Two-day theatre weekend itinerary in London

From West End shows to world-famous attractions, experience the glitz and glamour of the capital’s vibrant theatre scene.

Saturday in London

Morning: Go backstage at a top London theatre

Start your weekend in London by exploring behind-the-scenes at a top London theatre on an early morning tour. Learn about the preparations behind each performance during a backstage tour of the National Theatre, or access all areas of the Royal Albert Hall with the Grand Tour, which even includes the Queen’s private box.

You can also join one of Ned's Tours around The Old Vic to discover a different side of the London theatre, and get an insight into more than 300 years of theatrical history with a backstage tour of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Afternoon: Explore world-famous Shakespeare’s Globe

Head over to the South Bank to visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, which is a reconstruction of the original 16th-century playhouse. Tread the boards of the iconic London theatre with the Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition and Tour and learn a whole host of stories about the landmark’s heritage.

Next, watch an afternoon matinee performance under sunny skies as part of a Summer of Love, or catch a show by candlelight during the colder months at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Alternatively, once you’ve worked up an appetite, pop over to the Swan at The Globe. Overlooking the river Thames, this charming London restaurant serves up the Shakespeare-themed A Midsummer Night's Dream afternoon tea.

Evening: Catch a dazzling London theatre show

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From Shaftesbury Avenue and Tottenham Court Road to Leicester Square, be dazzled by the bright lights of Theatreland with an evening stroll around London’s West End – the home of more than 40 top London theatres.

Once you’re feeling peckish, wander over to nearby Scoff & Banter Bloomsbury to enjoy British dishes from the delicious pre-theatre menu.

Treat yourself to an evening of world-class entertainment by bagging London theatre tickets to one of the capital's top shows, including smash-hit musicals The Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King and Mamma Mia! or thrilling plays such as The Mousetrap and The Woman in Black

Afterwards, toast to a fabulous night with an after-show cocktail and nibbles at Leicester Square Kitchen. If you’re looking for some late-night entertainment, join in a sing-song at The Players Bar and make sure to look out for West End cast members.

Sunday in London

Morning: Follow in the footsteps of famous theatre stars

Tuck into breakfast with a side dish of musical entertainment from a team of aspiring West End performers at the all-singing Leon on Shaftesbury Avenue.

Next, set off on an expert-led West End Musical Theatre Walking Tour around some of the capital’s best-loved theatre landmarks. The two-hour London tour is packed with lively performances, show tunes and fascinating stories from in and around the theatre district.

Alternatively, visit Madame Tussauds London to spot stars of the London stage, including William Shakespeare, Daniel Radcliffe, Helen Mirren and Thriller - Live’s Michael Jackson.

Afternoon: Admire theatre-inspired museum collections

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While away the afternoon with a visit to some of the capital’s top museums. Drop by the British Library to browse theatre artefacts, such as Shakespeare’s First Folio, David Garrick’s collection of manuscripts, and recordings from productions staged at the National Theatre.

From magnificent 18th-century costumes and set designs, to theatre memorabilia, admire a fascinating range of objects at the V&A’s theatre and performance collection. Or, go to the National Portrait Gallery to spot artworks of theatre icons from across the centuries.

If you’re looking for your next London theatre fix, see more West End shows with a matinee performance in London. Just some of the Sunday afternoon productions on offer include School of Rock and Matilda The Musical.

Evening: Experience off-West End shows in London

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Treat yourself to a delicious dinner at Steak & Lobster Bloomsbury, where you can feast on a plate of top-notch steak, lobster or a combination of both with the surf and turf roll for just £20.

Then, round off your London trip with a Fringe theatre show at a pub theatre. Expect a wide-ranging programme of entertainment, showcasing everything from in-house productions to comedy shows, as well as new writing from up-and-coming talent. 

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