Dance Venues in London

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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.

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

Vamos Cuba! On Soon

26th July to 21st August 2016 | £12-£45

 
Vamos Cuba! Sadler's Wells 2016-07-262016-08-21 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Set in the chaos of Havana airport, the acclaimed Cuban choreographer Nilda Guerra presents a show which mixed traditional and modern dance styles including salsa, rumba, cha-cha-cha and reggaeton.more

British Youth Opera: Owen Wingrave

3rd, 6th and 9th & 10th Sep 2016 - Various Times | Sep 3, 6, 9 £12-£42, Sep 10 £10

 
British Youth Opera: Owen Wingrave Sadler's Wells 2016-09-032016-09-10 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Owen decides to resist his family, who believe it is his duty to become a soldier, with tragic consequences for the entire clan in Benjamin Britten's moving opera after a short story by Henry James, ...

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Programme A

6th, 8th, 11th, 14th and 17th Sep 2016 - Various Times | £12-£45

 
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Programme A Sadler's Wells 2016-09-062016-09-17 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The UK premiere of Rennie Harris' Exodus set to gospel and house music with poetic narration, Ronald K Brown's Four Corners in which 11 dancers depict a meeting of the heavenly and the earthbound, Christopher ...

British Youth Opera: English Eccentrics

7th and 10th September 2016 at 7.30pm & 9th September 2016 at 1pm | Sep 7, 10 £12-£42, Sep 9 £10

 
British Youth Opera: English Eccentrics Sadler's Wells 2016-09-072016-09-10 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Malcolm Williamson's rarely performed chamber piece, based on the book by Edith Sitwell, with a libretto by Geoffrey Dunn, surveys the eccentricity of the English through the eyes of a menagerie of hermits, oddballs and ...

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Programme B

7th, 9th & 10th, 15th and 17th Sep 2016 - Various Times | £12-£45

 
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Programme B Sadler's Wells 2016-09-072016-09-17 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Ronald K Brown's Open Door, which fuses African and modern dance set work to recordings by Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Paul Taylor's sensual expose of tango Piazzolla Caldera and Ailey's enduringly ...

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Peacock Theatre

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

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

British Youth Opera: Owen Wingrave

3rd, 6th and 9th & 10th Sep 2016 - Various Times | Sep 3, 6, 9 £12-£42, Sep 10 £10

 
British Youth Opera: Owen Wingrave Peacock Theatre 2016-09-032016-09-10 Where:
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street London, WC2A 2HT
Category: Theatres

Owen decides to resist his family, who believe it is his duty to become a soldier, with tragic consequences for the entire clan in Benjamin Britten's moving opera after a short story by Henry James, ...

British Youth Opera: English Eccentrics

7th and 10th September 2016 at 7.30pm & 9th September 2016 at 1pm | Sep 7, 10 £12-£42, Sep 9 £10

 
British Youth Opera: English Eccentrics Peacock Theatre 2016-09-072016-09-10 Where:
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street London, WC2A 2HT
Category: Theatres

Malcolm Williamson's rarely performed chamber piece, based on the book by Edith Sitwell, with a libretto by Geoffrey Dunn, surveys the eccentricity of the English through the eyes of a menagerie of hermits, oddballs and ...

Cirque Eloize: iD

20th September to 8th October 2016 - Various Times | £15-£42, under 16s £7.50-£21

 
Cirque Eloize: iD Peacock Theatre 2016-09-202016-10-08 Where:
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street London, WC2A 2HT
Category: Theatres

The 15-strong Quebec-based troupe melds circus arts, acrobatic skill and breakdance against a kaleidoscope of eye-popping video projections to transport the audience to a vibrant urban streetscape where anything is possible.

The China National Peking Opera Company: The General And The Prime Minister

Thursday 13th October 2016 at 7.30pm & Saturday 15th October 2016 at 2.30pm | £15-£45

 
The China National Peking Opera Company: The General And The Prime Minister Peacock Theatre 2016-10-132016-10-15 Where:
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street London, WC2A 2HT
Category: Theatres

A drama about corruption, lust for power and survival at all costs, based on historical accounts of the Warring States period of ancient China.

The China National Peking Opera Company: White Snake

Friday 14th and Saturday 15th October 2016 - 7.30pm | £15-£45

 
The China National Peking Opera Company: White Snake Peacock Theatre 2016-10-142016-10-15 Where:
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street London, WC2A 2HT
Category: Theatres

The company performs its version of the classic Chinese folklore The Legend Of White Snake, featuring the empowering heroine Lady White, who has become an enduring symbol of rebellion, bravery and true love.

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Royal Opera House

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

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

The Bolshoi Ballet: Don Quixote
Now On

25th, 26th, 27th and 28th Jul 2016 - 7.30pm | £34-£135

 
The Bolshoi Ballet: Don Quixote Royal Opera House 2016-07-252016-07-28 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Alexei Fadeyechev's staging of Marius Petipa's high-spirited ballet based on Cervantes's comic novel. Music by Ludwig Minkus.

Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina OngoingFree Event

19th June 2012 to 19th June 2017 | Free

 
Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina Royal Opera House 2012-06-192017-06-19 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres
The Bolshoi Ballet: Swan Lake
On Soon

29th Jul & 30th Jul, 1st Aug & 2nd Aug and 8th Aug to 10th Aug 2016 - Various Times | £34-£135

 
The Bolshoi Ballet: Swan Lake Royal Opera House 2016-07-292016-08-10 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Yuri Grigorovich's adaptation of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov's celebrated 1895 production, set to Tchaikovsky's score.

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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.

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)

Shanghai Opera Company: Thunderstorm On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Aug 2016 | £15-£75

 
Shanghai Opera Company: Thunderstorm London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 2016-08-112016-08-14 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Theatres

Minghzhe Zha directs the award-winning modern opera about family, society and corruption in Old Shanghai when Shanghai Opera House makes its UK debut with four performances of Thunderstorm. Based on the acclaimed 1935 play by ...more

Shanghai Ballet Company: Echoes Of Eternity
On Soon

17th to 21st Aug 2016 - Various Times | £15-£75

 
Shanghai Ballet Company: Echoes Of Eternity London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 2016-08-172016-08-21 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Theatres

Choreographed by Patrick de Bana, this co-production between Shanghai Ballet and the Shanghai Grand Theatre brings to life the romance between Emperor Xuanzong and imperial concubine Yang Guifei, as documented in the legendary Chinese poem ...

St Petersburg Ballet Theatre: Her Name Was Carmen Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

25th, 26th, 27th and 28th Aug 2016 | £15-£95

 
St Petersburg Ballet Theatre: Her Name Was Carmen London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 2016-08-252016-08-28 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Theatres

Following last year's sell-out season, Russian ballerina Irina Kolesnikova returns to the London Coliseum with a new take on an old classic. Kolesnikova dances the title role in Her Name Was Carmen, the world premiere ...more

English National Opera: Don Giovanni

30th September to 26th October 2016 - Various Times | £12-£125, tickets on sale Jun 1, 10am

 
English National Opera: Don Giovanni London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 2016-09-302016-10-26 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Theatres

Richard Jones directs a Theater Basel co-production of Mozart's tale of dissolution and retribution with Christopher Purves singing the role of the charismatic lover, who schemes and seduces with the aid of his long-suffering manservant ...

English National Opera: Tosca

3rd October to 3rd December 2016 - Various Times | £12-£125, tickets on sale Jun 1, 10am

 
English National Opera: Tosca London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 2016-10-032016-12-03 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Theatres
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The Place

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

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.

 
 
 

Southbank Centre

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

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

Million Dollar Quartet Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 17th - Monday 2nd January 2017 | £20-£95

 
Million Dollar Quartet Southbank Centre 2016-12-172017-01-02 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

The story of how the world's first supergroup came together comes to the Royal Festival Hall this December. Million Dollar Quartet is the real-life tale of the night in December 1956 when Elvis Presley, Johnny ...more

Klanghaus: On Air
Now On

9th to 29th July 2016 - Various Times | £10-£25

 
Klanghaus: On Air Southbank Centre 2016-07-092016-07-29 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Art and rock band The Neutrinos and visual artist Sal Pittman present their site-specific, 360-degree, immersive experience which aims to bring the space to life. Featuring live performance, sound design, projected images and glimpsed vignettes.

Arctic Love, Just You And Me
OngoingFree Event

9th July to 30th September 2016 - 10am-11pm | Free

 
Arctic Love, Just You And Me Southbank Centre 2016-07-092016-09-30 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Love Flags
OngoingFree Event

9th July to 30th September 2016 - 10am-11pm | Free

 
Love Flags Southbank Centre 2016-07-092016-09-30 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Modified Social Benches
OngoingFree Event

9th July to 30th September 2016 - 10am-11pm | Free

 
Modified Social Benches Southbank Centre 2016-07-092016-09-30 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Ventricle
OngoingFree Event

9th July to 30th September 2016 - 10am-11pm | Free

 
Ventricle Southbank Centre 2016-07-092016-09-30 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Nikhil Chopra: The Black Pearl: The City To The River
OngoingFree Event

20th May to 1st September 2016 - 10am-11pm | Free

 
Nikhil Chopra: The Black Pearl: The City To The River Southbank Centre 2016-05-202016-09-01 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
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Barbican Centre

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

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

Ragnar Kjartansson
Now On

14th July to 4th September 2016 - Various Times | £12, concs/mems £10, NUS £8, young mems £5

 
Ragnar Kjartansson Barbican Centre 2016-07-142016-09-04 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

A survey of the varied work of the acclaimed Icelandic performance artist, including the multi-sensory experiences The Visitors (2012) and Take Me Here By The Dishwasher: Memorial For A Marriage (2011).

Designing For A Living City
OngoingFree Event

19th March to 16th October 2016 | Free

 
Designing For A Living City Barbican Centre 2016-03-192016-10-16 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Mogwai Play Atomic

Thursday 15th September 2016 - 7.30pm | £20-£30, tickets on sale Apr 8, 10am

 
Mogwai Play Atomic Barbican Centre 2016-09-152016-09-15 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

The ethereal, largely instrumental post-rock from Glasgow performs a live soundscape to accompany a screening of director Mark Cousins' acclaimed documentary Atomic: Living In Dread And Promise.

Bedwyr Williams
Free Event

28th September 2016 to 8th January 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Bedwyr Williams Barbican Centre 2016-09-282017-01-08 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
The Vulgar Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

13th October 2016 to 5th February 2017

 
The Vulgar Barbican Centre 2016-10-132017-02-05 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
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