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London's Dance Venues

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Barbican Centre
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

Mummenschanz: Musicians Of Silence Now On

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

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

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 ...

Mats Ek & Ana Laguna: KnowBody

Friday 12th and Saturday 13th September 2014 - 7.30pm | phone for prices

 

Dance artists Mats Ek and Ana Laguna are part of this evening of dance works which also includes an excerpt from In your rooms, choreographed by Hofesh Shechter and performed by the members Sadler's Wells' ...

Mats Ek & Ana Laguna: KnowBody

Saturday 13th September 2014 - 7.30pm | 15, concs 7.50

 

Dance artists Mats Ek and Ana Laguna are part of this evening of dance works which also includes an excerpt from In your rooms, choreographed by Hofesh Shechter and performed by the members Sadler's Wells' ...

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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

Mummenschanz: Musicians Of Silence Now On

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.

Ye Gam Theatre: Jump

28th October to 15th November 2014 - Various Times | 15-38

 

The popular Korean show which offers an affectionate nod to martial arts films, tells the story of a family who after their home is disturbed by burglars, give the invaders the runaround. With Taekwondo, aerial ...

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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

Welsh National Opera: Moses Und Aron Ends Today Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 25th and Saturday 26th July 2014 - 7.30pm | 17-32

 

Welsh National Opera begins its summer residencies at the Royal Opera House in 2014 with Schoenburg's rarely performed tragic opera, Moses und Aron. Lothar Koenigs conducts this rarely performed, notoriously difficult, unfinished masterpiece starring Sir ...more

Wendy Whelan: Restless Creature (First Fall/The Serpent And The Smoke/Waltz Epoca/Ego Et Tu)
Ends Today

Friday 25th and Saturday 26th July 2014 - 7.45pm | 8-25

 

A series of duets presented and performed by the New York City Ballet principal dancer and leading choreographers Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks and Alejandro Cerrudo.

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

 
Arthur Pita: Nobody's Baby - The World's Greatest Show
On Soon

Sunday 27th July 2014 - 7.30pm | 13-22

 

Arthur Pita's dance-theatre piece exploring the dance marathons of Depression-era America, which saw desperate couples compete for prize money in gruelling sessions lasting hundreds of hours. Original music by Frank Moon and a live jazz ...

The Mariinsky Theatre: Romeo And Juliet
On Soon

28th, 29th, 30th and 31st Jul 2014 - 7.30pm | 10-120

 

The acclaimed company perform Leonid Lavrovsky's choreography, set to the music of Prokofiev.

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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)

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

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

 

Dance partners Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev feature in this programme of short works, performed to a mixture of electronic music, English traditional folk music and Portuguese fado. Natalia, previously a principal dancer with the ...more

English National Opera: Otello Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

13th September to 17th October 2014 | 16-125

 

English National Opera celebrates Shakespeare's 450th anniversary with a new production of Verdi's Otello. Set on the Cypriot coast, Otello's tale of deception, love and jealousy is brought to life through Verdi's exquisite score as ...more

English National Opera: Xerxes Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

15th Sep, 20th Sep, 24th Sep, 26th Sep, 1st Oct and 3rd Oct 2014 - 7pm | 12-99, accompanied by an adult ages 5-16 6-49.50

 

Nicholas Hytner's Olivier Award-winning production takes Handel's satirical comic opera Xerxes and mixes it with humour and sexuality. The tale, set in Vauxhall's pleasure gardens of the eighteenth century, reveals the rivalry between Xerxes and ...more

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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

Fringe At The Place: Milk Presents

Saturday 26th July 2014 - 7pm-11pm | 10

 
Body Percussion: Kids Summer School
On Soon

28th Jul to 1st Aug 2014 - 12.30pm-3pm | 85

 

Turn your body into a percussion instrument. Dance course for that draws on Gumboot, Step and American Rhythm Tap to get you moving in a groove.

Hurricane Boys: Contemporary Hip Hop Course
On Soon

28th Jul to 1st Aug 2014 - 12.30pm-3pm | 100

 

'Hurricane Boys' is an energetic and dynamic boys-only intensive for 8-14 year olds that explores an exciting fusion of dance styles: contemporary, Bboying (breaking, popping, locking) and a bit of Martial Arts (Capoeira). With live ...

Fringe At The Place: Laura Dannequin
On Soon

Tuesday 29th July 2014 - 7pm-11pm | 10

 
Centre For Advanced Training Summer Show 2014
On Soon

Saturday 2nd August 2014 - 7.30pm | 02/08/2014

 

End of year showcase, featuring premieres of works created by Candoco, Ben Duke, Lea Anderson, James Wilton & Neil Fleming-Brown on behalf of Wayne McGregor and Random Dance. Plus, works created by Raymond Chai, Stuart ...

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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

BMX Battle Royal
Free Event

Saturday 26th July 2014 at 12noon-4pm and 4pm-6pm | Free

 
House Style Workshops
Free Event

Saturday 26th July 2014 at 11am and 12noon | Free

 
Fashion Show
Free Event

Saturday 26th July 2014 - 2pm | Free

 
B-Supreme: Hip Hop Europe
Free Event

Saturday 26th July 2014 - 7.30pm | 10, concs 5, mems Free

 

The line-up includes Uppercut from Denmark, Myself from the UK, Les Mybales from Belgium, Xchange from Holland and the all-female Cleva Crew from Finland.

Vinyl DJ Night

Saturday 26th July 2014 - 9pm-11pm | phone for prices

 

DJs provide old school disco and party tunes.

Window Box City: Workshop
Now OnFree Event

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July 2014 - 12noon-6pm | Free

 

Gardeners lead a window box workshop.

Burt Bacharach
Ends TodayFree Event

Saturday 26th July 2014 - 7.30pm | 35-100, concs 17.50-50, mems Free

 

Classic easy listening and mainstream pop by the long-established, multiple Grammy Award-winning, American singer-songwriter, composer, record producer and pianist.

Clouds Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

26th to 30th Jul 2014 | 18, concs 9

 

Enter a world where clouds turn into sheep, shadows make beautiful patterns across walls and the imagination runs wild. Butlers, ballerinas, puppets and dancers create a dream world full of colour and surprises. Clouds is ...more

What's Love Got To Do With It
Now OnFree Event

25th July to 14th September 2014 - Various Times | Free

 

A selection of works that question the verbal and visual languages of love and the many ways that these languages are influenced by social and cultural codes. The participating artists are Anna Barham, William Cobbing, ...

Festival of Love Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

28th June to 31st August 2014 | Various

 
The House In The Sky
OngoingFree Event

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

 
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

 
Zoonation Dance: Dancemob
On SoonFree Event

Sunday 27th July 2014 at 11am-11.30am and 12noon-12.30pm | Free

 

Members of the company help you learn a dance inspired by their summer show, Groove On Down The Road.

Jamie MacDowell And Tom Thum
On Soon

Sunday 27th July and Tuesday 2nd September 2014 - 9.30pm | 15.50-20.50, concs 14

 
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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

Les Ambassadeurs

Saturday 26th July 2014 - 7.30pm | 20-30

 

A performance from the big band from Mali, formed in the early 1970s and led by Salif Keita, who took part into the new wave of African bands who paved the way for the worldbeat ...

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes 3D
Now On

25th to 31st 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

 

Simian flu has ravaged the globe, killing almost the entire human race. In San Francisco, one-time military man Dreyfus, who lost his entire family to the virus, leads the human survivors. The truce between humans ...

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

 
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

 
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