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 November, December and January.

Recommendations Craig recommends… A lot of big theatres are near Shaftesbury Avenue and Covent Garden. Read my review of the West End to see what it’s like.

Adelphi Theatre

A theatre has stood here for over 200 years. The Adelphi has an art deco interior and seats around 1,500 people.

Aldwych Theatre

The Aldwych seats 1,200 people in a beautiful deep-red three-tier auditorium. It shows everything from serious plays, 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 Theatre is one of the biggest theatres down Shaftesbury Avenue 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 put on their own shows here. 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 and puts on a lot of long-running musicals.

Criterion Theatre

The Criterion can be found ten seconds from the Eros fountain in Piccadilly Circus. It is quite a small theatre and only seats about 600 people.

Dominion Theatre

The Dominion 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 just 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 Avenue, the 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 see Shakespeare.

Greenwich Theatre

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

Hampstead Theatre

Another small venue for about 400 people. The Hampstead specialises in new works 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 The 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 and stand-up shows.

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 famous Palladium is known for its variety shows, but they put on a lot of musicals and concerts as well. It has a capacity of 2,300 people.

Lyceum Theatre

The 2,100 seat Lyceum is round the corner from Covent Garden, at the end of Waterloo Bridge. It concentrates on showing long-running musicals.

Lyric Hammersmith

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

Lyric Theatre

One of the smaller venues on Shaftesbury Avenue, the Lyric seats about 900 people on four levels. It shows a lot of musicals and serious plays.

National Theatre

The Royal National has three theatres: the Olivier with 1,160 seats, the Lyttelton with 890, and the tiny Dorfman Theatre which seats just 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 is one of the smaller West End theatres, seating 870 people on four different 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 seats around 1,100 people and shows serious plays and stage musicals.

Old Vic Theatre

A 1,000 seat theatre by Waterloo station. It puts on a lot of serious plays by the likes of Beckett, Miller, Pinter, Stoppard and a few by William Shakespeare.

Palace Theatre

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

Peacock Theatre

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

Phoenix Theatre

The Phoenix seats just over 1,000 and can be found down Charing Cross Road. It shows a lot of musicals and Blood Brothers ran for 21 years here.

Piccadilly Theatre

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

Playhouse Theatre

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

Pleasance Theatre

A fringe theatre whose main stage seats just 230 people. The second stage seats 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 running in London.

Prince of Wales Theatre

The Prince of Wales is situated between Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square, and seats 1,100 people on two levels.

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, comedy and concerts.

Royal Court Theatre

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

St. Martin’s Theatre

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

Savoy Theatre

Attached to the side of the 5-star Savoy Hotel down the Strand, this 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, this theatre seats around 1,400 and shows a lot of jukebox and comedy musicals.

Shaw Theatre

The rather modern-looking Shaw Theatre is over the road from the British Library and does a lot of school shows, concerts, plays and pantomimes.

Soho Theatre

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

Theatre Royal Haymarket

The Theatre Royal Haymarket is an impressive-looking theatre that seats 900 people on four levels, and focuses on serious plays.

Trafalgar Studios

Trafalgar Studios has two rather small stages: Studio 1 seats 380 people whilst Studio 2 seats even less, just 100, both on just one level.

Vaudeville Theatre

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 best-selling musicals.

Wyndham’s Theatre

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

Young Vic Theatre

This Southbank theatre focuses on serious and experimental plays aimed at younger audiences, but not strictly children – they cater for young adults as well.
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