Dance Venues in London

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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

Cecilia Bengolea & Francois Chaignaud: DFS Ends Today Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th April 2018 | £20

 
Cecilia Bengolea & Francois Chaignaud: DFS Sadler's Wells 2018-04-232018-04-24 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Bringing their research together, award-winning choreographers Cecilia Bengolea and Francois Chaignaud invited three ballerinas and dancehall specialists to join them in the exploration of song and dance where pointe shoes and trainers share the dance ...more

BalletBoyz: Fourteen Days On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

26th, 27th and 28th April 2018 | £12-£40

 
BalletBoyz: Fourteen Days Sadler's Wells 2018-04-262018-04-28 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Four choreographers and four composers are given just 14 days to create new dance pieces for the all-male ensemble, BalletBoyz, as Fourteen Days - which opened to acclaim at Sadler's Wells in October 2017 - ...more

Phoenix Dance: Windrush: Movement Of The People
On Soon

26th, 27th and 28th April 2018 - 7.30pm | £15-£29

 
Phoenix Dance: Windrush: Movement Of The People Sadler's Wells 2018-04-262018-04-28 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Sharon Watson's new work which commemorates 70 years since the Empire Windrush docked, marking the start of Caribbean migration to the UK. Also featuring in the programme is Calyx, a new piece by company dancer ...

Breakin' Convention On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

5th, 6th and 7th May 2018 | £15 & £24, concs £17

 
Breakin' Convention Sadler's Wells 2018-05-052018-05-07 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

This annual three-day international festival of hip hop and dance theatre, curated by Sadler's Wells associate artist Jonzi D, is back for a 15th year in 2018. Breakin' Convention features performances from some of the ...more

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan: Formosa On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

9th, 10th, 11th and 12th May 2018 | £12-£38

 
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan: Formosa Sadler's Wells 2018-05-092018-05-12 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Choreographer and writer Lin Hwai-min's new work takes inspiration from the legendary words of the Portuguese sailors in the 16th century, as they spotted the land that would one day be known as Taiwan. A ...more

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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

Phoenix Dance: Windrush: Movement Of The People
On Soon

26th, 27th and 28th April 2018 - 7.30pm | £15-£29

 
Phoenix Dance: Windrush: Movement Of The People Peacock Theatre 2018-04-262018-04-28 Where:
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street London, WC2A 2HT
Category: Theatres

Sharon Watson's new work which commemorates 70 years since the Empire Windrush docked, marking the start of Caribbean migration to the UK. Also featuring in the programme is Calyx, a new piece by company dancer ...

TriOperas
On Soon

23rd May to 1st July 2018 - Various Times | £15-£89

 
TriOperas Peacock Theatre 2018-05-232018-07-01 Where:
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street London, WC2A 2HT
Category: Theatres

Pamela Tan-Nicholson's opera musical fusing shortened versions of Carmen, Madam Butterfly and Turandot with hip hop, punk, rap and rock, complemented by energetic displays of acrobatics, ballet, breakdancing, kung-fu, parkour, puppetry, salsa and tap.

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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

Royal Opera: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

12th to 27th April 2018 | £6-£125

 
Royal Opera: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk Royal Opera House 2018-04-122018-04-27 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Antonio Pappano conducts Shostakovich's masterpiece Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk in April, not seen at the Royal Opera House for more than a decade. Richard Jones's production, combining tragedy with satirical humour, has been described by ...more

Concerto / Le Baiser de la fee / Elite Syncopations Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

18th October 2017 to 11th May 2018 | £4-£55

 
Concerto / Le Baiser de la fee / Elite Syncopations Royal Opera House 2017-10-182018-05-11 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres
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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)

Chess On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

26th April to 2nd June 2018 | £15-£150

 
Chess London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 2018-04-262018-06-02 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Theatres

Laurence Connor directs the first West End revival since the original 1986 production, which starred Elaine Paige, of Chess. The famous eighties musical written by ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, with Tim Rice, ...more

St Petersburg Ballet Theatre: Swan Lake Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

22nd to 26th Aug 2018 | £20-£95 plus booking fee

 
St Petersburg Ballet Theatre: Swan Lake London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 2018-08-222018-08-26 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Theatres

The internationally acclaimed St Petersburg Ballet Theatre make a welcome return to the London Coliseum this summer, with their full-length classic production of Swan Lake. Led by prima ballerina Irina Kolesnikova, whose last Odette/Odile in ...more

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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.

 
 
 
 

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

ABBA: Super Troupers Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

14th December 2017 to 29th July 2018 | £25, £20, £15

 
ABBA: Super Troupers Southbank Centre 2017-12-142018-07-29 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Concrete Dreams Exhibition Now OnFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

10th to 29th April 2018 | Free ticketed

 
Concrete Dreams Exhibition Southbank Centre 2018-04-102018-04-29 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Take an immersive audio-visual backstage journey with Concrete Dreams, a free tour which marks the reopening of Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and includes previously unseen archives of The Hayward Gallery. Follow in the footsteps ...more

Concrete Dreams Weekend On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

27th, 28th and 29th April 2018 | Various, most Free | Sam Lee's Singing with Nightingales £20

 
Concrete Dreams Weekend Southbank Centre 2018-04-272018-04-29 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

The culmination of the Concrete Dreams exhibition, this special three day weekend showcases performances by artists who share a history with Southbank Centre. Every inch of the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room will be ...more

The Bach Choir: Alexander Nevsky
On Soon

Thursday 3rd May 2018 - 7.30pm-10pm | £10-£50

 
The Bach Choir: Alexander Nevsky Southbank Centre 2018-05-032018-05-03 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

David Hill conducts the orchestra as they perform Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, Barber's Agnus Dei and Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky.

KERB Does Alchemy On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

3rd to 7th May 2018

 
KERB Does Alchemy Southbank Centre 2018-05-032018-05-07 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

KERB, the London street food specialists, are back at the Southbank Centre this May to add some spice to this year's Alchemy festival. Running for five days across the bank holiday weekend, the festival will ...more

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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

Another Kind Of Life: Photography On The Margins Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

28th February to 27th May 2018 | £13.50, concs £9-£11

 
Another Kind Of Life: Photography On The Margins Barbican Centre 2018-02-282018-05-27 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Yto Barrada
OngoingFree Event

7th February to 20th May 2018 - Various Times | Free

 
Yto Barrada Barbican Centre 2018-02-072018-05-20 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
The Encounter Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

14th April to 5th May 2018 | £42

 
The Encounter Barbican Centre 2018-04-142018-05-05 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

First performed here at the Barbican in 2016 and following a hit Broadway run and international tour, The Encounter, by Complicite Theatre Company returns this spring. In a fusion of noise and narrative, the solo ...more

Julie Cunningham & Company: Crave On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

10th, 11th, 12th and 13th May 2018

 
Julie Cunningham & Company: Crave Barbican Centre 2018-05-102018-05-13 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

An enigmatic new dance piece choreographed by Julie Cunningham who made her move into choreography with the double bill, To Be Me, seen here at the Barbican last year. WithCrave she combines dance and spoken ...more

The Royal Ballet: Elizabeth On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

16th, 17th, 18th and 19th May 2018

 
The Royal Ballet: Elizabeth Barbican Centre 2018-05-162018-05-19 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Former Principal of The Royal Ballet Zenaida Yanowsky is Elizabeth I in this dynamic exploration of her life and loves. Covering key moments in the queen's reign, choreographer Will Tuckett and playwright Alasdair Middleton have ...more

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