Going behind the curtain can be an eye-opening experience. The sheer scale of West End theatres such as Drury Lane, the National or the Royal Opera House is hugely impressive and a backstage tour is a great opportunity to see the hidden world of costume departments, scene-building and technical magic.

London’s top Backstage Tours
  • National Theatre
  • Insight into the backstage life of the UK's national theatre complex.
  • South Bank, London, SE1 9PX (Map)
  • Tel: 020 7452 3400
  • Website

London’s top Backstage Tours
  • Theatre Royal Drury Lane
  • This historic theatre site has been in use since the 1660s. Explore this enormous theatre's backstage area and learn more about its history.
  • Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5JF (Map)
  • Tel: 0870 890 1109
  • Website

London’s top Backstage Tours
  • Royal Opera House
  • A fascinating peek into the workings of one of the world's great theatres.
  • Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD (Map)
  • Tel: 020 7304 4000
  • Website

London’s top Backstage Tours
  • Shakespeare's Globe
  • A tour of the theatre and exhibition entry to the recreation of Shakespeare's theatre
  • 21 New Globe Walk, London , SE1 9DT (Map)
  • Tel: 020 7902 1500
  • Website

London’s top Backstage Tours
  • London Coliseum
  • Explore Frank Matcham's masterpiece theatre and home to English National Opera.
  • St. Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES (Map)
  • Tel: 020 7845 9300
  • Website

8 Reviews

    16/08/2016 at 11:22 pm — Reply

    Dose the lion king have a backstage tour?

  2. Hugh
    04/03/2016 at 10:51 am — Reply

    I would recommend anyone to have a tour of the Coliseum which has a fascinating history and grand, over-the-top interior. We were lucky to be the only two people on our tour and our guide, who was also an actress, gave us a wonderful insight into this unique building.
    We also toured the Royal Opera House and even though we had a short time in the auditorium because of a rehearsal, we couldn’t fault any aspect of the visit particularly when Carlos Acosta strolled past us with all the hauteur that one would expect from someone so famous.

    05/01/2016 at 9:16 pm — Reply

    I’m looking for a backstage tour etc for pupils from my dancing school , hoping for Theatre Royal Drury Lane London, wondered about seeing a performance and then the tour or vice versa, is this possible please?
    Thank you

  4. Mattingley
    23/06/2013 at 12:41 pm — Reply

    To be honest, the back stage tour of the Opera House, Covent Garden (which wasn’t ‘backstage’ at all really) was a little disappointing, although the guide was OK. I have heard that the National Theatre and Drury Lane tours are excellent.

    • helen johnson
      17/03/2014 at 10:15 pm — Reply

      hi sorry its not a review but a question, how do u book a back stage tour for drury lane as we r going in a few weeks to watch a show and thought it would be a good idea and how much do they cost on a saturday?

  5. Aaron Noble-Jamieson
    10/03/2013 at 10:56 pm — Reply

    can you please put on here the apollo victoria theatre

    • WestEndTheatre
      16/03/2013 at 11:16 am — Reply

      Sorry Aaron, the Apollo Victoria doesn’t currently run a regular scheduled backstage tour

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