Saturday, 28 January 2012

West End Theatre

London’s West End is full of long-running classics such as 'The Lion King', Mamma Mia  and 'Les Misérables' – the shows are big business. They are made with big budgets and guarantee entertainment. West End theatres that are known collectively as Theatreland. These theatres rival Broadway in New York for the crown of the world’s greatest theatrical experience. Theatreland is one of the most popular London attractions, entertaining hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.

Queen's Theatre, Shaftsbury Avenue. 

"Theatreland",' London's main theatre district, which contains approximately forty venues, is located in the heart of the West End of central London, and is traditionally defined by Oxford Street to the north, Regent Street to the west ,The Strand to the south and Kingsway to the east. The main theatre streets include, , The Strand, Shaftesbury Avenue and Drury Lane. Most productions staged are predominantly musicals. More recently there have been many musical versions of hit films.

Want your theatre experience with a bit more culture? Beyond the West End are the Barbican Theatre, in the City of London and the Royal National Theatre and Old Vic, in Southwark. London also has many smaller fringe theatres, both around the West End and its periphery.

Many theatres in the West End are of late Victorian or Edwardian construction and have great character. However, as a consequence of the century old architecture, leg room is often cramped, and audience facilities such as toilets and bars are very often much smaller than in modern theatres you may have experienced.

If you wish to go to the theatre in the evening or a view a matinee then do use a reputable agent such as London Theatre Direct. Please do not be tempted by touts loitering outside!

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