a theatre has always existed on this site since 1832. The Victoria Palace Theatre as we know it today was built in 1910 and many of its original features remain (or have been restored). One of the theatre's biggest hits was 'Me and My Girl' (1937) starring Lupini Lane. In recent years, the Victoria Palace has been home to Grease and Billy Elliot.

 
 

Events at Victoria Palace Theatre

Billy Elliot Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

22nd March 2005 to 19th December 2015 | £19.50-£68.50

 
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Wyndhams Theatre

A gorgeous Edwardian Theatre in Charing Cross.

Wyndham's Theatre Wyndham's Theatre Where:
, Charing Cross Road, London London, WC2H 0DA
Category: Theatres

Charing Cross Road, Soho, London, WC2H 0DA

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Covent Garden Station, Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 
 

Wyndham's Theatre opened in Charing Cross Road in 1899. One of its biggest hits was Sandy Wilson's The Boy Friend which ran for 2078 performances before transferring to Broadway. More recent times have seen the world premiere of The Ride Down Mount Morgan, the British premiere of Edward Albee's Three Tall Women and the West End run of The History Boys.

 
 

Events at Wyndham's Theatre

Skylight Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

6th June to 23rd August 2014 | £15-£62.50

 
King Charles III Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

2nd September to 29th November 2014 | £10-£57.50

 
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