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When it comes to theater, one of the best and most popular is the Broadway theatre. It’s no secret that to most people it represents a prestige to attend any of its shows. The tickets are quite pricey but definitely worth your money and time.
Now, although highly appreciated, this theater is not the only one in the world that has to be seen. One of the most magnificent cities in Europe, London also has a plethora of spectacular shows at their disposal.
To many, no visit to this city is complete without seeing at least one show. It may seem like an exaggeration but it really isn’t. It offers some of the most sensational theatre venues where anyone can find something that they like, starting from musicals, opera, ballet, etc. We uncovered more great reasons to experience the cultural side of London. Check them out!
What Do They Offer?
Those of you who live in New York City or have at least visited it, are probably familiar with the price of the tickets for Broadway. They are definitely not for everyone due to the fact that they can go up to 1,000 dollars!
On the other hand, that is not the case with London. The price range is usually between 150 and 200 US dollars and sometimes you can even find a ticket for 70 or 80 US dollars.
And the thing is, there isn’t any difference when it comes to quality. The seats are just as good as in NYC. If you find that this price is too much for you, there is another alternative. For instance, in Leicester Square, you will bump into the TKTS booth that sells tickets for different shows at 40% off! That’s a great way to get something affordable!
This city is known for its rich and interesting history and the same goes for its theatres. For instance, the first public playhouse was constructed back in 1576 in Shoreditch. It had a simple name “The Theatre”.
After a while, another venue was built, called “The Curtain” and these two were joined and were later utilized by Shakespeare’s theatre group. Generally speaking, London’s theatres offer visitors an opportunity to experience a great combination of tradition and modern design, and therefore, one of the reasons tourists must take some time to see them.
Which Theatres Are The Best?
For sure one of the most iconic theatres in London. It represents an outstanding recreation of Shakespeare’s Bankside theatre. If you are still in high school or college and you’ve never been here, Google some great school trips to London theatres, see if this one is on their list. You do not want to miss it. As previously mentioned, you’ll be able to visit Bankside, the Soho of Elizabethan London. It’s like you’ve discovered a time machine and traveled back in time.
Are you that visual type that is obsessed with a breathtaking interior as well as the exterior? If the answer is yes, then you will definitely fall in love with this venue! It is a magnificent playhouse that was constructed in the 19th century.
This wonderful Victorian theatre offers amazing shows with outstanding, first-class production, special effects, as well as talented actors. Probably the most popular show was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
The Old Vic
It is one of the most popular theatres in London and it has been a huge part of this city for almost two-hundred years. During World War II it was pretty much destroyed, however, Ralph Richardson and Laurence Olivier joined forces and brought back some of the biggest classics, such as Love for Love, Cyrano de Bergerac, Peer Gynt, Oedipus Rex, etc. Now, when it comes to modern times, for many years, famous actor Kevin Spacey was the artistic director. These days, those who want to visit it can look forward to watching Girl from the North Country with lyrics and music by the legendary Bob Dylan.
Regent’s Park – Open-Air Theatre
If you’re looking to experience something different in comparison to classic theatre shows, then this might just be your cup of tea. It is actually the only open-air theatre in this city. It offers visitors a splendid amphitheater in Regent’s Park.
Every summer visitors get to see some of the most amazing comedies in the world, as well as some of Shakespeare’s plays. This summer people have had the opportunity to watch A Tale of Two Cities and Jesus Christ Superstar.
It is safe to say that this city, with its spectacular offerings, is surely the cultural capital of the world. Just take a look at all the things it has to give. Does it mean that other cities are not on the same level when it comes to theatre shows and plays? No, that’s not the case. It just means that London mustn’t be overlooked when you wish to experience cultural uplift.
Photo Credit: (1) The Crocodile of Old Kang Pow by Tete – a – tete (2) Les Miserables by Marc Barrot; (3) The Globe Theatre by Teseum; (4) The Old Vic by Matthias Rosenkranz; (5) Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre by Alan Stanton. All images used via Flickr.com’s Creative Commons Licensing.