Theater in London

Old Jan 16th, 2011, 10:13 AM
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Theater in London

I am looking for recommendations for London theaters. I know there are many and of the highest caliber. I will be in London at the end of March with two teenage girls, 16 and 18, both are interested in theater. I would like to see a drama play and a musical while we are there. I have 3 questions: are there any plays that are especially worth seeing that people know about. Secondly, which theaters should I be sure to check out. And finally, are there any cheaper way to buy tickets - either day of or ahead of time?
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Old Jan 16th, 2011, 10:22 AM
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Discount day-of tickets are best bought from the official TKTS booth at Leicester Square. Have a look at www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/tkts/ Beware the many imitators!
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Old Jan 16th, 2011, 10:52 AM
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See http://www.playbill.com/events/listing/4.html for a listing of all current London shows.
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Old Jan 16th, 2011, 11:12 AM
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I would highly recommend Wicked. Its a great theatre production. Also the TKTS booth in Leicester Sq is a great place to get discounts.

Other popular shows are Mamma Mia (ABBA), We Will Rock You (Queen), War Horse, 39 Steps...

Enjoy!
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Wicked didn't do it for me but I am old and I do think it would appeal to your teens. I loved the Lion King and I think that appeals to all age groups.
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Thank you! My kids have seen both Wicked and the Lion King in NYC and loved both! But all these are great suggestions! I also want them to see some good drama on stage because that is not a genre that we can see much in the States. Thank you.
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Old but good is Blood Brothers. It's a musical but not Mamma Mia style and is very British. Google it to find out if you think you all might like it; my adult daughter and I really did. It has stayed with me more than most things I see.
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War Horse & Billy Elliot would be my choice. Both are pretty gritty even if BE has music
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March is a bit early for the Globe but the conservatory acting students from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, are presenting a workshop production of Twelfth Night on 25th March, and it is free if you book in time.

The Globe is,IMO a must see in London.

http://www.shakespeares-globe.org/ca...ail/?slot=1934
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Saw The Country Girl at the Apollo in Dec. It's a gritty drama set in the US in early twenties about a down and out actor who has essentially thrown his career away for the drink. He recovers and make a rebound on the stage. Martin Shaw stars and you may recognize him from the series he starred in Judge John Deed. Now having said this, am not sure if two teens would really find it appealing so I guess this is more of a commentary than a recommendation.
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Old Jan 17th, 2011, 09:09 AM
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I just bought tickets for the not yet released Wizard of Oz, for April. We're taking our granddaughter. Your daughters may be to old for it though.
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Billy Elliott, just booked tickets to see it again.I loved 39 steps, Priscilla , Queen of the Jungle and Jersey Boys.

Your 16 and 18 year olds might like to see a bit of Mam's era or possible a bit before!
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Here's a link to Time Out London magazine current theater page which is a great resource for theater (and the whole on line magaznin is great for restaurants, sightseeing and many other things).

http://www.timeout.com/london/search...code=&submit=1
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My children , 18 y.o. daughter and 20 y.o. son, and I just returned from London. They both loved "Jersey Boys" and "Flashdance". In 2009 we saw "We Will Rock You" in Edinburgh and thought it was a superior production. All of us want to see "Jersey Boys" again.

We bought the tickets at the Leicester Square outlet for all three musicals.
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