Theatre In Central London
A trip to London wouldn’t be complete without a
visit to the colourful West End.
With an eclectic mix of musicals, heavy drama and traditional
theatre, The West End has something for everyone.
Celebrities from Britain and further afield flock here
to be seen treading the boards in one of the world’s
greatest theatre districts.
Choose from the familiar sounds of Chitty Chitty Bang
Bang and My Fair Lady to the newer rock productions
such as Tonight’s The Night and We Will
Rock You. There’s also some truly spectacular
shows that could only be accommodated by the enormous
stages of the West End. A visit to The Lion King, The Phantom Of The Opera, or Bombay Dreams is sure to delight the whole family.
Internationally-acclaimed musicals such as Rent and Chicago have set the world stage alight and
you can also catch some old favourites such as the enigmatic Blood Brothers and the classical Agatha Christie
adaptation Mouse Trap.
If musical theatre isn’t your thing Central London
also offers the chance to see award-winning and critically
acclaimed plays as well as brand new voices in theatre
at venues such as The Young Vic Theatre [map],
The Cut, and the close by Royal National Theatre.
Perhaps you want something edgy and experimental. For
the play of the moment book your seat at The Royal
Court Theatre [map],
Sloane Square, for the hippest youth things in playwriting.
When the weather is fine a visit to The Open Air Theatre
[map] is a must. Located at Regent’s Park, this is
the perfect place to see everything from Greek tragedies
to Neil Simon plays.
The Royal Shakespeare Company is based at the imposing Barbican Centre [map],
Silk Street. With three performance spaces, you can expect
to see some classics from a stellar cast.
Equally imposing, The South Bank Centre [map],
Belvedere Road, has three outstanding theatres within
its concrete walls, which have a commitment to showing
provocative and challenging plays.
Children are not left out and are encouraged to get involved,
so if you’ve got a budding Romeo or Juliet in your
midst why not check out the range of summer schools and
activity days from familiar companies such as Kidz
In The Biz Theatre Academy [map],
Stamford Street, and The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre
See where it all began with a visit to The Theatre
Russell Street. With a range of exhibitions including
costumes, scenery, scripts and manuscripts The Theatre
Museum takes your inner-thespian on a journey from Shakespeare
to Vaudeville to Andrew Lloyd Webber and covers the fascinating
story of theatre from the perspective of the actors, stage
hands, directors, wardrobe mistresses and writers who
helped shape today’s West End.
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