Today is world theatre today, and there’s nothing we like better than dressing up for a great evening out at the West End.
London and New York are considered the best places in the world for their theatre. And, whilst theatre in the US is a relatively modern innovation, the UK has thousands of years of dramatic tradition to draw on. In the capital, you’ll find everything from the very latest shows to performances that have captivated audiences for hundreds of years.
If you’re looking for the best places to celebrate world theatre day, check out the best of London’s dramatic heritage with these seven fantastic venues.
As the largest publicly funded theatre in London, the National Theatre is the granddaddy of the capital’s scene. It shows 25 major productions a year, with numerous smaller performances and festivals at regular intervals. The Olivier Theatre – its main stage – is a beautiful hall modeled on the ancient Greek theatre of Epidaurus.
The Adelphi is one of London’s classic West End theatres. Located slap-bang in the center of the Strand, its a specialist in comedy and musical theatre, showing performances such as Kinky Boots, Chicago, Sweeny Todd and Evita.
The Old Vic
This not-for-profit theatre based in Waterloo is one of London’s most iconic. It’s known as a centerpiece of the London theatre scene for generations, playing host to many personnel that went on to form the National Theatre, including Laurence Olivier. The theatre went through a complete refurbishment in 2003 with Kevin Spacey as artistic director.
Originally built in 1599 only to be demolished in 1644, this painstakingly constructed replica of Shakespeare’s Globe theatre is the perfect place to explore some the UK’s traditional theatre. Of course, you’ll find many of the Bard’s best works performed here, as well as some more unique and bizarre performances that will keep you enthralled.
The Young Vic
Built as a temporary theatre designed to last only 5 years or so, the Young Vic became so popular that it’s lasted to this day. After numerous refurbishments, it has become the popular younger cousin of the Old Vic. It’s well-known in the theatre scene for producing classic plays with a unique twist, many of which go on to larger tours across the UK. Actors such as Judi Dench, Robert Lindsay, Timothy Dalton, and Helen Mirren have performed at this unique venue.
Another West End staple, the Savoy dates back to 1808 when it was purchased for the production of a number of Gilbert & Sullivan operas. Recent productions include classics such as Fiddler on the Roof, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, H.M.S. Pinafore and Dreamgirls.
King’s Head Theatre Pub
This completely unique venue is the first theatre pub to open since the Elizabethan age. Previously used as a boxing ring and a pool hall, it now features daily productions ranging from the fantastically unique to the bizarre. You’ll find performances such as Trump: The Musical, Charles Court Opera, The Worst Little Warehouse in London, the Crown Dual and Undetectable. If you’re looking for a theatre experience you won’t get anywhere else. This is it!
If you’re interested in theatre tickets for London’s biggest attractions, they’re available from Evan Evans on our theatre tickets page. Enjoy the show!