London is also home to world-class theatres, most concentrated at the West End. West End theatres are mostly musical but there are some that showcase comedy and serious drama too.
The West End Theatre
The West End theatre is usually considered as the major commercial theatre in the English speaking world. It is also considered as the common tourist activity in London.
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
Located on the south bank of the River Thames, Shakespeare's Globe is an Elizabethan playhouse. It is associated with William Shakespeare, in the London Borough of Southwark.
The Barbican Centre
It is the theatre of “Performing Arts Centre” in the Barbican Estate. Also, it is the largest of its kind in Europe. The Barbican Centre hosts art exhibitions, classical and contemporary music concerts, theatre performances, and film screenings too.
The Royal National Theatre at the South Bank
Located next to the Thames in the South Bank area of central London, it is Internationally known as the National Theatre of Great Britain. The theatre presents Shakespeare, international classic drama, and other new plays by contemporary playwrights.
Royal Albert Hall It is a concert hall located in South Kensington. It is one of the UK's most distinctive and treasured building where many shows including film screenings, rock and pop concerts, ballet, opera, classical, award ceremonies, etc are organised.
The Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House having an Amphitheatre Terrace with its stunning views across the Covent Garden Piazza is a major performing art venue. It is located in Covent Garden, central London. The Royal Opera House (ROH) is known for its Ballet performances.
Fringe theatre and off-West End
Their impact on London's cultural scene is immasurable as they are impressive and critically acclaimed. Here are London's best fringe theatres: The Yard, Bush Theatre, Finborough Theatre, Orange Tree Theatre, Arcola Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, Camden People's Theatre, Gate Theatre, etc.