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impacked Dec 15th, 2010 06:20 AM

London events
We've made last minute plans to travel this holiday season. We will have one day and one night in London next Wednesday night (Dec. 22nd.) We have toured London many times but never did any evening events. Any broadway play, etc. and how to get afforadable tickets? We have seen Lion King many times.

Thanks for any help!

toledo Dec 15th, 2010 10:54 AM

The RSC are performing a number of plays at the Roundhouse Theatre. I paid £30 to see Romeo and Juliet, for decent stall tickets. I also went to see War Horse but that was double the price.

PalenQ Dec 15th, 2010 11:07 AM

Go to ANY play if you have never been to a London play - a major West End play - try the TKTS discounted ticket booth in Leicester Square during the day for discounted tickets for shows that don't sell out - they offer dozens of choices daily. This is the official discount (formerly called Half-Off) theatre ticket box office run in conjunction I believe with the West Eng theatre group itself - there are a raft of imitators who claim the same in the Leicester Square area but go here IME for the best deals.

PalenQ Dec 15th, 2010 11:09 AM

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avalon Dec 15th, 2010 11:30 AM

Also check out I often find tickets at the box office on the morning of performance to be as cheap as at TKTS. If what you want to see in not on at TKTS, try the Box office

cambe Dec 15th, 2010 12:10 PM

Hi impacked, I am going to suggest something you haven't asked for - Christmas Carols in Trafalgar Square.

or Handel's Messiah at St Martin in the Fields

If you are still in London at 4pm on Thursday 23rd the family carol service at St Pauls

KayF Dec 15th, 2010 02:03 PM

Getting tickets in the morning at the Half Price Tix booth in Leicester Square, for the evening performance, is a great idea. They usually have a fair selection but if there is a show you really want to see and they don't have tickets, you can try the box office of the theatre. When you get to the queue at the booth (look at this site so you know where to go as there are lots of other similar places ) one person should stay in the queue while the other checks the electronic board for shows and prices. They don't have info on what the shows are about so it pays to do a little research beforehand.

This site is good for reviews and will give you info on the shows, click on 'By Show Title' on the left -


impacked Dec 15th, 2010 08:36 PM

All Great Advice. Thank you all and Merry Christmas!

PalenQ Dec 15th, 2010 09:10 PM

tsk tsk Happy Holidays more PC than Merry Xmas!

But oh heck Merry Chistmas to you too!

Josser Dec 16th, 2010 02:26 AM

In the UK, Christmas is again officially allowed

So Merry Christmas from me too

Kate Dec 16th, 2010 11:55 AM

>>tsk tsk Happy Holidays more PC than Merry Xmas!<<

Tsk tsk indeed, we don't say 'happy holidays' in the UK. If we're trying to avoid the 'C' word, we say "Season's Greetings'.

But bugger that (pardon my French), and Merry Christmas

cambe Dec 16th, 2010 12:23 PM

And a Merry/Happy Christmas from me in N Ireland.

Have a good trip.

BigRuss Dec 17th, 2010 09:39 AM

What's a broadway? None exists in London.

I wouldn't go to ANY West End play just like I'd never tell someone who hadn't seen a movie to go see ANY film. Especially considering the price. Check the reviews.

flanneruk Dec 17th, 2010 10:56 AM

The English for "off Broadway" (there are well over a dozen streets called Broadway in London - not Broadway Street, but just Broadway - though almost none have any kind of theatre) is either "off West End" (referring to mainstream theatres outside the self-styled "Theatreland", though most are within a 5 min walk of a Zone 1 or 2 tube station) or "fringe".

"fringe" the dozens of small theatres all over London that make it a great deal more interesting a place than those tedious and formulaic West End blockbusters would make you believe.

There's only a handful of "off West End" theatres - accessible at[0]=352&tag_id[1]=359&submit=1

For full fringe listings, you need to buy the hard copy Time Out: its website just lists a random half dozen. The current edition is sold at a few decent US bookstores, and usually in the BA terminal at Kennedy. Otherwise, buy a copy when you arrive at London and decide what to see while on the tube into the centre. Note that a fair few fringe places are a bit of a distance from the centre though almost by definition they're almost all within a few mins of a tube station: who'd open a fringe theatre you couldn't easily access by tube?

impacked Dec 19th, 2010 01:58 PM

Thanks again for your time and insight.

And, so as not be concerned about being politically correct let me offer all of you a Wonderful New Year filled with happiness and adventure!!

PalenQ Dec 20th, 2010 12:57 PM

The current edition is sold at a few decent US bookstores>

a 'few'? how about thousands of Barnes & Nobles and Borders for starters?

Once again innacurate info - you can get Time Out London in any city with such bookstores - meaning any sizeable city.

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