List of theatres in the United Kingdom

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The following is a list of active professional theatres and concert halls in the United Kingdom. They are organised alphabetically in name order.

A[edit]

Theatre Location Opened Capacity
Abbey Theatre Nuneaton 1969 248
Adelphi Theatre London 1806 1,500
Alban Arena St Albans June 1968 856–1,200
Noël Coward Theatre London 1903 872
Aldwych Theatre London 1905 1,200
Alexandra Theatre Birmingham 27 May 1901 1,347
Alhambra Theatre Bradford 1914 1,456
Almeida Theatre London 1980 325
Ambassadors Theatre London 5 June 1913 444
The Anvil Basingstoke April 1994 1,400
Apollo Theatre London 21 February 1901 658
Apollo Victoria Theatre London 1930 2,328
Arcola Theatre London September 2000
Arena Theatre Wolverhampton 1992 300
Artrix Bromsgrove, Worcs. 2005 300
Arts Theatre London 5 June 1913 350
artsdepot London 23 October 2004 158–395
Ashcroft Theatre London 5 November 1962 763

B[edit]

Theatre Location Opened Capacity
Banner Theatre Birmingham 1974
Barbican Theatre London 1982 1,156
Barons Court Theatre London 1991 57
Battersea Arts Centre London 1980 640
Beck Theatre Hayes 1977 600
Belgrade Theatre Coventry 1958 858
Birmingham Hippodrome Birmingham 1895 1,935
Birmingham Repertory Theatre Birmingham 1913 1,265
Blackfriars Arts Centre Boston 27 March 1949 230
Bloomsbury Theatre London 1968 547
Blue Orange Theatre Birmingham April 2011 107
Brangwyn Hall Swansea 23 October 1934
Broadway Theatre London 1896–1996
Brockley Jack Theatre London 1992 50
Brookside Theatre Romford 2012 140
Bush Theatre London 6 April 1972 180
Buxton Opera House Buxton 1903 902

C[edit]

Theatre Location Opened Capacity
Camberley Theatre Camberley 408
Cambridge Arts Theatre Cambridge 1 February 1936 666
Cambridge Corn Exchange Cambridge 1875 1,849
Cambridge Theatre London 4 September 1930 1,231
Canal Cafe Theatre London 60
Cast Theatre Doncaster 2 September 2013 620
Castle Theatre Wellingborough 1995 503
Chelsea Theatre London November 2001 110
Chichester Festival Theatre Chichester 1962 1,206
Chickenshed Theatre London 1974 300
Churchill Theatre Bromley 19 July 1977 781
City Hall Sheffield 22 September 1932 2,271
Civic Theatre Rotherham 7 March 1960
Cochrane Theatre London 1963 314
Cockpit Theatre London 1616–1665
Coliseum Theatre (Aberdare) Aberdare 17 September 1938 600
Coliseum Theatre London 1904 2,558
Comedy Theatre London 15 October 1881 796 (1,180 originally)
Court Theatre Tring, Hertfordshire 1978
Courtyard Theatre (Hereford) Hereford 1998 520
Courtyard Theatre Stratford-on-Avon August 2006 1,048
Cottesloe London 1976 400
Crescent Theatre Birmingham 1932 460
Criterion Theatre (Coventry) Coventry 1961
Criterion Theatre London 21 March 1874 588
Crucible Theatre Sheffield 1971 980
Curve Leicester 11 November 2008 920

Coliseum Oldham Capacity 585

D[edit]

Theatre Location Opened Capacity
De Montfort Hall Leicester 1913 2,000
Derby Theatre Derby 1975 535
Dominion Theatre London October 1929 2,163
Little Theatre Doncaster 99
Donmar Warehouse London 18 July 1977 271
Duchess Theatre London 25 November 1929 494
Duke of York's Theatre London 10 September 1892 640 (900 originally)
Dundee Rep Theatre Dundee May 1939 455

E[edit]

Theatre Location Opened Capacity
Edinburgh Festival Theatre Edinburgh November 7, 1892 1,915
Edinburgh Playhouse Edinburgh 1929 3,059
Empire Theatre (Glasgow) Glasgow 1897 2,100
Empire Theatre (Hackney) Hackney 1901; rebuilt in 2004 1,275
Empire Theatre (Liverpool) Liverpool March 9, 1925 2,348
Empire Theatre (Sunderland) Sunderland July 1, 1907 2,200
Epsom Playhouse Surrey 1984 406
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham Cheltenham October 1891 694
Everyman Theatre (Liverpool) Liverpool 1964; rebuilt in 2011–14 400

F[edit]

Theatre Location Opened Capacity
Finborough Theatre London June 1980 50
Fortune Theatre London November 8, 1924 432
The Forum Barrow-in-Furness 1990 580
The Forum Open-air Theatre Norwich October 2001
The Forum Studio Theatre Chester 1998 100
Futurist Theatre Scarborough 1921–2014 2,155

G[edit]

Theatre Location Opened Capacity
Garrick Theatre London 24 April 1889 718 (current); 800 (original)
Gatehouse Theatre Stafford
Gate Theatre, Notting Hill London 1979 75
Georgian Theatre Royal Richmond (Yorkshire) 1788; rebuilt 1963 214
Gielgud Theatre London 27 December 1906 986
Globe Theatre London 1599; rebuilt 1997 1,400 (current); 3,000 (original)
Gordon Craig Theatre Stevenage 1976 1,701
Grand Opera House (Belfast) Belfast 23 December 1895; 1980–present 1,063
Grand Opera House (York) York 20 January 1902
Grand Pavilion Porthcawl 1932 643
Grand Theatre, Blackpool Blackpool 1894; rebuilt 23 March 1981 1,100
Grand Theatre, Lancaster Lancaster 1792; 1848–1978 457
Grand Theatre, Leeds Leeds 18 November 1878 1,550
Grand Theatre, Swansea Swansea 1897 1,014
Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton Wolverhampton 1894; rebuilt in 1982 1,200
Grimsby Auditorium Grimsby 1995 1,200–2,000

H[edit]

Theatre Location Opened Capacity
Hall for Cornwall Truro 1846 969
Hall Green Little Theatre Birmingham
Harrogate Theatre Harrogate
Haymarket Theatre[1] Basingstoke
Her Majesty's Theatre London 1705 1,216
The Hexagon Reading 1977 1,686
Highbury Theatre Birmingham
Hull New Theatre Hull 1939 1,159
Hull Truck Theatre Hull 1971 435

J[edit]

Theatre Location Opened Capacity
Jigsaw Youth Theatre Netherton Dudley

K[edit]

Theatre Location Opened Capacity
Key Theatre Peterborough
King's Hall Herne Bay, Kent 4 April 1904 250–500
Kings Place London December 2008 640
The King's Theatre Newmarket
Kings Theatre, Southsea Portsmouth/Southsea 30 September 1907 1,600

L[edit]

Theatre Location Opened Capacity
Lace Market Theatre Nottingham 1972 118
Lamproom Theatre Barnsley
Lantern Theatre Liverpool
Lantern Theatre Sheffield 1893
Lawrence Batley Theatre Huddersfield 9 July 1819 477[2]
Leeds City Varieties Leeds 1865; reopened September 2011 467
Leatherhead Theatre Surrey
Library Theatre (Manchester) Manchester 17 July 1934; reopened 22 March 2014
Library Theatre (Sheffield)[3] Sheffield
Lichfield Garrick Theatre & Studio[4] Lichfield, Staffordshire
Bolton Little Theatre Bolton 1931 165
Little Theatre (Chester) Chester 1962 126
Little Theatre (Leicester) Leicester 1932 349
Live Theatre[5] Newcastle upon Tyne
Liverpool Actors Studio Theatre Liverpool
London Coliseum London 1904 2,558
London Palladium London 26 December 1910 2,286
The Lowry Salford 12 October 2000 2,196
Lyceum Theatre (Crewe) Crewe, Cheshire 21 November 1887; rebuilt 6 October 1911 1,250 (original); 850 (currently)
Lyceum Theatre, London London 14 July 1834 2,100
Lyceum Theatre (Sheffield) Sheffield 1897; rebuilt 1991 1,068
Lyric Theatre (Belfast) Belfast 1951; reopened 1 May 2011 400
Lyric Theatre, London London 17 December 1888 915 (currently); 1,258 (original)
Lyric Theatre (Lowry) Salford 12 October 2000 1,730
Lyric Hammersmith London 1895 550
Lyttelton (Royal National Theatre) London 1976 890

M[edit]

Theatre Location Opened Capacity
Maddermarket Theatre Norwich 1921 310
Malvern Theatres Malvern, Worcs.
Marina Theatre Lowestoft Suffolk 1878; reopened October 1988 800
Market Theatre Ledbury, Herefordshire 1956
Marlowe Theatre Canterbury Reopened 2011 1,200
Mart Theatre Skipton
Mayflower Theatre Southampton December 1928 2,300
Menier Chocolate Factory London 2004 180
Mercury Theatre Colchester 1972 598
Merlin Theatre Sheffield
Met Theatre Bury 1980
Minack Theatre Cornwall
Montgomery Theatre Sheffield
Mull Little Theatre Isle of Mull

N[edit]

Theatre Location Opened Capacity
New London Theatre London 2 January 1973 1,118
New Theatre (Cardiff) Cardiff 10 December 1906 1,144
New Theatre Oxford Oxford 26 February 1934 1,800
New Victoria Theatre Woking June 1992 1,300
New Wimbledon Theatre Wimbledon, London 26 December 1910 1,670
Norbury Theatre Droitwich, Worcestershire
Nottingham Playhouse Nottingham 1963 770
Novello Theatre London 22 May 1905 1,105
Northcott Theatre Exeter 1967 464
Nuffield Theatre Southampton

O[edit]

Theatre Location Opened Capacity
Octagon Theatre Bolton 27 November 1967 300–400
Old Joint Stock Theatre Birmingham 1864 95
Old Rep Theatre Birmingham 15 February 1913 383
Old Vic London 1818 1,067
Olivier (Royal National Theatre) London 1976 1,160
Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park Regent's Park, London 1932 1,200+
Opera House (Blackpool) Blackpool 1889; rebuilt in 1910 and 1939 2,920
Opera House (Manchester) Manchester 1912 1,920
Oxford Playhouse Oxford 1923 640

P[edit]

Palace theatre, Kilmarnock Kilmarnock 1860 498
Palace Theatre, London London January 1891 1,400
Palace Theatre, Manchester Manchester 18 May 1891 1,955
Palace Theatre, Mansfield Mansfield 1910 534
Palace Theatre, Redditch Redditch 1913
Palace Theatre, Swansea Swansea 1888
Palace Theatre, Watford Watford 14 December 1908 600
Palace Theatre, Westcliff-on-Sea Westcliff-on-Sea 21 October 1912 603 (current); 1,500 (original)
Parc and Dare Hall Treorchy 1892
Pavilion Theatre (Bournemouth) Bournemouth 19 March 1929 1,448
Pavilion Theatre (Rhyl) Rhyl 1891 1,061
Pavilion Theatre (Weymouth) Weymouth 21 December 1908 988
Peacock Theatre London 13 November 1911 999 (current); 2,600 (original)
Peepul Centre Leicester 2005
Pendle Hippodrome Theatre Colne 21 September 1914 489
Penistone Paramount Cinema Penistone
Phoenix Theatre (London) London 24 September 1930 1,012
Phoenix Theatre (Ross-on-Wye) Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
Piccadilly Theatre London 27 April 1928 1,282 (current); 1,400 (original)
Pitlochry Festival Theatre Perthshire 19 May 1951 544
Platform Theatre Norwich
Playbox Theatre Warwick 1986
Liverpool Playhouse Liverpool 1866
London Playhouse London 11 March 1882 786
Norwich Playhouse Norwich 1995 300
Plowright Theatre Scunthorpe 1958 354
Polka Theatre Wimbledon, London – children's theatre 20 November 1979 370
Prince Edward Theatre London 3 April 1930 1,716
Prince of Wales Theatre London January 1884 1,160
Princes Hall Aldershot 1972 690
Princes Theatre Clacton 26 December 1911 1,400
Puppet Theatre Norwich

Q[edit]

Theatre Location Opened Capacity
Quays Theatre (Lowry) Salford 12 October 2000 466
Queen's Theatre London 8 October 1907

R[edit]

Theatre Location Opened Capacity
Regents Centre Christchurch
Regent Theatre Ipswich 1929 1,551
Richmond Theatre London Borough of Richmond 18 September 1899 840
Riverfront Arts Centre Newport 23 October 2004 482
RoguePlay Theatre Birmingham
Roses Theatre Tewkesbury 30 October 1975 375
Royal & Derngate Northampton October 2006 1,783
Royal Court Theatre (Liverpool) Liverpool 17 October 1938 1,186
Royal Court Theatre (London) London 1870 465
Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester 1976 400
Royal Festival Hall London 3 May 1951 2,500
Royal Hall Harrogate 1903
Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh 10 September 1883 658
Royal Opera House London 7 December 1732 2,256
Royal Spa Centre Leamington Spa 15 June 1972 667

S[edit]

Theatre Location Opened Capacity
Sadler's Wells London 1683 1,560
Savoy Theatre London 10 October 1881 1,150
Secombe Theatre London 1984 343–396
Scarborough Open Air Theatre Scarborough 1932; reopened 20 May 2010 6,500
Sewell Barn Theatre Norwich 1980 100
Sherman Theatre Cardiff 1973
Shoebox Theatre Swindon
Sinden Theatre Tenterden, Kent 2004
The Spa Theatre Bridlington
St David's Hall Cardiff 30 August 1982 2,000
St George's Hall Bradford 29 August 1853 1,500 (current); 3,500 (original)
St Helens Theatre Royal St. Helens
St. Martin's Theatre London 26 November 1916 550
Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough 30 April 1996 404
Storyhouse Chester May 2017 500 (Thrust), 800 (Touring)
Studio Theatre Sheffield 1971 400
Sue Townsend Theatre[6] Leicester 1963 266
Summerhall Anatomy Theatre[7] Edinburgh 2011 70
Summerhall Cairns Theatre[8] Edinburgh 2011 120
Summerhall Demonstration Theatre[9] Edinburgh 2011 60
Summerhall Dissection Room Theatre[10] Edinburgh 2011 350
Summerhall Main Hall Theatre[11] Edinburgh 2011 200
Summerhall Red Lecture Theatre[12] Edinburgh 2011 90
Sutton Arts Theatre Birmingham
Swan Theatre (High Wycombe) High Wycombe November 1992 1,076
Swan Theatre (Stratford) Stratford-on-Avon 1986 450
Swan Theatre (Worcester) Worcester

T[edit]

Theatre Location Opened Capacity
The Apex Bury St. Edmunds
Theatre of Small Convenience Malvern, Worcestershire November 1999; closed 25 February 2017 12
Theatre Royal, Bath Bath 1805 888
Theatre Royal, Brighton Brighton 27 June 1807 952
Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds Bury St. Edmunds 11 October 1819 360
Theatre Royal, Dumfries Dumfries 29 September 1792 500–600
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane Drury Lane, London 1660 2,196
Theatre Royal, Edinburgh Edinburgh 1769–1946
Theatre Royal, Exeter Exeter 1889–1962
Theatre Royal, Glasgow Glasgow 1867 1,541
Theatre Royal, Haymarket Haymarket, London 4 July 1821 888
Theatre Royal, Lincoln Lincoln 1893 475
Theatre Royal, Newcastle Newcastle upon Tyne 20 February 1837 1,249
Theatre Royal, Norwich Norwich 1758 1,308
Theatre Royal, Nottingham Nottingham 1856 1,186
Theatre Royal, Plymouth Plymouth 5 May 1982 1,320
Theatre Royal, Stratford East Stratford, London 17 December 1884 460
Theatre Royal, Wakefield Wakefield 1894 499
Theatre Royal, Windsor Windsor 1930
Theatre Royal, York York 1744 847
Torch Theatre Milford Haven 1977 399
Town Hall Theatre Birmingham
Trafalgar Studios London 29 September 1930 480
Traverse Theatre Edinburgh 1963 356

U[edit]

Theatre Location Opened Capacity
Unity Theatre Liverpool
Usher Hall Edinburgh 16 March 1914 2,200

V[edit]

Theatre Location Opened Capacity
Vaudeville Theatre London 16 April 1870 690
Venue Cymru Llandudno 1982; renovated in 1994 and 2005 1,450 (Theatre); 2,500 (Arena)
Victoria Palace Theatre London 6 November 1911 1,550
Victoria Theatre Halifax 8 February 1901 1,501

W[edit]

Theatre Location Opened Capacity
Wales Millennium Centre Cardiff 26–28 November 2004 (Phase 1);
22 January 2009 (Phase 2)
1,897
Warwick Arts Centre Coventry 550
West Cliff Theatre Clacton-on-Sea 1894
West End Centre Aldershot 1975 106
West Yorkshire Playhouse Leeds March 1990 1,100
Whiffler Theatre Norwich
Wolverhampton Civic Hall Wolverhampton 16 May 1938 3,000
Wyndham's Theatre London 16 November 1899 759

Y[edit]

Theatre Location Opened Capacity
The Y - Theatre Leicester
Young Vic London 11 September 1970 420
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford 1963

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