10 theatres you need to visit #LoveTheatreDay

Today is #LoveTheatreDay. An entire day dedicated to shouting out the brilliance of theatre.

This 24-hour festivity is open to arts organisations, practitioners, artists, actors, audiences and those working behind-the-scenes in theatres, big and small.

To help celebrate, we’ve collated our top ten theatres in London (in no particular order)…

1. Arcola Dalston

In two theatre spaces, Arcola presents major artists alongside cutting-edge work from some of the most exciting emerging companies. Last year Arcola was nominated for nine Off West End awards – more than any other London theatre.


Where to find them:

24 Ashwin Street, London, E8 3DL

2. Roundhouse

The Roundhouse is a hub of inspiration for artists and emerging talent. One of the UK’s fastest-growing artforms, Roundhouse is also championing the art of spoken word. Need we mention their circus programme?


Where to find them:

Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8EH

3. The Old Vic

The Old Vic has a varied history going back to 1818, but nowadays you can expect invigorating new writing, social conversations, new musicals, passionate revivals and famous old plays. It’s all about experimentation with quirky, eye-opening and challenging pieces…


Where to find them:

The Cut, Lambeth, London SE1 8NB

4. Barbican

Barbican presents innovative and inspiring theatre and dance from around the world; showcasing international performances by leading companies, auteurs and emerging artists that challenge the idea of what theatre can be.


Where to find them:

Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS

5. The Gate

Acting as a loudspeaker for unheard voices from across the globe, this 75 seat venue is a small theatre that always think big. They are a celebrated ‘teaching theatre’: a place for exceptional and diverse emerging theatre-makers – nurturing the talent of tomorrow.


Where to find them:

87 Notting Hill Gate, Kensington, London W11 3JZ

6. Battersea Arts Centre

A beautiful old town hall converted into an arts centre, people go to Battersea Arts Centre to be creative, see a show, explore local heritage, visit the Scratch Bar, play or relax.

What’s the Scratch Bar, you say? It’s a place where you’re invited to watch early versions of shows and give your feedback to shape them.


Where to find them:

Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TN

7. The Yard

The Yard is a multi-award winning theatre venue located in London’s Hackney Wick.  Conceived by Jay Miller, and designed and built by Practice Architecture, all the work that is showcased in The Yard is shaped in local community centres.


Where to find them:

2A, Queen’s Yard, London E9 5EN

8. The Bunker

The Bunker is London’s newest Off-West End theatre, housed in a former underground parking garage in London Bridge. The space has been transformed from its original abandoned state into a unique 110-seater studio theatre.
Driven by three core principles – create, curate and cultivate – they provide ambitious artists a home in which to share their work with adventurous audiences.

Where to find them:

53 Southwark St, London SE1 1UN

9. The Globe

Replicating a 17th-century theatre and founded by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare’s Globe is a unique space dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare’s work.


Where to find them:

21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT

10. The National

Staging up to 30 productions at their South Bank home each year, ranging from re-imagined classics to modern masterpieces, The National is dedicated to making the very best in theatre.


Where to find them:

Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PX


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