London Theatres – Michael Coveney and Peter Dazeley take readers on a tour with new book

Renowned theatre critic Michael Coveney has joined forces with leading photographer Peter Dazeley to take theatre lovers on a tour of London’s most iconic theatres.

Published in September, London Theatres will offer a unique front of house and behind the scenes view of London’s world famous playhouses.

With a forward by Mark Rylance, words by Coveney and photographs by Dazeley, the book features 46 of the most famous theatrical spaces in the capital.

The third book in a series published by Frances Lincoln and photographed by Dazeley, London Theatres is divided into sections covering the wide variety of theatrical spaces in the city.

The Grade I listed Haymarket, Drury Lane and Covent Garden Opera House are classed as the Grande Dames and the London Palladium, Coliseum, Lyceum and Prince of Wales are described as Palaces of Pleasure.

The newest major theatre The Other Palace is included alongside the Young Vic, Almeida, and Donmar in a section entitled Informal Delights, while the National Theatre, Old Vic, Shakespeare’s Globe, Roundhouse, Royal Court are the Popular Landmarks.

Richmond Theatre, the Playhouse, Adelphi, and the Ambassadors are classified as Legends Alive, while the Hidden Gems are Alexandra Palace, the BBC Radio, Normansfield and Charing Cross theatres. The Barbican, Hackney Empire, Stratford East and Wilton’s Music Hall feature in a section entitled Eastward Ho! and The Savoy, Novello, Duke of York’s, St Martin’s, and Criterion are deemed West End Jewels.

* London Theatres by Michael Coveney and Peter Dazeley (with a foreword by Mark Rylance) is out on 7 September, published by Frances Lincoln. London Theatres is available to pre-order now by clicking here.

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