Budding thespians and theatre lovers visiting the London Brewery Hotel in Chiswell Street London will find themselves in seventh heaven when visiting London. As Europe’s beating heart of contemporary theatre and performing arts, it’s no wonder that so many drama schools and actors move to the city. Here you can find theatres which date back to the 16th century and yet keep on churning out amazing, contemporary and revolutionary productions. Whether you’re looking for a family show or on the fringes of cutting edge, then check out these amazing theatres that echo through history even to this day.
Theatre Royal Drury Lane
With an original structure which dates back to 1660, the Theatre Royal holds 2196 audience members whilst being the oldest theatre in the city still in use. A grade I listed building, the theatre is located in Covent Garden, near the heart of the West End.
Sadler’s Wells Theatre Rosebery Avenue
Dating back to 1683, this Clerkenwell based dance theatre was named the Sadler’s Wells theatre due to the land owner Richard Sadler’s opening of a music house on the site of monastic springs which the proprietor claimed had healing properties.
Theatre Royal Haymarket
This addition to the Theatre Royal’s centuries old clan was created in 1720 and has a seating capacity of 888. Here audience members can find a mix of classic and contemporary pieces, including Damien Lewis and Sophie Okonedo in Edward Albee’s The Goat, or who is Sylvia being one of the most controversial plays showing in the West End.
Royal Opera House Bow Street
Home to the Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet, the Royal Opera Hosue is one of the most prestigious palces to see Opera and Ballet in the city. With an astounding capacity of 2256, the opera house dates back to the early 1730’s.
Not only is the Adelphi Theatre one of the best places to go to finds the best Musicals on the West End, it is also over 200 years old. Going through many name changes in its time, the Adelphi is currently showing such iconic shows as Kinky Boots and has recently housed musical classics such as Evita.
The Old Vic Theatre
Established in 1818, the Royal Victoria Theatre as it was originally called is located in Waterloo and is famous for having Kevin Spacey as its previous artistic director. The Theatre is known for showing some of the best in classic and contemporary drama as well as actors at the height of their game. Actors who have performed here include Rufus Sewell and Tim Key.
The 588 seating Criterion Theatre is located in Piccadilly Circus in the heart of the West End. Here you can see sell out theatre shows such as the Comedy About a Bank Robbery which is running until 2018. This award winning show comes from the comedy writing team behind the Play That Goes Wrong and Peter Pan Goes Wrong, a series of farcical and meta-theatrical plays.
The Savoy family, named after the dynasty of the same name, was opened in 1881 and is located in Wesminster. This theatre is the historic stage of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera’s and the quality has not diminished over the years, with the amazing Dream Girls currently being shown.
Harold Pinter Theatre
Buitl in 1881, the Comedy Theatre was renamed the Harold Pinter Theatre after the prolific London playwright. Current and recent shows at this 796 seating theatre in Panton Street include Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and a current interpretation of Hamlet starring Andrew Scott in the titular role.