THE BEST THEATERS IN LONDON
London is undoubtedly a home of all things classic and the theater is definitely not left out. Whether you are setting out for heart gripping dramas or harmonious musicals, it’s hard to find a city that pours them out like London. Here are some of the best theaters in the city.
1) SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE THEATRE
This theatre was first constructed in 1599 and was formerly used for acting only Shakespearean plays.
It however got reconstructed in 1997. It is also called The Globe. It’s a theatre with over 2000 capacity with more than 1000 seating spaces.
Not only is the theatre renowned, it currently houses another theatre named The Sam Wanamaker Theatre, a 340 seats theatre.
Like the name suggests, the theater has a round structure that lets you have a clear view.
The theater is at New Globe Walk in Bank side and generally runs from May till October.
2) HAROLD PINTER THEATER
This theatre is located at Panton Street with a 796 capacity. It was original named The Royal Comedy Centre when it first opened in 1881 as a comic opera house.
The theater has a four level auditorium and is wheel chair accessible. It also houses a nice bar. The theater became famous when the then producers during the First World War created a revue that became really popular.
One of the most famous shows at the theater is Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Which aired in 2017. The theater is still strongly known for comedies and musicals.
3) THE OLD VIC
The Old Vic is an elegant theatre with a scenic view. The theatre is at The Cut, near Waterloo Station with over a thousand capacity. The theatre was built in 1818 and was originally named Royal Coburg Theatre.
It was nicknamed The Old Vic and the name became formalized in 1925. It was formerly home to the National Theatre until 1976, when it was moved to South Bank.
The theater saw some damage during The Second World War but was renovated later and it became a Grade II building.
It has a three level auditorium and comes with great facilities.
4) REGENT’S PARK OPEN AIR THEATER
This is a unique theater at Regent’s Park with 1200 capacity. The open air theater, established by a registered non-profit theater company, has been in London since 1932.
The theater runs through May till September (probably because it’s an open space that needs the summer weather}. The award winning theater is known for its beautiful musicals. It also has a peculiarity for Shakespeare and comedy.
Although you can’t get a ticket refund because of a bad weather, the theater allows you to switch shows.
5) NATIONAL THEATER
The national theatre is on the South Bank. It has four auditoriums: Olivier Theatre, Lyttleton Theatre, Dorfman Theatre and Temporary Theatre. The theatre produces about 25 shows every year and is involved in every part of the theatre business.
From family entertainment to rib-cracking comedies and musicals, the national theater doles them all out with standard.
The theatre boasts of nice restaurants, bars, bookstores, exhibitions and a great parking space.
It’s easier to make bookings before setting out to any of the theaters because of seat limitations. London promises a great theater experience.