All West End & London Theatre Venues
West End largely refers to the theatre district in London, next to Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea. Often said to represent the highest level of commercial theatre in the country, witnessing a West End show has always been a favorite of both tourists and locals alike. From the famous London Palladium to the Dominion Theatre, there are more than 40 West End theatres in total. Not to forget their counterparts, Off West End theatres, the most famous of which may be Shakespeare's Globe and Bloomsbury Theatre.
Now that London Theatres are all back up and running, let's take a look at all these West End and Off West End theatres that you can catch amazing shows at, along with their address, opening dates, and seating capacity.
West End Theatres
A part of West End Theatre, The Adelphi Theatre was the fourth theatre on the site. Since its inception, this Theatre has specialized in comedy and musical theatre, and today it receives a variety of productions, including many musicals.
Opening Date: 1806
Seating Capacity: 1498
Address: Strand, London WC2R 0NS
Renowned for its comedies, the Aldwych Theatre is a famous West End theatre that has been running hit productions since 1905. It is built in Edwardian Architecture and has been listed as Grade II on 20 July 1971.
Opening Date: 23 December 1905
Seating Capacity: 1200
Address: 49 Aldwych, London WC2B 4DF
Bought by the Ambassador Theatre Group in 1913, the Ambassador’s theatre is one of the smaller theatres of West end with a seating of 444 people. One of the most famous productions of Ambassador’s Theatre was Agatha Christie’s Mousetrap which ran here from 1952 to 1974.
Opening Date: 5 June 1913
Seating Capacity: 444
Address: West St, London WC2H 9ND
One of the most famous theatres in London, The Apollo Theatre stands tall in London’s theatreland, the West End. A home for new and upcoming plays and musicals, the theatre has been a popular destination for entertainment since its opening.
Opening Date: 21 February 1901
Seating Capacity: 775
Address: Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 7EZ
Apollo Victoria Theatre was opened in 1930 as a cinema and variety theatre but it soon made a name for itself by showcasing some of the best musical theatres. This was the venue where Sound Of Music started being showcased, and now it is a popular site for the musical, Wicked.
Opening Date: 15 October 1930
Seating Capacity: 2,328
The Arts Theatre was opened as a performance space for unlicensed play. This venue was opened for shows that were thought to be commercially not viable. The seating area is quite close by to where the action is happening so the audience will have an unobstructed view.
Opening Date: 1927
Seating Capacity: 350
Cambridge Theatre is one of the five theatres to open in London in 1930. It has one of the best interiors amongst the West End theatres. The seating consists of three levels- Stalls, Royal Circle, and Grand Circle.
Opening Date: 4 September 1930
Seating Capacity: 1,231
Address: Earlham St, London WC2H 9HU
The criterion theatre was originally built to be a concert hall and it is the only West End Theatre that is built completely underground. The theatre has undergone a lot of change from when it was made owing to several renovations. The auditorium has three seating levels – Stalls, Dress Circle, and Upper Circle.
Opening Date: 21 March 1874
Seating Capacity: 588
There has always been a theatre under the arches of the charing cross station but this Theatre has been constructed only in 2011. This theatre has undergone three name changes and now it is called Charring Cross because of its cosy productions.
Opening Date: 1936
Seating Capacity: 265
The Dominion Theatre opened just before the Wall Street Crash resulting in the first couple of productions not doing well. So in the 1950s, the Dominion was turned into a cinema theatre and it was not till the 1980s that the theatre returned to being a live performance house again.
Opening Date: October 1929
Seating Capacity: 2,069
One of the smallest proscenium-based theatres in the West End, The Duchess Theatre had a rocky beginning but later garnered a name with long-standing productions like Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit and the musical Oh! Calcutta! in 1974. It is currently home to an Award-winning Mischief Theatre comedy- The Play That Goes Wrong.
Opening Date: 25 November 1929
Seating Capacity: 479
Address: 3-5 Catherine St, London WC2B 5LA
The Duke Of York’s Theatre opened with the name “The Trafalgar Square Theatre”. It underwent a name change 3 years later in honour of the future King George V. The Ambassador Theatre Group bought the theatre in 1992 and since then it has become the London headquarters for the Theatre group.
Opening Date: 10 September 1892
Seating Capacity: 640
Address: St Martin's Ln, London WC2N 4BG
Eventim Apollo was formerly known as Hammersmith Apollo, This West End venue is one of the biggest Live entertainment destinations in London. Home to comedians, cabarets and musicals, the stage adaptation of the Sister Act, a hit blockbuster is currently the most popular at Eventim Apollo.
Opening Date: 28 March 1932
Seating Capacity: 3,000
Address: 45 Queen Caroline St, London W6 9QH
The Fortune Theatre was the first theatre to be built in London after World War I, during the 1920s. One of the most notable shows that have played in this Theatre is 'The Woman in Black' which debuted in June 1989 and is still an ongoing production. This is the second longest-running play in the West End.
Opening Date: 8 November 1924
Seating Capacity: 432
Address: Russell St, London WC2B 5HH
Named after the actor David Garrick, the Garrick Theatre is a medium-sized theatre with three levels of seating. The Theatre has been running a plethora of musicals in recent times like 'A Little Night Music and The WInter’s Tale' by Kenneth Branagh.
Opening Date: 24 April 1889
Seating Capacity: 732
Address: 2 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0HH
The Gielgud Theatre was built as a pair with the Queen’s Theatre though it was the first to open its doors to the audience. The theatre sports impressive gold leaf work and a beautiful circular staircase in the foyer that leads to the oval gallery. The West End premiere of 'To Kill A Mockingbird' will open in Gielgud Theatre in 2022.
Opening Date: 27 December 1906
Seating Capacity: 986
Address: Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 6AR
The Gillian Lynne Theatre was named the New London Theatre before renaming it after the legendary West End choreographer. This theatre has run a few favourite musical names like Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 'Cats' and it will be home to the world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber musical 'Cinderella'.
Opening Date: 2 January 1973
Seating Capacity: 1,024
Address: 166 Drury Ln, London WC2B 5PW
Known famously as The Comedy Theatre, this Theatre was where the New Watergate Club was formed which played a huge part in overturning the stage censorship enforced by the Lord Chamberlain’s Office.
Opening Date: 15 October 1881
Seating Capacity: 796
Address: Panton St, London SW1Y 4DN
Her Majesty’s Theatre stands on the site where four theatres came and went. Designed in the style of Louis XIV, this theatre has housed both musicals and straight plays.
Opening Date: 1705
Seating Capacity: 1,216
The London Coliseum opened as one of the largest West End theatres in London, with over 2,300 seats. When the Theatre opened initially it was used in a variety of shoes, even chariot races but in recent times this theatre has housed operas as well as musicals.
Opening Date: 1904
Seating Capacity: 2,359
The London County Hall was inaugurated by King George V and Queen Mary on 17 July 1922. In the initial days, the London County Hall served as the headquarters of local government for London but it is now home to the production 'Witness for the Prosecution' that is staged in a real-life courtroom.
Opening Date: 1922
Seating Capacity: 210
Address: Belvedere Road, London SE1 7PB
The London Palladium is one of the most iconic theatres in London and has seen the Andrew Lloyd Webber produced musical revivals of 'The Sound of Music' in 2006 and 'The Wizard of Oz' in 2010.
Opening Date: 26 December 1910
Seating Capacity: 2,286
Address: 8 Argyll St, London W1F 7TF
With a rich history that stems back to the 1800s The Lyceum Theatre opened as the Theatre Royal Lyceum which focused on showcasing English operas. In recent times, the current production 'The Lion King' has made a lasting mark and has been running for over two decades.
Opening Date: 14 July 1834
Seating Capacity: 2,100
Address: 21 Wellington St, London WC2E 7RQ
The Lyric Theatre is the oldest surviving theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue. Home to various types of theatre, including opera and comedy, in recent times it has been running mainly plays and musicals. With a massive success with the arrival of 'Thriller Live' which played for a decade, 'Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Story' will soon take its place at the Lyric Theatre in 2021.
Opening Date: 17 December 1888
Seating Capacity: 967
Address: 29 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 7ES
The Theatre underwent two name changes before being named in memory of the famous playwright Noel Coward who left a resounding mark in the 1920’s theatre culture. This theatre was the host of the premiere of Lionel Bart’s world-famous musical 'Oliver'!
Opening Date: 12 March 1903
Seating Capacity: 872
The Novello Theatre built as a pair with the Aldwych Theatre has played host to several successful productions. This theatre is had a resounding success with comedies like the black comedy 'Arsenic and Old Lace', which enjoyed a run of 1337 performances.
Opening Date: 22 May 1905
Seating Capacity: 1,105
Address: Aldwych, London WC2B 4LD
Originally named the Royal Coburg Theatre, The Old Vic has been home to many successful musicals and comedies and has nurtured many starting plays into full house hits.
Opening Date: 1818
Seating Capacity: 1,067
Address: The Cut, London SE1 8NB
The Palace Theatre bought by the Nimax Theatres saw the world premiere production of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' and plays host to a host of different performances ranging from stand up to musicals.
Opening Date: 1891
Seating Capacity: 1,400
Address: 113 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 5AY
The Peacock Theatre was opened to play London plays but it was then repurposed as a cinema hall and as a television studio from 1980 to 1986 where they shot 'This Is Your Life.
Opening Date: 13 November 1911
Seating Capacity: 999
Address: Portugal St, London WC2A 2HT
The Phoenix Theatre currently owned by the Ambassador Theatre Group retains much of its original design of intricate gold engravings, decorated ceilings, plush red seats and sculpted wooden doors. It is also home to the West End premiere of 'Come From Away', which won five Olivier Awards including Best New Musical.
Opening Date: 24 September 1930
Seating Capacity: 1,012
Address: Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0JP
The Piccadilly Theatre has a façade of a simple building but it has majestic interiors with rich shades of pink, golds and green. Piccadilly Theatre is currently home to 'Pretty Woman: The Musical', based on the nineties rom-com.
Opening Date: 27 April 1928
Seating Capacity: 1,232
Address: 16 Denman St, London W1D 7DY
The Playhouse Theatre formerly known as the Royal Avenue Theatre has played host to both flops as well as big hits and has had eminent celebrities in its productions like Emilia Clarke and Lindsay Lohan.
Opening Date: 11 March 1882
Seating Capacity: 786
Address: Northumberland Ave, London WC2N 5DE
Prince Edward Theatre is known to be a house for musicals and was refurbished to have greater acoustics and size of the stage. One of the biggest successes of this hall has been 'Mamma Mia' which premiered here in 1999 and is still running today.
Opening Date: 3 April 1930
Seating Capacity: 1,716
Address: Old Compton St, London W1D 4HS
The Prince of Wales Theatre has played host to the premiere of 'The Great Dictator', Charlie Chaplin’s film that was banned across most of Europe. It has since then been refurbished to fit 1,100 seats and the stage has also been made larger to accommodate bigger productions.
Opening Date: 1884
Seating Capacity: 1,160
Address: Coventry St, London W1D 6AS
With two spaces The Theatre Downstairs or the Main House and the Theatre Upstairs, The Royal Court Theatre was also used as a cinema from 1935 to 1940. It was reopened as a theatre and underwent a refurbishing with the interiors being completely rebuilt, except for the façade and the auditorium.
Opening Date: 1870
Seating Capacity: 465
Address: Sloane Square, London SW1W 8AS
The Savoy Theatre has undergone a lot of revamping since its opening in 1929 but after a fire that burnt the fine interiors of this majestic theatre, it was restored back to the original 1929 designs.
Opening Date: 10 October 1881
Seating Capacity: 1,158
Address: Savoy Ct, London WC2R 0ET
The Shaftesbury Theatre has since seen a long line of phenomenal musical productions performed on its stage, the first being 'West Side Story'. This season is featuring the West End premiere of '& Juliet'.
Opening Date: 26 December 1911
Seating Capacity: 1,400
Address: 210 Shaftesbury Ave, London WC2H 8DP
The Sondheim Theatre suffered major damages in World War II and it took twenty years to repair the damage caused. The theatre has seen performances from several celebrities like Fred Astaire and, recently, Nick Jonas in the long-running musical 'Les Misérables'.
Opening Date: 8 October 1907
Seating Capacity: 1,074
Address: 51 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 6BA
The St Martin’s Theatre has produced several hit plays throughout its time is now the current tenant of 'The Mousetrap', which came from the next door Ambassador Theatre to the larger St Martin’s to continue its legendary run.
Opening Date: 23 November 1916
Seating Capacity: 550
Address: West St, London WC2H 9NZ
The Theatre Royal Haymarket is an ornate, grand building near West End which has been a pioneer theatre too for having the first-ever matinee performance in West End. Now it is a common practice across the capital.
Opening Date: 4 July 1821
Seating Capacity: 893
Address: 18 Suffolk St, London SW1Y 4HT
The Trafalgar Theatre is a brand new West End theatre that opened in summer 2021. This Grade II playhouse features a new single auditorium and two seating levels: the stalls and dress circle.
Opening Date: 29 September 1930
Seating Capacity: 380
Address: 14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY
The Vaudeville Theatre is located close to the Adelphi Theatre and the Savoy Theatre and is currently home to a British comedy troupe called Mischief Theatre who have premiered new works including 'Magic Goes Wrong, Groan Ups' and the brought the return of 'Mischief Movie Night'.
Opening Date: 16 April 1870
Seating Capacity: 690
Address: 404 Strand, London WC2R 0NH
The Wyndham’s Theatre was the dream project of Charles Wyndham who also managed the Criterion Theatre. The theatre has seen many notable celebrities on the stage like Helen McCrory, Ruby Wax and even Madonna.
Opening Date: 16 November 1899
Seating Capacity: 759
Address: Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0DA
Off West End Theatres
Opened in 1980, the Almeida Theatre, hosting many successful plays, gets its name from the street on which it is located - Upper Street.
Opening Date: 1833
Seating Capacity: 325
Address: Almeida St, London N1 1TA
At Arcola Theatre, you can expect to find a mix of established and emerging artists, with its daring and high-quality productions.
Opening Date: 2000
Seating Capacity: 300
Address: 24 Ashwin St, London E8 3DL
The Barbican Centre is the largest performing arts venue in Europe, hosting a delightful blend of classical and contemporary concerts, productions, film screenings, and more.
Opening Date: 3 March 1982
Seating Capacity: 1162
Address: Silk St, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DS
Bloomsbury Theatre and Studio, owned by University College London, hosts a variety of music, drama, comedy, and dance shows throughout the year.
Opening Date: 1968
Seating Capacity: 535
Address: 15 Gordon St, London WC1H 0AH
Bush Theatre is a world-famous haven for new plays. The venue aims to nurture and produce the best new playwrights from all backgrounds.
Opening Date: 1972
Seating Capacity: 180
Address: 7 Uxbridge Rd, London W12 8LJ
Home to the music ensemble - The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Cadogen Hall is a gorgeous rustic concert hall used for many purposes, located on Sloane Terrace.
Opening Date: 1907
Seating Capacity: 953
Address: 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ
Opened in 1977, Donmar Warehouse is a non-profit theatre with a diverse artistic policy including new writing and contemporary retellings of European classics.
Opening Date: 18 July 1977
Seating Capacity: 251
Address: 41 Earlham St, London WC2H 9LX
The Theatre Royal, commonly known as Drury Lane, is one of the oldest theatre sites in London dating back to 1663, still in use today.
Opening Date: 10 October 1812
Seating Capacity: 2,196
Address: Catherine St, London WC2B 5JF
One of London’s oldest Off-West End theatres showcasing drama, musicals, pantomimes, family shows, and new emerging works, throughout the year.
Opening Date: 1969
Seating Capacity: 421
Address: Crooms Hill, London SE10 8ES
Built in 1901 as a music Hall, Hackney Empire was recently renovated into an elegant theatre and performance venue, showcasing art in all forms.
Opening Date: 1901
Seating Capacity: 1,275
Address: 291 Mare St, London E8 1EJ
Specializing in producing new writing, Hampstead Theatre has become one of London’s most vibrant theatres, producing plays that have travelled across the country and beyond.
Opening Date: 2003
Seating Capacity: 405
Address: Eton Ave, London NW3 3EU
Winner of the ‘Best London Theatre’ at the Stage Awards in 2021, Kiln Theatre first opened in 1980, showcasing a diverse range of plays.
Opening Date: 1980
Seating Capacity: 292
Address: 269 Kilburn High Rd, London NW6 7JR
Menier Chocolate Factory is a dynamic Off-West End theatre, hosting a variety of shows including plays, musicals, live music, and stand-up comedy.
Opening Date: 2004
Seating Capacity: 150
Address: 53 Southwark St, London SE1 1RU
Royal National Theatre (NT) is one of the UK's three public-funded theatre venues alongside Royal Opera House and Royal Shakespeare Company showcasing many great productions.
Opening Date: 1962
Seating Capacity: 1127
Address: Upper Ground, London SE1 9PX
Initially known as St. James Theatre, the venue opened in 2012 with a production of Bully Boy, now acquired by the Really Useful Theatres Group.
Opening Date: 18 September 2012
Seating Capacity: 432
Address: 12 Palace St, London SW1E 5JA
Following a long search for a venue, The Park Theatre was finally established in 2010 and opened in 2013, housing an array of shows.
Opening Date: 2013
Seating Capacity: OAT: 200 Studio: 90
Polka Theatre is the UK’s leading theatre for children between 0 to 12 years, producing inspirational theatre and nurturing young talent.
Opening Date: 20 November 1979
Seating Capacity: 300
Address: 240 The Broadway, London SW19 1SB
Regents Park Open Air Theatre is an important landmark in London and an award-winning theatre providing an outdoor theatre experience like no other.
Opening Date: 1932
Seating Capacity: 1,200
Rose Theatre has a long history dating back to 1587. It reopened as a performance space in 2003 with a production of Tamburlaine The Great.
Opening Date: 1587
Seating Capacity: 822
Address: 56 Park St, London SE1 9HS
The Roundhouse is a performing arts venue, formerly a railway engine shed in Chalk Farm, where artists and emerging talent create inspiring productions.
Opening Date: 1847
Seating Capacity: 1,700
Often known as Court Theatre, Royal Court is a non-profit venue known to be the writers’ hub, giving new talent a space to excel.
Opening Date: 1870
Seating Capacity: 465
Address: Sloane Square, London SW1W 8AS
Royal Festival Hall is one of the world’s leading performance venues, dating back to 1951, where viewers can catch world-famous and emerging artists.
Opening Date: 1951
Seating Capacity: 2,700
The Royal Opera House is a legendary performance space and cultural venue where you can find the best opera and ballet productions.
Opening Date: 7 December 1732
Seating Capacity: 2,256
Address: Bow St, London WC2E 9DD
Step back into history and discover a world-renowned theatre, education centre, and cultural landmark - a reconstruction of where William Shakespeare wrote his plays.
Opening Date: 1997
Seating Capacity: 873
Address: 21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT
Enjoy the best of emerging theatre productions, stand-up comedy, and cabaret at one of the most vibrant corners of London at Soho Theatre.
Opening Date: 2000
Seating Capacity: 140
Address: 21 Dean St, London W1D 3NE
Southbank Centre is a complex of three main performance venues, showcasing over 2,000 performances of drama, music, and dance every year.
Opening Date: 1 May 1951
Seating Capacity: 2,500
Address: Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
Dating back to 1884, Theatre Royal Stratford East is an award-winning theatre space home to the famous company associated with Joan Littlewood, Theatre Workshop.
Opening Date: 17 December 1884
Seating Capacity: 460
Address: Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN
Located in the heart of Webley Park is an exciting performance space - Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, offering an array of plays, musicals, and more.
Opening Date: 2019
Seating Capacity: 2000
White City Theatre, the former BBC Media Village is a West End Theatre consisting of two flexible spaces used for multiple shows and performances.
Opening Date: 2019
Seating Capacity: 1000
Address: 201 Wood Ln, London W12 7TU
Unicorn Theatre is a unique performance space dedicated to audiences aged 2 to 21, where young talent showcases inspiring and invigorating work.
Opening Date: 2005
Seating Capacity: 290
Address: 147 Tooley St, London SE1 2HZ
The Vaults Theatre is a modern performance space for immersive theatre and alternative arts, set to provide entertainment to people from different walks of life.
Opening Date: 2014
Seating Capacity: 200
Victoria Palace Theatre is a renowned West End theatre, home of the multiple award-winning musical since 2017- Hamilton: An American Musical.
Opening Date: 6 November 1911
Seating Capacity: 1,550
Address: 79 Victoria St, London SW1E 5EA
Young Vic Theatre is the younger sister of Old Vic Theatre, dedicated to nurturing young and emerging talent in the field of theatre.
Opening Date: 1970
Seating Capacity: 550
Address: 66 The Cut, London SE1 8LZ