Showing posts with label theatre. Show all posts
Showing posts with label theatre. Show all posts

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

London's West End Theatres continues to Sparkle and Excite

If you are a lover of theatre, particularly glossy musicals, then there is nowhere better in the world than London.  And just now there is plenty new on offer if you have already been to many of the most popular productions here.

For example, there is a one-off performance of Billy Elliot the Musical starring Liam Mower playing an Older Billy (he is considered to be too old to be playing the original part now).  This will be at the Victoria Palace.  What is particularly exciting is on that particular night the production is being screened live to various cinemas, so you don't need to buy a ticket to the actual live performance as these will be particularly difficult to obtain for that performance.

Kerry Ellis will be returning as the Wicked Witch to Wicked as Willemijn Verkalk is having surgery and is needing to withdraw from the production.  Hopefully she will be able to resume the role before too long.

That very famous musical Phantom of the Opera is welcoming to the cast Liam Tamne who made such an impression on the BBC TV show The Voice UK, even though he didn't quite win.  He will be playing the part of Raoul, starting from the 1st of September.

As it happens, various productions are moving between theatres.  The distinctive Urinetown is transferring from St James Theatre to the Apollo in September.  Great Britain, which sends up the political establishment, the police and the press has done surprisingly well in the National Theatre and so will be able to play to larger audiences at the Royal Haymarket theatre from September.  Similarly Forbidden Broadway is upgrading from Menier Chocolate Factory to the Vaudeville Theatre.

So there are regularly new developments in London's West End, which partly explains why it remains so popular with large numbers of people from around the world.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Visiting London for a Holiday - All the Choices available!

Surely London particularly stands out for the variety of things to see and do for any visitor to London.  This applies to anyone visiting for a holiday, as well as visitors who are working during the day but still want to see something of the city in the evenings and on weekends.

There are the usual sights popular with tourists, such as museums and art galleries.  London has some of the very best museums in the world, without any doubt, and there are plenty to choose from, even if the British Museum is the highest priority.  The three museums in South Kensington, Science, Natural History, and Victoria & Albert (V&A) are certainly worth checking out.  And there are still plenty more to be investigated.

While the art galleries in London are not the very biggest in the world, they are certainly some of the best.  The National Gallery is centrally located on the edge of Trafalgar Square, and has a wide range of art and a pleasant ambiance for you to enjoy your viewing.  The Tate Modern is highly popular, particularly with lovers of modern art, although I personally find the Tate Britain more appealing.

For evening entertainment, you can do any better than London.  There are more theatres and concert venues than anywhere else in the world, and it is usually surprisingly easy to get tickets for most performances, and prices are usually less than you would expect to pay elsewhere.  The musicals are particularly popular, and any visitor is spoiled for choice as there are around 18 musicals being staged.

And there is plenty to choose from in the way of music concerts as well.  The most famous series of concerts is the Proms, around 80 concerts held in the Royal Albert Hall every summer.  Younger, and often older people as well, will be drawn to the O2 Centre for regular concerts by the biggest name performers.  There are lots of smaller concert venues as well.

Arguably one of the most attractive features of London is simply the ease and pleasure of wandering around.  There are lovely parks such as Hyde, Green, St James and Regents parks virtually in the centre of London.  Travel a few miles to the north and you have the magnificent Hampstead Heath, or west to the edge of London for Richmond Park.

And any time in the afternoons or evenings it is pleasant to 'chill out' on the South Bank.  The spectacular London Eye is still very popular, almost a decade and a half after it was first built.  In the area there are usually plenty of performing acts (buskers) to entertain and amuse.  It was worth looking around inside the Festival Hall as it is open all day, and there are usually exhibitions of interest inside.

So, if you are visiting London, whether for a holiday or business, don't worry .. there's plenty to keep you amused!