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Musicals in London
Musicals have continued to be fan-favourites ever since they first hit the stage in the late 19th century. Enjoy some of the finest musicals in West End and experience the grandeur that musicals bring along - songs, choreography, music and beautiful set design.
Plays in London
Make sure you do not miss the chance to watch a play in London. The original form of stage art in West End, plays have been a much-loved form of entertainment since the times of William Shakespeare and continue to draw audiences unlike anything else.
Seasons change and so do West End schedules. With new shows coming in this spring, make sure to watch these West End shows before their run comes to a close.
Celebs on Stage
Numerous silver screen performers have graced the stages in West End theatres. Here is a collection of West End shows that feature celebrities from the world of television, movies and the music industry.
Shows for Kids
Looking for a family-friendly shows which you can watch with your children? Do not worry. Explore this list of shows and find the best show for kids of all ages! These include classics such as The Lion King, Aladdin, Matilda and others.
All Time Classics
The popularity of certain shows never fade. These have stood the test of time and are as relevant as they were when they were first produced. Discover these shows that have been revered and classed as favorites by auidences across generations.
Top Award Winners
Numerous awards are give out to the best West End shows each year. Showcasing the best of West End 2016, these are the shows that won the Laurence Olivier Awards or the London Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards and others.
Best Theatre Deals
Check out some of the best theatre deals on right now. Exclusive discounts, cheap theatre tickets and last minute tickets await you to ensure you get your desired West End experience.
Theatre in London
About West End Shows
Joining the ranks of Broadway in New York City, West End produces some of the best and highly revered productions in the English language. It sold over 15 million tickets in the year 2013, making it the largest English speaking audience across the globe. It is named so, simply because it is located at the West end side of London. West End is situated in “Theatreland” which is the main theatre district of London. The term, ‘West End’ is used to refer to mainstream commercial productions.
Longest running London West End shows
These shows are currently running and their ticket sales have influenced their inclusion into this list, making them the most popular and most watched shows as well. Following is the list of some of the longest running shows at West End:
The Phantom of the Opera
The Woman in Black
The Lion King
What to watch?
If you don’t trust popular vote and opinion, this list should definitely give you a clearer picture and help you making your choice. Here’s a list of the critics choice of plays to watch out for, at London West End:
The Phantom of the Opera
An Inspector Calls
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
Matilda the Musical
Trivia and factoids
It takes about 2 hours to put Phantom’s makeup for his performance in the much revered, “Phantom of the Opera.”
Shakespeare has also been on the West End stage as Lady Macbeth in the year 1606.
During World War 2, London West End was showered with about 170 bombs.
Areas around West End
If you are done experiencing some great theatre, you can spare some time to visit the Oxford Street, Leicester Square, Bond Street & Covent Garden among others. These areas are rich for their culture, food, entertainment and shopping options.
How to reach West End London?
Oyster cards or Visiting Oyster cards can be bought to get around London in the easiest and most convenient way possible. These are electronic smartcards that can be used on the Tube, DLR, MBNA Thames Clippers river bus service & London Overground.
The nearest underground metro stations are Leicester Square Tube station, Piccadilly Circus Tube station & the Covent Garden station in increasing order of distance from West End.
Nearest Mainline stations are the Charing Cross Railway station, City Thameslink station and the Blackfriars railway station.
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