Five of London’s most impressive theatres

Posted by on October 3, 2013

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We have all heard stories about the many great cities in the world, but surely few if any can match the charms of the UK’s iconic capital. In the evenings, the very best London shows are waiting to entertain you, but which theatre is at the top of your must-visit list? Here are five of the best, so be sure to see them next time you plan a trip to the city’s West End.

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

There has been a theatre on this site since the 17th century, with the current building being the fourth incarnation. Opened in 1812, it now holds around 2,200 audience members on four levels. Intriguingly, it is said there are several ghosts who make regular appearances in the theatre, including the famous Man in Grey, a shadowy figure who wears a tricorne hat.

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

The Haymarket Theatre

An intimate theatre that is relatively small by West End standards, the Haymarket has a capacity of 888. The first scheduled matinee performances, now a regular event in theatres all over the world, took place here. The building, which is listed, was redesigned by the famous architect John Nash, the man responsible for Buckingham Palace and Marble Arch.

The Haymarket Theatre

The Haymarket Theatre

Shakespeare’s Globe

Although a recreation, Shakespeare’s Globe is possibly the most familiar theatre in the whole of London these days. With its distinctive thatched roof and its riverside location, it’s as much a part of the city skyline now as Tower Bridge. The building was opened amid huge fanfare in 1997. If you’re in London, you simply have to come and see it as soon as you can.

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Savoy Theatre

For a long time the Savoy Theatre was associated primarily with the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, and in recent years it has hosted a number of other musicals, including Legally Blonde and Cabaret. In 1990 while it was undergoing extensive renovation work, a fire badly damaged large parts of the building. It has a capacity for around 1,100 audience members.

Savoy Theatre

Savoy Theatre

London Palladium

Just about anyone who is anyone has trod the boards at the London Palladium. From the extravagant theatre productions to the all-star television shows, it has become one of the jewels in the city’s entertainment crown. It was opened in 1910 although the familiar façade dates back to the 19th century. Frank Sinatra is one of many superstars to have played here.

London Palladium

London Palladium

London photo: mark1309, Ewan Munro, Li Refugee, Michael Collins, Jelltex,

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