More than just great places to catch a show, many of the UK’s theatres are packed with history too, from stunning classic architecture to interesting stories. We’ve selected a handful that are well worth a visit.
1. Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh
2. Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
3. Theatre Royal Haymarket, London
Theatre Royal Haymarket opened in 1720. Over the years, the theatre changed hands many times, undergoing renovations which changed the layout and design significantly (those opposed were placated with the installation of a brand-new bar!).
In recent years, audiences have enjoyed plays by the likes of Noel Coward and Ben Elton performed by acting giants such as Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith.
4. Bristol Old Vic, Bristol
Bristol Old Vic has an impressive claim to fame – it’s the oldest continuously working theatre in the English-speaking world! Built in 1766, Bristol Old Vic was intended as a place for local people to come together, and that spirit remains today. <o:p></o:p>The theatre recently underwent an impressive multi-million-pound redevelopment and blends its history with cutting edge performance, education and nurturing new talent.
5. Theatre Royal, Bath
The Grade II listed Theatre Royal in Bath is a beautiful example of Georgian architecture, with its arched foyer, columns boasting exquisite friezes and a stunning trompe l’oeil ceiling. The original theatre was built in 1806 but was destroyed in a fire in 1862.
Since reopening the following year, countless award-winning actors have trodden the boards.
6. Grand Opera House, York
No matter where you’re heading for your next UK break, check out the historic theatre offering and pay a visit. Whether you watch a show or just stroll around the outside of the building, you’re sure to discover something special.