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Where can I see dance productions in the West End?


Where can I see dance productions in the West End?

With the West End welcoming a variety of dance shows exploring cultures from around the world, see what London’s dance scene has to offer with us, as we take you three of the main locations to catch a dance or ballet.

Where to see dance shows in London

Peacock Theatre

Where is the Peacock Theatre?

The Peacock Theatre is located on Portugal Street (WC2A 2HT). The closest train station is King’s Cross St. Pancras. Central and Piccadilly Line underground services are available at Holborn tube station, just a short walk away.

What is the history of the Peacock Theatre?

A theatre has been standing at the location of the current Peacock Theatre from 1660, with a rebuilt theatre in 1911 seating 2,600 people. From a water tank kept under the stage to hold dolphins, to being knocked down and rebuilt into a smaller venue, the Peacock Theatre now has a seating capacity of 999.

What dance shows are at the Peacock Theatre?


Returning to London as part of the 30th-anniversary tour, Fame is set to bring its legwarmers and fearless dance routines to the Peacock Theatre this September. Once you’ve seen this production, you’ll want to live forever!

Fusing hip-hop, Shakespeare and romance into an awesome dance production, the smash-hit Some Like it Hip Hop returns to London. First performed in 2011, it mixes Twelfth Night and Some Like it Hot in a tale of love, identity and revolutions, with dancing at the centre. Created by Kate Prince and the ZooNation company, you’ll want to see this inspirational dance production playing for a limited run.

If you’re looking for unique dance productions, why not book tickets to see Phoenix Dance Theatre in their double bill of Rite and Spring and Left Unseen. Using intricate movements to explore what it means to belong in a community, lose yourself in the routines and create your own stories in your head through the medium of dance.

Sadler’s Wells

Where is Sadler’s Wells?

Sadler’s Wells is located on Rosebery Avenue (EC1R 4TN). The closest train station is King’s Cross St. Pancras. Northern Line underground services are available at Angel tube station, just a short walk away.

What is the history of Sadler’s Wells?

Starting off as a ‘musick house’ in 1683, circus acts dominated the earliest productions at Sadler’s Wells. Once drama censorship was lifted in 1843, Sadler’s Wells officially became a theatre, starting off with some of Shakespeare’s most lauded plays. From 1925, the theatre was adopted as a venue for the growing popularity of opera and dance, especially ballet with the setting up of Sadler’s Wells Ballet School. The sixth theatre to stand on the site opened in 1998, with a bigger stage and an increased seating capacity of 1,568.

What dance shows are at Sadler’s Wells?

Don’t miss out on seeing The Red Shoes this Christmas, as the Olivier Award-winning dance extravaganza leaps into London once more. As a young girl follows her dream to become the world’s greatest dancer, be swept away in a lush world with golden-age music and critically-acclaimed choreography by Matthew Bourne.

Adam Cooper will reprise his performance as Don Lockwood in Singin’ in the Rain in 2020. As a Hollywood star, Lockwood has it all. But what’s in store when ‘talkies’ films become popular? Featuring songs including ‘Good Morning’ and ‘Moses Supposes’, get ready for Singin’ in the Rain to make a splash!

London Coliseum

Where is the London Coliseum?

The London Coliseum is located on St Martin’s Lane (WC2N 4ES). The closest train station is Charing Cross. Piccadilly and Northern Line underground services are available at Leicester Square tube station, just a short walk away.

What is the history of the London Coliseum?

The London Coliseum was opened in 1904 as a “people’s place of entertainment”. Installing 2,538 seats and a revolving stage, the theatre was one of the most advanced for its time. Unfortunately, the investment didn’t pay off and it was forced to close a mere two years later.

The theatre reopened in 1907, however in recent years it has been restored and taken over by the English National Opera, making it a venue fit for royalty, with Royal Variety Performances taking place.

What dance shows are at the London Coliseum?

Returning to the London Coliseum, Le Corsaire will send audiences to a faraway land, where pirates try to find love and happiness on the high sea. Set to a lush score by the English National Ballet Philharmonic, don’t miss your chance to see this classic ballet with an extra-special touch of magic with decoration and costume by Hollywood’s Bob Ringwood.

Royal Albert Hall

Where is the Royal Albert Hall?

The Royal Albert Hall is located on Kensington Gore (SW7 2AP). District, Piccadilly and Circle lines are available from South Kensington and national rail services are available from Victoria station.

What dance shows are at the Royal Albert Hall?


Acrobats, dancers, contortionists and circus performers from around the world return to the Royal Albert Hall to star in Luzia, the newest production to be performed by Cirque du Soleil in England. Marking 30 years since their first performance on UK soil, the production will reawaken the senses and send audiences on an imaginary adventure to Mexico, where bright colours, lights and sounds take on a world of their own.

Book your tickets now to a regularly-changing line-up of dance shows, bringing creative genres from around the world to the West End, dazzling audiences with spectacular movement and bright colours.

Photo credit: Laurent Liotardo