Top 5 London Theatres

Seeing a live show in London Theatres can be one of the most relaxing ways to take some weight off your feet during an otherwise busy day in London

Royal Opera House

Rebuilt on the site of The Covent Garden Theatre from 1732

Barbican Centre

Opened by The Queen in 1982, who declared it ‘one of the modern wonders of the world’, a Brutalist architectural complex

London Coliseum

Opened in 1904 as one of London’s largest & most luxuriously fitted family theatres for classical plays & ballets

Shakespeare’s Globe

A reconstruction of the original Globe Theatre that Shakespeare wrote his plays for in the 1590’s in Bankside 200m away

Open-Air Theatre

Established in 1932 right in the heart of Regent’s Park, this is one of London’s largest theatres, performing come rain or shine

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Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House

With a horseshoe auditorium that can seat 2,256 people, the Royal Opera House has opera, music and ballet shows all year round right in the heart of Covent Garden, inside spectacular Baroque Revival architecture

Originally associated with the opera of George Frideric Handel in the 1730’s, the site, building and company has changed multiple times over the centuries but maintains a local history of culture

From Macbeth to The Nutcracker to modern day comedy, the Royal Opera House manages to stay with the times and still draw sophisticated crowds

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Bow St, London WC2E 9DD

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Various Show Times

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Barbican Centre

Barbican

The Barbican Centre, or more commonly just Barbican, is a complex built in the Brutalist architectural style to transform an area of London devastated by World War II and offers far more than just a Theatre

The complex itself is a very relaxing place to take some time out and reflect (literally) viewing across the stunning pond. You can enjoy indoor nature at the Conservatory, visit the Martini Bar, a variety of cafes and other bars, as well as a cinema all in one place. There are also major concerts held in their main auditorium throughout the year

The Theatre itself offers a variety of classic and contemporary performances

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Address

Silk St, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DS

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Various Show Times

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London Coliseum

London Coliseum

Designed and built specifically for impresario Oswald Stoll by theatrical architect Frank Matcham, the London Coliseum Theatre of Varieties opened on 24th of December 1904

Hosting a large variety of more classic plays and ballets, the London Coliseum lives up to it’s premium and luxurious reputation, for those who enjoy the finer things in life

Aside from the sheer glamour of the venue itself, it is often praised as being one of the very best in terms of acoustics, with musicals and ballets being very prevalent shows, as well some culturally significant performances

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Address

London Coliseum, St Martin’s Ln, London WC2N 4ES

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Various Show Times

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Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe

Possibly the most famous playwright of all time, Shakespeare wrote at least 38 plays, and many lesser known poems, many of which are generally revered as the finest plays ever written

The original Globe Theatre opened in 1599 in Bankside amongst a number of other theatres of the time, however, it was the Globe that Shakespeare wrote plays for and it’s those plays that the new Globe is dedicated to

In 1997, the modern “Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre” opened around 200m from the original site in homage to and built to Elizabethan plans. It is also the first building in London to be permitted a thatched roof since the Great Fire of London in 1666

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Address

21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT

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Various Show Times

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Regent's Park Open-Air Theatre 2

Open-Air Theatre

Surrounded by the stunning views of the Royal Park, this large and long-standing theatre seats 1,200 people with a truly unique and magical atmosphere

Along with unique quirks of being completely outdoors comes the unpredictable nature of English weather! You may need to bring a sunhat, sunscreen or a raincoat!

Very rarely are performances not completed, although some might have unforeseen pauses if adverse weather hits

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Regent’s Park, London NW1 4NU

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Various Show Times

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