Celebrating London theatres: the “T”s


Situated above the Latchmere pub in Battersea, the Theatre503 opened in 1982 and seats 63.

It was originally a sister venue to the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill, but since rebranding in 2002, it has been independent. The current artistic director is Lisa Spirling.

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Theatre Deli Broadgate

An arts hub on Finsbury Avenue, the Theatre Deli includes a performance stage, rehearsal studio, a creative desk space and a self-tape studio. It supports emerging companies whose work sits outside traditional theatre.

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Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Opened in 1812 (although there has been a theatre on site since 1660), the Grade I listed West End venue on Drury Lane is currently undergoing a major programme of renovation.

Owned by LW Theatres, the Theatre Royal is reportedly one of London’s most haunted theatres, with sightings of actor Charles Macklin and music hall star Dan Leno being reported.

Theatre Royal Haymarket

Opened in 1821, the Grade I listed Theatre Royal is the current home of Only Fools and Horses: the Musical. With a historical reputation for political satire, is has now settled into a home for plays and musicals. It has a balcony with wooden bench seating which seems to hark back to its roots.

Theatre Royal Stratford East

Long associated with Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop, the Theatre Royal opened in 1884 and is now owned by Pioneer Theatres Ltd.

Nadia Fall is the current artistic director, and the theatre h8as a strong reputation for “stories that provoke discourse about the world we live in and our place within it”.

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Theatro Technis

A small independent theatre in Mornington Crescent, the Theatro Technis opened in 1957 to provide a permanent theatre for the Cypriot community in London.

It has been located in its present home – an old church house – since 1978. George Eugeniou, founder of the theatre company, remains its artistic director.

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The Tower is based in Stoke Newington (a short walk from the station), is London’s most active non-professional company, with eighteen to twenty shows a year. It also hosts other productions on a room hire basis. Formed in 1932, it had its home in Islington at the Canonbury Tower from 1952-2003, and settled in its current home in 2018 (the former Sunstone Women’s Health and Leisure Club, itself a converted Methodist chapel).

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Trafalgar Studios

Formerly known as the Whitehall Theatre (1930-2004), the Trafalgar Studios is now split into two performance spaces: the larger Studio 1 at 380 seats and the smaller Studio 2 with 100 seats.

As the Whitehall, the theatre was primarily the home of farce in the 1950s and 1960s, and was operated as a TV studio in the late 1990s for Channel 5. Despite the twinning in 2004 and painting out of most of the original auditorium decoration, the theatre retains its Grade II listing.

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Troubadour Wembley Park

Opened in 2019 as one of a pair of new theatres (the other, in White City, has now closed permanently), the Troubadour Wembley Park is a flexible space which seats 1,000-2,000 people.

It stages plays, musicals, dance and comedy: the complex also includes a cinema.

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The Turbine Theatre opened near Battersea Power Station in 2019, under artistic director Paul Taylor-Mills. A small studio space, it has played host to drama, musicals, children’s theatre, and a series of evening chats with performers.

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Join me soon for the next in the series, for venues beginning with “U”.