London and the Theaters: an indissoluble binomial, which finds its roots in quite distant times. Whether it’s the comedy of the moment, a musical or a Shakespearean tragedy: a myriad of shows are staged every day in London. They are mainly concentrated in the area between Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Shaftesbury Avenue and Haymarket.
Every year, the London theaters programming is quite varied, including the most anticipated shows in the world, and the most beloved artists. The London Palladium, in this regard, is considered one of the most important theaters in London; and probably the most important of all the UK! His fame began in the 50s and 60s, thanks to the numerous international shows and artists who performed. Starting in 1955, the Sunday Night show decreed the success of the theater, repeated for 12 years.
In more recent years, it has hosted important musicals such as The King and I, The Sound of Music and Sister Act the musical.
The Palladium is located in the heart of London, in the shopping district, near Oxford Circus. It is easily accessible by public transport.
The Lyceum Theatre is a splendid theater of about 2000 seats, located in Wellington Street, in Covent Garden. It is a beautiful building that preserves some architectural elements of the nineteenth century building. For some years now, it has become the home of The Lion King, one of the most beloved musicals. Among the evocative colors and rhythms of Africa, you will experience breathtaking effects thanks to one of the best productions of recent times. Also, incredible international music stars have performed here: Led Zeppelin, U2, Bob Marley, Grateful Dead. Easily accessible by public transport, just minutes from Covent Garden, Temple and Charing Cross stations.
Opened in 1928, the Piccadilly Theatre is located in the West End area, a short walk from the Piccadilly Circus stop and the Regent Palace Hotel. Owned by Ambassador, it has a capacity of just over 1200 seats. It is very popular for its rich programming and engaging and timeless musicals. Grease, Dirty Dancing, Viva Forever, Ghost and many other shows. It is very close to the Piccadilly Circus underground station, and just minutes from Oxford and Leicester Square.
The Novello Theater is another landmark among London theaters in West End, located in Aldwych, Covent Garden. Until 2005, it was known as the Theate Strand. Since 2012 it is the “home” of Mamma Mia, the planetary success musical, on the notes of the legendary Abba. Tickets start at £15.
QUEEN’S AND LYRIC
Opened in the early 1900s, the Queen’s Theater is located on Shaftesbury Avenue, a short distance from Lyric, another famous London theater. The Queen’s is one of the most loved theaters in London thanks to Les Misèrables, a spectacular adaptation of the work of Victor Hugo. The musical, which opened in 2004, is among the most popular in Britain, and the world, with 65 million viewers, in 42 countries! Tickets starting at £24. It is a short walk from the Piccadilly Circus stop.
A short distance from the Queen’s is the Lyric Theater, in the heart of Piccadilly. His best-known musical, Thriller, by the King of Pop Michael Jackson, literally drove millions of people crazy … Tickets starting at 19 pounds.
Her Majesty’s Theater, in Haymarket, West End, is the home of the Phantom of the Opera. With over 9000 performances, the musical inspired by the French novel Le Jogador de l’Opéra, by Gaston Leroux. it’s only in Les Miserables. Tickets starting at £23. Being particularly followed, it is a good idea to guard oneself well in advance, especially on holidays.
Apollo Victoria Theater is one of London’s historic theaters, located in the Westminster district, right across from Victoria Station. It is located in Wilton Road, in the West End, and was inaugurated in 1930. At the time, it was used exclusively as a cinema and a place of variety. In 1981, with The Sound of Music, Apollo Victoria began its new era, hosting the hit musical “Starlight Express” in the following years. Since 2002, The Wicked is on the program, a romantic musical, one of the most beautiful ever produced! Victoria station is near the theater.
OTHER LONDON THEATERS
Dominion Theater, located in the West End, a stone’s throw from Tottenham Court Road Metro. Opened in 1929, it has a capacity of just over 2000 seats. In 2019 it hosts the musicals The Prynce of Egypt and White Christmas.
The National Theater Olivier, is the largest of the three National Theaters of the Capital, with a capacity that can reach 2000 seats. It is a stone’s throw from the London Eye.
London Coliseum, is one of the landmarks, among the London Theaters, for Opera fans. The theater is located behind Leicester Square towards Trafalgar Square; for info on programming and not only we recommend the official site EnglishNationalOpera.org
We advise you to buy tickets for shows in London well in advance, as the demand is very high. The channels for buying tickets can be the official sites or if you haven’t done in time, the kiosks in Leicester Square.