I love a good bookshop. Especially one that consists of plays and theatre books. I have an extremely large collection of Shakespeare plays, moderns and classics that fill the shelves of my office. I thought I’d just do a short post on some of the theatre bookshops I love to visit in London.
Samuel French Bookshop. I love the Samuel French bookshop. It’s only a minute walk from Warren Street Station and I think they are the theatre bookshop! With such a large range of plays, theatre books and gifts you are bound to find what you are looking for. I love it in there, just to be surrounded by all those theatre books. The staff are so helpful and I don’t think I’ve ever not got what I was looking for. Students get 10% discount which is great whilst at drama school and Spotlight members also get 10% off instore if they show their membership card! Samuel French’s Theatre Bookshop, 52 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 5JR.
Royal Court Bookshop. Another fabulous book shop is within the Royal Court Theatre. It’s quite small but they have a large array of plays, plus the guy who runs it is extremely helpful. He gives personalised recommendations for anyone wanting help in selecting new and interesting roles and scenes from their range of modern plays. He is very knowledgable and well worth a visit. Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8AS.
The National Theatre Bookshop. Sometimes I head on in to the National Bookshop. Normally if I am off to see a show I’ll pop in there and have a browse. For me, this is more of a browsing bookshop but if I have something in particular I am looking for or I need some help deciding on the plays to read then I’d rather go to Samuel French or The Royal Court. This is personally my preference, but someone else might say differently. National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
If you know of any other great theatre bookshops, then let me know! I’d love to check them out!