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Live Theater Recommendations

Was wondering whether anyone has recommendations regarding live theater performances? Travelling to London in mid-April for 5 days.
Thank you.

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We were in London earlier this month for a museum tour, and walked by the Sondheim Theater with Les Miserables playing. On impulse, we walked into the box office and asked for price & seats for a show on a free night we had. We got 2nd row mezzanine (better than orchestra some say) for 85 pounds each, which is way, way less than we’d expected. It was the BEST live theater experience we’ve had ever. The 3 hours went by so fast and we were riveted by the performance, the singing, and the intimacy of the small theater.

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I really enjoyed Tina the Musical. I guess It all depends if you enjoy her music, but if you are a fan, this is a show not to be missed.

Margaret

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Seeing a play in London is well worth it. As for suggestions, it depends on your interests and the age of your family members. Do you want a comedy, tragedy, serious drama, or big budget musical? Do you prefer a larger theater or a smaller intimate venue?

You can look at What’s on Stage to see what will be available. Also, Theatre Monkey helps you determine which seats to buy based on price, view, location, and comfort.

https://www.whatsonstage.com/

http://www.theatremonkey.com/

For something light, I enjoyed “The Play That Goes Wrong” which is hilarious and suitable for children.

https://bookings.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/plays/the-play-that-goes-wrong

Here’s a link to an earlier discussion of this question with more suggestions:

https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/england/london-theaters

All the best,

Raymond

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If you have a particular show you want to see go to the box office. However, I've been pleased by using the Half-Price Ticket Booth. We've seen plays we may have not seen on our own(An Inspector Calls) as well as oldie but goodie musicals like Evita. The Tkts workers are pretty helpful in choosing a play.

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In London the best seats are in the section called the Stalls (same as orchestra here).

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Who is in your group (kids, teens adults?) and what are their interests? Witness for the Prosecution is great because of the way they stage it, which also makes it a very unique experience you wouldn’t get elsewhere. I haven’t seen it yet, but am looking forward to seeing Six the Musical later this spring (about Henry VIII’s six wives telling their stories at a pop concert- especially if you know your Tudor history, there’s some really funny jokes in the songs!).

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Go to the TKTS ticket booth at Leicester Square. Half price tickets for many shows; officially sold by the association that most West End theatres belong to. Avoid the huckster touts that surround the Square though: not so reputable and higher service fees.

I can also recommend getting out away from the West End too. The National Theatre in particular on the South Bank has excellent shows.

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I will be in London in May and was considering an evening at the theater. The ticket prices are considerably lower than those on Broadway. I highly recommend seeing Come From Away. It is in London until they end of May. You won't be disappointed.