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
Links to the following venues are imbedded in their title
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
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
The Patron of the Royal
Opera is HRH The Prince of Wales
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,
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
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.
Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular operetta
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
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.
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
LYTTELTON 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.
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.
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
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
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
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
- London -
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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