West End theatre

The Palace Theatre, in the City of Westminster, London, built in 1891
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.
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Opened in May 1663, it is the oldest theatre in London.
Original interior of Savoy Theatre in 1881, the year it became the first public building in the world to be lit entirely by electricity.
The Lyceum Theatre, home to Disney's The Lion King.
Queen's Theatre showing Les Misérables, running in London since October 1985
The restored facade of the Dominion Theatre, as seen in 2017
The St Martin's Theatre, home to The Mousetrap, the world's longest-running play.
The exterior of the Old Vic
The Royal Court Theatre. Upstairs is used as an experimental space for new projects—The Rocky Horror Show premiered here in 1973.

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

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

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Piccadilly Circus

Road junction and public space of London's West End in the City of Westminster.

Road junction and public space of London's West End in the City of Westminster.

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
London's Piccadilly Circus in 1908. On the left is the old County Fire Office
Piccadilly Circus in 1949
Piccadilly Circus in 1962
Piccadilly Circus in 1970
Signs in 1992
Traffic at Piccadilly Circus
Panorama of Piccadilly Circus in 2015 from the southern side in front of Lillywhites
Illuminated signs of Piccadilly Circus at dawn, 2014
Tourists sitting on the steps of the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain
Facade of the London Pavilion in 2002
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.

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."

Mackintosh at the Australian premiere of Les Misérables in December 2012

Cameron Mackintosh

British theatrical producer and theatre owner notable for his association with many commercially successful musicals.

British theatrical producer and theatre owner notable for his association with many commercially successful musicals.

Mackintosh at the Australian premiere of Les Misérables in December 2012

He produced Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil's next musical Miss Saigon, which opened at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in the West End in September 1989.

Old Detroit Opera House c. 1905

Nederlander Organization

One of the largest operators of live theaters and music venues in the United States.

One of the largest operators of live theaters and music venues in the United States.

Old Detroit Opera House c. 1905
Shubert Lafayette in July 1942
Grand Riviera Theatre in Detroit c. 1970
Grand Riviera Auditorium c. 1970

Since then, the organization has grown to include nine Broadway theaters – making it the second-largest owner of Broadway theaters after the Shubert Organization – and a number of theaters across the United States, including five large theaters in Chicago, plus three West End theatres in London.

Greek theatre in Taormina, Sicily, Italy

Theatre

Collaborative form of performing art that uses live performers, usually actors or actresses, to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience in a specific place, often a stage.

Collaborative form of performing art that uses live performers, usually actors or actresses, to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience in a specific place, often a stage.

Greek theatre in Taormina, Sicily, Italy
A depiction of actors playing the roles of a master (right) and his slave (left) in a Greek phlyax play, circa 350/340 BCE
Mosaic depicting masked actors in a play: two women consult a "witch"
Rakshasa or the demon as depicted in Yakshagana, a form of musical dance-drama from India
Performer playing Sugriva in the Koodiyattam form of Sanskrit theatre
Public performance in Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Open Air Theatre
Rama and Shinta in Wayang Wong performance near Prambanan temple complex
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in the West End. Opened in May 1663, it is the oldest theatre in London.
Billing for a British theatre in 1829
The "Little House" of the Vanemuine Theatre from 1918 in Tartu, Estonia.
Cats at the London Palladium
Theatrical masks of Tragedy and Comedy. Mosaic, Roman artwork, 2nd century CE. Capitoline Museums, Rome
Village feast with theatre performance circa 1600
A theatre stage building in the backstage of Vienna State Opera
The rotating auditorium of the open air Pyynikki Summer Theatre in Tampere, Finland
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, c. 1821
Interior of the Teatro Colón, a modern theatre

The first West End theatre, known as Theatre Royal in Covent Garden, London, was designed by Thomas Killigrew and built on the site of the present Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

Hopkins at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival

Anthony Hopkins

Welsh actor, director, and producer.

Welsh actor, director, and producer.

Hopkins at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival
Richard Attenborough directed Hopkins in five films, and in the 1970s described him as "unquestionably the greatest actor of his generation".
Isabella Rossellini and Hopkins in Berlin to shoot scenes for The Innocent (1993)
Lecter t-shirt worn by Hopkins in Hannibal on display at the London Film Museum
Hopkins at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival
Anthony Hopkins Centre at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff
Hopkins at the 2009 Tuscan Sun Festival
Panorama of Snowdonia in north Wales which Hopkins described as "one of the most beautiful places in the world and Snowdon is the jewel that lies at its heart. It must be cherished and protected."

His last stage play was a West End production of M. Butterfly in 1989.

Cover of the 1898 edition

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

1865 English novel by Lewis Carroll.

1865 English novel by Lewis Carroll.

Cover of the 1898 edition
Page from the manuscript of Alice's Adventures Under Ground, 1864
The White Rabbit
The Cheshire Cat
Alice trying to play croquet with a Flamingo
Mad Tea Party by Charles Robinson. Theophilus Carter has been suggested as a model for The Hatter.
Three cards painting the white rose tree red to cover it up from the Queen of Hearts
Alice by John Tenniel, 1865
Red-cloth cover, as requested by Carroll, of the 1865 edition.
Alice in Wonderland by George Dunlop Leslie, 1879
Halloween costumes of Alice and the Queen of Hearts, 2015
Maidie Andrews as Alice on the West End stage, c. 1903
Production of Alice in Wonderland by the Kansas City Ballet in 2013

The first full major production of 'Alice' books during Lewis Carroll's lifetime was Alice in Wonderland, an 1886 musical play in London's West End by Henry Savile Clark (book) and Walter Slaughter (music), which played at the Prince of Wales Theatre.

Sadler's Wells Theatre, September 2015

Sadler's Wells Theatre

Performing arts venue in Clerkenwell, London, England located on Rosebery Avenue next to New River Head.

Performing arts venue in Clerkenwell, London, England located on Rosebery Avenue next to New River Head.

Sadler's Wells Theatre, September 2015
Sadler's Wells, 1745 (Robert Chambers, p.73, 1832)
A performance at Sadler's Wells, circa 1808.
Sadler's Wells in 1879
Lilian Baylis, creator of the fifth Sadler's Wells theatre

Sadler's Wells is also responsible for the management of the Peacock Theatre in the West End, during times not used by the London School of Economics.

The Royal Court Theatre in 2020

Royal Court Theatre

The Royal Court Theatre in 2020
Scene from The Happy Land, showing the scandalous impersonation of Gladstone, Lowe, and Ayrton (1873)
The Royal Court Theatre at dusk in 2007

The Royal Court Theatre, at different times known as the Court Theatre, the New Chelsea Theatre, and the Belgravia Theatre, is a non-commercial West End theatre in Sloane Square, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London, England.

The theatre in 2008, showing Edward Bond's The Sea

Theatre Royal Haymarket

The theatre in 2008, showing Edward Bond's The Sea
Haymarket Theatre, ca. 1900
Playwright and Poet Laureate Colley Cibber, the first actor-manager
Samuel Foote
The rear of the theatre in Suffolk Street
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John Gielgud in 1936

The Theatre Royal Haymarket (also known as Haymarket Theatre or the Little Theatre) is a West End theatre on Haymarket in the City of Westminster which dates back to 1720, making it the third-oldest London playhouse still in use.

Shaftesbury Avenue early on a Saturday morning, in 2006

Shaftesbury Avenue

Major road in the West End of London, named after The 7th Earl of Shaftesbury.

Major road in the West End of London, named after The 7th Earl of Shaftesbury.

Shaftesbury Avenue early on a Saturday morning, in 2006
Shaftesbury Avenue from Piccadilly Circus in 1949

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.