Theatres in London

Here’s a list of the most popular theatres in London’s West End. We also have a guide to current theatre shows playing in London. You can also search for theatre shows today, shows tomorrow and this weekend. Or search for theatre shows in March, April and May.

Recommendations Craig recommends… Most of the big theatres can be found down Shaftesbury Avenue and around Covent Garden. Read my review of the West End to see what the bright lights are like at night.

Adelphi Theatre

A theatre has stood on this site for over 200 years. The Adelphi has an art deco interior, seats around 1,500 people, and is good for musicals and comedies.

Aldwych Theatre

The Aldwych Theatre seats around 1,200 people in a beautiful deep-red three-tier auditorium. It shows everything from serious plays to comedies and musicals.

Ambassadors Theatre

Ambassadors is one of the smallest theatres in the West End and only seats about 450 people. It shows serious plays and musicals.

Apollo Theatre

The Apollo is one of the big theatres in Shaftesbury Avenue, right in the heart of London’s West End, and seats about 650 people in three red and gold tiers.

Apollo Victoria Theatre

The Apollo Victoria is across the road from Victoria Station and usually shows big blockbuster musicals. Its seating capacity is over 2,300 people.

Bloomsbury Theatre

The Bloomsbury is linked to University College London who use it to put on their own productions. A lot of famous comedians do stand-up shows here as well.

Cambridge Theatre

Cambridge Theatre can be found north of Covent Garden by Seven Dials. It seats about 1,200 people. For the last two decades they have been showing musicals.

Criterion Theatre

The Criterion can be found ten seconds from Eros in Piccadilly Circus, over the road from the neon lights. It is quite small inside and only seats about 600 people.

Dominion Theatre

Dominion Theatre is over the road from Centrepoint Tower in Tottenham Court Road. It is one of London’s bigger theatres, with a seating capacity of 2,200.

Donmar Warehouse

Donmar Warehouse is a very small theatre that only seats about 250 people. It tends to show very serious plays. You can find it north of Covent Garden.

Duchess Theatre

Duchess is one of the smaller theatres near Aldwych, and only seats about 500 people. It shows a mixture of serious plays, comedies and musicals.

Duke of York’s Theatre

The Duke of York’s Theatre is close to Trafalgar Square and has a capacity of 650. It’s good for serious plays and comedies.

Fortune Theatre

Fortune Theatre is one of the smallest theatres in the West End, with room for 430 people. It has been showing The Woman In Black since 2002.

Gielgud Theatre

Another big theatre on Shaftesbury Ave, the beautiful Gielgud seats close to 1,000 people on three tiers. It shows a lot of serious plays and comedies.

Globe Theatre

A reconstruction of the playhouse that stood here in Tudor times. It’s all totally authentic, open-air inside, and the perfect place to watch some Shakespeare.

Greenwich Theatre

A small local theatre with a capacity of 420 people. It shows everything from serious talks and stand-up shows to pantomimes, plays, operas, concerts and musicals.

Hampstead Theatre

Another small venue for about 400 people. The Hampstead specialises in new works, sometimes by debut writers, that go on to have a successful run in the West End.

Harold Pinter Theatre

The Harold Pinter Theatre has room for 800 people in three horseshoe-shaped balconies. It tends to show serious plays and comedies.

Her Majesty’s Theatre

Her Majesty’s is one of London’s most beautiful theatres. It seats 1,200 people and has been showing Phantom of the Opera since 1986.

Leicester Square Theatre

A 400-seat venue round the corner from Leicester Square. They do a lot of cabaret, intimate little concerts, stand-up comedy shows and plays.

London Coliseum

The Coliseum is one of London’s biggest and most beautiful theatres, seating 2,300 people. They put on a lot of ballets, stage musicals and variety shows.

London Palladium

The world-famous Palladium is best-known for its old variety shows, but now they put on a lot of musicals and music concerts. It has a capacity of 2,300 people.

Lyceum Theatre

The 2,100-seater Lyceum is round the corner from Covent Garden, at the end of Waterloo Bridge. For the last twenty years it has been showing long-running musicals.

Lyric Hammersmith

The Lyric has two spaces: a 500-seat main house and a 110-seat studio. They put on everything from family shows, musicals and plays, to talks and stand-up comedy.

Lyric Theatre

One of the smaller Shaftesbury Avenue theatres, the Lyric seats about 900 people on four levels. It tends to concentrate on musicals and serious plays.

National Theatre

The Royal National Theatre has three different venues: the Olivier Theatre with 1,160 seats, the Lyttelton with 890, and the tiny Dorfman Theatre for 400 people.

New London Theatre

A modern-looking building close to Covent Garden that seats around 1,000 people. It tends to show long-running big-name musicals.

Noël Coward Theatre

The Noël Coward Theatre is one of the smaller West End theatres, seating 870 people on four tiers. It shows a mixture of serious plays and musicals.

Novello Theatre

Situated on the bend of Aldwych next to the Waldorf Hotel, the Novello Theatre seats around 1,100 people and shows serious plays and long-running musicals.

Old Vic Theatre

A 1,000 seater close to Waterloo station. It has a lot of serious plays by the likes of Beckett, Miller, Pinter, Stoppard and Shakespeare, plus an occasional comedy musical.

Palace Theatre

Palace Theatre is the impressive red-brick building on one side of Cambridge Circus. It seats 1,400 people and is usually home to one of the biggest shows in the West End.

Peacock Theatre

The 1,000-seater Peacock Theatre is part of the LSE, who uses it for talks, lectures and conferences. Sadler’s Wells put on a lot of their dance shows here.

Phoenix Theatre

The Phoenix Theatre seats just over 1,000 people and can be found down the Charing Cross Road. Blood Brothers ran for 21 years here, and now it focuses on musicals.

Piccadilly Theatre

Situated close to Piccadilly Circus, this theatre seats around 1,200 people on three different levels. It shows some of the most popular musicals in the West End.

Playhouse Theatre

The Playhouse can be found down Northumberland Avenue, at the end of Hungerford Bridge. It’s one of London’s smaller theatres, seating only 790 people.

Pleasance Theatre

The Phoenix is a fringe theatre. The main stage sits 230 people, and there’s another tiny one for just 54. They do a mixture of theatre, dance and stand-up comedy.

Prince Edward Theatre

A 1,700 seat theatre in the heart of the West End, close to Leicester Square. It is usually home to one of the biggest musicals in London.

Prince of Wales Theatre

The Prince of Wales is between Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square and seats 1,100 people on two levels. It tends to show long-running musicals.

Queen’s Theatre

One of the big theatres in Shaftes­bury Avenue. It seats 1,050 people on three different levels and has been showing Les Miserables since 2004.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

An amphitheatre around a small stage in the heart of Regent’s Park. It seats 1,200 people and hosts plays, musicals, comedy and concerts.

Royal Court Theatre

The Royal Court is a famous theatre on Sloane Square in Chelsea. It only has room for 465 people and shows a lot of very serious, weighty plays.

St. Martin’s Theatre

Tucked away in the side-streets near Trafalgar Square, St. Martin’s has been home to The Mousetrap – the world’s longest-running play – since 1974.

Savoy Theatre

Attached to the side of the 5-star Savoy Hotel down the Strand, the theatre seats around 1,150 people and tends to show a lot of big-name musicals.

Shaftesbury Theatre

Situated on a leafy crossroads at the end of Shaftesbury Avenue, the theatre seats around 1,400 and shows a lot of comedy musicals and jukebox musicals.

Shaw Theatre

The modern-looking Shaw Theatre is situated over the road from the British Library and seats around 450 people. It has school shows, concerts, plays and pantos.

Soho Theatre

The Soho Theatre has two different stages seating 150 and 90 people, plus a cabaret space, and shows a mix of new plays, stand-up comedy and cabaret.

Theatre Royal Drury Lane

This historic theatre in Drury Lane is one of the West End’s bigger theatres, seating 2,200 people. It shows a lot of musicals.

Theatre Royal Haymarket

The Theatre Royal Haymarket is an impressive-looking theatre that seats 900 people on four different levels. It tends to focus on serious plays.

Trafalgar Studios

Trafalgar Studios is close to Trafalgar Square and has two different stages: Studio 1 seats 380 people on one level, and Studio 2 seats just 100, also on one level.

Vaudeville Theatre

Situated down the Strand, the Vaudeville is one of London’s smaller theatres, seating just 700 people on three levels. It shows a mixture of serious and funny plays.

Victoria Palace Theatre

A big theatre near Victoria Station, the Victoria Palace seats 1,500 people and is usually home to one of London’s biggest musicals.

Wyndham’s Theatre

The Wyndham’s is down Charing Cross Road and seats 760 people on four levels. It shows serious plays by the likes of Miller, Pinter, Bennett and Shakespeare.

Young Vic Theatre

This Southbank theatre focuses on serious and experimental plays aimed at young audiences, but not just children – they do a lot for young adults as well.
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