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Foreword by Mark Rylance

Frances Lincoln | September 2017 | £30.00 | Hardback


London is the theatre capital of the world. From smash hit musicals to West End shows, from cutting- edge plays to Shakespeare in its original staging, from outdoor performance to intimate fringe theatre, the range and quality is unsurpassed.

Like no other book, LONDON THEATRES offers a unique front-of-house and behind-the-scenes overview of the capital’s world class theatrical spaces.

Leading theatre critic Michael Coveney invites you on a tour of the forty-six theatres which make London what it is, with stories of the architecture, the staging and the productions that have defined each one. Sumptuous and breathtaking photographs of the public areas, auditorium and backstage by Peter Dazeley, complete the picture.

Featuring two Nederlander Theatres, LONDON THEATRES includes:

GRANDE DAMES – The Grade I listed Haymarket, Drury Lane, and Covent Garden Opera House

PALACES OF PLEASURE – The Dominion Theatre, The London Palladium, the Coliseum, Lyceum, and Prince of Wales

POPULAR LANDMARKS – The National Theatre, Old Vic, Shakespeare’s Globe, Roundhouse, Royal Court

INFORMAL DELIGHTS – The Young Vic, Almeida, Donmar, and The Other Palace (opening 2017)

LEGENDS ALIVE – Adelphi Theatre, Richmond Theatre, The Playhouse, Adelphi, and the Ambassadors

HIDDEN GEMS – Alexandra Palace, The BBC Radio Theatre, Normansfield and Charing Cross theatres

EASTWARD HO! – Barbican, Hackney Empire, Stratford East, and Wilton’s Music Hall

WEST END JEWELS – The Savoy, Novello, Duke of York’s, St Martin’s, and Criterion

The perfect gift for any theatre lover, London Theatres is available to pre-order from Amazon before being released for general sale in September 2017.


MICHAEL COVENEY is one of the country’s most respected drama critics. He has written about theatre for over three decades, as staff critic on the Financial Times, Observer and Daily Mail, and most recently What’s On Stage. His books include a history of the Glasgow Citizens Theatre and biographies of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Dame Maggie Smith. He is London born and still lives in the city.


PETER DAZELEY BEM FRPS, known as Dazeley, is a born and bred London award-winning fine art and advertising photographer. In the Queen’s 2017 New Year’s Honours list he was recognised for his services to photography and charity. In 2013 Dazeley was bestowed a Fellowship from The Royal Photographic Society, which is the highest distinction of the RPS recognising original work and outstanding ability. His previous books are the acclaimed Unseen London (2014) and London Uncovered (2016), both published by Frances Lincoln.


MARK RYLANCE is an actor. He was the artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre between 1996 and 2006. He has appeared in over fifty productions of plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries. He has played numerous times in the West End, as well as many other theatres in Britain, Europe and America.