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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.

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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

Singin' In The Rain Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 24th - Sunday 30th August 2020 | £15-£100

 
Singin' In The Rain Sadler's Wells 2020-07-242020-08-30 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

It earned five star reviews when it was last staged in London eight years ago and now the "perfect, potent pick-me-up" (The Telegraph) of Singin' in the Rain is back, this time at Sadler's Wells. ...more

Birmingham Royal Ballet: Mixed Bill On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

10th, 11th, 12th and 13th Jun 2020 | £15-£75

 
Birmingham Royal Ballet: Mixed Bill Sadler's Wells 2020-06-102020-06-13 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Under newly appointed director, Carlos Acosta, Birmingham Royal Ballet presents a mixed bill of works at Sadler's Wells where Carlos also curates a festival, filling the building with performances, artists, writers and thinkers as well ...more

Aljaz Skorjanec & Janette Manrara: Remembering The Oscars

29th Mar to 3rd Apr 2021 - Various Times | £18-£65

 
Aljaz Skorjanec & Janette Manrara: Remembering The Oscars Sadler's Wells 2021-03-292021-04-03 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The two Strictly Come Dancing favourites celebrate Academy Award-winning songs from the golden ages of Hollywood to the present day, supported by a cast of live singers and dancers.

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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

Aljaz Skorjanec & Janette Manrara: Remembering The Oscars

29th Mar to 3rd Apr 2021 - Various Times | £18-£65

 
Aljaz Skorjanec & Janette Manrara: Remembering The Oscars Peacock Theatre 2021-03-292021-04-03 Where:
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street London, WC2A 2HT
Category: Theatres

The two Strictly Come Dancing favourites celebrate Academy Award-winning songs from the golden ages of Hollywood to the present day, supported by a cast of live singers and dancers.

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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

Elektra On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

29th May to 18th June 2020 | £8-£15

 
Elektra Royal Opera House 2020-05-292020-06-18 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

This summer you can see a new production of Richard Strauss's Greek tragedy Elektra by German director Christof Loy who staged an "intelligent production" (The Guardian) of Forza del Destino here at the Royal Opera ...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.

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)

Hairspray the Musical Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

23rd April to 29th August 2020

 
Hairspray the Musical London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 2020-04-232020-08-29 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Theatres
Hairspray

1st September to 8th November 2020 - Various Times | £17.50-£175

 
Hairspray London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 2020-09-012020-11-08 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

Grace Jones: Meltdown Festival 2020 On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

12th to 21st June 2020 | Various

 
Grace Jones: Meltdown Festival 2020 Southbank Centre 2020-06-122020-06-21 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Solange Knowles, queer-feminist Peaches and soul icon Barry White are just three of the acts Grace Jones has invited to the Southbank Centre as she curates this year's Meltdown festival which returns for its 27th ...more

Stewart Lee: Snowflake/Tornado
On Soon

27th Jun & 28th Jun and 1st Jul to 3rd Jul 2020 - 8pm | £22-£32, concs £16.50-£24

 
Stewart Lee: Snowflake/Tornado Southbank Centre 2020-06-272020-07-03 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

The deep-thinking, anti-comedian returns to debate his role in the modern-day comedy marketplace.

David Baddiel: Trolls: Not The Dolls

Thursday 3rd September 2020 - 8pm | £27, rescheduled from May 6, original tickets remain valid

 
David Baddiel: Trolls: Not The Dolls Southbank Centre 2020-09-032020-09-03 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

The widely observed strategy of Don't Feed The Trolls has left many of us defenceless when we are trolled online. The comedian shares his experiences of taking on cyber-paths at their own game.

Simon Munnery: Alan Parker Urban Warrior Farewell Tour

Friday 9th October 2020 - 7pm-8pm | £16, concs £12, rescheduled from Apr 14, original tickets remain valid

 
Simon Munnery: Alan Parker Urban Warrior Farewell Tour Southbank Centre 2020-10-092020-10-09 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

The absurdist dabbler revisits one of his earliest character creations, a self-righteous leftist in the vein of Billy Bragg.

Justin Adams And Mauro Durante

Sunday 22nd November 2020 - 7.45pm | £20

 
Justin Adams And Mauro Durante Southbank Centre 2020-11-222020-11-22 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Guitarist and composer Justin Adams seeks comfort in the trance rhythms of Taranta with violinist and frame drummer Mauro Durante.

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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

The Glass Menagerie Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

5th to 11th Jun 2020

 
The Glass Menagerie Barbican Centre 2020-06-052020-06-11 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

French stage and screen actress Isabelle Huppert stars in Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie, his masterpiece about loneliness, lost dreams and illusions, directed by Belgian theatre director Ivo van Hove. A UK premiere, this co-production ...more

Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

26th March to 26th July 2020 | Free

 
Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory Barbican Centre 2020-03-262020-07-26 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Evita On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

27th June to 22nd August 2020 | £18.50-£65 plus booking fee

 
Evita Barbican Centre 2020-06-272020-08-22 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

After a sold out run at Regent's ParkOpen Air Theatre last year - when it became the theatre's highest grossing production ever - Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita transfers to the Barbican Theatre ...more

Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory
On SoonFree Event

1st May to 26th July 2020 - Various Times | Free

 
Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory Barbican Centre 2020-05-012020-07-26 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Jean Dubuffet Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

30th September 2020 to 17th January 2021

 
Jean Dubuffet Barbican Centre 2020-09-302021-01-17 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
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