London Theatre Guide

For many a trip to London would not be complete without attending a production at one of the City`s famous theatre and performance venues. From large scale musicals in the West End to smaller scale fringe performances, there`s a myriad of choice and a range of options for all ages.

For instance those looking for a special night out, as a couple, a group of friends or as a family, can enjoy a trip to the historic West End and venues such as The Victoria Palace. Taking touring shows and musicals such as Billy Elliot, Fame and Grease this theatre boasts a performance history dating back to 1832. Originally the area housed a Music Hall, later replaced by a number of buildings that eventually led to the construction of the very elegant venue we now know as the Victoria Palace.

As with many theatres in this part of London, the architecture and ghosts of past performances add to the theatrical atmosphere and make for a thrilling and memorable experience. Take for instance The Apollo Theatre. A Grade II listed venue on the famed Shaftesbury Avenue visitors can admire the tiered auditorium and elaborate plasterwork as they take their seats and await the evening`s entertainment. Offering anything from Shakespeare and much loved comedies to well known modern plays and contemporary writing this is a great opportunity to celebrate a special occasion.

Heading away from Shaftesbury Avenue and towards Bankside, theatre lovers can stop off at the open-air Globe Theatre. Boasting some of the most atmospheric evening performances in London, the Globe produces and performs a host of Shakespeare plays and workshops as well as a well attended exhibition based on the life of Shakespeare and the theatre for which he famously wrote.

Although, to really appreciate what London can offer the keen theatre-goer, it`s a good idea to head towards the fringe. The fringe of London`s theatre world provides a wealth of shows to choose from, many of which are often performed in a space as simple as a small room or studio space above a pub.

Home to a diverse range of companies and productions there`s often limited seating capacity so it`s worth booking in advance. The Courtyard Theatre for instance is a former library located on Pitfield Street in Hoxton. With a 150 seat house as well as an 80 seater studio there`s often something exciting and experimental taking place.

Alternatively, head over to Jackson`s Lane 160 seat venue. A former Methodist church, this performance venue is well known for its support of emerging artists and its showcase of new work. Offering performances that range from dance and circus to well known plays and comedy, it also runs a series of dance classes and events open to the general public.

For something completely different get over to Camden`s Roundhouse and immerse yourself in a truly theatrical experience. A listed building dating back to 1846, this `in the round` space provides audiences with a unique sensory experience. From Robert Lepage to the award-winning company So & So Circus a Roundhouse performance is not to be missed.

With all this and much much more on offer, it`s a good idea to browse what`s on in London at the Boxoffice and take your pick from some of the world`s most acclaimed theatre professionals.