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

Tanguera
Now On

19th July to 6th August 2017 - Various Times | £12-£52

 
Tanguera Sadler's Wells 2017-07-192017-08-06 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Latin dance telling a passionate tale of unrequited love in which Argentinian port worker Lorenzo meets Giselle, a young French woman, and falls in love with her.

Paco Pena Flamenco Dance Company: Flamencura
On Soon

8th to 12th Aug 2017 - Various Times | £12-£40

 
Paco Pena Flamenco Dance Company: Flamencura Sadler's Wells 2017-08-082017-08-12 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The company performs a selection of flamenco dances.

ISHQ

7th and 8th September 2017 at 7.30pm & 9th September 2017 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm | £20-£125

 
ISHQ Sadler's Wells 2017-09-072017-09-09 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The UK premiere of brand new Sufi musical, originally penned 600 years ago, which will be performed in English to mark 70 years of Pakistan's independence.

Hofesh Shechter: Grand Finale

12th to 16th Sep 2017 - 7.30pm | £12-£32

 
Hofesh Shechter: Grand Finale Sadler's Wells 2017-09-122017-09-16 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The international performance ensemble presents a surreal, cross-disciplinary show, combining elements of dance, theatre and music concerts, to explore the anarchic and violent energy of a doomed world and a humanity at odds with itself.

Footloose: The Musical

12th to 30th September 2017 | £25-£55

 
Footloose: The Musical Sadler's Wells 2017-09-122017-09-30 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

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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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

Mariinsky Ballet: Don Quixote
Now On

25th July and 26th July 2017 at 7.30pm & 5th August 2017 at 2pm and 7.30pm | £36-£150

 
Mariinsky Ballet: Don Quixote Royal Opera House 2017-07-242017-08-05 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

The company performs a production of Petipa and Gorsky's exuberant classic based on the classic Spanish tale by Cervantes.

Mariinsky Ballet: Swan Lake
Now On

27th Jul to 29th Jul, 31st Jul to 2nd Aug and 7th Aug 2017 - Various Times | £36-£150

 
Mariinsky Ballet: Swan Lake Royal Opera House 2017-07-272017-08-07 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Konstantin Sergeyev's classic production of Tchaikovsky's romantic masterpiece about the Prince Siegfried, his love Odette, and the evil spell cast upon them by Von Rothbart and Odile.

Mariinsky Ballet: Anna Karenina
On Soon

Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th August 2017 - 7.30pm | £48-£150

 
Mariinsky Ballet: Anna Karenina Royal Opera House 2017-08-032017-08-04 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Tolstoy's novel about the extraordinary and tormented woman who breaks all moral and social conventions with devastating consequences is set to a score by Rodion Shchedrin and choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky.

Mariinsky Ballet: Contrasts
On Soon

Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th August 2017 - 7.30pm | £10-£150

 
Mariinsky Ballet: Contrasts Royal Opera House 2017-08-082017-08-09 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

The Mariinsky Ballet dances a mixed programme of Alonso's Carmen Suite, McGregor's Infra and Petipa's Paquita Grand pas.

Mariinsky Ballet: La Bayadere
On Soon

10th and 11th August 2017 at 7.30pm & 12th August 2017 at 2pm and 7.30pm | £10-£150

 
Mariinsky Ballet: La Bayadere Royal Opera House 2017-08-102017-08-12 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Marius Petipa is the choreographer for this performance of Petipa's classical ballet of love, betrayal and ultimate redemption set in a mythical India.

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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)

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

5th June to 5th August 2017 | £15-£75, Premium Seats £95

 
Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 2017-06-052017-08-05 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Theatres
The Royal Opera: Aida

28th September to 2nd December 2017 - Various Times | £10-£125

 
The Royal Opera: Aida London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 2017-09-282017-12-02 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Theatres
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

Shirley Thompson Music Productions: Woman Who Refused To Dance

Thursday 27th July 2017 - 7pm-7.35pm | £7.50

 
Shirley Thompson Music Productions: Woman Who Refused To Dance The Place 2017-07-272017-07-27 Where:
The Place, 17 Duke's Road London, WC1H 9PY
Category: Evening Classes

Nadine Benjamin takes the lead in this one-act opera inspired by the story of an unknown woman who refused to dance on Captain Kimber's slave boat in 1792.

Op. 64: Deeply

Thursday 27th July 2017 - 7.55pm-8.55pm | £7.50

 
Op. 64: Deeply The Place 2017-07-272017-07-27 Where:
The Place, 17 Duke's Road London, WC1H 9PY
Category: Evening Classes

A poem of love and death for five cellos, a soprano and an actress, exploring gender identity, outing, passion, anguish, madness and the desire to live and to be ourselves.

The Belfast Ensemble: The Moot Virginity Of Catherine Of Aragon

Thursday 27th July 2017 - 9.15pm-10.05pm | £7.50

 
The Belfast Ensemble: The Moot Virginity Of Catherine Of Aragon The Place 2017-07-272017-07-27 Where:
The Place, 17 Duke's Road London, WC1H 9PY
Category: Evening Classes

The Northern Irish company explores the divorce of England's Spanish queen, drawing parallels with Brexit.

Requardt & Rosenberg: DeadClub

7th to 30th September 2017 - Various Times | £15, concs £12

 
Requardt & Rosenberg: DeadClub The Place 2017-09-072017-09-30 Where:
The Place, 17 Duke's Road London, WC1H 9PY
Category: Evening Classes

A contemporary piece exploring mortality, from the creators of Electric Hotel, Motor Show and The Roof.

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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

Tero Saarinen Company: Morphed On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Thursday 10th August 2017 | £15-£30

 
Tero Saarinen Company: Morphed Southbank Centre 2017-08-102017-08-10 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

A band of seven men bursting with strong yet multi-layered masculine energy, delve into manifold themes such as change and sensuality through Tero Saarinen's internationally praised choreography. The leading Finnish dance artist presents the UK ...more

Prurience
Now On

25th to 30th Jul 2017 - Various Times | £18, concs £9

 
Prurience Southbank Centre 2017-07-182017-07-30 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

An experimental piece by Christopher Green, that involves a self-help group who define themselves as addicted to pornography.

Kalle Mustonen: Gnome King
Now OnFree Event

5th July to 30th August 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Kalle Mustonen: Gnome King Southbank Centre 2017-07-052017-08-30 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Finnish artist who reimagines modern culture in monumental and mythic terms. In this exhibition, Mustonen showcases his intriguing large-scale wooden sculpture Gnome King, which visitors are invited to view inside a shed-like hideaway. The Gnome ...

National Poetry Library Exhibition: The Mersey Sound At 50
OngoingFree Event

25th July to 24th September 2017 - 10am | Free

 
National Poetry Library Exhibition: The Mersey Sound At 50 Southbank Centre 2017-07-252017-09-24 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
National Poetry Library Exhibition: The Mersey Sound At 50
OngoingFree Event

20th July to 22nd September 2017 - 10am | Free

 
National Poetry Library Exhibition: The Mersey Sound At 50 Southbank Centre 2017-07-202017-09-22 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Outi Pieski: Falling Shawls
OngoingFree Event

13th January to 31st December 2017 - 10am-11pm | Free

 
Outi Pieski: Falling Shawls Southbank Centre 2017-01-132017-12-31 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Waterloo Billboard Commission: Superflex, Euro (2012)
OngoingFree Event

12th January 2017 to 31st March 2018 - 10am | Free

 
Waterloo Billboard Commission: Superflex, Euro (2012) Southbank Centre 2017-01-122018-03-31 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
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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

The Tempest
Now On

30th June to 18th August 2017 - Various Times | £10-£75

 
The Tempest Barbican Centre 2017-06-302017-08-18 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

This production is directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran and stars Simon Russell Beale as Prospero, the magician, taking vengeance on the men who wronged him.

Trajal Harrell: Hoochie Koochie
Now On

20th July to 13th August 2017 - Various Times | £12.50, concs £10, NUS/under 17s £8, under 14s Free, Young Barbican £5

 
Trajal Harrell: Hoochie Koochie Barbican Centre 2017-07-202017-08-13 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Step into a dreamlike word with these inventive performance pieces by the American dancer and choreographer. Contains nudity, as well as some explicit imagery.

Into The Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

3rd June to 1st September 2017 | £14.50, concs/NUS/under 17s/mems £12, under 14s £5

 
Into The Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction Barbican Centre 2017-06-032017-09-01 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Toots And The Maytals
On Soon

Friday 28th July 2017 - 7.30pm | £25-£40

 
Toots And The Maytals Barbican Centre 2017-07-282017-07-28 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

The veteran group from Jamaica, led by singer Toots Hibbert, bring their classic reggae to the UK's stages.

The Magnetic Fields

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September 2017 - 7.30pm | £20-£35

 
The Magnetic Fields Barbican Centre 2017-09-092017-09-10 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Indie-pop by the New York-based band fronted by the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Stephin Merritt as he performs his two-part 50 Song memoir.

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