Your guide to London’s theatres

Famous for its commercial West End, London is the ideal place to go if you want to watch a star-studded theatre show. The vibrant theatre scene in the capital ranges from large-scale dramas such as The Lion King to more indie dramas and theatrics like Foxes.

We’ve rounded up a guide to some of the best theatres in London, as well as some great shows to watch while you’re there!

Apollo Victoria Theatre

Home to the West End special Wicked the Musical, the Apollo Victoria Theatre is just opposite Victoria Station, close to other attractions such as Buckingham Palace or Covent Garden. With a capacity of nearly 2,500, this theatre is perfect for popular theatre shows and events. It opened in 1930 originally as a cinema, before becoming a theatre many years later. The venue is a large part of London’s West End culture, and arguably one of the more recognisable venues in the capital.

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Lyceum Theatre

The Lyceum Theatre is iconic among keen fans of the Broadway play The Lion King. The Disney spectacle is a classic West End must-see, with beautiful visuals and an enticing score that makes you feel like you’re sitting in the play as a character. Located just off the Strand in Central London, this 2,100-seat theatre provides stunning views from any seat in the house. They’re also a key member of the Ambassador Theatre Group!

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Sondheim Theatre

There’s no doubt that when you think of London theatre, Les Miserables pops into your head. As an absolute classic, this tragic yet beautiful story is one not to be missed. This classic show is permanently hosted by the Sondheim Theatre, located conveniently on Shaftesbury Avenue and seating just over a thousand guests. This venue is one of eight of the most prestigious theatres in the West End, known as the Delfont Mackintosh Theatres.

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Barbican Theatre

Being the largest of its kind in Europe and home to lots of entertainment venues, the Barbican performing arts centre is home to one of the best theatres in London. The Barbican Centre Theatre seats just over 1,000 guests and is home to some of the best shows touring across the country. One of their iconic showings includes My Neighbour Totoro, a spin on the Japanese Studio Ghibli classic. This magical fantasy world of theatre is a must-see for any keen fan of the film!

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Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

London is famous for its West End presence and culture, with theatres dotted left right and centre. But, why not take yourself back to a classic theatre production at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre? As well as being a cultural landmark and educational centre, the theatre is also wildly popular showing many of Shakespeare’s collective works. Just a short walk from the bank of the Thames, this theatre is a must-visit if you’re a fan of his classics such as Henry VIII, Titus Andronicus, and The Tempest.

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Adelphi Theatre

Adelphi Theatre, co-owned by the iconic Lloyd Webber Theatre group and the Nederlander Group, is located down the Strand in central London. Playing host to a whole range of iconic show numbers including Chicago, Kinky Boots and Waitress, the theatre is currently home to the adaptation of Back to the Future: The Musical. Seating a capacity of 1500 over three levels, there’s no doubt that you should experience one of their groundbreaking theatre performances.

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London Coliseum

As the largest theatre in London’s West End, the London Coliseum is legendary among locals and tourists alike. As well as playing host to the English National Opera, they also regularly play host to touring shows throughout the year. As well as four levels of seating in the auditorium, they also boast their classy bar that serves cocktails, bites to eat, and snacks before the show. So kick back with refreshments and enjoy some of London’s best entertainment at this incredible venue!

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Palace Theatre London

Home to the wildly popular Harry Potter and the Cursed Child drawing people from all over the world, Palace Theatre London is located centrally in the city right on Shaftesbury Avenue. Originally designed to be the home of English opera, it was transformed into a well-renowned London theatre in 1925. It has since played host to shows such as Les Miserables, The Woman in White, and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Step into the wizarding world at this theatre for the eighth story in the Harry Potter universe!

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