Sloane Square Theatres

Sloane Square Theatres Sloane Square Underground Station sits on the south-east corner of Sloane Square, a small landscaped square close to the trendy Kings Road area. The station sits on the District and Circle lines, which cross under the square. For theatregoers, Sloane Square is a gateway for exciting theatre and performing arts venues in Chelsea.

Royal Court Theatre

The Royal Court Theatre on Sloane Square is less than a 20 minute walk south-west of Victoria Station. The Off-West End theatre is home to the English Stage Company, which acquired the theatre in 1956. The Royal Court Theatre traces its roots to the first theatre on Lower George Street, which opened in 1870. The New Chelsea Theatre saw many of W.S. Gilbert's early plays, including an adaptation of Dickens' Great Expectations. The theatre was renamed as the Belgravia Theatre in 1871. The current building on the east side of Sloane Square opened in 1888 as the New Court Theatre.

Damaged during the Second World War when it was used as a cinema, the Royal Court Theatre re-opened in 1952. The English Stage Company opened at the theatre in 1956. Over the years the theatre has seen performances by Laurence Olivier in The Entertainer and the premiere of The Rocky Horror Show in 1973. The theatre was rebuilt in 2000, retaining the original façade and an intimate auditorium. Although the theatre has an original capacity of 841 seats, the Royal Court today features a 380-seat Jerwood Theatre Downstairs and 85-seat studio theatre.

Cadogan Hall

Cadogan Hall is about a two minute walk north from Sloane Square station. The 900-seat concert hall is the home of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which has used the hall as its main venue since 2001. One of the UK's most prestigious orchestras, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra delivers classical works, musical theatre and film music programmes. A popular recording venue, the building was once the home of the First Church of Christ. The Christian Science church was completed in 1907 and incorporates Byzantine design elements. The listed building was refurbished in 2004, although many original stained glass windows remain. Cadogan Hall hosts more than 300 concerts and events each year, including touring orchestras from around the world. In addition to contemporary, jazz, folk and world music performances, the venue also hosts the BBC Proms Chamber Music Series.

Chelsea Theatre

Chelsea Theatre is a contemporary performance venue and member of Live Art UK. The innovative theatre has presented performances by renowned artists, including Ron Athey, Franko B, Bobby Baker, Lone Twin, Annie Sprinkle, Goat Island, Andrew Poppy, Curious, Marcella Puppini, Roland Loomis, and Gob Square. The performing arts venue also commissions and produces works by talented national and international artists. The 110-seat theatre has also presented the Sacred Festival since 2006. Located on King's Road, Chelsea Theatre is approximately 10 minutes south-west of Sloane Square (Bus Number 11 or 22) or five minutes by taxi.

Finborough Theatre

Founded in 1980, Finborough Theatre is an Off-West End venue that hosts plays and musical theatre primarily from the 19th and 20th centuries. Most productions are produced or co-produced in-house and are based on text-based writings and neglected works. An award-winning theatre pub, the intimate venue often sees productions move on to the West End or Off-Broadway. Plays have gone on to be performed in North America, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, and across the United Kingdom.

The 50-seat Finborough Theatre is housed within the former Finborough Arms pub, which was built in 1868. The theatre opened above the public house with works by Clive Barker, Ken Campbell, Mark Rylance, Kathy Burke and Clare Dowie. The ground floor and basement of the Earls Court venue continue to operate as a pub. The theatre was recognised by The Stage with the Fringe Theatre of the Year honour in 2011. From Sloane Square, Finborough Theatre is less than 10 minutes by taxi or approximately 20 minutes along the District line to East Court tube station.