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Vote for the best theatre in London

What's the best theatre in London? Vote for your favourite venue as part of the Time Out Theatre Awards 2015

Nicola Ferrara

London is the greatest theatre city in the world, and a huge part of that is down to – duh – our theatres. From the lavish Victorian and Edwardian playhouses of Theatreland to the vibrant pubs and pop-ups of our fringe theatres and global icons like the National Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe, no other city in the world can compare.

But which of our myriad theatres is the most beloved? This summer, we’re putting it to the vote as part of the 2015 Time Out Theatre Awards: simply award a thumbs up to your favourite venues below and watch them climb the chart. It's based upon a shortlist of London's busiest, best and most iconic theatres – ie, the ones that we review at regulalry – compiled by the Time Out theatre team. We’ll officially announce the results in the online in August.


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Crystal R

I really want to support the Gate Theatre! I've seen 4 productions there over the past year, all new writing - Chimera, Chronicles of Kalki, Eclipsed, & Image of an Unknown Young Woman. None was less than interesting and one or two were outstanding. The subject matter has ranged from genetics and motherhood, sexual violence towards women during the Liberian civil war, the struggles of two adolescent school girls helped by a mystery deity, and living under a tyrannical and duplicitous regime. They arrange other events to involve the audience such as a post show talk about genetics with Professor Robert Winston, and an excellent workshop with the creators of Chronicles of Kalki about how directors and designers work together. I've paid between £10 - £20 for tickets, a big plus for someone like me who goes to the theatre a lot, and doesn't have an unlimited budget. I love their mission statement which includes that they want to work with anyone who aims to change the world! I love that Sarah Kane directed the premiere of one of her own works there back in the 1990's!

I've also voted for Battersea Arts Centre, laudably maintaining the tradition that, come what may, the show must go on, after the recent fire, having seen two fantastic shows there in May. One was The Siege presented by the Palestinian Freedom Theatre of Jenin - a play based on verbatim testimony from survivors of the siege at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in 2002. The other was a charming and funny one-man version of Paradise Lost performed by actor/dancer Ben Duke. Again ticket prices were very low.

Both these theatres are giving opportunities to new writers, innovative theatre makers and young actors, and showing work that otherwise wouldn't gets seen. 

The Man on the Street Staff Comp

No mention of The Prince of Wales ?

Great show, Great theatre

Trafalgar Studio downstairs works for me too

bowertron Staff WriterStaff Comp

half the venues are missing - i would vote the Victoria Palace as my favourite