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Welcome to an informative guide to one of the world's leading centers of the performing arts.  In addition to West-End theatre, you'll find information on the leading opera, ballet, and theatre companies that make London their home.  We also provide insights into Shakespearean Theatre in the heart of the Cotswold's at Stratford-upon-Avon as well as other selected theatrical events, as they occur from time to time elsewhere in Britain.   Our links will direct you to some of the world's most exciting theatrical experiences.

Frances Moorhouse, Arts & Calendar Editor


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Links to the following venues are imbedded in their title banner

Presenting the major singers of today, and the stars of tomorrow, the Rosenblatt Recitals are London's only world-class series of opera recitals.  Following a successful move to the Wigmore Hall last year, we were proud to present no fewer than ten recitals in the following season.

36 Wigmore Street, London, W1U 2BP

 

Covent Garden, London

The foundation of the Royal Opera Company is a 250 year old tradition of  operatic performance at its home in Covent Garden. The theatre was built in 1858.  During World War II, it was used as a dance hall. But, after the war the concept of public subsidy of the arts was embraced.  Thereafter, a commitment was made to establish the Royal Opera House as the permanent home of the opera and ballet companies known today as The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet.  The Patron of the Royal Opera is HRH The Prince of Wales


London's Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, is home to The Royal Ballet.  Under the leadership of Director Kevin O’Hare, The Royal Ballet is Britain’s largest ballet company and possesses a wide-ranging repertoire of classic ballets, heritage works from Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton and Principal Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan.  Beyond the stages of the Royal Opera House the Company and selected performances can be seen via televised and cinematic performances, outdoor Big Screen performances, international tours.

The Patron of the Royal Ballet is HM The Queen

One of the world's best known theatre companies, The Royal Shakespeare Company performs throughout the year in Stratford-upon-Avon, Newcastle upon Tyne and London.  The Company tours extensively nationally and internationally.  A link to "What's On."

If you visit Stratford-upon-Avon we encourage you to explore the new home of the RSC.   There you can enjoy the stunning views of the Cotswold countryside from the Tower, discover theatrical secrets on a Theatre Tour, visit the free exhibits or eat in our Rooftop Restaurant and Bar.



Stratford-upon-Avon

 


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Stratford-upon-Avon


The Mikado, Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular operetta



The English National Opera and The English National Ballet are  located in the heart of London's West End at The London Coliseum.  Opened in 1904, the Coliseum was commissioned by the theatrical impresario Oswald Stoll and designed by the noted theatre architect Frank Matcham.  It is a superb example of Edwardian architecture considered to be Matcham's masterpiece. 


selected Musicals Dramas Comedies

Please note; this portion of our London Theatre page which, is customarily devoted to plays, musicals and other productions in West End Theatres is currently being revised.  We will be providing a new and refreshing content directly.




South Bank

-  London  -

OLIVIER THEATRE  •  LYTTELTON THEATRE  •  COTTESLOE THEATRE

 

An Excerpt from a National Theatre Press release: 
Today, Rufus Norris announced a host of productions for the rest of 2016 and beyond. There are contemporary revivals of 20th century NT premieres, and collaborations with regional and independent theatre companies including Chichester Festival Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

Leading actors will include Anna Chancellor, Rosalie Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Andrew Garfield, Tamsin Greig, Rory Kinnear, James McArdle, Helen McCrory, Elizabeth McGovern, Ben Miles, Lucian Msamati,  Siān Phillips, Danny Sapani and Geoffrey Streatfeild.  Directors new to the NT include Vicky Featherstone, Robert Icke, Michael Longhurst and Ivo van Hove. 

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London's Dance House

Sadler's Wells has occupied it's current site for over 300 years.  The present building on Roseberry Avenue in Islington opened in 1998,  The Lillian Baylis Studio, part of the Sadler's Wells building, presents a wide ranging programme of emerging and established artists.  The Peacock Theatre, off Kingsway, has been part of the Sadler's Wells group since the company moved there during the building works in the 1990s. It forms an important part of our year long dance programme.

Associate artists and companies represent the most exciting dance talents working in the UK today and include the Balletboyz, Matthew Bourne, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Jonzi D, Sylvie Guillem, Michael Hulls, Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant, Wayne McGregor, Kate Prince, Nitin Sawhney, Hofesh Shechter, Jasmin Vardimon and Christopher Wheeldon. Our resident companies are Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, New Adventures and Zoo Nation.

Sadler's Wells Theatre & the Lillian Baylis Studio

Performances:  All venues - Sadler's Wells, Peacock
Theatre, and London Coliseum

 

This premiere London concert venue has been at the heart of the capital’s music making for over 250 years.  From performances by Handel and Mozart during the 18th century through to the founding of the world-renowned Academy of St Martin in the Fields in the 1950s to today when St Martin’s hosts some of the finest ensembles, choirs and soloists in Britain. Experience music from the Baroque and Classical periods to music from the 20th and 21st centuries performed in the beautiful candlelit setting of St Martin-in-the-Fields.

 

 

Royal Albert Hall, South Entrance Photo: © Marcus Ginns


Kensington Gore

London -The Royal Albert Hall was built to fulfill the vision of Prince Albert (Queen Victoria's consort) of a 'Central Hall' that would be used to promote understanding and appreciation of the Arts and Sciences and would stand at the heart of the South Kensington estate, surrounded by museums and places of learning. The Hall has been in continuous use since it was opened in March 1871.  Throughout the year it is venue for a wide variety of performances.

 

 

Opera Holland Park London, is considered one of the most innovative and accomplished opera companies in the UK.  Moreover, it is widely regarded for producing rarities, alongside perennial favourites. OHP has much to something to offer the operagoer in a  setting superbly coexistent with nature. 

 


Photo: Mike Hoban

Garsington Opera debuted a glorious new home last year on the Getty family’s magnificent Wormsley Estate in Buckinghamshire  . In June and July each year Garsington Opera presents productions of the highest professional quality to an intimate setting of extraordinary beauty at Wormsley, in the Chiltern Hills. The company is renowned for championing rarely performed works of artistic interest as well as presenting the core repertory that includes Mozart and Rossini.


Audience members picnicking on the Glyndebourne lawns.  Photo: Leigh Simpson.

Glyndebourne, Lewes, East Sussex

Founded in 1934 by John Christie and his opera singer wife, Audrey Mildmay, Glyndebourne is committed to presenting opera of the highest quality, commissioning new work, developing new talent and reaching new audiences. Crucially, Glyndebourne has remained financially independent since 1934.

 

 

24 Broad Street

Alresford S024 9AQ  Hampshire

 

Grange Park Opera is staged  in one of the most glorious settings in all of England. The early 19th century Greek revival house, standing in beautiful and unchanged countryside, is generally regarded as the best surviving example of its period. The home of the Baring family since 1804, it now stands empty and ruined, its memories of grand parties and political intrigue buried in its crumbling walls.  The award-winning theatre housed in the old orangery was completed in 2003 and seats 530. Within the theatre there are displayed many ancient artifacts found during the theatre excavations and buried in the floor is a working Hornby 00 train set which displays the names of the benefactors to the theatre.
 

 

 


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The award-winning Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is a London landmark – a firm fixture of summer in the city, providing a cultural hub in the beautiful surroundings of a Royal Park.  Its steeply raked auditorium is one of the largest in London with 1,240 seats, yet those who attend say it is one of the most intimate.

Each night an incomparable atmosphere is created by the buzz of people enjoying their theatregoing in every sense: friends setting up hampers on the picnic lawn, filling their glasses with wine or drinking Pimms in the bar as the fairy lights twinkle in the trees.

Yet the Open Air Theatre is not just about an amazing atmosphere, it is about remarkable storytelling too. Built upon a core of outstanding dramatic credentials, we aim to present bold and dynamic productions that stimulate the senses. Weather and climate add a thrilling contribution to our work, making the relationship between performer, text and audience a truly unique event at every performance.

 

 

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