55% off top theatre tickets

Hi Theatre-goers

forbidden-broadway-sale 300x400I know that in these austere times not everyone can afford to spend £50 or £60 per ticket on a theatre visit and so what I have to tell you next will be great news…

For the next 24 hours we are able to offer top price tickets to see Forbidden Broadway which opens at the Vaudeville theatre on 9th September for a fraction of the normal price.

You can cave 34% on top price seats which means they are now only £29.99 and Upper Circle seats at only £15.99 which is a saving of a massive 55% to see performances between 9th September and 4th October!
BOOK TICKETS ONLY HERE!

But HURRY – this great deal only lasts until Friday 29th September 2014.

 

 

Whether you’re a seasoned theatre-goer or new to the West End, Forbidden Broadway promises a bundle of laughs as it parodies many of the big London productions.

Of course, we still offer Forbidden Broadway Theatre Breaks with a choice of tickets and hotels to suit all budgets CLICK HERE for full details

Happy savings!

Sara

Chock-a-block in the West End

Hi theatre-goers

We’ve had some amazing productions in London so far this year with Hollywood stars a plenty lining up to tread the boards including James Earl Jones, Vanessa Redgrave, Kathleen Turner, Carey Mulligan, Kristen Davis, Angela Lansbury, Robert Vaughan and Rupert Grint to name but a few.

Well, some might think that would be enough sparkle in the West End for one year, but no… the Autumn sees some fantastic new shows opening with some of the biggest names in British entertainment giving their all for the paying public.

There’s so much to look forward to over the coming months that I don’t know quite where to start…

evita-marty-pellow 200x300Ok, let’s do this is some kind of order with September’s offerings which include the sensational Michael Flately bringing his spectacular show Lord of the Dance : Dangerous Games to the London Palladium and also there’s the return of the ever-popular Evita with our very own Marty Pellow starring as Che Guevara.

sunny-afternoon 320x240October is packed to the gills with Broadway hits The Scotsboro Boys and Memphis opening – the latter starring British Queen of Soul Beverley Knight who showed her acting talents in The Bodyguard earlier on in the year. Plus a couple of home-grown productions with Sunny Afternoon (the story of 60s super-group The Kinks) and Made in Dagenham -a musical adaptation of the hit 2010 film starring Gemma Arterton.

And if that’s not enough we still have White Christmas with the gorgeous Tom Chambers and Aled Jones plus Cats to come over the Christmas season.

I can see myself spending a lot of time on that train back & forth to London over the next three months.

Have a great weekend

Sara

03/06/2014 – Return of the Lord

Hi Theatre-goers

Did any of your see the fascinating programme about Michael Flatley at the weekend? It’s like the world famous Irish dancer hasn’t aged in the last 20 years! And those legs are still insured for $1 million. Well, why not? He can obviously still bust some moves on stage.

The tv documentary wasn’t just a celebration of his amazing dance career but a subtle advertisement for the return of the Lord Of The Dance : Dangerous Games which will play at the London Palladium from 1st September until 25th October.

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Not only will you be able to see Mr Flatley’s elastic-band legs going here, there and everywhere but also former Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle will feature as a special guest at some performances.

The new dance show sees Flatley taking a smaller role in the production as he is joined by 40 more youthful dancers on stage to tell a tale based on Irish folklore. The story finds the Little Spirit travelling through time to help the titular noble defend his people from Don Dorcha.

Those of a certain age may well remember that the Lord Of The Dance premiered at the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin in 1996 and quite frankly was the best performance on the night by far – a definite douze points. And since then the show has been seen by more than 60 million people world-wide and includes a five year residency in Las Vegas.

Flately and his dancers will be the inaugural production at the London Palladium which is hosting a line-up of short season shows that will take the theatre back to its variety roots.

Lord of the Dance theatre breaks will be available to book shortly.

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Have a great week

Sara

15/5/2014 Pre-theatre dining

Hi theatre-goers

I hope that wherever you are you are getting to enjoy some of this glorious May sunshine (even if it’s just a five minute glare in between hail storms!).

When the sun is out, there’s nothing I like more than wander the streets of London’s West End because, not only are Londoners generally more congenial when temperatures go over 15˚C, but I love the fact that the bars, cafés and restaurants are all jostling for the best table pitches on the pavements.

There’s no better way to have a reasonably leisurely pre-theatre dinner sitting outside with a cold beer or glass of wine, watching the world go by, soaking up all the exciting sights and sounds London has to offer.

A good percentage of Theatreland’s many eateries offer a set pre-theatre meal – with some offering post-theatre menus, too – from 6pm leaving you plenty of time to have an un-rushed two-course dinner arriving at the theatre with ample opportunity to order your intervals drinks and settle in your seats.

For those of you visiting theatres in the Aldwych area including the Lyceum (Disney’s The Lion King), the Duchess (Bakersfield Mist), the Novello (Mamma Mia!) and the Aldwych (Wolf Hall/Bring Up the Bodies) our top recommendations would be the fine pizza at Fire & Stone in Maiden Lane (Covent Garden underground) or The Strand Carvery on The Strand (Charing Cross underground) offering a cold buffet of seafood, asparagus, home-made terrines, quiches and salads plus roast meats with accompanying hot side dishes.

In West End “central”, you are spoilt for choice with a number of fabulous, well-priced restaurants from the glitz of Planet Hollywood to the Asian delights of Soho Thai.

planet-hollyood 150x150 If you are making a family trip to the theatre, our  recommendation would be aforementioned Planet  Hollywood, on the Haymarket, offering burgers, spaghetti  and grilled chicken in the surrounds of cool movie  memorabilia from James Bond films, Star Wars, Die Hard   and the Terminator.

 

Other great eats in the area are (in no particular order):

1. Bincho Yakitori, Old Compton Street, which offers modern Japanese food cooked on a charcoal grill on view to the customers. As well as chicken and seafood skewers, there is also a good vegetarian option.

2. Ruby Blue in Leicester Square cooks a range of dishes from all corners of the world including their signature BBQ rib racks, burgers, fajitas and veggie curries.

3. Leon de Bruxelles, Cambridge Circus, sitting opposite The Cambridge theatre where energetic musical The Commitments is currently playing. As the name suggests, it’s a Belgium restaurant offering the finest mussel dishes as well as tradition fish and chips and, on my visit, an excellent butternut squash risotto (although this changes daily).

pad-thai 150x1504. Soho Thai in St Anne’s Court, in the heart of Soho, has very a efficient and pleasant pre-theatre set menu of pan-
fried dishes, curries and noodles. I can personally recommend the Pad Thai here!

5. Salvador and Amanda, Great Newport Street, five minutes walk from Leicester Square has a great Spanish atmosphere and fantastic tapas dishes to suit all palates.

Should you be taking the family, friends or loved one a little further South to see either Wicked or Billy Elliot, do not fear… Victoria boasts some excellent bars and restaurants all within walking distance of the tube/mainline station and both theatres.

For families Prezzo Victoria offers a warm welcome to children as does the Old Masters Carvery which is housed in The Rubens at the Palace Hotel in Buckingham Palace Road.

The former is a chain of Italian restaurants which serves good quality pizza and pasta dishes and the Old Masters is a traditional carvery with a appetising vegetarian option always available.

BBar 150x150 If dining as a couple or with friends, we can recommend 2  Bridge Place in the Doubletree by Hilton London-Victoria  hotel serving pre-theatre set menus of meat, poultry and  seafood; the BBar & Restaurant (pictured left) claims to have over 110  wines and 60 cocktail available to customers as well as  offering burgers, chicken schnitzel and ravioli in the way of  food.

Another place I can personally recommend is The Brasserie at the Grosvenor hotel slap bang next door to the Victoria station. This imposing building is a amazing from the outside and just as regal inside. The Brasserie has a really nice atmosphere with very good service. The kitchen is overseen by Executive Chef Robert Prendergast offering sumptuous steaks and other speciality signature dishes.

So there you have it… eating in London in a nutshell. But don’t trust my word for it… you can book all these restaurants with theatre tickets on our sister-site London Show

Enjoy the weather…

Sara

 

23/4/2014 West End… Broadway… Broadway…. West End?

Hi Theatre-goers

In the words of the gorgeous Doris Day “(I’ve) just got in from the windy city…” Yes, I spent a wonderful Easter in Chicago and the surrounding area. I didn’t get to see a theatre show, but did note that The Sound of Music (with blue-eyed Billy Zane, no less) and Million Dollar Quartet were both showing in the city. I was also pleased to see that the amazing arena production of Jesus Christ Superstar was destined for Chicago later on this summer. For this, I definitely urged my Illinois friends not to miss it!

Anyway, it got me thinking about whether we Brits have the same taste in musical theatre as our American cousins and so when I got back to the UK I checked out what is currently on Broadway to see if it greatly differs from what is drawing in the crowds in the West End.

The Book of Mormon – a mega hit on both sides of the Atlantic

It was pleasing to see that great entertainment is appreciated on both side of the big pond with a number of the same shows playing in both New York and London simultaneously, including Disney’s The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, Les Miserables (just recently re-vamped & re-opened), The Phantom of the Opera (Broadway’s longest running musical) Jersey Boys, Matilda and Once.

Actually looking at that list five out of the eight shows opened in New York first before transferring to London. Do you know which five they are? (Answers at end of blog).

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Queen of the British musical theatre Elaine Paige as The Drowsy Chaperone

There have been some HUGE successes on Broadway that have tried to enthral the London audiences with zero or moderate success… Thoroughly Modern Millie starring Amanda Holden, The Drowsy Chaperone with (I thought) a brilliant performance by Elaine Paige, Billy Joel inspired musical Movin’ On and Pippin - which has tried several times to inspire British audiences to no avail – to name a few.

When I researched BIG West End hits that have transferred and flopped on Broadway I came to a bit of a stumbling block… that’s not to stay there haven’t been any : The Rocky Horror Show and Enron both died a death on the New York stage. I’m sure there are plenty more, but I can’t find any articles written about British failures. So if any of you out there have that information I would be very interested to see it!

Feeling the need to see a Broadway show up close and personal? We have a number of fantastic New York theatre breaks available to book for the intrepid traveller.

Have a great weekend everyone

Sara

Answer : Disney’s The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, Jersey Boys and Once

 

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