London's Theatre Scene

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The Show Must Go On:

Looking to catch a performance or an immersive theatrical experience? You’re in luck as London has a vibrant and well-established theatre scene. Professional theatre is an important part of London’s cultural fabric along with the city’s dynamic community theatre scene. Do you know a budding performer that’s curious about theatre? There’s really something for everyone with productions ranging from the light-hearted all-time classic The Wizard of Oz to Jeans ‘n Classics with faithful interpretations of legendary rock artists, to the darker new rock musical Vigilante, where the ghosts of the infamous Donnelly’s return to tell their side of things. 

London’s theatres enjoy enthusiastic community support, thriving across the city with musicals, plays and performance pieces. The annual and cutting-edge London Fringe Theatre Festival programs unrestrained creative theatre, film and visual artists to audiences in inclusive environments across the city, throughout the year.
London Fringe Theatre Festival

ARTS Project (The)

A Hybrid Venue
The ARTS Project features two gallery spaces with changing exhibits throughout the year, as well as an intimate 90-seat black-box theatre that can be modified for seating, staging and visual appearance. Along with their resident theatre company, Passionfool Theatre, many local production companies mount their plays here each year. Bring your sketch book, paper pad, graphite and pastels – draw from a live model to develop or sharpen your drawing skills with weekly instructorless life drawing sessions.
The ARTS Project

Broadway in London

Calling all Broadway Enthusiasts! 
If you are a broadway aficionado these shows are a must! Broadway in London at the RBC Theatre at Budweiser Gardens has been bringing top flight touring broadway shows, big name plays to London for over a decade. Live family friendly entertainment has included performances by Cirque du Soleil and show-stopping musicals like Riverdance and Annie.
Budweiser Gardens

Grand Theatre

Stage Struck
The Grand Theatre is a cultural icon, often staging high-profile productions, in its superbly refurbished 839-seat Spriet Stage that produces some of the finest professional live theatre in Canada. The Grand opened in 1901, thanks to theatre tycoon Ambrose Small who built the theatre and operated it until his unsolved disappearance in 1919. The theatre is one of three known Canadian theatres to be haunted. By the late 1940's, the legend that Small's spirit walked the stage after every opening night had become part of the theatre's heritage. Do you want to get a sneak peek backstage? Groups can see where the sets, costumes and props are created, view the beautiful proscenium arch and learn about the long-storied history of the theatre and the famous actors that have graced the stage. Operational year-round the theatre offers a winter subscription series on the Spriet Stage from September to May with sweeping dramas like The Colony of Unrequited Dreams and screen-to-stage musical adaptions like the hit movie Shrek.
The Grand Theatre

McManus Theatre

Alternative Theatre
The McManus Theatre is a secondary venue of the Grand Theatre located on the lower level with seating for 150. The intimate venue showcases simultaneous programs of more experimental, thought-provoking and intimate performances than is possible on the MainStage.
The Daisy Theatre at McManus Theatre

Spriet Family Theatre (The)

The Spriet Family Theatre is an experimental black-box performance space with 98 seats located on the 2nd floor of the Covent Garden Market. The venue is home to the Original Kids Theatre Company which is exclusively dedicated to enriching and celebrating young talent through positive values and the arts, in a safe and stimulating environment. 
Original Kids Theatre Company

Palace Theatre

A Vibrant Performance Hub Where Londoners Play a Part
Originally built in 1929 as a silent movie theatre, the Palace Theatre is home to two venues, the Mainstage which seats some 350 and boasts a solid repertoire of musicals, comedies and weighty dramas on its proscenium stage, and the more intimate 75-seat black-box Procunier Hall. Located in the Old East Village it is home to the London Community Players and Musical Theatre Productions, bringing live theatre productions to the city for over 40 years and growing into a vibrant performance and community hub.
Palace Theatre

Paul Davenport Theatre

Cornerstone of the Don Wright Faculty of Music
Paul Davenport Theatre (formerly Talbot Theatre) at Western University features wind ensemble concerts to opera as well as being the summer home of the National Orchestra of Canada and performances by local dance groups and recitals by celebrated guest artists.
Paul Davenport Theatre

Wolf Performance Hall

A superior concert hall, state-of-the-art meeting facility designed for memorable theatre located at the Central Library, showcasing live jazz and theatrical productions in a 360-seat facility. The venue is home to the Jeffery Concerts featuring acclaimed artists and up-and-coming young stars in solo, chamber and orchestral performances.
Wolf Performance Hall

Aeolian Hall (The)

One of the Top Ten Halls in Canada
The legendary and historic Aeolian Hall is an acoustic marvel with an intimate atmosphere and a dedicated civic focus is well-known for booking renowned artists. Built in 1883, as the Town Hall for London East the multi-disciplinary music venue features concert seating for 241. The venue has a long history of arts and culture and community engagement and is home to the London Youth Symphony, The London Community Orchestra and the El Sistema Aeolian Program which focuses on free classical orchestral music training for youth.
The Aeolian Hall

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