West End Theatre

About West End Theatre, London

West End theatre is the term used for professional theatres shows staged in and around the West End of London.

Theatrical productions in London are considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre in the English-speaking world and they attract millions of visitors from around the globe.

London’s main theatre district is home to forty venues and is traditionally defined by the Strand to the south, Oxford Street to the north, Regent Street to the west and Kingsway to the east. Two of the most prominent theatre streets are Drury Lane and Shaftesbury Avenue.

Helpful information about West End Theatre, London


Most theatres open for afternoon matinee performances twice a week and every night for evening performances. Ticket prices for London theatres vary greatly depending how popular the show is and where you choose to sit.


The vast majority of London theatres have disabled access but you can check specific information on individual websites

Opening Times

Most matinee shows begin at 2 or 3pm while the evening shows usually begin at 7.30pm.

Did you know?

  • The 2013 production of Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter Theatre holds the record for most 5 star reviews ever awarded to a musical in the West End
  • Under the pseudonym Doctor Spin, Andrew Lloyd Webber released a top 10 single in 1992 called "Tetris"
  • Two seats are permanently bolted open at the Palace Theatre for the theatre ghosts to sit in

 How to get to the West End, London


The nearest tube stations to the West End theatres are Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus and Covent Garden.


The West End is easily accessible by bus from all parts of London. The easiest way to reach the West End from central London landmarks, such as Trafalgar Square is on foot.


The nearest mainline stations to the West End include: Charing Cross, City Thameslink and Blackfriars Railway Station.

For more information about travelling to the West End, check out Transport for London.

Where to stay in London for West End Theatre

If you are looking for somewhere to stay in London for your trip to theatreland, check out our vast range of accommodation in and around the centre of the city. Wherever you decide to stay in London, you will find the West End easy to reach by public transport. Check out our accommodation in London.

Things to do near West End Theatre

If you are going to a show in London, take your time to explore the area. Piccadilly, Covent Garden and Leicester Square are packed with bars, restaurants and entertainment venues.

More information about West End Theatre

Find more information about London theatres including: ticket prices, directions, reviews and show information, check out the London Box Office for full details.

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