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.

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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

KnowBody II
Now On

Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th June 2017 - 7.30pm | £15, concs £7.50

 
KnowBody II Sadler's Wells 2017-06-232017-06-24 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Internationally renowned older artists come together to perform new commissions and existing works on the Sadler's Wells stage. Works include William Forsythe's Catalogue (First Edition), performed by Dance On Ensemble, Mat Ek's Axe, performed by ...

Taj Express Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

13th June to 2nd July 2017 | £15-£45

 
Taj Express Sadler's Wells 2017-06-132017-07-02 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

After a sell-out tour of America, Taj Express makes its UK premiere at The Peacock, bringing dance, Bollywood stars and songs from the composer of the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack to the West End. The story ...more

Elixir Extracts
On Soon

Saturday 24th June 2017 at 4.30pm & Sunday 25th June 2017 at 3.30pm and 7pm | £10, concs £5

 
Elixir Extracts Sadler's Wells 2017-06-242017-06-25 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The performance programme will feature older dancers from across the UK and abroad.

Dance On Ensemble: 7 Dialogues
On Soon

Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th June 2017 - 8pm | £17, concs £8.50

 
Dance On Ensemble: 7 Dialogues Sadler's Wells 2017-06-262017-06-27 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Six experimental solo pieces by an international selection of dancers and choreographers, set to music by Matteo Fargion,

Alexander Whitley Dance Company: 8 Minutes
On Soon

Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th June 2017 - 7.30pm | £20

 
Alexander Whitley Dance Company: 8 Minutes Sadler's Wells 2017-06-272017-06-28 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Sadler's Wells New Wave Associate Alexander Whitley takes on the breathtaking scale of space for his company's main stage debut. Working in partnership with the scientists from STFC RAL Space at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, 8 ...

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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

Taj Express Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

13th June to 2nd July 2017 | £15-£45

 
Taj Express Peacock Theatre 2017-06-132017-07-02 Where:
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street London, WC2A 2HT
Category: Theatres

After a sell-out tour of America, Taj Express makes its UK premiere at The Peacock, bringing dance, Bollywood stars and songs from the composer of the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack to the West End. The story ...more

Footloose: The Musical

12th to 30th September 2017 | £25-£55

 
Footloose: The Musical Peacock Theatre 2017-09-122017-09-30 Where:
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street London, WC2A 2HT
Category: Theatres

Rnner up of 2001's Pop Idol Gareth Gates stars as Willard in Footloose: the Musical, a "cheap but cheerful" (The Stage) adaptation of the 1984 film. No stranger to musicals, Gareth appeared in Legally Blonde: ...more

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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

Royal Opera: La Traviata
Now On

23rd Jun, 25th Jun, 27th Jun, 30th Jun and 4th Jul 2017 - Various Times | £94-£200

 
Royal Opera: La Traviata Royal Opera House 2017-06-142017-07-04 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Ekaterina Bakanova and Corinne Winters lead two excellent casts in Richard Eyre's much-loved production of Verdi's most famous opera. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

The Royal Opera: Otello Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

21st June to 15th July 2017 | £54-£270

 
The Royal Opera: Otello Royal Opera House 2017-06-212017-07-15 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Starring Jonas Kaufmann and Gregory Kunde in the title role, Verdi's impassioned opera in four acts is based on Shakespeare's play about a Venetian general who is tricked into doubting the fidelity of his wife ...more

Royal Opera: Otello
On Soon

24th Jun, 28th Jun, 2nd Jul and 6th Jul 2017 - Various Times | £184-£270

 
Royal Opera: Otello Royal Opera House 2017-06-212017-07-06 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Antonio Pappano conducts a new production of Verdi's thrilling Shakespeare-inspired opera directed by Keith Warner, starring Jonas Kaufmann and Gregory Kunde in the title role. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Mitridate, re di Ponto On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

26th June to 7th July 2017 | £6-£120

 
Mitridate, re di Ponto Royal Opera House 2017-06-262017-07-07 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Mozart's fourth opera, first performed on 26th December 1770 at the prestigious Milan carnival when he was just a month away from his 15th birthday, comes to the Royal Opera House this summer. In July ...more

Royal Opera: Mitridate, Re Di Ponto
On Soon

26th Jun, 29th Jun, 1st Jul and 7th Jul 2017 - 6.30pm | £24-£120

 
Royal Opera: Mitridate, Re Di Ponto Royal Opera House 2017-06-262017-07-07 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Christophe Rousset conducts a talented cast including Albina Shagimuratova, Bejun Mehta, Lucy Crowe and Michael Spyres in Graham Vick's acclaimed production of Mozart's early opera. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

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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)

Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

5th June to 5th August 2017 | £15-£75, Premium Seats £95

 
Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 2017-06-052017-08-05 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Theatres
Amore

20th, 21st, 24th and 25th Nov 2017 - 7.30pm | £20-£110

 
Amore London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 2017-11-202017-11-25 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Theatres

A triple bill of works, which include Possokhov's Francesca da Rimini, Patrick de Bana's Rain Before It Falls and Donlon's Strokes Through The Tail, starring Bolshoi Ballet's prima ballerina, Svetlana Zakharova.

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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.

 
 

Events at The Place

Border Crossings' Origins Festival presents VOU Are We Stronger Than Winston'
On Soon

Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June 2017 - 8pm | £16, concs £12

 
Border Crossings' Origins Festival presents VOU Are We Stronger Than Winston' The Place 2017-06-242017-06-25 Where:
The Place, 17 Duke's Road London, WC1H 9PY
Category: Evening Classes
EDge: London
On Soon

27th June 2017 at 7.30pm & 28th and 29th June 2017 at 1pm and 7.30pm | £10, concs £7

 
EDge: London The Place 2017-06-272017-06-29 Where:
The Place, 17 Duke's Road London, WC1H 9PY
Category: Evening Classes

Three freshly created works by Tony Adigun, Patricia Okenwa, Karen and Allen Kaeja appear alongside Strange Blooms, a restaging of the Shobana Jeyasingh creation that explores the anatomy of plant cells under a microscope.

London Contemporary Dance School: Graduation Performances 2017
On Soon

7th & 8th and 10th to 14th Jul 2017 - 7.30pm | £10, concs £7, phone for availability

 
London Contemporary Dance School: Graduation Performances 2017 The Place 2017-07-072017-07-14 Where:
The Place, 17 Duke's Road London, WC1H 9PY
Category: Evening Classes

The highlight of London Contemporary Dance School's performance calendar sees students perform works by a line-up of four national and international choreographers. Watch premieres by Liz Aggiss, Hannes Langolf, Victor Quijada and a creation by ...

Bboying for the family workshop (4+) | SIN cru
On Soon

Saturday 22nd July 2017 at 11am, 1pm and 3pm | £3

 
Bboying for the family workshop (4+) | SIN cru The Place 2017-07-222017-07-22 Where:
The Place, 17 Duke's Road London, WC1H 9PY
Category: Evening Classes

Literary & Education, Dance Workshop.

Digital Traces Workshop | Flexer & Sandiland (5yrs+)
On Soon

Saturday 22nd July 2017 at 12noon, 2pm and 3pm | £3

 
Digital Traces Workshop | Flexer & Sandiland (5yrs+) The Place 2017-07-222017-07-22 Where:
The Place, 17 Duke's Road London, WC1H 9PY
Category: Evening Classes

Literary & Education, Art Workshop.

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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

The Palace Avenue Dixieland Band
Free Event

Friday 23rd June 2017 - 5.30pm | Free

 
The Palace Avenue Dixieland Band Southbank Centre 2017-06-232017-06-23 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Dressed in vintage attire, the five-piece of sousaphone, banjo, clarinet, tenor saxophone and trumpet recreates the authentic sound of the 1920s by the likes of Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke, Sidney Bechet and Louis Armstrong's ...

Dance Walking London - Shake on the South Bank
Free Event

Friday 23rd June 2017 - 7pm-8.30pm | Free

 
Dance Walking London - Shake on the South Bank Southbank Centre 2017-06-232017-06-23 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Festival of Love Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

3rd June to 28th August 2017 | Various

 
Festival of Love Southbank Centre 2017-06-032017-08-28 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Adventures In Moominland
Ongoing

16th December 2016 to 20th August 2017 - Various Times | £12 & £13.50, child £10 & £11.50, disabled £12

 
Adventures In Moominland Southbank Centre 2016-12-162017-08-20 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Film Scores Live Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

2nd October 2016 to 25th June 2017 | £45, £35, £25, £20 | Premium £55

 
Film Scores Live Southbank Centre 2016-10-022017-06-25 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Gamelan Group Workshop
Ongoing

14th September 2016 to 20th July 2017 - 9.30am-5.30pm | per group £195

 
Gamelan Group Workshop Southbank Centre 2016-09-142017-07-20 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Belief and Beyond Belief Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

16th January to 17th December 2017 | Various, Free to £45 | Day pass £15, Weekend pass £25

 
Belief and Beyond Belief Southbank Centre 2017-01-162017-12-17 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

Academy Of Ancient Music

Friday 23rd June 2017 - 7.30pm | £10-£70

 
Academy Of Ancient Music Barbican Centre 2017-06-232017-06-23 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

The ensemble, directed by Robert Howarth, performs Monteverdi's Vespers. With sopranos Rowan Pierce and Louise Alder.

Picture This: The Music Photography Of Sheila Rock
OngoingFree Event

26th April to 4th July 2017 - 9.30am | Free

 
Picture This: The Music Photography Of Sheila Rock Barbican Centre 2017-04-262017-07-04 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Into The Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

3rd June to 1st September 2017 | £14.50, concs/NUS/under 17s/mems £12, under 14s £5

 
Into The Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction Barbican Centre 2017-06-032017-09-01 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
The Japanese House: Architecture and Life After 1945 Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

23rd March to 25th June 2017 | Standard £14.50, concession £12

 
The Japanese House: Architecture and Life After 1945 Barbican Centre 2017-03-232017-06-25 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
London Symphony Orchestra
On Soon

Sunday 25th June 2017 - 7pm | £10-£42

 
London Symphony Orchestra Barbican Centre 2017-06-252017-06-25 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Daniel Harding conducts Mahler's Symphony No 3, with the alto, Anna Larsson.

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