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

National Youth Dance Company: Apex Rising
Now On

Friday 4th and Saturday 5th September 2015 - 7.30pm | 12, concs 6

 
National Youth Dance Company: Apex Rising Sadler's Wells 2015-09-042015-09-05 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The company presents Inbetween by Jasmin Vardimon, The Rashomon Effect directed by Akram Khan and choreographed by Andrej Petrovic, a restaged excerpt from Akram Khan's Vertical Road and Frame[d] by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

British Youth Opera: The Cunning Little Vixen
On Soon

5th, 8th and 11th September 2015 - 7.30pm | 12-42

 
British Youth Opera: The Cunning Little Vixen Sadler's Wells 2015-09-052015-09-11 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Leos Janacek's ever-popular opera, based on a narrated series of cartoon drawings. Janacek brought his own passion for the natural world to bear on his ultimately optimistic view of the cycle of life and death.

English National Ballet: Lest We Forget On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

8th to 12th Sep 2015 | 12, 20, 28, 38, 45

 
English National Ballet: Lest We Forget Sadler's Wells 2015-09-082015-09-12 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Following a successful first showing at the Barbican in spring last year, the English National Ballet's "clever mix of experiment and accessibility" (The Guardian), Lest We Forget, comes to Sadler's Wells this autumn. Presenting bold ...more

British Youth Opera: Riders To The Sea & Savitri
On Soon

Wednesday 9th and Saturday 12th September 2015 - 7.30pm | 12-42

 
British Youth Opera: Riders To The Sea & Savitri Sadler's Wells 2015-09-092015-09-12 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

A double-bill of seldom performed 20th-century British masterpieces by Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst.

Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo: Programme One
On Soon

15th to 20th Sep 2015 - Various Times | 15-38

 
Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo: Programme One Sadler's Wells 2015-09-152015-09-20 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The company presents its witty take on classical ballet repertoire, including The show-stopping Swan Lake, Pas De Deux, Paquita and Esmeralda.

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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

British Youth Opera: The Cunning Little Vixen
On Soon

5th, 8th and 11th September 2015 - 7.30pm | 12-42

 
British Youth Opera: The Cunning Little Vixen Peacock Theatre 2015-09-052015-09-11 Where:
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street London, WC2A 2HT
Category: Theatres

Leos Janacek's ever-popular opera, based on a narrated series of cartoon drawings. Janacek brought his own passion for the natural world to bear on his ultimately optimistic view of the cycle of life and death.

British Youth Opera: Riders To The Sea & Savitri
On Soon

Wednesday 9th and Saturday 12th September 2015 - 7.30pm | 12-42

 
British Youth Opera: Riders To The Sea & Savitri Peacock Theatre 2015-09-092015-09-12 Where:
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street London, WC2A 2HT
Category: Theatres

A double-bill of seldom performed 20th-century British masterpieces by Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst.

Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo: Programme One
On Soon

15th to 20th Sep 2015 - Various Times | 15-38

 
Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo: Programme One Peacock Theatre 2015-09-152015-09-20 Where:
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street London, WC2A 2HT
Category: Theatres

The company presents its witty take on classical ballet repertoire, including The show-stopping Swan Lake, Pas De Deux, Paquita and Esmeralda.

Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo: The Trocks
On Soon

22nd to 26th Sep 2015 - Various Times | 15-38

 
Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo: The Trocks Peacock Theatre 2015-09-222015-09-26 Where:
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street London, WC2A 2HT
Category: Theatres

Dancers, including Ida Nevasyneva and Olga Supphozova, present two programmes which effortlessly display their startling technical prowess

Shaolin Monks On Soon

29th September to 17th October 2015

 
Shaolin Monks Peacock Theatre 2015-09-292015-10-17 Where:
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street London, WC2A 2HT
Category: Theatres

Kung Fu masters the Shaolin Monks return to the UK for the first time in seven years with a brand new show sure to delight the whole family. The twenty-member cast performs incredible feats, combining ...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

Royal Opera House Backstage Tours Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

24th April 2013 to 31st December 2015 | Theatre tour: 10.50 adult, 9.50 senior concession, 7 students/children | Architecture tour: 8 adult, 7.50 senior concession, 6 students/children

 
Royal Opera House Backstage Tours Royal Opera House 2013-04-242015-12-31 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres
Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina OngoingFree Event

19th June 2012 to 19th June 2017 | Free

 
Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina Royal Opera House 2012-06-192017-06-19 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres
Nonclassical Club Night
On Soon

Saturday 5th September 2015 - 8pm | phone for prices

 
Nonclassical Club Night Royal Opera House 2015-09-052015-09-05 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Join us for an immersive club night and experience drama, passion and tragedy through music, song and dance, featuring performances from The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet alongside guest artists, including Klavikon and DJ ...

Royal Opera House: Macbeth On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Wednesday 9th September 2015 - 7.45pm

 
Royal Opera House: Macbeth Royal Opera House 2015-09-092015-09-09 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Luke Styles, the first Glyndebourne Young Composer in Residence, has written a one-act contemporary chamber opera of Macbeth, created in collaboration with director Ted Huffman who adapted the libretto from Shakespeare' drama. The opera comes ...more

Orphee et Eurydice
On Soon

14th September to 3rd October 2015 - Various Times | phone for prices

 
Orphee et Eurydice Royal Opera House 2015-09-142015-10-03 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Choreographer Hofesh Shechter directs Gluck's opera, famed for its innovative dance music, in collaboration with Associate Director Of Opera John Fulljames. Conducted by John Eliot Gardiner and sung in French 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)

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

26th September to 20th October 2015 | 12-115 | at least 500 tickets 20 or under at every performance

 
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 2015-09-262015-10-20 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Theatres

With themes of adultery and murder, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk is a powerful work made even more so thanks to Shostakovich's fast-paced and dynamic score. Mark Wigglesworth, who begins his first season as Musical Director ...more

Lady Macbeth Of Mtsenk: Pre-performance Talk
On Soon

Saturday 26th September and Thursday 8th October 2015 - 5.15pm | 5

 
Lady Macbeth Of Mtsenk: Pre-performance Talk London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 2015-09-262015-10-20 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Theatres

Further your enjoyment of the opera.

The Barber Of Seville: Pre-performance Talk
On Soon

Wednesday 30th September and Wednesday 11th November 2015 - 5.15pm | 5

 
The Barber Of Seville: Pre-performance Talk London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 2015-09-282015-11-11 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Theatres

Further your enjoyment of the opera.

English National Opera: La Boheme Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

16th October to 14th November 2015 | 12-115 | at least 500 tickets 20 or under at every performance

 
English National Opera: La Boheme London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 2015-10-162015-11-14 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Theatres

Director Benedict Andrews returns to ENO to direct a new production of La bohème, starring Corinne Winters in the role of Mimi. This is a visually stunning, contemporary new production from sought-after Australian director Benedict ...more

La Boheme: Pre-performance Talk

Friday 23rd October 2015 - 5.15pm | 5

 
La Boheme: Pre-performance Talk London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 2015-10-232015-10-23 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Theatres

Further your enjoyment of the opera.

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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

Sarah Millican: Outsider

Sunday 1st November 2015 - 7.30pm | 25

 
Sarah Millican: Outsider The Place 2015-11-012015-11-01 Where:
The Place, 17 Duke's Road London, WC1H 9PY
Category: Evening Classes

Wry observations from the Geordie stand-up, writer, star of BBC 2's The Sarah Millican Show and the 2011 British Comedy Award winner for The People's Choice Queen Of Comedy.

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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

Dineo Seshee Bopape
Now OnFree Event

26th August to 27th September 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Dineo Seshee Bopape Southbank Centre 2015-08-262015-09-27 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Sculptural installations and video montages by the South African artist, exploring sociopolitical notions of memory, narration and representation.

Badge Making: Workshop
OngoingFree Event

10th June to 6th September 2015 - 11am-4pm | Free

 
Badge Making: Workshop Southbank Centre 2015-06-102015-09-06 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Carsten Holler: Decision OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

10th June to 6th September 2015 | 15 (Standard), 13 (Seniors), 11 (Students/universal credit/pension credit), 10 (Young People 12-18), Under 12s Free

 
Carsten Holler: Decision Southbank Centre 2015-06-102015-09-06 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Jeppe Hein: Appearing Rooms OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

2nd June to 27th September 2015 | Free

 
Jeppe Hein: Appearing Rooms Southbank Centre 2015-06-022015-09-27 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
A Room for London OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st January 2012 to 31st December 2015 | Free - enter via ballot

 
A Room for London Southbank Centre 2012-01-012015-12-31 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Discover Indonesia On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September 2015

 
Discover Indonesia Southbank Centre 2015-09-052015-09-06 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Taking place at the Southbank Centre in early September, Discover Indonesia showcases the country's contemporary culture through a weekend programme of live music, puppetry, dance, performance, workshops and talks. Performances include traditional palace dances from ...more

Tangos For Angels And Demons
On Soon

Sunday 6th September 2015 - 7.45pm-9.30pm | 16-24.50

 
Tangos For Angels And Demons Southbank Centre 2015-09-062015-09-06 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

An evening of instrumental tangos courtesy of soprano Ann Liebeck and Tango Siempre.

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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

Aaron Koblin And Ben Tricklebank: Light Echoes
OngoingFree Event

27th June to 6th September 2015 - 12noon-8pm | Free

 
Aaron Koblin And Ben Tricklebank: Light Echoes Barbican Centre 2015-06-272015-09-06 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
The Barbican Exhibition: Building A Landmark
OngoingFree Event

25th May to 29th November 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
The Barbican Exhibition: Building A Landmark Barbican Centre 2015-05-252015-11-29 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Hamlet Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

5th August to 31st October 2015 | 30-62.50. Advance tickets are sold out but 30 tickets a day will be sold on the door.

 
Hamlet Barbican Centre 2015-08-052015-10-31 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
The Big Wednesday Comedy Club - Barbican
On Soon

Wednesday 9th September 2015 - 8pm-10.15pm | 3.50 & 7

 
The Big Wednesday Comedy Club - Barbican Barbican Centre 2015-09-092015-09-09 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Final Symphony II: Talk
On Soon

Saturday 12th September 2015 - 5.15pm | 7

 
Final Symphony II: Talk Barbican Centre 2015-09-122015-09-12 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Composer Nobou Uematsu discusses his career.

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