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London's Dance Venues

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Peacock Theatre
Southbank Centre
Royal Opera House
London Coliseum
Sadler's Wells
The Place
 

 

Whether you're big on ballet, wild on waltz or fanatical about foxtrot, London's vast array of dance venues offer a rich programme of events.

 
 

Sadler's Wells

Also home to the Lilian Baylis Theatre, this favourite offers the best in national and international dance.

Sadler's Wells Sadler's Wells Where:
, Rosebery Avenue, Islington, London London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Rosebery Avenue, Islington, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station

 
 

Occupying a site with a long tradition of entertaining Londoners, Sadler's Wells exists to bring the best of national and international dance, ballet, opera and music theatre to the capital. Now a strikingly modern building with flexible performance and auditorium spaces, the original Sadler's Wells opened in 1683. Six Sadler's Wells' later and sleek steel and glass have replaced the crumbling brick edifice of previous centuries. Originally a music hall, the venue now boasts a resoundingly contemporary but extremely accessible programme - with an emphasis on dance and movement - supported by innovative visual arts exhibitions in its public spaces. Sadler's really came into its own when Lilian Baylis took charge in the 1920s. Since then many of the world's best dancers have performed on this Islington stage. In 1995, Matthew Bourne premiered his magnificent 'Swan Lake' here which went on to become the West End's longest running ballet. Sadler's Wells continues to have close associations with the centrally located Peacock Theatre, its home during periods of renovation, while the Lilian Baylis Theatre - now a highly regarded venue in itself - is located within the Sadler's Well Islington complex. It's really worth checking out what's on here if you're down for the weekend. Ranging from the cutting-edge to the mainstream, some truly landmark productions have taken place here over the years ('Edward Scissorhands') - which make this an attractive proposition for entertainment in the capital.

 
 

Events at Sadler's Wells

Big Dance Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

5th to 13th July 2014 | Various

 

The biennial Big Dance festival is back, turning London into the dance capital for nine days in July. Taking place at a variety of unusual venues across the city, the scale of this frenzy of ...more

Brasil Brasileiro Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

8th to 27th July 2014 | 15-50

 

Thirty five performers from Rio De Janeiro bring a Rio street carnival to Sadler's Wells this summer. Brasil Brasileiro draws on the rich heritage of Brazilian dance forms - which merges African and European musical ...more

Hamlet
On Soon

Saturday 12th July 2014 - 7.30pm | 15-32

 

Yohangza Theatre Company puts a fresh spin on Shakespeare's bloody tale of tragedy, revenge and intrigue in contemporary Korean language.

Normal Love
On Soon

15th, 16th and 17th July 2014 - 7.45pm | 20, concs 17

 

The cross-art form company Eldarin Yeong Studio presents the Chinese artist and director Zi Ling's eleven-scene modern work, a fusion of physical theatre, visuals and an unusual soundscape, which is inspired by the paintings of ...

Open Art Surgery
On Soon

Friday 18th July 2014 - 7.45pm | 5

 

Artists present brand new short works devised and developed at Sadler's Wells with mentorship from Breakin' Convention. Featuring: Andrea Queens (AQ Arts), Grounded, Hobbit (The Beatbox Collective), Magical Bones, O'Neil Rochester, Protocol and Realitie.

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Peacock Theatre

Part of the Sadler's Wells sphere, the Peacock's innovative dance programme boasts West End appeal.

Peacock Theatre Peacock Theatre Where:
, Portugal Street, London London, WC2A 2HT
Category: Theatres

Portugal Street, Holborn, London, WC2A 2HT

Tube: Holborn Station, Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 
 

This theatre is a major force on the national and international dance scene, with an innovative programme from Sadler's Wells that is keeping London's finger on the pulse. The Peacock Theatre became the company's base from 1996 to 1998 when a new theatre was being built on its Islington site and, since that time, has been a shining star in the Sadler's Wells sphere. From the avant-garde to the mainstream, the repertoire is always diverse and dynamic with electrifying dance and movement shows, stunning operas and musical productions. Families have also flocked here at Christmas time since 1998 to see the stage transformed into a magical winter wonderland in The Snowman. The building itself has managed to shed its retro 60s image to become a cool venue perfectly suited to hosting the creme de la creme of the dance world.

 
 

Events at Peacock Theatre

Hamlet
On Soon

Saturday 12th July 2014 - 7.30pm | 15-32

 

Yohangza Theatre Company puts a fresh spin on Shakespeare's bloody tale of tragedy, revenge and intrigue in contemporary Korean language.

Mummenschanz: Musicians Of Silence On Soon

19th to 27th July 2014 | 15-32

 

Inspiring and captivating illusions using colourful masks, incredible props and skillful sleight of hand, producing a magical world of possibilities, all without uttering a word. See our ticket offers.more

British Youth Opera: The Little Green Swallow

8th & 9th and 11th to 13th Sep 2014 - Various Times | 10-42

 

A production of Carlo Gozzi's The Little Green Swallow by British Youth Opera (BYO). The opera is the sequel to The Love of Three Oranges and is set in a fairy-tale world of singing apples ...

Les 7 Doigts De La Main (The 7 Fingers): Traces

16th September to 4th October 2014 - Various Times | 15-38

 

A combination of circus acts and physical theatre from the French-Canadian troupe.

Ballet Revolucion

7th to 25th October 2014 - Various Times | 15-45

 

The energetic Cuban outfit dances to mainstream chart hits by Bruno Mars, Usher, Beyonce, David Guetta, J-Lo, Prince and Rihanna.

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Royal Opera House

A beacon of modern theatre design, the imposing ROH stages a steady flow of high-quality performances.

Royal Opera House Royal Opera House Where:
, Bow Street, London London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

 
 

This impressive building in the heart of Covent Garden has been playing host to major stars of the classical music world since 1858. The third theatre to be located on this site, today's Royal Opera House is the result of a reconstruction in the 1990s (although the main auditorium is part of the original building). It is a beacon of modern theatre design and the place to go for high quality performances in sumptuous surroundings. As one of London's most esteemed, iconic and beautiful performance venues, it's worth a visit even if you're not a ballet or opera fan. Before 1999 the theatre only opened its doors to ticket holders just before performances but today you can explore parts of the building for free during the day - the Paul Hamlyn Hall with its dramatic glass atrium is especially worth a peek. For smaller scale productions such as chamber opera and experimental dance shows there's the 400-seat Linbury Studio Theatre and the Clore Studio Upstairs holds an audience of 180 for more intimate events and performances.

 
 

Events at Royal Opera House

Royal Opera: Maria Stuarda Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

5th, 8th, 11th, 14th, 16th and 18th Jul 2014 - 7.30pm

 

Joyce DiDonato takes on the starring role reprising her Maria Stuarda in a new Leiser, Caurier production at the Royal Opera House. The directors Moshe Leiser from Antwerp and Patrice Caurier from France have worked ...more

Royal Opera House Backstage Tours Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

24th April 2013 to 31st December 2015 | Theatre tour: 10.50 adult, 9.50 senior concession, 7 students/children | Architecture tour: 8 adult, 7.50 senior concession, 6 students/children

 
Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina OngoingFree Event

19th June 2012 to 19th June 2017 | Free

 
The Royal Ballet School Annual Performance
On Soon

Saturday 12th July 2014 - 12.30pm | 4-55

 

The programmes encompass a wide range of heritage and contemporary repertory, and some will include national dances and folkdances.

Royal Opera: La Boheme On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

9th, 12th & 13th, 15th, 17th and 19th Jul 2014 - Various Times | 8-178

 

The Royal Opera House has announced that its ever-popular La boheme, performed close to 400 times since John Copley first introduced it in 1974, will be retired in 2015, to be replaced in 2017 ...more

Royal Opera: Ariadne Auf Naxos On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

25th Jun, 30th Jun, 3rd Jul, 10th Jul and 13th Jul 2014 - 7.30pm

 

The Romanian singer, Ruxandra Donose, who played a highly acclaimed Carmen with the English National Opera in 2012, returns to the Royal Opera House stage in 2014 in Ariadne auf Naxos. Christof Loy directs Strauss's ...more

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London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO)

One of the capital's grandest theatres, the Coliseum's splendour is matched by the ENO's impressive programme.

London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) Where:
, St Martin's Lane, London London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Theatres

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

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

 
 

London Coliseum is a magnificent historic building and an excellent venue in which to enjoy the soaring sounds and high drama of some truly thrilling operas. This impressive theatre, which started its life as a venue for variety shows, is now - conversely - indistinguishable from its artistically first-class company in residence, the English National Opera. Back in 1904, impresario Oswald Stoll and architect Frank Matcham set out to build the largest and finest theatre in London and the Coliseum was indeed a striking addition to the city's entertainment scene, complete with electric lighting and a revolving stage. Having undergone an extensive restoration programme in 2000, specifically to accommodate the ENO, it remains one of the grandest theatres in the capital today. The splendour of the building is only matched by the quality of the performances that take place there. All ENO productions are sung in English as the voices of some of the world's most talented performers fill the auditorium night after night. The pre-eminence of the company also attracts a host of distinguished directors, designers and visiting troupes to stage dance, opera and circus under its famous proscenium arch, the largest in London.

 
 

Events at London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO)

Les Saisons Russes Du XXiE Siecle 2014: Mixed Programme (Petrushka/Chopiniana/Polovtsian Dances)
Now On

Friday 11th July 2014 at 7.30pm & Saturday 12th July 2014 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm | 15-75

 

A triple bill programme consisting of short and colourful ballets, including the Mikhail Fokine-choreographed, ballet burlesque, Petrushka, about the jealousy of three puppets brought to life at the 1830 version of the Shrovetide Fair in ...

Les Saisons Russes Du XXiE Siecle 2014: Mixed Programme (Chopiniana & A Diaghilev Gala)
On Soon

Sunday 13th July 2014 - 3pm | 15-75

 

Celebrating the work of the impresario, Diaghilev, forms part of this programme from artistic director Andris Liepa.

English National Ballet: Coppelia On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

23rd to 27th Jul 2014 | 10-74.50, child 10-40

 

Part of the 'My First Ballet' series - adapting ballet productions especially for younger audiences - the English National Ballet and English National Ballet School present a colourful version ...more

Sylvie Guillem & Russell Maliphant: PUSH On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

29th Jul to 3rd Aug 2014 | 12-90

 

Choreographed by Russel Maliphant and performed by Maliphant and the French-born dancer, Sylvie Guillem, PUSH has been seen by audiences around the world and won four major awards since debuting in 2005. Now appearing at ...more

Natalia Osipova & Ivan Vasiliev: Solo For Two (Mea Culpa/Passo/Facada)
On Soon

6th, 7th, 8th and 9th Aug 2014 - 7.30pm | 15-79

 

The principal dancers with American Ballet Theatre feature in this programme of short works, performed to a mixture of electronic music, English traditional folk music and Portuguese fado. Included in the programme are extracts from ...

All events at London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO)
 
 
 

The Place

London's specialist venue for contemporary dance unites training, creation and performance.

The Place The Place Where:
, 17 Duke's Road, London London, WC1H 9PY
Category: Evening Classes

17 Duke's Road, Bloomsbury, London, WC1H 9PY

Tube: Euston Station, Euston Square Station

 
 

London's specialist venue for contemporary dance, The Place plays a role in every aspect of this fast-growing art form. The London Contemporary Dance School offers degrees validated by the University of Kent, as well as classes to everyone from 5-year-old beginners to adult amateurs to some of the world's top professionals in evening classes that are open to the public. One of the country's top companies, Richard Alston Dance Company, is based at The Place. It also boasts a comfortable, versatile 300-seat theatre with a year-round programme of contemporary dance, the Robin Howard Dance Theatre.

 
 

Events at The Place

London Contemporary Dance School: Graduation Performances
Ends Today

9th, 10th and 11th July 2014 - 8pm | 10, concs 7

 

Graduating students perform works choreographed by Tony Adigun, Richard Alston, Darren Ellis, Wayne Parsons and Eva Recacha.

Friday Fusion: Workshop
Ends Today

Friday 11th July 2014 - 6.30pm-8pm | 11.50 per session, concs 9.50 per session, 105 per term, concs 90 per term

 
Without Compromise
On Soon

Saturday 12th July 2014 - 7pm | phone for availability 5, concs 3

 

Works by young choreographers aged 10-18 years old, supported by professional dance artists and technical staff.

Cando 2: Workshop
On Soon

Tuesday 15th and Tuesday 22nd July 2014 - 6pm-8pm | 90

 
Something Happening For Kids
On Soon

Saturday 19th July 2014 - 10am-5pm | 8, Group of Four Ticket 28, With your ticket you will see The Bo Diddlers in the theatre and one family activity of your choice

 

A plethora of activity, workshops, theatre shows and dance, for the under 10s and their families.

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Southbank Centre

The largest single-run arts centre in the world offers a range of dance events throughout the year.

Southbank Centre Southbank Centre Where:
, Belvedere Road, London London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 
 

The Southbank Centre is a classic example of brutal 60s concrete architecture. Everyone has an opinion (usually negative) on its distinctive design - famous detractors include Prince Charles, who once described it as looking like a "nuclear power station". Yet, if the The West End is the centre of popular culture in London, it is the Southbank Centre that is the centre of true excellence in the arts. Comprising the Royal Festival Hall and the Hayward Gallery, the complex consistently produces classical and world music events and fine art exhibitions of high renown. Over 150,000 hours of music have been performed at the Royal Festival Hall - the largest venue in the Southbank Centre - since its completion in 1951. Welcoming over three million visitors a year, the Royal Festival Hall is primarily a classical music venue. It benefits from the residency of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonia and four associate ensembles. The programme also includes events from opera to the London Jazz Festival. The Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room host regular recitals, dance performances and choral concerts. Free lunchtime concerts held in the foyer offer a more relaxed musical experience. The Hayward Gallery has been the originator or host of influential exhibitions since 1968. The colossal Poetry Library houses the Arts Council modern collection, while the BFI Southbank (previously the National Film Theatre) shows 2,000 films (art house and classics) a year alongside many film festivals and director-led seasons. A happy architectural accident has also made this complex the best spot for skateboarding and BMXing in the capital, meaning it is loved by London's counter-culture as much as by its highbrow elite. In the last ten years, the building of Tate Modern and the London Eye adjacent to the centre has been the final step in making the South Bank of the Thames into the beating heart of a thousand years of British culture.

 
 

Events at Southbank Centre

The Rape Of Lucrece
Now On

9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Jul 2014 - 7.30pm | 20, 27.50

 

Camille O'Sullivan presents Shakespeare's brutal narrative poem in this Royal Shakespeare Company production. Specially composed music is played live by Feargal Murray.

Circus Maximus
Now On

9th to 12th Jul 2014 - Various Times | Jul 8-11 17.50, Jul 12 19.50

 

A cabaret plethora of modern circus, where twenty acts will compete for a top prize of £5,000 and the opportunity to develop a show with Underbelly Productions, whilst entertaining both audiences and judges with their ...

Frances Stark: Look, Read Along With Me...
Now OnFree Event

9th to 13th Jul 2014 - 10am-6pm | Free

 

Two video installations exploring how internet technologies have transformed interpersonal communication by chronicling conversations from online chat forums.

The House In The Sky
OngoingFree Event

5th July to 7th September 2014 - Various Times | Free

 
Kantu
Free Event

Friday 11th July 2014 - 1pm | Free

 

The sextet who are resident in London performs early music from South America.

The Remedy
Free Event

Friday 11th July 2014 - 5.30pm | Free

 

The five-piece London-based band plays a mixture of pop, reggae and jazz.

Closing Gala

Friday 11th July 2014 - 10.45pm | 12.50, concs 11, Sirloin Seats 17.50

 

Controversial humour and aggressive stand-up from award-winning Australian comic Brendon Burns. Also featuring Tony Law, Marcel Lucont, Luisa Omielan, Ria Lina, Javier Jarquin and MC Andrew Maxwell.

Real Food Market
Now OnFree Event

11th to 13th and 25th to 27th Jul 2014 - Various Times | Free

 

Fresh seasonal produce and delicious gifts from across the UK.

Festival of Love Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

28th June to 31st August 2014 | Various

 
The Human Factor Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

17th June to 7th September 2014 | 10.90, OAP 10, concs 8, Art Fund mem 5.45, ages 12-18 6.50

 
Udderbelly Festival Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

10th April to 13th July 2014 | Various prices (most tickets under 20)

 
London Master Classes: Conducting Masterclass With Benjamin Zander
On Soon

Saturday 12th July 2014 - 10.30am | 10, concs 5

 

Young artists meet and work with a great conductor.

Taj Mahal And Bassekou Kouyate
On Soon

Sunday 13th July 2014 - 5pm | 15-25

 

The two artists collaborate to combine American blues with the rhythms of West Africa.

The Fantastical Story Factory
On Soon

Sunday 13th July 2014 - 2.30pm | 10 & 15

 
The Showstoppers Improvised Musical
On Soon

Sunday 13th July 2014 - 7.45pm | 15.50 & 20.50, concs 14

 
All events at Southbank Centre
 
 
 

Barbican Centre

Located in the heart of the City, this multi-faceted performing arts centre hosts diverse dance productions.

Barbican Centre Barbican Centre Where:
, Silk Street, London London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Silk Street, City, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 
 

Described by the Queen as 'one of the wonders of the modern world' , the Barbican Centre has also been voted 'London's ugliest building'. Ugly or not, this multi-faceted performance and arts venue is truly wondrous. Open 363 days a year, it offers the most diverse program of any London venue. As well as being home to the London Symphony Orchestra, the centre's giant Barbican Hall attracts a host of international classical, jazz, rock, and world music stars. Two theatres offer a year-round program of some of the finest in international performing arts, while three cinemas mix mainstream films with specialist seasons. The Barbican Art Gallery, several smaller exhibition spaces, shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, live music in the foyer, and a host of talks, signings, and events for children are also on offer. The building itself is a labyrinth and finding your route from the station or car park is an adventure in itself. Staircases twist around each other, directing lost patrons into mysteriously empty mezzanines, where odd snatches of music are the only guide back to the main lobby. The joy of coming across exhibitions, live music, or talks from a major arts celebrity in some odd corner of the building is a unique feature of this remarkable concentration of artistic talent.

 
 

Events at Barbican Centre

Jean Paul Gaultier: From The Sidewalk To The Catwalk
OngoingFree Event

9th April to 17th August 2014 - Various Times | 14.50, OAP/unwaged/Art Fund mems 12.50, NUS/ages 13-17 9, under 12s Free

 
Guildhall New Music Ensemble And Guildhall Sinfonia

Friday 11th July 2014 - 7.30pm | 10, concs 5

 

French conductor Diego Masson leads the ensemble and Sinfonia through Messiaen's Des Canyons Aux Etoiles.

Begin Again
Now On

11th to 15th and 17th Jul 2014 - Various Times | 10.50 & 11.50, child 6, concs 9.50 & 10.50, mems 8.40 & 9.20, framed film club 2, ScreenTalk/3D 12.50 & 13.50, mems 10 & 10.80

 

Greta comes to Manhattan with her boyfriend Dave Kohl, who has landed a major recording contract. Dave succumbs to his new found celebrity by cheating on Greta and she flees their swanky apartment. Soon after, ...

Boyhood
Now On

11th to 15th and 17th Jul 2014 - Various Times | 10.50 & 11.50, child 6, concs 9.50 & 10.50, mems 8.40 & 9.20, framed film club 2, ScreenTalk/3D 12.50 & 13.50, mems 10 & 10.80

 

Drama about a boy's coming of age, shot over 12 years with the same crew and cast. When we first meet Mason Jr, he's preparing to move house with his mother Olivia and precocious older ...

Digital Revolution OngoingFree Event

3rd July to 14th September 2014 | 12.50; child aged 12-17 & NUS 8.50; child aged 5-12 5; under 5s Free; other concs 10.50

 
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

9th April to 17th August 2014 | 7.25-14.50, under 12s Free

 
Theo Parrish
On Soon

Saturday 12th July 2014 - 7.30pm | 15-20

 

The musician and producer features with a live band including Amp Fiddler on keys, Akwasi Mensah on bass, Duminie DePorres on guitar and drummer Myele Manzanza.

Symphonic Legends London
On Soon

Sunday 13th July 2014 - 7.30pm | 30-85

 

London Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony Chorus perform works from video games.

All events at Barbican Centre