The Top 5 Theatres in London
Menier Chocolate Factory
This 180 seat fringe venue has gained significant notoriety in recent years for producing hit shows like Funny Girl, Sweet Charity and A Little Night Music – all of which transferred to the West End. The Chocolate Factory only opened in 2004 in its current incarnation but has quickly become one of London’s premier theatre destinations. There’s also an excellent bar and restaurant and the ticket prices are often considerably cheaper than venues located in the middle of town.
Royal National Theatre
This fantastic publicly funded theatre has been staging some of London’s most captivating and thought-provoking productions for the past 40 years. The National compromises of three theatres with the Olivier Theatre being the largest and most prominent. It has been run by some theatre’s most charismatic and inspirational figures over the years including Trevor Nunn and even Lawrence Olivier himself. Many acclaimed productions have come from the National including The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Warhorse and One Man Two Governors.
Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Simply known as Drury Lane, the theatre has dominated the arts culture in London for the past 400 years. The theatre has had several redesigns since it was first opened in 1660 and is revered across the world for its gargantuan size and opulence. Over 2000 people have packed out Drury Lane for decades, principally to see large-scale musicals including Oliver, My Fair Lady and Miss Saigon.
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Situated in n Queen Mary’s Gardens in the opulent Regent’s Park is London’s only outdoor theatre. It is thought to have the longest theatre bar in the world which runs the entire length of the impressive but uncovered auditorium. The stage is also uncovered but fantastic productions like Hello Dolly and Jesus Christ Superstar are performed daily throughout the summer months.
The Palladium is London’s largest theatre and seats a staggering 2,286 people. The Grade Two listed building is famed not only for staging plays and musicals but also as a concert venue hosting many of the world’s most iconic entertainers. Judy Garland, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra have all graced the stage at the Palladium and it has also played host to the Royal Variety Show on several occasions.