Famous London Theatres

In Art and Culture, Europe, Experiences, UK

If you are a theatre lover who either lives in London or plans to take a trip there, then you will be interested to know what sort of theatrical scene the city has. With this article, we will give a quick run-down of five of the top theatres that can be visited in contemporary London.

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Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

Where else could we begin this article than with the Globe? One of the most famous theatres in the world, it is a reconstruction of the stage at which William Shakespeare himself walked the boards. Naturally, the theatre has a heavy emphasis on productions of the Bard’s greatest works, although it also branches out into original material – keep an eye out for David Eldridge’s play Holy Warriors, which aims to cover two thousand years of warfare in and around Jerusalem. More traditional theatre-goers can always plump for the latest production of Hamlet, of course.

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Almeida Theatre

The Almeida is currently getting quite a bit of attention for hosting the stage version of American Psycho, a play which placed Doctor Who actor Matt Smith into a rather more adult role. The Almeida has an interesting history: not always a theatre, it started out as a society devoted to the research of literature and science. With a beginning like this, it should not be too surprising that the theatre has attracted a reputation as something that is a little out-there, a touch experimental in its choice of productions.

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Orange Tree Theatre

The invitingly named Orange Tree Theatre is currently hosting The Middlemarch Trilogy: Fred and Mary, a well-received adaptation of the George Eliot novel starring Ben Lambert and Daisy Ashford. Accessible prestige productions such as this form the bread and butter of this relatively small, 172-seat theatre; the Orange Tree Theatre focuses on acting ahead of writing and direction and aims to reach as wide an audience as possible. It is a good choice for those of you who are new to the world of stage plays or particularly those who are studying a relevant university course in London.

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Young Vic

The Young Vic is not that young – it opened in 1970 – but it retains a youthful buzz which focuses on new pathways and up and coming talent. Born from the counterculture of the sixties, its recent productions include an X-rated retelling of Beauty and the Beast starring Julie Atlas Muz and Mat Fraser – which arrived just in time for the panto season. If you want something new and ground-breaking from a trip to the theatre, then give a thought to visiting the Young Vic.

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Barbican Centre

If you want to see the best that contemporary theatre has to offer, then it will be a good idea to take a look outside of dedicated theatres and instead examine wider arts organisations. The Barbican Centre covers a broad range of arts – from film to music – as well as hosting stage plays that fit within its remit. So, if you decide to attend a play at the Barbican, you can expect a work which fuses theatre with other forms of audio and visual art. All audiences will be catered to, even children: the stage troupe Told by an Idiot have organised a children’s play called Get Happy, which treats the Barbican’s younger visitors to a surreal slapstick sketch comedy.

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