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Open-air theatre in London

Open-air theatre in London

Open-air theatre season in London stretches from March to late October: Londoners are just that tough. Or at least, optimistic about the weather. Substantially it revolves around a few key theatres, notably Shakespeare’s Globe – which is open for by far the longest time – and the delightful Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, which is open late spring to the end of summer.  But there’s plenty of other stuff, especially as the summer reaches its height, from the ambitious street theatre of the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival to the musical theatre blowout of West End Live. Not sure what you'll need for an open-air theatre trip? Then don’t miss our guide to practical open-air theatre info. 

LGBTQ+ theatre in London

LGBTQ+ theatre in London

London's thriving LGBTQ+ theatre scene means that you can see queer stories live on stage, any day of the week. Okay, there are just a few dedicated LGBTQ+ performance venues in the city, including gay theatre hubs Above the Stag, Royal Vauxhall Tavern and the King's Head. But we've helped you out by tracking down some of the best LGBTQ+ shows at theatres across London. Expect everything from genre-smashing queer cabaret to lesbian romance to gay theatre classics to explorations of trans experience. Here's the low-down on the shows that are exploring LGBTQ+ lives, history and communities, beyond the stereotypes.

Shakespeare plays in London

Shakespeare plays in London

Whether you’re planning a trip to the iconic Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, catching a production for the Royal Shakespeare Company or seeing a spot of Shakespearean drama elsewhere in London, here’s where to watch the biggest and best plays by the Bard in London.

A-Z: West End theatre shows on now in London

A-Z: West End theatre shows on now in London

It can be diffiult to keep up with everything on in London’s West End, which is full of more theatre shows, musical productions and ticket offers than you can shake an interval ice cream at. So where to start? We’ve pulled together literally everything currently running in the West End, from new plays to long-running musicals, for YOUR delight. Want to shortcut to the good stuff? Check out our pick of the top ten West End theatre shows in London.

Top children’s theatre shows this half-term

Top children’s theatre shows this half-term

Prise your kids away from their mobile phones this half-term with these ace theatre shows. London has tons of great children’s theatre during the May-June half-term (Monday May 30 14 to Friday June 3 2022), and we’ve found some shows that’ll keep everyone from toddlers to teenagers to parents thoroughly entertained. And if you’d rather leave the little ones at home, check our critics’ round-up of the best new theatre openings. RECOMMENDED: Explore our full guide to half-term in London.

The ten best Shakespeare plays of all time

The ten best Shakespeare plays of all time

Back in 2016, we marked the four hundredth anniversary of the Bard's death by asking you to vote on what you thought the best Shakespeare plays were. Would William Shakespeare's most famous plays win – the endlessly staged blockbusters like ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ or ‘Hamlet’? Or maybe one of the cult, lesser-known ones – an unexpected upset from ‘The Two Gentlemen of Verona’, anyone? Here's how the top ten actually turned out in our ultimate Shakespeare play-off. Time Out London theatre homepage. The best London theatre shows to book for in 2022.

Family Christmas shows in London 2021

Family Christmas shows in London 2021

As the wintry nights draw in, get a cosy festive glow at one of London’s many joyful kid-friendly Christmas shows, whether you’ve got your inner child or actual children in tow. Traditionally, the first port of call for anyone who wants to keep grannies, dads and toddlers on side is visit to the pantomime: if that’s what you're after, check out our comprehensive guide to the best pantos across London. But there plenty of other ways to keep everyone aged one to 101 entertained with a Christmassy theatre trip. From the fringe to the West End, London’s theatre scene is bursting with family-friendly shows that are bright and silly enough to delight kids, while offering enough wit, subtlety and festive nostalgia to satisfy adults too. Whether you’re after an all-singing, all-dancing musical spectacular, an adaptation of a much-loved children’s classic, or a thrilling circus adventure, London’s theatres have got you (and your family) covered. Here’s our guide to planning the perfect family theatre trip this festive season.    We’ll be updating this page as more shows are announced.  Are you after a show that's squarely aimed at kids? Check out our full guide to children’s Christmas shows in London.

Christmas 2021 dance shows in London

Christmas 2021 dance shows in London

It's Christmas, so London's dance companies are putting their twinkliest toes forward and staging a beautiful array of yuletide shows. If you want to see a festive classic like 'Swan Lake' or the immortal ‘Nutcracker’, you're in luck, because these tutu-tastic trad ballet spectaculars dominate the bill at big venues like the Coliseum and the Royal Opera House. With dazzlingly well-drilled choruses and stunningly glitzy visuals, they're the perfect intro to the wonderful world of ballet. But there's also quirkier Christmas fare at London's smaller dance venues, and they'll be added to this page as they're announced.  Read on to book tickets to a London dance show that'll inspire you to leap off the sofa and into the yuletide spirit. RECOMMENDED: Find more Christmas shows in London 

The best dance and ballet shows in May 2021

The best dance and ballet shows in May 2021

After some fitful attempts to get back on its feet last year, dance is coming back strong for 2021 – socially distanced for now. Here are the biggest and best shows you can see this month.

Best West End theatre shows in London

Best West End theatre shows in London

Call it the West End or call it Theatreland, but central London is the best place to see theatre in the world. And Time Out’s guide to the best theatre shows currently running in the West End. Our critics pick the best theatre shows in town, featuring anything from London musicals to the best children's theatre shows. We'll be updating this page as new West End theatre shows open, so keep checking back as our critics refresh their choices.  And if you want to look further afield for great shows, don't forget our pick of the best new theatre openings this month. RECOMMENDED: your complete A-Z guide to West End theatre shows

The best family theatre in London this Easter

The best family theatre in London this Easter

Forget stuffing your face with chocolate eggs – there's an even better buzz in store at London's children's theatre shows. The school Easter holidays run from Monday 6th April until Friday 17th April 2020; plenty of time to introduce the kids to everything from musicals to puppetry to Shakespeare. From tiny toddlers to grumpy teenagers, here's some critics' choice theatre that'll leave kids of all ages on a high.   RECOMMENDED: Crack open the full guide to Easter in London

LIFT festival: what's going on this year?

LIFT festival: what's going on this year?

LIFT 2020, or the biennial London International Festival of Theatre, is back with an international line-up featuring everything from performing pigeons to immersive dance to world-class drama. Taking place at venues across the city and running for an entire month this summer (Wednesday June 3 - Saturday July 11 2020), here's our rundown of LIFT 2020's unmissable line-up. Can't wait? Get more theatre inspiration by browsing our London theatre reviews or our top ten new theatre shows hitting the capital this month. 

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Bag tickets to see Andrew Scott in ‘Hamlet’ before anyone else

Bag tickets to see Andrew Scott in ‘Hamlet’ before anyone else

You thought it was not to be? Well, we’ve got our hands on the hottest tickets in town, so if you want to see the star of ‘Sherlock’ tread the boards as the Prince of Denmark as Robert Icke’s critically acclaimed production transfers to the West End in the summer, we’re the place to come.  The show heads to the Harold Pinter Theatre from June, following its sold-out run at the Almeida. The talent on show is certainly impressive. Andrew Scott plays the Dane fresh from creeping the hell out of everyone as Sherlock’s nemesis, and it’s from the creative team behind ‘1984’ and ‘Oresteia’, with direction from Olivier Award winner Robert Icke. And with tickets from a tenner? You’d be mad as the sea and wind not to. To check prices and book tickets, click here. Read our five-star review of ‘Hamlet’ here.