The West End of London is acclaimed for its award-winning theater productions along with an assortment of musicals and shows. Seeing a ‘West End Show’ is a popular pastime for tourists and locals alike, with regular performances from the world-renowned names like Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Blood Brothers. There are lots of award-winning films with actors from both England and the United States, choosing to take the West End stages. Recent hits like The Lion King, Mamma Mia! And We Will Rock You, has helped increase West End visitors to over 13 million.
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The fact is that London’s west end is still one of the English capital’s biggest areas, highlighting the most recognizable sights as well as some of the architecture and roads.
The West End has a long history with theatre – the first place opened in 1663 back on Drury Lane and the area boasts around 40 theatres, many housed in beautifully preserved Victorian theaters. Now the West End, occasionally known as ‘Theatreland’, crosses the areas of Oxford Street, the Strand, Regent Street and Kingsway in Central London, with places including the Theatre Royal, the area’s oldest theatre; The Coliseum the largest in the capital with its own 2,358 chairs along also with the prestigious National Theater on Southbank. It’s a place that encompasses many of London’s key attractions, shopping districts, restaurants, and nightlife, making a day show in the West End, a favorite among London tours.
The London theatre heritage has continued to go from strength to strength over the years, and the West End is the largest theatre district in the world, with foreign stars treading the boards night after night.
The caliber is one of UK’s best, with the merging of the contemporary and traditional performances featuring some world-renowned talents like Benedict Cumberbatch and Andrew Lloyd Weber attract both tourists and visitors alike. Recent travelers stated the atmosphere is just amazing, even they are not particularly interested in theaters, they are especially enticed by the lively Leicester Square, it is always worth a night wandering.
There are fixed scheduled performance and acts to choose from.
Usually, the schedules for all musicals here are revealed six days a week from Monday to Saturday at 7.30 pm. Every Wednesdays and Saturdays, there are two Matinee shows to watch at 2.30pm.
Theatres use different rates depending on their seats and based on visibility and location towards the stage. So costs are distinguished for Dress-Circle Stalls and Upper-Circle. Rates are varied, charging lower rates for limited standing viewers and higher to those nearest to the stage.
There is plenty of entertainment here. Whether you would like to catch up with the Beatles’ beginnings or have a good laugh from a smart humor or just simply relax, you just found the place you’ve been looking for.