Friday 8 September 2017

Book Review: London Theatres by Michael Coveney

Title: London Theatres
Author: Michael Coveney & Peter Dazeley
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
Publication Date: 7 September 2017
Pages: 272
Format: eBook: PDF

Genre: Non-Fiction/Theatre
Source: ARC via NetGalley

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London is the undisputed theatre capital of the world. From world-famous 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 are unsurpassed. Leading theatre critic Michael Coveney invites you on a tour of forty-five theatres that make the London stage what it is. With stories of the architecture, the people and the productions which have defined each one, alongside sumptuous photographs by Peter Dazeley of the public areas, auditorium and backstage, this illustrated overview of London's Theatres is a book like no other. A must for fans of the stage! (Goodreads Synopsis)

This book appealed to me the moment I saw it listed on Netflix. I am a huge theatre fan and I used to spend a lot of time in London's many theatres before my move to Australia. London Theatres therefore inspired a degree of sentimentality in me, and I loved my trip down memory lane, seeing again the interiors of theatres in which I've enjoyed some amazing performances. As well as stunning photos, each theatre in the book also receives a wonderful, insightful commentary on its history, making London Theatres a must read for any UK theatre fan. I enjoyed the book so much, and it makes such a lovely coffee table read, that I'll be adding it to my wish list to get a print copy in the future. It is certainly a book I could return to and enjoy flicking through again and again.


  1. This sounds lovely!! I'll have to see if my library has it for sure! :)

    1. A really great read for theatre fans. I love the West End theatres!