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.

 
 

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

Mardi Gras: The Stars In Our Eyes
Now On

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May 2017 at 1pm and 7pm | £29-£39

 
Mardi Gras: The Stars In Our Eyes Sadler's Wells 2017-05-272017-05-28 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Performances by many of the best amateur dance troupes from the length and breadth of the UK.

Akram Khan: Desh On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

31st May, 1st Jun, 2nd Jun and 3rd Jun 2017 | £12-£38

 
Akram Khan: Desh Sadler's Wells 2017-05-312017-06-03 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The word 'desh' comes from the Bengali word meaning 'homeland', themes of land and nation feature heavily in this highly personal solo performance from Akram Khan, which is showing at Sadler's Wells Theatre this summer. ...more

Akram Khan Company: Desh
On Soon

31st May, 1st Jun, 2nd Jun and 3rd Jun 2017 - 7.30pm | £12-£45

 
Akram Khan Company: Desh Sadler's Wells 2017-05-312017-06-03 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

In a much anticipated return, Akram Khan performs his hugely popular tale of home and heritage, which first opened in 2011 to unanimous praise from the critics.

Nora On Soon

Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd June 2017 | £17

 
Nora Sadler's Wells 2017-06-012017-06-02 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Dancers Eleanor Sikorski and Flora Wellesley Wesley, AKA Nora, return to Sadler's Wells with a programme of specially commissioned duets by renowned duo Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion, up and coming French choreographer Simon Tanguy ...more

Kagemusha Taiko: Pulse & Roll
On Soon

Saturday 3rd June 2017 - 7.45pm | £25

 
Kagemusha Taiko: Pulse & Roll Sadler's Wells 2017-06-032017-06-03 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The Devon-based Taiko drumming group presents a choreographed stage show. Not suitable for under 10s.

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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

Footloose: The Musical

12th to 30th September 2017 | £25-£55

 
Footloose: The Musical Peacock Theatre 2017-09-122017-09-30 Where:
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street London, WC2A 2HT
Category: Theatres

Rnner up of 2001's Pop Idol Gareth Gates stars as Willard in Footloose: the Musical, a "cheap but cheerful" (The Stage) adaptation of the 1984 film. No stranger to musicals, Gareth appeared in Legally Blonde: ...more

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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 Royal Ballet: Mixed Programme
Now On

Saturday 27th May 2017 at 12.30pm & Wednesday 31st May 2017 at 7.30pm | £4-£68

 
The Royal Ballet: Mixed Programme Royal Opera House 2017-05-182017-05-31 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

A programme of virtuoso dance from the acclaimed ensemble, which features The Vertiginous Thrill Of Exactitude, and Tarantella, as well as Christopher Wheeldon's Strapless and the world premiere of Symphonic Dances by Liam Scarlett. Conducted ...

Royal Opera: L'Elisir D'Amore
Now On

27th May to 22nd June 2017 - 7.30pm | £9-£175

 
Royal Opera: L'Elisir D'Amore Royal Opera House 2017-05-272017-06-22 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Laurent Pelly's production of Donizetti's comic opera in two acts charting the love affair of lowly peasant Nemorino and beautiful landowner Adina. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Royal Opera: Don Carlo
On Soon

Friday 26th May 2017 at 6pm & Monday 29th May 2017 at 3pm | May 12 £210-£228, May 15 £108-£245, May 19 £199-£245, May 22 £210-£245, May 26 £95-£245, May 29 £189-£245, phone for availability

 
Royal Opera: Don Carlo Royal Opera House 2017-05-122017-05-29 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Nicholas Hytner's production of Verdi's opera on love, ambition and intrigue in 16th-century Spain, featuring Bryan Hymel and Kristin Lewis. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Royal Ballet: The Dream/Symphonic Variations/Marguerite And Armand 2017
On Soon

2nd & 3rd, 5th, 7th & 8th and 10th Jun 2017 - Various Times | £44-£76, phone for availability

 
Royal Ballet: The Dream/Symphonic Variations/Marguerite And Armand 2017 Royal Opera House 2017-06-022017-06-10 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Celebrating heritage and legacy with mixed programme of works by Founder Choreographer of the Royal Ballet, Frederick Ashton.

The Royal Opera: La Traviata
On Soon

14th June to 4th July 2017 - Various Times | £94-£200, phone for availability

 
The Royal Opera: La Traviata Royal Opera House 2017-06-142017-07-04 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Ekaterina Bakanova and Corinne Winters lead two excellent casts in Richard Eyre's much-loved production of Verdi's most famous opera. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

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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)

ENO Studio Live: The Day After
Now On

26th, 27th, 30th and 31st May 2017 - 7.30pm | £25

 
ENO Studio Live: The Day After London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 2017-05-262017-05-31 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Theatres

Jamie Manton directs this story of Phaeton, son of the Greek Sun God Phoebus, whose youthful impetuousness leads to disaster and tragedy.

ENO Studio Live: Trial By Jury
On Soon

3rd and 6th June 2017 at 7pm & 5th June 2017 at 7pm and 8.30pm | £25

 
ENO Studio Live: Trial By Jury London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 2017-06-032017-06-06 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Theatres

Directed by Matthew Monaghan, this fully-staged production in a studio setting of Gilbert and Sullivan's second collaboration pokes fun at a tale of a broken engagement and the law that enables a jilted fiancee to ...

Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

5th June to 22nd July 2017 | £15-£75, Premium Seats £95

 
Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 2017-06-052017-07-22 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Theatres

Jay Scheib directs a high-octane rock'n'roll musical by Jim Steinman based on Meat Loaf's 1977 album, about a rebellious youth called Strat, who falls in love with the daughter of the despotic leader of a ...more

Amore

20th, 21st, 24th and 25th Nov 2017 - 7.30pm | £20-£110

 
Amore London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 2017-11-202017-11-25 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Theatres

A triple bill of works, which include Possokhov's Francesca da Rimini, Patrick de Bana's Rain Before It Falls and Donlon's Strokes Through The Tail, starring Bolshoi Ballet's prima ballerina, Svetlana Zakharova.

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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

Verve 2017

Saturday 27th May 2017 - 7.30pm | £10, concs £7

 
Verve 2017 The Place 2017-05-272017-05-27 Where:
The Place, 17 Duke's Road London, WC1H 9PY
Category: Evening Classes

An exhilarating programme of four distinct contemporary dance works choreographed by international artists James Cousins, Carlos Pons Guerra, Leila McMillan and Matthias Sperling.

Frauke Requardt: Mothers
On Soon

Wednesday 31st May 2017 at 8pm & Thursday 1st June 2017 at 11am and 8pm | £16, concs £12

 
Frauke Requardt: Mothers The Place 2017-05-312017-06-01 Where:
The Place, 17 Duke's Road London, WC1H 9PY
Category: Evening Classes

In this new performance Requardt is joined by Neil Callaghan and Jacob Ingram-Dodd for a dance across sticky surfaces with slippery bodies.

Hannah Buckley And Lea Tirabasso
On Soon

Saturday 3rd June 2017 - 8pm | £16, concs £12

 
Hannah Buckley And Lea Tirabasso The Place 2017-06-032017-06-03 Where:
The Place, 17 Duke's Road London, WC1H 9PY
Category: Evening Classes

A double bill of new dance performances including Hannah Buckley's duet S/He, reflecting on gender constructs in modern life and Lea Tirabasso's Toys.

May-We-Go-Round'/Comebacks I Thought Of Later
On Soon

Wednesday 7th June 2017 - 8pm | £16, concs £12

 
May-We-Go-Round'/Comebacks I Thought Of Later The Place 2017-06-072017-06-07 Where:
The Place, 17 Duke's Road London, WC1H 9PY
Category: Evening Classes

A double bill of dance performances from The Hiccup Project and Eleanor Sikorski.

Jessica And Me
On Soon

Saturday 10th June 2017 - 8pm | £16, concs £12

 
Jessica And Me The Place 2017-06-102017-06-10 Where:
The Place, 17 Duke's Road London, WC1H 9PY
Category: Evening Classes

Cristiana Morganti offers a tantalising glimpse into her career. This solo show is a self-portrait in two voices: her inner self (Cristiana) and her alter-ego (Jessica). A fascinating expose on the life of a star ...

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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

Philip Glass And Laurie Anderson - American Style
Now On

18th May to 18th June 2017 | £40-£75, concs £20-£37.50

 
Philip Glass And Laurie Anderson - American Style Southbank Centre 2017-05-182017-06-18 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

The two artists collaborate in the creation of new music based around improvisation and experimentation.

Labels

Saturday 27th May 2017 at 6pm and 8pm | £15, concs £7.50

 
Labels Southbank Centre 2017-05-272017-05-27 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Worklight Theatre presents writer and performer Joe Sellman-Leava's solo show, which draws on his experiences of mixed heritage and racism to examine the rise of anti-immigration rhetoric.

Alchemy On Tour Participation Project
Free Event

Saturday 27th May 2017 - 1.30pm | Free

 
Alchemy On Tour Participation Project Southbank Centre 2017-05-272017-05-27 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

A new live performance commission inspired by working with communities from across the UK.

Vishal & Shekhar

Saturday 27th May 2017 - 7.15pm | £10-£125

 
Vishal & Shekhar Southbank Centre 2017-05-272017-05-27 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

The duo consisting of Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani performs a selection of the music they have composed for Bollywood films.

Afreena Islam: Daughters Of The Curry Revolution
Ends Today

Friday 26th May 2017 at 6.30pm, 8pm and 9.30pm & Saturday 27th May 2017 at 4pm, 6pm and 7.45pm | £10, concs £5

 
Afreena Islam: Daughters Of The Curry Revolution Southbank Centre 2017-05-262017-05-27 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

In this intimate performance, Afreena Islam invites you to take a seat around her dinner table as she serves up second-hand stories of her father's past, present, and what little she imagines is left of ...

Shiva Soundsystem Presents Supersonic Buddha
Now OnFree Event

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May 2017 - 9pm | Free

 
Shiva Soundsystem Presents Supersonic Buddha Southbank Centre 2017-05-272017-05-28 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

DJ Nerm, plus guests including Oceantide and Bobby Tank, among others, provides electronic music to the dancefloor.

Alchemy Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

19th to 29th May 2017 | Various

 
Alchemy Southbank Centre 2017-05-192017-05-29 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Returning to the Southbank Centre for 2017, Alchemy is a festival of South Asian culture that has grown to become the largest festival of Indian and South Asian culture outside India. Incorporating comedy, theatre, dance ...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

Darren Johnston: Zero Point
Ends Today

Friday 26th and Saturday 27th May 2017 - 7.45pm | £16-£30

 
Darren Johnston: Zero Point Barbican Centre 2017-05-252017-05-27 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

British choreographer and multi-disciplinary artist Darren Johnston explores the intersection of the spiritual and the scientific with minimalism and simplicity inspired by his time spent in Kochi, Japan. Creating a seamless fusion between visual arts, ...

Textile Art By Gilda baron
Ends TodayFree Event

Friday 26th May 2017 at 9.30am-2pm & Saturday 27th May 2017 at 9.30am-4pm | Free

 
Textile Art By Gilda baron Barbican Centre 2017-05-032017-05-27 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

An exhibition of the work of the renowned Textile Artist, the late Gilda Baron. The work exhibited shows her distinctive style, using a mixture of techniques to produce her stunning land and seascapes.

Picture This: The Music Photography Of Sheila Rock
OngoingFree Event

26th April to 4th July 2017 - 9.30am | Free

 
Picture This: The Music Photography Of Sheila Rock Barbican Centre 2017-04-262017-07-04 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
The Japanese House: Architecture and Life After 1945 Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

23rd March to 25th June 2017 | Standard £14.50, concession £12

 
The Japanese House: Architecture and Life After 1945 Barbican Centre 2017-03-232017-06-25 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
London Symphony Orchestra
On Soon

Sunday 28th May 2017 - 7pm | £10-£42

 
London Symphony Orchestra Barbican Centre 2017-05-282017-05-28 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Bernard Haitink conducts a performance of Bruckner's Te Deum and Symphony No 9. With soprano Sally Matthews and London Symphony Chorus.

David Helfgott
On Soon

Monday 29th May 2017 - 7.30pm | £25-£45

 
David Helfgott Barbican Centre 2017-05-292017-05-29 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Helfgott brings his inimitable style of performing to Rachmaninov, Bach and Beethoven. Helfgott has had a career-long relationship with Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto, and this performance presents a rare opportunity to hear it in its ...

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