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Top 10 theatres in London

No visit to London is complete without seeing a show, so check out some of the capital’s world-class theatre venues.

Find your new favourite West End musical, dramatic play or incredible opera. Enjoy a Shakespeare play at the National Theatre, or treat yourself to a ballet at the Royal Opera House. And experience a long-running hit or a new London theatre show.

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1. Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House is an important performing arts venue in Covent Garden. It is home to The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet, and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Enjoy a wide range of world-class shows, or take a backstage tour of this historic London theatre.

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2. Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare's Globe. Credit: John Wildgoose

Travel back in time at Shakespeare's Globe, a reconstruction of the open-air Elizabethan playhouse where many of Shakespeare's plays were performed. The Globe stages plays during the summer, between May and October, when you can get cheap theatre tickets from just £5. The Bankside site also includes the indoor Sam Wanamaker Playhouse; a smaller, candlelit space based on the indoor playhouses of Jacobean London.

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3. Young Vic

Young Vic

The Young Vic has an international reputation for staging innovative, brave and challenging work, making it an extremely influential London theatre. Here, you can find global stars working alongside new, emerging artists to create vibrant and compelling drama that often attracts a young audience.

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4. Sadler's Wells

Sadler's Well. Credit: Philip Vile

Sadler's Wells theatre in Islington is one of the world's leading dance venues, bringing renowned international and British dance shows to London. The theatre hosts all forms of dance, from contemporary to circus, ballet dance to Bollywood, tap to tango, flamenco to family shows, and much more.

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5. National Theatre

National Theatre. Credit: Philip Vile

The National Theatre on London's South Bank houses three separate auditoriums: the Olivier Theatre, Lyttleton Theatre and Dorfman Theatre. The theatre presents a varied programme of shows, including Shakespeare and international classic drama, new plays by contemporary playwrights and musicals. It is the home of many of London's must-see shows, and offers behind-the-scenes tours to visitors.

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6. Barbican

Barbican Theatre

The brutalist 1980s Barbican Centre, in the City of London, comprises of a concert hall, two theatres, three cinemas, two art galleries, a library, restaurants, shops and a conservatory. The venue is the base of the London Symphony Orchestra, and presents an exciting international programme of shows, talks and festivals.

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7. London Coliseum

The London home of the English National Opera, the London Coliseum is a beautiful theatre in central London. It is one of the largest theatres in London and, in addition to the ENO, regularly hosts visiting companies, including the English National Ballet.

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8. Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

The Regent's Park Open Air Theatre is a magical auditorium with an intimate atmosphere. Every summer, the award-winning open-air theatre offers a season of Shakespeare, comedy, drama and family theatre performed between the lush green trees of Regent's Park. It has a reputation for staging some of the best musicals in London.

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9. The Old Vic

The Old Vic is an iconic, historic theatre in Waterloo. The first home of the National Theatre, the venue has welcomed many of the world’s most acclaimed performers, from Laurence Olivier, Peggy Ashcroft and John Gielgud to Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Peter O’Toole.

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10. Unicorn Theatre

Unicorn Theatre

The Unicorn in London Bridge is the UK's leading theatre dedicated to producing inspiring shows for young audiences. The theatre presents an exciting programme of high-quality shows, aimed at introducing children and young people to the magic and power of theatre.

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