An extraordinary new book goes behind-the-scenes of some of London’s great landmarks and hidden buildings, including its historic West End Theatres.

Unseen London by Mark Daly, photography by Peter Dazeley. Published by Frances Lincoln

Unseen London by Mark Daly, photography by Peter Dazeley. Published by Frances Lincoln

Unseen London is a beautiful new book that reveals some of the hidden interiors of London’s most iconic buildings.

And a major section of the book is dedicated to backstage at some of London’s great theatres including Her Majesty’s Theatre, the London Palladium and the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Published this week by Frances Lincoln, fifty buildings are covered in the new book including Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Battersea Power Station, 10 Downing Street, Lambeth Palace, the Old Bailey and the Bank of England.

Celebrated London photographer Peter Dazeley has managed to gain access to hidden areas of these buildings that are usually off-limits to the public, and each is described through text by Mark Daly, telling the story of how each place was created and used.

The section relating to theatre delves behind-the-scenes at some of London’s key venues, highlighting the work that goes on backstage and front-of-house including the orchestra pit at the Palladium, the quick-change area backstage at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, and the labyrinthine areas below the stage of Her Majesty’s Theatre.

UNSEEN LONDON
Photographs by Peter Dazeley and Text by Mark Daly
Frances Lincoln | £30| Hardback

LINKS

Amazon: Buy UNSEEN LONDON by Peter Dazeley and Mark Daly

PHOTOS

Also see the Photo Gallery of the end of this article for more images

Photos credit: Unseen London by Mark Daly, photography by Peter Dazeley. Published by Frances Lincoln, £30.

Theatre Royal Drury Lane - Auditorium from the Royal Box. Unseen London by Mark Daly, photography by Peter Dazeley. Published by Frances Lincoln, £30.

Theatre Royal Drury Lane – Auditorium from the Royal Box. Unseen London by Mark Daly, photography by Peter Dazeley. Published by Frances Lincoln, £30.

The Prompt Desk, stage left at Her Majesty's Theatre. Unseen London by Mark Daly, photography by Peter Dazeley. Published by Frances Lincoln, £30.

The Prompt Desk, stage left at Her Majesty’s Theatre. Unseen London by Mark Daly, photography by Peter Dazeley. Published by Frances Lincoln, £30.

Backstage at the dilapidated Alexandra Palace Theatre. Unseen London by Mark Daly, photography by Peter Dazeley. Published by Frances Lincoln, £30.

Backstage at the dilapidated Alexandra Palace Theatre. Unseen London by Mark Daly, photography by Peter Dazeley. Published by Frances Lincoln, £30.

The girls' quick-change area, backstage at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Unseen London by Mark Daly, photography by Peter Dazeley. Published by Frances Lincoln, £30.

The girls’ quick-change area, backstage at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Unseen London by Mark Daly, photography by Peter Dazeley. Published by Frances Lincoln, £30.

The operational fly floor at Her Majesty's Theatre. Unseen London by Mark Daly, photography by Peter Dazeley. Published by Frances Lincoln, £30.

The operational fly floor at Her Majesty’s Theatre. Unseen London by Mark Daly, photography by Peter Dazeley. Published by Frances Lincoln, £30.

The London Palladium stage. Unseen London by Mark Daly, photography by Peter Dazeley. Published by Frances Lincoln, £30.

The London Palladium stage. Unseen London by Mark Daly, photography by Peter Dazeley. Published by Frances Lincoln, £30.