Union Theatre

Theatre, Musicals Southwark
1 Love It
Save it
Union Theatre

The home of musical theatre on the fringe

As it's become ever harder to stage a successful musical in the West End, the fringe has surged ahead as the place to find vibrant new work and interesting musical revivals. And nowhere embodies that better than the Union Theatre, a tiny, rough-around-the-edges venue that hosts musical after musical (plus the occasional play) on the sort of budget that Cameron Mackintosh spends on a sandwich. The results are mixed, but that's kind of the point: the Union is an invaluable outlet for aspiring creatives and performers to hone their skills.

The large numbers of people involved in musicals means tickets can cost as much as £20, but there's few London musical theatre aficionados who'd quibble with that, and tickets are cheaper for smaller shows. After its beginnings in a former warehouse, the Union recently moved to a new purpose-built venue just across the road. Built from two former railway arches, this theatre boasts a bigger performance space, and has upgraded the old Union cafe to a restaurant.


Venue name: Union Theatre
Address: 229 Union St
Transport: Tube: Southwark
Do you own this business?
To improve this listing email: feedback@timeout.com

Pick a date

  • Musicals Wednesday May 9 2018 - Saturday June 2 2018

You may be interested in:

Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:1
  • 4 star:1
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:0
1 person listening

A small theatre that specilaises in small scale musical theatre. Very nearly an 'off west end' as opposed to 'fringe' theatre hosting great shows with many top notch actors in them. Standing for twenty years at it's present sight and it's about to move to shinier premises across the road. A lovely little cafe to boot selling good coffee and the famouse Brick Lane bagel!

Catch the last show 'The Rise and Fall of Little Voice' at it's old haunt until 26th June 2016. Then go across the road and support great independent theatre at a fraction of the price of West End shows. 


Tucked away under the arches near Southwark tube station in the opposite direction to the Young Vic, Union Theatre is a gem for musical theatre fans who like to be close to the action.  The flexible space allows for interesting staging and the small audiences make you feel like you're being let in on a secret.

A great place to see up and coming talent.