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Where are the West End theatres?

The West End is home to many theatres, with world-class, award-winning productions being performed to thousands of audience members night after night. Find out where the busiest streets in Theatreland are with our guide to where West End playhouses are located and see if you can visit them all in one day!

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A guide to the locations of West End theatres

Shaftesbury Avenue

If you’re looking for a West End street that’s packed with theatres, there’s no better place to head than Shaftesbury Avenue. With six venues to catch a West End production, a trip to a theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue will mean you can see some of the longest-running productions in Theatreland or a newer show.

Shaftesbury Avenue is home to the Apollo Theatre (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie), Gielgud Theatre (Sweat), Lyric Theatre (Thriller), Palace Theatre (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Queens Theatre (Les Miserables) and the Shaftesbury Theatre (The Illusionists).

As one of the busiest West End streets, you’ll want to know all about London theatre as you walk down this theatrical avenue.

St Martin’s Lane

Nearby to Shaftesbury Avenue is St Martin’s Lane, home to three West End venues that hold shorter, limited engagements to long-awaited West End productions. Although it may seem as if St Martin’s Theatre (The Mousetrap) is on this street, the theatre that shares the same name as the road is actually on West Street, along with the Ambassadors Theatre (The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole).

St Martin’s Lane is home to the Duke of York’s Theatre (Rosmersholm), London Coliseum (On Your Feet) and the Noel Coward Theatre (The Night of the Iguana) and DEAR EVAN HANSEN later this year.

Charing Cross Road

Just a stone’s throw from St Martin’s Lane is Charing Cross Road. A long road stretching across London, you’ll be able to visit the Garrick Theatre on one end and walk to the Phoenix Theatre right through the heart of central London and Theatreland.

Charing Cross Road is home to the Garrick Theatre (Bitter Wheat), Phoenix Theatre (Come From Away) and the Wyndham’s Theatre (The Starry Messenger).

Nearby to Charing Cross Road is Old Compton Street (Disney’s Aladdin the Musical) as well as Earlham Street, home to the Cambridge Theatre (Matilda the Musical)

The Strand

A grand road leading people towards Trafalgar Square, walking down the Strand is a gateway to a magical experience in Theatreland. While you’re strolling along, see if you can spot the Adelphi Theatre (Waitress), the Savoy Theatre (9 to 5) and the Vaudeville Theatre (The Worst Witch) with all three theatres located on this iconic road.

Haymarket

Taking pedestrians and drivers from Piccadilly Circus to Pall Mall and through to Trafalgar Square, there are two theatres on Haymarket, with one enjoying a regularly changing programme while the other hosts a long-running production.

Haymarket is home to Her Majesty’s Theatre (The Phantom of the Opera) and Theatre Royal Haymarket (Only Fools and Horses), with the Harold Pinter Theatre (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin) close by on Panton Street.

Catherine Street

Around the corner from Covent Garden tube station, those visiting London can take a walk down Catherine Street. On this street, you’ll be right by the Duchess Theatre (The Play That Goes Wrong) and Theatre Royal Drury Lane, which was previously home to 42nd Street.

Just opposite the Theatre Royal Drury Lane is the Fortune Theatre on Russell Street, home to The Woman in Black and the Lyceum Theatre (The Lion King) is a few feet away on Wellington Street.

Aldwych

Connected to the Strand on both ends, you’ll be able to walk past the Aldwych Theatre (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) and the Novello Theatre (Mamma Mia) if you’re in this area.

Theatres around Victoria

Slightly away from the hubbub of Theatreland, there are two impressive theatres close by to Victoria train station, with these shows entertaining thousands of audience members each night.

Theatres in this area include the Apollo Victoria Theatre (Wicked) on Wilton Road and the Victoria Palace Theatre (Hamilton) on Victoria Street.

Theatres around Trafalgar Square

Whitehall may be an established road in British politics and history, however it is also home to the Trafalgar Studios with a regularly changing bill of productions throughout the year.

Just down the road from the Trafalgar Studios is the Playhouse Theatre (Fiddler on the Roof), located on Northumberland Avenue.

Theatres around Piccadilly Circus

There are many theatres in and around the Piccadilly Circus area, often regarded as a place that tourists need to visit during their stay in the capital. If you’re walking through this area, you’ll want to visit the Criterion Theatre (The Comedy About a Bank Robbery), the Piccadilly Theatre (The Lehman Trilogy) and the Prince of Wales Theatre (The Book of Mormon) on Coventry Street.

Theatres around Holborn

Just a few feet away from Covent Garden and Piccadilly Circus is Holborn, with the Gillian Lynne Theatre (School of Rock), the Peacock Theatre and the Dominion Theatre which was previously home to Bat out of Hell occupying the area.

Other West End theatres in London

There are some West End venues which stand alone in central London, which may not be close by to other productions. These playhouses include the London Palladium (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) on Argyll Street, near Oxford Street and Regent Street.

For those wanting to see a production at the Barbican (Jesus Christ Superstar), they will have to travel to Silk Street towards the east of the city, with those who are heading to the Old Vic (Present Laughter) needing to travel south of the river to The Cut.

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