List of former theatres in London

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This is a partial list of former theatres in London .


Former theatres in London

English Renaissance theatres

This covers the period from the establishment of the first Tudor playhouses, through to their closure by Parliament at the beginning of the English Civil War in 1642.

Post Renaissance former London theatres

Former music halls

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