Theatre Nights in London
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London culture is vibrant, exciting and very eclectic. A truly cosmopolitan city with heavy influences from various ethnic cultures, London is a great place to visit and will appeal to everyone, regardless of who they are.
Think London culture and immediately, the West End comes to mind. The West End describes a part of London near Charing Cross which has the main hub of activity associated with all things artsy such as theatres, musicals, major tourist attractions as well as a business district and great places to shop.
The West End is unarguably the entertainment capital of the UK and includes some of the best loved attractions and places to visit. It’s also home to theatres such as the Globe Theatre which is a replica of Shakespeare’s original Globe theatre and has some of the best Shakesperian plays anywhere in the world.
The Royal Albert Hall based in Kensington is famed for its many TV appearances and huge productions that its host all year round. Not just a theatre, but an events hall as well, the Royal Albert Hall stages some excellent events that will make any stay in London memorable.
For something special, pay a visit to The London Palladium which has housed more Royal Variety shows than any other theatre. Some of the best loved and much repeated plays here include Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat’, ‘Oliver’, ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘The King and I’.
Productions definitely worth seeing include ‘Chicago’, ‘Cats’, ‘Les Miserables’, ‘The Phantom of the opera’ and ‘Oliver’. ‘Cats’ is one of the best loved musicals of all time along with ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘The Phantom of the Opera.’ Most of the main theatres in the West End have played these productions from the very beginning, and you should check with any local Tourist office to see what’s on. Alternatively, you can view which productions are currently playing here.
Prices for productions vary dramatically, and depends on many factors such as whether the production is new or not, famous personalities playing and holiday periods etc. It is always best to book early for new productions, since tickets sell out very quickly. It’s also worth mentioning that Fridays and weekends are the busiest in terms of numbers, and it’s usually wise to book during the week instead when ticket prices tend to be cheaper.
Children love to be entertained, so what better way to do so than taking them to see a production? London boasts some of the best theatres dedicated to children possible, so its well worth taking the whole family to enjoy productions like ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and ‘Jack and The Beanstalk’ which have been firm family favourites for decades.
The Polka Children’s theatre is a world class theatre which not only has some great plays, but also has musical and educational workshops, as well as much loved classis like the ‘Three Billy Goat’s Gruff’, ‘Tom Thumb’ and ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears.’
The Unicorn Children’s Theatre has performances and educational events for children ages 0-17. A very popular theatre which sells out quickly, it has some great productions such as ‘The Three Musketeers’ and more modern performances which change regularly throughout the year.
The Half Moon Theatre is perfect for younger children, with plays geared for children as young as two. Workshops are held regularly for teenagers and you are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.
As with any of the plays, ensure that you book your tickets early.