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The oldest theatre in London is the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

West End Theatres

Theatres are listed alphabetically. Where theatres have had multiple names over time, relevant names are listed separately but link to a single page for each theatre.

There does not appear to be a definitive list of what is counted as a "West End" theatre as it is not limited to theatres within London's West End region, but we have tried to keep our list generally in line with what can be found on ticket booking sites.

All the theatres (UK wide) so far added to the site can be found on the A-Z of Theatres page.

TheatreName changes and any other relevent information
Adelphi Theatre
Aldwych TheatreWas the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC)'s London base 1960-1982
Albery TheatrePreviously New until 1973. Renamed Noel Coward in 2006
Ambassadors TheatreCalled New Ambassadors 1999-2007
Apollo Theatre
Apollo Victoria Theatre
Arts TheatreHome of the Arts Theatre Club
Barbican TheatreRSC's London base since 1982. Includes studio theatre The Pit
Cambridge Theatre
Comedy TheatreRenamed Harold Pinter in 2011
Criterion Theatre
Dominion Theatre
Donmar WarehousePreviously the RSC's studio theatre The Warehouse 1977-1981. Gained current name in 1992
Duchess Theatre
Duke Of York's Theatre
Fortune Theatre
Garrick Theatre
Gielgud TheatrePreviously Globe until 1994
Gillian Lynne TheatrePreviously Winter Garden 1911-1972, then New London until May 2018
Globe TheatreRenamed Gielgud in 1994 to avoid confusion with Shakespeare's Globe
Harold Pinter TheatrePreviously Comedy Theatre until 2011
Her Majesty's TheatrePreviously His Majesty's 1901-1952
His Majesty's TheatreRenamed Her Majesty's in 1952
King's Cross
London CasinoPreviously Prince Edward until 1936 and reverted to that name in 1978.
Used as a cinema 1954-1978, at times dropping London from the name.
London ColiseumHome of the English National Opera (ENO)
The London Palladium
Lyceum Theatre
Lyric Theatre
Mermaid Theatre
National TheatreMade up of three theatre spaces - Olivier, Lyttelton, and Dorfman (previously Cottesloe)
New TheatreRenamed Albery in 1973 and then Noel Coward in 2006
New Ambassadors TheatreCalled Ambassadors prior to 1999 and reverted to that name in 2007
New London TheatrePreviously Winter Garden until 1972. Renamed Gillian Lynne in May 2018
Noel Coward TheatrePreviously New until 1973, and Albery 1973-2006
Novello TheatrePreviously Strand until 2005
The Old Vic
Palace Theatre
Phoenix Theatre
Piccadilly Theatre
Playhouse Theatre
Prince Edward TheatreRenamed London Casino in 1936, then back to Prince Edward in 1978
Prince Of Wales Theatre
Princes TheatreRenamed Shaftesbury in 1963
Queen's Theatre
Royal Court TheatreIncludes studio space Upstairs/The Theatre Upstairs
Saville Theatre
Savoy Theatre
Shaftesbury TheatreTwo separate theatres have used the name. The first existed from 1888-1941 before being demolished. The current one was previously Princes until 1963. Page covers both.
Shakespeare's GlobeRecreation of an Elizabethan Playhouse which opened in 1997.
Includes Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
St. James TheatreBuilt in 2012 on the site of the demolished Westminster Theatre
St. James's TheatreDemolished in 1957
St. Martin's Theatre
Strand TheatreRenamed Novello in 2005
The WarehouseRenamed Donmar Warehouse in 1992. Was the RSC's studio theatre 1977-1982
Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Theatre Royal Haymarket
Trafalgar StudiosContains two theatre spaces, Trafalgar Studios 1 and Trafalgar Studios 2.
Previously Whitehall until 2004
Vaudeville Theatre
Victoria Palace Theatre
Westminster TheatreDemolished in 2002. Rebuilt as St. James in September 2012
Whitehall TheatreRenamed Trafalgar Studios in 2004
Winter Garden TheatreRenamed New London in 1972, then Gillian Lynne in 2018
Wyndham's Theatre