The theatre is a great way to get out and enjoy an evening on the town – from amateur performances to professional productions, live theatre offers an altogether different experience to sitting at home and watching a film or television programme.
From drama to comedy and musicals, the options are endless – each year theatre companies from around the UK revive classics and stage new offerings to the delight of audiences of all ages. With so much on offer, it’s easy to find a show that suits you, and often even the best seats in the house are affordable to the average audience member.
See a live show in London
Not just the theatre capital of Britain, London is also one of the theatre capitals of the world – some of the most talented thespians in the industry started their careers on the stage in London’s West End, so it’s no surprise that today audiences flock to the area for an afternoon or evening out at the theatre.
For many, knowing what’s on stage and what comes recommended is the most difficult part; many rely on word of mouth recommendations or advice from ticket sellers when they arrive in London. Newspapers like the Guardian regularly review new and touring productions in their theatre section, called Stage, and this is a good place to start if you’re in need of inspiration.
Websites like the London Theatre Guide also offer useful information, sharing reviews from top critics in one place, along with insights like what stars are on stage and any new productions soon to make their debut. You can search deals and tickets to the most popular shows at Shows in London, where you can also browse by top offer and venue to find exactly what you’re looking for.
The West End isn’t the only place to catch great live theatre – the National Theatre on London’s South Bank has a full calendar of exciting performances all year long.
If you’re searching for Opera or Ballet, The Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden is also an excellent place to look and stages productions from the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet, as well as offering tours of the theatre and backstage.
Famous theatres around the UK
Outside of London is no less varied – and most people don’t need to travel far to see great theatre. If you want to find out what’s on in your area, resources like the British Theatre Guide offer a comprehensive listing of productions that are on and make it easy to search by region.
Outside of London, the Ambassador Theatre Group – or ATG – is the largest company of touring shows in the UK, with more than 40 theatres in cities like Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Bristol. To find out what’s on in your area, you can search the website by venue, or browse the list of latest shows.
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