You could start with the smash shows and glitzy musicals inLondon’s historic ‘Theatreland’ where 40 theatres jostle for your attention.Or, if Shakespeare’s more your thing, head straight to the glorious re-creationof Shakespeare’s Elizabethan Globe Theatre on the south bank of the RiverThames. His birthplace at Stratford-upon-Avon, home to the internationallyrenowned Royal Shakespeare Company, is also a must-see.
London is also home to the RoyalOpera House where world-class opera takes place in a beautiful setting andSadler’s Wells Theatre, the hub of dance in the UK where you can catcheverything from flamenco to hip-hop.
Elsewhere, The RoyalExchange Theatre in Manchester,housed in a spectacular former Cotton Exchange building, is known forfirst-rate classic and modern productions, while Birmingham’s REP theatre isfully deserving of its reputation as a centre for excellent drama.
Scotland’s capital is best known for the explosive arts jamboreethat is the annual EdinburghFestivals. But visit Edinburgh at any time of the year and you’ll findworld-class theatre at some of the UK’s best venues. The Edinburgh FestivalTheatre has the biggest stage of any theatre in Britain and is the venue forEdinburgh's most well-regarded shows.
Glasgow is a hotbed of theatrical action and is home to ScottishOpera, the Scottish Ballet and theNational Theatre of Scotland. Head to the Citizen's Theatre to witness ground-breakingcontemporary drama or the Tron or The Tramway both known for demanding andthought-provoking work.Ifyou’re in Cardiff, a visit to the WalesMillennium Centre is a must. Ithosts everything from touring West End musicals to ballet and modern dance in ahigh-tech building that’s worth a look in itself. If you don’t have time for ashow, pop in for a backstage tour or a drink in the bar. Free concerts are helddaily in the foyer.