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London photographer Peter Dazeley’s beautiful photos of London’s Theatres were released in a book a few years ago and as a fan of London, architecture and pretty pictures, I loved the book. Well, this year, the publisher has issued a new edition, with ten additional theatres included. Peter has contacted us and offered to let us share a selection of the pictures from this beautiful new coffee table book.

The book is a love letter to London’s theatres, which are in a fight for survival right now as they have had to close because of COVID-19 and most are not expecting to re-open until next year. So, we’re also getting a look at a secret world that no one can have a look at right now.

About the book:

They may have been off limits in 2020 but London is the theatre capital of the world, the range and quality of its output unsurpassed. Like no other book, London Theatres offers a unique front-of-house and behind-the-scenes overview of world class theatrical spaces that have welcomed smash hit musicals, West End shows, cutting-edge works, Shakespeare in its original staging, outdoor performances, and intimate fringe theatre.

Originally published in 2017 and shortlisted for the Society for Theatre Research Theatre Book Prize 2018, this updated edition takes you on a further tour of the venues that make London what it is, with stories of the architecture, the staging and the productions that have defined each one, coupled with sumptuous and breath-taking photographs of the public areas, auditoriums and backstage completing the picture.

Theatres featured in the new edition:

Victoria Palace Theatre, The Bridge Theatre, Menier Chocolate Factory, Hampstead Theatre, Sondheim Theatre (formerly Queen’s Theatre), Harold Pinter Theatre, Noël Coward Theatre, Aldwych Theatre, Garrick Theatre, Vaudeville Theatre, Phoenix Theatre.

Theatres featured in the original edition:

The Grade I listed Haymarket, Drury Lane, Covent Garden Opera House, The London Palladium, the Coliseum, Lyceum, Prince of Wales, The National Theatre, Old Vic, Shakespeare’s Globe, Roundhouse, Royal Court, The Young Vic, Almeida, Donmar, Richmond Theatre, The Playhouse, Adelphi, Ambassadors, Alexandra Palace, The BBC Radio Theatre, Normansfield, Charing Cross, Barbican, Hackney Empire, Stratford East, Wilton’s Music Hall, The Savoy, Novello, Duke of York’s, St Martin’s, the Criterion, The Other Palace (opened 2017).

You can order the book here.

Our thanks to Peter for giving us permission to share his pictures. Buy his books, they’re great!

Through the Lens: Behind the Scenes of London’s (Closed) Theatres From New London Theatres Book
The tension wire grid Hampstead Theatre If used please credit ©Peter Dazeley from his book London Theatres
Through the Lens: Behind the Scenes of London’s (Closed) Theatres From New London Theatres Book
The mousetrap at St Martins Theatre_CopyrightPeterDazeley_credit photographer Peter Dazeley
Through the Lens: Behind the Scenes of London’s (Closed) Theatres From New London Theatres Book
The Menier Chococlate Factory_ set from The Boyfriend_set designer Paul Farnsworth ©Peter Dazeley__cannot be used without written permission
Through the Lens: Behind the Scenes of London’s (Closed) Theatres From New London Theatres Book
The Foyer at The Bridge Theatre If used please credit ©Peter Dazeley from his book London Theatres
Through the Lens: Behind the Scenes of London’s (Closed) Theatres From New London Theatres Book
The Auditorium from the Royal Box Noel Coward Theatre ©Peter Dazeley_Credit photographer Peter Dazeley_cannot be used without written permission
Through the Lens: Behind the Scenes of London’s (Closed) Theatres From New London Theatres Book
The auditorium from Box B Vaudeville Theatre_If used please credit ©Peter Dazeley from his book London Theatres
Through the Lens: Behind the Scenes of London’s (Closed) Theatres From New London Theatres Book
Stars dressing room Prince Edward Theatre_Copyright_PeterDazeley_credit_Photographer_Peter Dazeley_cannot be used without written permission
Through the Lens: Behind the Scenes of London’s (Closed) Theatres From New London Theatres Book
SONDHEIM THEATRE 17 If used please credit ©Peter Dazeley from his book London Theatres copy
Through the Lens: Behind the Scenes of London’s (Closed) Theatres From New London Theatres Book
Prince Edward Theatre view of the stage_Copyright_PeterDazeley_credit_Photographer_Peter Dazeley_cannot be used without written permission

Through the Lens: Behind the Scenes of London’s (Closed) Theatres From New London Theatres Book

Through the Lens: Behind the Scenes of London’s (Closed) Theatres From New London Theatres Book
Harry Potter at The Palace Theatre_CopyrightPeterDazeley_credit photographer Peter Dazeley
Through the Lens: Behind the Scenes of London’s (Closed) Theatres From New London Theatres Book
Fortune Theatre
Through the Lens: Behind the Scenes of London’s (Closed) Theatres From New London Theatres Book
Bridge Theatre
Through the Lens: Behind the Scenes of London’s (Closed) Theatres From New London Theatres Book
Actors View The Aldwych Theatre If used please credit ©Peter Dazeley from his book London Theatres
Through the Lens: Behind the Scenes of London’s (Closed) Theatres From New London Theatres Book
Auditorium from the stage The Harold Pinter Theatre If used please credit ©Peter Dazeley from his book London Theatres

 

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