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

Rosebery Avenue, Islington, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4TN | Tube: Angel Station

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

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


Matthew Bourne's The Car Man

Now On
14th July to 9th August 2015

Fifteen years since its premiere, Matthew Bourne's "sweaty, oil-spattered version of Carmen" (The Guardian) is back. The internationally acclaimed award-winning dance thriller is loosely based on Bizet's popular opera with one of the most ...more

ZooNation UK Dance Company Beginners' Course In Breaking

On Soon
1st, 8th and 15th August 2015 - 10am-12noon

Creators of hit Hip Hop theatre productions, Some Like It Hip Hop, Into The Hoods, Groove On Down The Road, and The Mad Hatter's Tea Party are offering a 6 week foundation course for 18+ ...

National Youth Dance Company: Apex Rising

Friday 4th and Saturday 5th September 2015 - 7.30pm

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

5th, 8th and 11th September 2015 - 7.30pm

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

8th to 12th Sep 2015

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


Peacock Theatre

Portugal Street, Holborn, London, WC2A 2HT | Tube: Holborn Station, Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

Peacock Theatre

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

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

5th, 8th and 11th September 2015 - 7.30pm

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

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

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

Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo: Programme One

15th to 20th Sep 2015 - Various Times

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

22nd to 26th Sep 2015 - Various Times

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

Shaolin Monks

29th September to 17th October 2015

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


Royal Opera House

Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD | Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

Royal Opera House - Champagne Bar 1 - Credit Lia Vittone

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

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


Now On
29th Jul and 31st Jul to 2nd Aug 2015 - Various Times

Royal Ballet Guest Principal Dancer Carlos Acosta presents a vibrant mixed programme of dance inspired by Cuba. Plus works from leading Cuban artists including Veronica Corveas, Alexander Varona and members of Danza Contemporanea de Cuba.


Royal Opera House Backstage Tours

24th April 2013 to 31st December 2015

Home to The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera, the magnificent Royal Opera House opens its doors for unprecedented access to the iconic building, which covers 2.5 acres of Covent Garden. Giving an overview of ...more

Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina

OngoingFree Event
19th June 2012 to 19th June 2017

A new piece of artwork by Yinka Shonibare will be displayed on the exterior of the Royal Opera House this June. Globe Head Ballerina - inspired by a photograph of the prima ballerina Margot ...more


Ben Folds

On Soon
Wednesday 12th August 2015

The multi-platinum selling Nashville based singer/songwriter and producer Ben Folds plays at the Royal Opera House, continuing a series of summer pop concerts which have included Rufus Wainwright's acclaimed five night residency in ...more

Ben Folds With yMusic

On Soon
Wednesday 12th August 2015 - 7.30pm

The singer-songwriter, pianist and producer collaborates with virtuoso cross-over sextet yMusic to produce a rock sound with an instrumental edge.


London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO)

St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4ES | Tube: Charing Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Covent Garden Station, Embankment Underground Station

London Coliseum - Image by Johan Persson and ENO

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

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)


Sylvie Guillem: Life In Progress

Now On
28th Jul & 29th Jul and 31st Jul to 2nd Aug 2015 - Various Times

Demand to see Sylvie Guillem's final performances at Sadler's Wells was so great that it has led to an extended farewell including these extra dates at the London Coliseum. In Life in Progress the acclaimed ...more

Queensland Ballet: La Sylphide

On Soon
4th to 8th Aug 2015 - Various Times

The Australian company makes its London debut, performing Peter Schaufuss' interpretation of the August Bournonville supernatural, romantic ballet. Music is composed by Herman von Lovenskjold.

St Petersburg Ballet Theatre: Swan Lake

On Soon
17th to 21st Aug 2015 - 7.30pm

The company performs an adaptation of Tchaikovsky's ballet.

St Petersburg Ballet Theatre: Bayadere

On Soon
Saturday 22nd August 2015 at 7.30pm & Sunday 23rd August 2015 at 3pm

The company performs choreographer Marius Petipa's ballet.


Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

26th September to 20th October 2015

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


The Place

17 Duke's Road, Bloomsbury, London, WC1H 9PY | Tube: Euston Station, Euston Square Station

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

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

Summer Dance Courses

On Soon
3rd to 21st August 2015 - 10am-5.30pm

This summer our courses feature: Michael Clark Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre, and Richard Alston Dance Company. Our Summer Dance Courses are completely flexible, taught by renowned international dance artists and companies.

Sarah Millican: Outsider

Sunday 1st November 2015 - 7.30pm

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.


Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX | Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

Southbank Centre

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

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

Come And Clay: Workshop

Now OnFree Event
21st July to 28th August 2015 - 11am-4pm

Pottery session with Freya Bramble-Carter.

Big Wedding Makeathon: Workshop

Now OnFree Event
22nd July to 31st August 2015 - 11am-4pm

Fun, interactive sessions of crafty creativity.

Simon Linington

Now OnFree Event
29th Jul to 2nd Aug 2015 - Various Times

Performance, sculpture, film and photography curated by Hayward Gallery Assistant Curator, Dominik Czechowski.

Echoes & Reverberations

Now OnFree Event
23rd June to 16th August 2015 - Various Times

A group exhibition exploring performative approaches to aural culture and oral history, including works by Jumana Emil Abboud and Joe Namy.

Badge Making: Workshop

OngoingFree Event
10th June to 6th September 2015 - 11am-4pm

Create your own pin badges.


Ursula Martinez: Free Admission

Now On
28th Jul to 2nd Aug 2015

Following the success of her show My Stories, Your Emails, Ursula Martinez is back with her new production Free Admission, staged at the Southbank Centre this summer. In her new show, the Olivier Award-winning performance ...more


Festival of Love

6th June to 31st August 2015

Returning for a second year, Southbank Centre's summer-long Festival of Love celebrates love in all its guises. Last year saw different types of human love explored and the project continues in 2015 with installations, performances ...more


Carsten Holler: Decision

OngoingFree Event
10th June to 6th September 2015

Especially-commissioned slides invite courageous visitors to Carsten Holler's summer exhibition at the Hayward to travel from the gallery's iconic glass pyramid ceiling to the entrance level. This major exhibition, one of the highlights of Southbank ...more


Jeppe Hein: Appearing Rooms

OngoingFree Event
2nd June to 27th September 2015

To the art world Jeppe Hein's 'Appearing Rooms' is a delightful mix of sculpture and architecture, playing with the viewers perception of solid forms. To the many kids and families who flock to the South ...more


A Room for London

OngoingFree Event
1st January 2012 to 31st December 2015

Three years after it was originally built as a temporary structure, A Room For London is set to stay open for another year due to overwhelming popularity. The 'room' in question looks very much like ...more

Punch Brothers + Rachel Sermanni

On Soon
Saturday 1st August 2015 - 7.30pm-10.30pm

Family Gamelan Taster Sessions

On Soon
29th July to 29th August 2015 - Various Times

Barbican Centre

Silk Street, City, London, EC2Y 8DS | Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

Barbican Centre

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

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

Los Angeles-based digital artists Koblin and Tricklebank present a laser commission, which projects a sculptural wall of light around the gallery space culminating in a visual wordscape. Under 5s are not permitted in the gallery ...

The Barbican Exhibition: Building A Landmark

OngoingFree Event
25th May to 29th November 2015 - Various Times

Rarely seen photographs of the construction of the building from a bomb site into a brutalist architectural landmark.


On SoonFree Event
2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd Aug 2015 - 11am-5pm

An all-day celebration of music and art.



On Soon
5th August to 31st October 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the title role of Hamlet in Lyndsey Turner's production of Shakespeare's tragedy at the Barbican. The story famously follows the son who is compelled to seek revenge for his father's death, ...more

The Big Wednesday Comedy Club - Barbican

Wednesday 9th September 2015 - 8pm-10.15pm
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