The art of theatre is one of the best appreciated forms of entertainment in England. If you do not believe us let the statistics speak for themselves – according to the recent studies, more people buy tickets for theatre performances than for matches of the Premiere League – and that is just in London. Going to a nicely crafted stimulated stage-performance will be great for you – even if you are looking for a way to take your mind of problems such as managing your upcoming removal. Here is a list of five great theatre houses in London we encourage you to check out:
- Wyndham’s Theatre is to be found in the historical West End of London. The building was designed in 1898. This four level building now holds a Grade II listing. Currently it is managed by Cameron Mackintosh’s Delfont-Mackintosh Ltd. and stages a rich variety of performances such as People, Places And Things, No Man’s Land, The Truth and some classics like Hamlet and Chekov’s Ivanov.
- Theatre Royal on Drury Lane is probably the oldest and one of the most famous theatre houses in British history. The very first theatre on the current site dates back to the 1660s and even since it has been a centre of quality stage performances that have changed the ways of the art. Theatre Royal was recently renovated at the cost of 4 million pounds in order to celebrate its 350 years of continuous history – this happened in 2013. Urban legends aficionados among you would be pleased to know that Theatre Royal is also considered to be one of the most haunted theatres in the world.
- Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is a different type of venue. As you can guess from its name, it is an open air theatre and it is located in the celebrated Regent’s Park, more precisely in the Queen Mary’s Gardens. The first performances here were organized in the Inter War Period, in 1932. Benedict Cumberbatch, Anna Neagle, Robert Helpmann, Vivien Leigh and Judi Dench are just a small portion of the notable actors who have performed on the stage of Regent’s Park Theatre. The 2016 season here opened with a brand new adaptation of Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo.
- The Old Vic is another old celebrated theatre house in London, to be found right next to Waterloo Station. Matthew Warchus is the Vic’s Artistic director as of today, replacing Kevin Spacey, who served on the same position for over a decade and managed to restore Old Vic to its former glory of the Victorian Age.
- The Savoy Theatre is a really chic theatre in West End. It is known as one of the best places to watch opera, Shakespeare and other non-musical plays, and musicals in London, and this comes from a long tradition that can be traced back to the opening of the Savoy in the 1880s. The Savoy Theatre was extensively restored in the 1990s after a great fire that damaged much of it at the time.