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Whether you're big on ballet, wild on waltz or fanatical about foxtrot, London's vast array of dance venues offer a rich programme of events.

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Sadler's Wells

Also home to the Lilian Baylis Theatre, this favourite offers the best in national and international dance.

Rosebery Avenue, Islington, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station

 
 

Occupying a site with a long tradition of entertaining Londoners, Sadler's Wells exists to bring the best of national and international dance, ballet, opera and music theatre to the capital. Now a strikingly modern building with flexible performance and auditorium spaces, the original Sadler's Wells opened in 1683. Six Sadler's Wells' later and sleek steel and glass have replaced the crumbling brick edifice of previous centuries. Originally a music hall, the venue now boasts a resoundingly contemporary but extremely accessible programme - with an emphasis on dance and movement - supported by innovative visual arts exhibitions in its public spaces. Sadler's really came into its own when Lilian Baylis took charge in the 1920s. Since then many of the world's best dancers have performed on this Islington stage. In 1995, Matthew Bourne premiered his magnificent 'Swan Lake' here which went on to become the West End's longest running ballet. Sadler's Wells continues to have close associations with the centrally located Peacock Theatre, its home during periods of renovation, while the Lilian Baylis Theatre - now a highly regarded venue in itself - is located within the Sadler's Well Islington complex. It's really worth checking out what's on here if you're down for the weekend. Ranging from the cutting-edge to the mainstream, some truly landmark productions have taken place here over the years ('Edward Scissorhands') - which make this an attractive proposition for entertainment in the capital.

 
 

Events at Sadler's Wells

Project O: Voodoo
Now On

23rd and 24th May 2019 at 8pm and 10pm & 25th May 2019 | £17

 
Project O: Voodoo Sadler's Wells 2019-05-232019-05-24 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Jamila Johnson-Small and Alexandrina Hemsley present recent developments in their thought-provoking dance work which is also a live cleansing ritual.

Beats on Pointe Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

21st May to 16th June 2019 | £18-£55

 
Beats on Pointe Sadler's Wells 2019-05-212019-06-16 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Fusing street dance and ballet, dance show Beats on Pointe comes to the Peacock Theatre this spring. With two opposing dance worlds colliding, the high energy show is a wonderfully dynamic production that sets the ...more

Masters Of Choreography: Beats On Pointe
Now On

21st May to 16th June 2019 - Various Times | £18-£55

 
Masters Of Choreography: Beats On Pointe Sadler's Wells 2019-05-212019-06-16 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

A high energy Australian dance theatre productions fusing old skool and modern ballet with street dance.

Tao Dance Theater
On Soon

Friday 24th and Saturday 25th May 2019 - 7.30pm | £15-£37

 
Tao Dance Theater Sadler's Wells 2019-05-242019-05-25 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The minimalist choreographer Tao Ye's company performs two pieces from his Numerical Series, both featuring music from Tao's regular collaborator, the avant-garde composer Xiao He.

San Francisco Ballet: Programme A - Shostakovich Trilogy
On Soon

29th May and 30th May 2019 at 7.30pm & 2nd June 2019 at 4pm | £15-£70

 
San Francisco Ballet: Programme A - Shostakovich Trilogy Sadler's Wells 2019-05-292019-06-02 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky pays homage to composer Dmitri Shostakovich with the UK premiere of a triptych of works comprising Symphony No 9, Chamber Symphony and Piano Concerto No 1.

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Peacock Theatre

Part of the Sadler's Wells sphere, the Peacock's innovative dance programme boasts West End appeal.

Portugal Street, Holborn, London, WC2A 2HT

Tube: Holborn Station , Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 
 

This theatre is a major force on the national and international dance scene, with an innovative programme from Sadler's Wells that is keeping London's finger on the pulse. The Peacock Theatre became the company's base from 1996 to 1998 when a new theatre was being built on its Islington site and, since that time, has been a shining star in the Sadler's Wells sphere. From the avant-garde to the mainstream, the repertoire is always diverse and dynamic with electrifying dance and movement shows, stunning operas and musical productions. Families have also flocked here at Christmas time since 1998 to see the stage transformed into a magical winter wonderland in The Snowman. The building itself has managed to shed its retro 60s image to become a cool venue perfectly suited to hosting the creme de la creme of the dance world.

 
 

Events at Peacock Theatre

Beats on Pointe Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

21st May to 16th June 2019 | £18-£55

 
Beats on Pointe Peacock Theatre 2019-05-212019-06-16 Where:
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street London, WC2A 2HT
Category: Theatres

Fusing street dance and ballet, dance show Beats on Pointe comes to the Peacock Theatre this spring. With two opposing dance worlds colliding, the high energy show is a wonderfully dynamic production that sets the ...more

Masters Of Choreography: Beats On Pointe
Now On

21st May to 16th June 2019 - Various Times | £18-£55

 
Masters Of Choreography: Beats On Pointe Peacock Theatre 2019-05-212019-06-16 Where:
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street London, WC2A 2HT
Category: Theatres

A high energy Australian dance theatre productions fusing old skool and modern ballet with street dance.

Phoenix Dance Theatre

Thursday 27th and Friday 28th June 2019 - 7.30pm | £18-£30

 
Phoenix Dance Theatre Peacock Theatre 2019-06-272019-06-28 Where:
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street London, WC2A 2HT
Category: Theatres

The company performs a collision of contemporary dance and opera in a re-imagining of Stravinsky's The Rite Of Spring, plus Left Unseen, a new work by established choreographer Amaury Lebrun.

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Royal Opera House

A beacon of modern theatre design, the imposing ROH stages a steady flow of high-quality performances.

Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station

 
 

This impressive building in the heart of Covent Garden has been playing host to major stars of the classical music world since 1858. The third theatre to be located on this site, today's Royal Opera House is the result of a reconstruction in the 1990s (although the main auditorium is part of the original building). It is a beacon of modern theatre design and the place to go for high quality performances in sumptuous surroundings. As one of London's most esteemed, iconic and beautiful performance venues, it's worth a visit even if you're not a ballet or opera fan. Before 1999 the theatre only opened its doors to ticket holders just before performances but today you can explore parts of the building for free during the day - the Paul Hamlyn Hall with its dramatic glass atrium is especially worth a peek. For smaller scale productions such as chamber opera and experimental dance shows there's the 400-seat Linbury Studio Theatre and the Clore Studio Upstairs holds an audience of 180 for more intimate events and performances.

 
 

Events at Royal Opera House

The Diary Of One Who Disappeared On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Wednesday 5th - Saturday 8th June 2019 | £20-£45

 
The Diary Of One Who Disappeared Royal Opera House 2019-06-052019-06-08 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Ivo van Hove's staging of Janacek's song cycle which tells the story of a boy who falls in love with a gypsy girl and decides to leave his family and village for her. The Tony-Award ...more

Cas Public: 9 On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 25th - Thursday 30th May 2019 | £5-£25

 
Cas Public: 9 Royal Opera House 2019-05-252019-05-30 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

The Canadian dance company, Cas Public, uses dancer Cai Glover's hearing impairment as a point of inspiration in this new work for both children, from the age of five upwards, and adults. Staged at the ...more

Royal Opera: Boris Godunov On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Wednesday 19th - Wednesday 3rd July 2019 | £12-£250, phone for availability

 
Royal Opera: Boris Godunov Royal Opera House 2019-06-192019-07-03 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Richard Jones's production of Musorgsky's magnificent opera staring Bryn Terfel as the tormented Tsar Boris comes to the Royal Opera House this summer. Based on Pushkin's 1831 play, Boris Godunov tells the story of a ...more

Royal Opera: Andrea Chenier Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Monday 20th - Sunday 9th June 2019 | £9-£190

 
Royal Opera: Andrea Chenier Royal Opera House 2019-05-202019-06-09 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

French-Sicilian tenor Roberto Alagna marks his 100th Royal Opera performance by singing the title role in Andrea Chenier. First staged here at the Royal Opera House four years ago, David McVicar's production of Umberto Giordano's ...more

Royal Opera: The Marriage Of Figaro Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 29th - Sunday 21st July 2019 | £8-£185, phone for availability

 
Royal Opera: The Marriage Of Figaro Royal Opera House 2019-06-292019-07-21 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

David McVicar's production of Mozart's comic opera of intrigue, misunderstanding and forgiveness starring Christian Gerhaher and Simon Keenlyside. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.more

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London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO)

One of the capital's grandest theatres, the Coliseum's splendour is matched by the ENO's impressive programme.

St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4ES

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Covent Garden Station, Embankment Underground Station

 
 

London Coliseum is a magnificent historic building and an excellent venue in which to enjoy the soaring sounds and high drama of some truly thrilling operas. This impressive theatre, which started its life as a venue for variety shows, is now - conversely - indistinguishable from its artistically first-class company in residence, the English National Opera. Back in 1904, impresario Oswald Stoll and architect Frank Matcham set out to build the largest and finest theatre in London and the Coliseum was indeed a striking addition to the city's entertainment scene, complete with electric lighting and a revolving stage. Having undergone an extensive restoration programme in 2000, specifically to accommodate the ENO, it remains one of the grandest theatres in the capital today. The splendour of the building is only matched by the quality of the performances that take place there. All ENO productions are sung in English as the voices of some of the world's most talented performers fill the auditorium night after night. The pre-eminence of the company also attracts a host of distinguished directors, designers and visiting troupes to stage dance, opera and circus under its famous proscenium arch, the largest in London.

 
 

Events at London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO)

Man of La Mancha Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

26th April to 8th June 2019 | £15-£150

 
Man of La Mancha London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 2019-04-262019-06-08 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Theatres

Dreaming 'The Impossible Dream', Kelsey Grammer comes to the London Coliseum, making his West End debut in this Tony award winning musical inspired by Miguel de Cervantes's Don Quixote. In a collaboration with English National ...more

On Your Feet!
On Soon

14th June to 31st August 2019 - Various Times | £20-£95, Premium Seats £145

 
On Your Feet! London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 2019-06-142019-08-31 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Theatres
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The Place

London's specialist venue for contemporary dance unites training, creation and performance.

17 Duke's Road, Bloomsbury, London, WC1H 9PY

Tube: Euston Station , Euston Square Station

 
 

London's specialist venue for contemporary dance, The Place plays a role in every aspect of this fast-growing art form. The London Contemporary Dance School offers degrees validated by the University of Kent, as well as classes to everyone from 5-year-old beginners to adult amateurs to some of the world's top professionals in evening classes that are open to the public. One of the country's top companies, Richard Alston Dance Company, is based at The Place. It also boasts a comfortable, versatile 300-seat theatre with a year-round programme of contemporary dance, the Robin Howard Dance Theatre.

 
 

Events at The Place

Lola Maury: Brouhaha
On Soon

Wednesday 29th May 2019 - 7.30pm | £17, concs £13

 
Lola Maury: Brouhaha The Place 2019-05-292019-05-29 Where:
The Place, 17 Duke's Road London, WC1H 9PY
Category: Evening Classes

A multimedia performance inspired by the intimacy and sensorial overload of rituals and carnivals.

Modern Table Dance Company: Sok-do (Velocity)
On Soon

Friday 31st May 2019 - 7.30pm | £17, concs £13

 
Modern Table Dance Company: Sok-do (Velocity) The Place 2019-05-312019-05-31 Where:
The Place, 17 Duke's Road London, WC1H 9PY
Category: Evening Classes

A contemporary piece from Korean set to live Ajaeng music.

Double Bill: Art Project Bora
On Soon

Tuesday 4th June 2019 - 7.30pm | £17, concs £13

 
Double Bill: Art Project Bora The Place 2019-06-042019-06-04 Where:
The Place, 17 Duke's Road London, WC1H 9PY
Category: Evening Classes

The company performs its two works, Somoo and A Long Talk To Oneself.

Triple Bill
On Soon

Friday 7th June 2019 - 7.30pm | £17, concs £14

 
Triple Bill The Place 2019-06-072019-06-07 Where:
The Place, 17 Duke's Road London, WC1H 9PY
Category: Evening Classes

For the event, Choi X Kang Project performs Complement, Goblin Party presents Once Upon A Time and Noname Sosu brings its work Silentium to the stage.

Intoto Dance
On Soon

Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th June 2019 - 7.30pm | £15, concs £12

 
Intoto Dance The Place 2019-06-112019-06-12 Where:
The Place, 17 Duke's Road London, WC1H 9PY
Category: Evening Classes

Students from the company perform three works by Nathan Johnston, Victoria Fox Markiewicz and Luke Brown.

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Southbank Centre

The largest single-run arts centre in the world offers a range of dance events throughout the year.

Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 
 

The Southbank Centre is a classic example of brutal 60s concrete architecture. Everyone has an opinion (usually negative) on its distinctive design - famous detractors include Prince Charles, who once described it as looking like a "nuclear power station". Yet, if the The West End is the centre of popular culture in London, it is the Southbank Centre that is the centre of true excellence in the arts. Comprising the Royal Festival Hall and the Hayward Gallery, the complex consistently produces classical and world music events and fine art exhibitions of high renown. Over 150,000 hours of music have been performed at the Royal Festival Hall - the largest venue in the Southbank Centre - since its completion in 1951. Welcoming over three million visitors a year, the Royal Festival Hall is primarily a classical music venue. It benefits from the residency of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonia and four associate ensembles. The programme also includes events from opera to the London Jazz Festival. The Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room host regular recitals, dance performances and choral concerts. Free lunchtime concerts held in the foyer offer a more relaxed musical experience. The Hayward Gallery has been the originator or host of influential exhibitions since 1968. The colossal Poetry Library houses the Arts Council modern collection, while the BFI Southbank (previously the National Film Theatre) shows 2,000 films (art house and classics) a year alongside many film festivals and director-led seasons. A happy architectural accident has also made this complex the best spot for skateboarding and BMXing in the capital, meaning it is loved by London's counter-culture as much as by its highbrow elite. In the last ten years, the building of Tate Modern and the London Eye adjacent to the centre has been the final step in making the South Bank of the Thames into the beating heart of a thousand years of British culture.

 
 

Events at Southbank Centre

Beverley Knight In Concert With Live Orchestra

Thursday 23rd May 2019 - 7.30pm-9.50pm | £35.50-£70

 
Beverley Knight In Concert With Live Orchestra Southbank Centre 2019-05-232019-05-23 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

The soulful singer-songwriter and producer celebrates the music of Stevie Wonder.

Kate Cooper
Now OnFree Event

15th May to 23rd June 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
Kate Cooper Southbank Centre 2019-05-152019-06-23 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

A large-scale video installation exploring the vulnerability and instability of the body in the context of gender, technology and the politics of labour.

Barrie Tullett: The Typographic Dante
OngoingFree Event

30th April to 30th June 2019 - 11am-8pm | Free

 
Barrie Tullett: The Typographic Dante Southbank Centre 2019-04-302019-06-30 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Soundpit Ongoing

13th February to 2nd June 2019 | £8

 
Soundpit Southbank Centre 2019-02-132019-06-02 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Me And My Friends
On SoonFree Event

Friday 24th May 2019 - 6pm | Free

 
Me And My Friends Southbank Centre 2019-05-242019-05-24 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

The quintet performs a fusion of folk and world music in its original tunes.

City Of London Sinfonia
On Soon

Friday 24th May 2019 - 8pm | £5-£30

 
City Of London Sinfonia Southbank Centre 2019-05-242019-05-24 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Sian Edwards conducts chamber works by John Luther Adams, Delius, Respighi, Messiaen and Vaughan Williams in an ornithological programme that includes a pre-concert talk by Miranda Krestovnikoff and a late-night set from folk singer Sam ...

Christy Moore
On Soon

Friday 24th and Saturday 25th May 2019 - 7.30pm-10pm | £35-£42.50

 
Christy Moore Southbank Centre 2019-05-242019-05-25 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Irish folk singer and guitarist, who was a founding member of Planxty and Moving Hearts.

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Barbican Centre

Located in the heart of the City, this multi-faceted performing arts centre hosts diverse dance productions.

Silk Street, City, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station

 
 

Described by the Queen as 'one of the wonders of the modern world' , the Barbican Centre has also been voted 'London's ugliest building'. Ugly or not, this multi-faceted performance and arts venue is truly wondrous. Open 363 days a year, it offers the most diverse program of any London venue. As well as being home to the London Symphony Orchestra, the centre's giant Barbican Hall attracts a host of international classical, jazz, rock, and world music stars. Two theatres offer a year-round program of some of the finest in international performing arts, while three cinemas mix mainstream films with specialist seasons. The Barbican Art Gallery, several smaller exhibition spaces, shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, live music in the foyer, and a host of talks, signings, and events for children are also on offer. The building itself is a labyrinth and finding your route from the station or car park is an adventure in itself. Staircases twist around each other, directing lost patrons into mysteriously empty mezzanines, where odd snatches of music are the only guide back to the main lobby. The joy of coming across exhibitions, live music, or talks from a major arts celebrity in some odd corner of the building is a unique feature of this remarkable concentration of artistic talent.

 
 

Events at Barbican Centre

Los Angeles Master Chorale

Thursday 23rd May 2019 - 8pm | £15-£45

 
Los Angeles Master Chorale Barbican Centre 2019-05-232019-05-23 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

A dramatisation of Lasso's Lagrime Di San Pietro (Tears Of St Peter), conducted by Grant Gershon and directed by Peter Sellars.

Four Quartets
Now On

22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th May 2019 - 7.45pm | £25-£45

 
Four Quartets Barbican Centre 2019-05-222019-05-25 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Celebrated New York-based choreographer Pam Tanowitz interprets TS Eliot's four-part poem through the movements of her 10-strong team of dancers set to a score composed by Kaija Saariaho while actor Kathleen Chalfant narrates from the ...

Laura De Benedetti & Gail Altschuler: Kind Of Blue
Now OnFree Event

22nd to 25th and 27th to 29th May 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
Laura De Benedetti & Gail Altschuler: Kind Of Blue Barbican Centre 2019-05-032019-05-29 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Ceramics and paintings by the friends and potters from North London.

AI: More Than Human Ongoing

16th May to 26th August 2019 | Mon-Fri £15, concs £11-£13, Sat & Sun £17, concs £12.50-£15

 
AI: More Than Human Barbican Centre 2019-05-162019-08-26 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
BBC Symphony Orchestra
On Soon

Friday 24th May 2019 - 7.30pm | £12-£40, Young Barbican £10

 
BBC Symphony Orchestra Barbican Centre 2019-05-242019-05-24 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Sakari Oramo conducts Thomas Larcher's Chiasma and Mahler's Symphony No 7.

Orchestra Of Santa Cecilia
On Soon

Saturday 25th May 2019 - 7.30pm | £15-£55, Young Barbican £10

 
Orchestra Of Santa Cecilia Barbican Centre 2019-05-252019-05-25 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Sir Antonio Pappano conducts Mahler's Symphony No 6.

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