In the capital, there’s a theatre to suit every taste and disposition. From massive venues holding multimillion-pound musicals to intimate venues where you can feel the performers’ breath, the options are endless. But which are the best London theatres for you to visit?
Well, you can discover a wealth of information about London’s theatres in our theatres directory. And to give you a little more guidance, we ask the stars of London’s theatre scene about their own best London theatres. Here’s what they say:
Carley Stenson: I loved Theatre Royal Drury Lane [where she performed in Shrek The Musical]. I love history. My room was beautiful. It was like my own London flat. I see [the theatre] now and can’t believe I got used to the size of that audience. It’s just breathtaking!
Arthur Darvill: The National Theatre has a special place in my brain; the Olivier gives me goosebumps. It’s magical. And Royal Court Theatre, too, the scale and history of that place. Plus you’re close to the audience because they’re so close to the stage. It’s the same feeling you get at the Bush.
Thalissa Teixeira: That’s hard, because as an audience member the theatre is only as good as the play it’s holding. Much like actors, actually! But in terms of theatre community, Shakespeare’s Globe. People there are crazy and that’s so good with me.
Gyuri Sarossy: I love the Young Vic. I prefer a sense of the audience gathered around you. I like any theatre where an audience feels like it’s part of the action. Park Theatre is a thrust stage, so I really like that, too.
Fela Lufadeju: I love the National Theatre because I love the work that they do there and the boundaries they push, especially in terms of race. I think art is most reflective when you see yourself in it, and at the National there’s a voice for everyone.
Oliver Lansley: That’s a very tough question. Theatres often become attached to certain favourite shows for me. I love The Old Vic. It’s so beautiful and I love the grandeur and the history of the place. I’ve never worked at National Theatre and remember travelling up on my own as a teenager, obsessed with theatre, to watch shows there. So that has special memories for me, too.
Manish Gandhi: I really like Park Theatre. I have seen some great stuff there.
Alexander Lass: It’s got to be Wyndham’s Theatre. I was Associate Director for Sean Mathias on No Man’s Land, starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart [which played there]. As a lifelong Harold Pinter obsessive, it was a rare privilege to work on that production. Our three months at Wyndham’s – where Peter Hall’s original 1975 production of No Man’s Land played after its start at The Old Vic – were the highlight of my professional life so far.