The Palace Theatre, in the City of Westminster, London, built in 1891
Piccadilly Circus, the heart of the West End, in September 2012
The London Palladium in Soho opened in 1910. While the Theatre has a resident show, it also has one-off performances such as concerts. Since 1930 it has hosted the Royal Variety Performance 43 times.
Shaftesbury Avenue from Piccadilly Circus in 1949
Piccadilly Circus in 1896, with a view towards Leicester Square via Coventry Street. London Pavilion is on the left, and Criterion Theatre on the right
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Opened in May 1663, it is the oldest theatre in London.
Dragon statue on the Temple Bar monument, which marks the boundary between the City of Westminster and City of London
London's Piccadilly Circus in 1908. On the left is the old County Fire Office
Original interior of Savoy Theatre in 1881, the year it became the first public building in the world to be lit entirely by electricity.
Her Majesty's Theatre in Haymarket, home to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera
Piccadilly Circus in 1949
The Lyceum Theatre, home to Disney's The Lion King.
Marble Arch
Piccadilly Circus in 1962
Queen's Theatre showing Les Misérables, running in London since October 1985
Piccadilly Circus in 1970
The restored facade of the Dominion Theatre, as seen in 2017
Signs in 1992
The St Martin's Theatre, home to The Mousetrap, the world's longest-running play.
Traffic at Piccadilly Circus
The exterior of the Old Vic
Panorama of Piccadilly Circus in 2015 from the southern side in front of Lillywhites
The Royal Court Theatre. Upstairs is used as an experimental space for new projects—The Rocky Horror Show premiered here in 1973.
Illuminated signs of Piccadilly Circus at dawn, 2014
West End theatres on Shaftesbury Avenue in 2016
Tourists sitting on the steps of the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain
Gilbert and Sullivan play at the Savoy in 1881
Facade of the London Pavilion in 2002
Victoria Palace Theatre (showing Billy Elliot in 2012) was refurbished in 2017.
The view from Picadilly Circus onto Regent Street, December 2020
Roof of the County Fire Office, with dome and statue of Britannia
Inside Piccadilly Circus tube station
Ai Weiwei launches CIRCA 2020, chaired by Norman Rosenthal and founded by Josef O'Connor.
Signs in Piccadilly Circus, as seen in 2012.

West End theatre is mainstream professional theatre staged in the large theatres in and near the West End of London.

- West End theatre

The West End of London (commonly referred to as the West End) is a district of Central London, west of the City of London and north of the River Thames, in which many of the city's major tourist attractions, shops, businesses, government buildings and entertainment venues, including West End theatres, are concentrated.

- West End of London

Piccadilly Circus is a road junction and public space of London's West End in the City of Westminster.

- Piccadilly Circus

The junction has been a very busy traffic interchange since construction, as it lies at the centre of Theatreland and handles exit traffic from Piccadilly, which Charles Dickens Jr. described in 1879: "Piccadilly, the great thoroughfare leading from the Haymarket and Regent-street westward to Hyde Park-corner, is the nearest approach to the Parisian boulevard of which London can boast."

- Piccadilly Circus

The Criterion Theatre opened on Piccadilly Circus on 21 March 1874, and in 1881, two more houses appeared: the Savoy Theatre in The Strand, built by Richard D'Oyly Carte specifically to showcase the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan, opened on 10 October (the first theatre to be lit by cooler, cleaner electric lights), and five days later the Comedy Theatre opened as the Royal Comedy Theatre on Panton Street in Leicester Square.

- West End theatre

Piccadilly Circus

- West End of London
The Palace Theatre, in the City of Westminster, London, built in 1891

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Leicester Square in July 2012, following redevelopment

Leicester Square

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Leicester Square in July 2012, following redevelopment
Leicester Square in 1750, looking north towards Leicester House, then one of the largest houses in London.
Leicester Square overlooking the Alhambra Theatre in 1874
Leicester Square in 1880, looking north east
Panorama showing the Lego Store and M&M's World
The Shakespeare fountain and statue
Charlie Chaplin statue
The TKTS booth in Leicester Square is the official place to purchase cheap theatre tickets in the West End besides being synonymous with London film premieres.
The Odeon, Leicester Square
Mr. Bean statue in the square as part of the Scenes in the Square sculpture trail.
Leicester Square looking north-west towards Swiss Court. The Lego store is visible to the left.
The Odeon Leicester Square

Leicester Square is a pedestrianised square in the West End of London, England.

It is within the City of Westminster, north of Trafalgar Square, east of Piccadilly Circus, west of Covent Garden, and south of Cambridge Circus.

Leicester Square is the centre of London's cinema land, and one of the signs marking the Square bears the legend "Theatreland".

Shaftesbury Avenue early on a Saturday morning, in 2006

Shaftesbury Avenue

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Shaftesbury Avenue early on a Saturday morning, in 2006
Shaftesbury Avenue from Piccadilly Circus in 1949
Shaftesbury Avenue in 2016 with West End theatres pictured along the right side of the road
The Forbidden Planet comic store on the road

Shaftesbury Avenue is a major road in the West End of London, named after The 7th Earl of Shaftesbury.

It runs north-easterly from Piccadilly Circus to New Oxford Street, crossing Charing Cross Road at Cambridge Circus.

The avenue is generally considered the heart of London's West End theatre district, with the Lyric, Apollo, Gielgud and Sondheim theatres clustered together on the west side of the road between Piccadilly Circus and Charing Cross Road.