Going to the theatre in London during your visit is one of the epitomising outings you will have during your stay in the capital. Theatreland is predominantly in the areas between The Strand to the south, Oxford Street to the north, Regent Street to the west, and Kingsway to the east. Prominent theatre streets include Drury Lane, Shaftesbury Avenue, and The Strand.
Major, and long-running shows you are urged to try and see are:
- The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre: this long- running and well- loved musical, with a cast of over 40 actors, singers and dancers, tells the story of a young lion cub’s journey to become king of his pack after his father’s death. This production uses masks, puppets and striking costumes to tell the story of young Simba's realisation of his destiny. The scenery is simple, yet stunning and draws you straight into the African bush.
- Mamma Mia! at The Prince of Wales Theatre: Mamma Mia!, which has since been turned into a hit film tells the story of a young girl, who, just before her wedding tries to find out who her father is. It uses hit songs form Swedish supergroup ABBA throughout, and will have you rolling in the aisle and tapping your feet the whole way through!.
- Wicked: An alternative view on the land of OZ and the Wicked Witch, theis play tells the story of a friendship between a blonde Glinda and green Elphaba- and how Elphabe becomes the Wicked Witch feared in books and by kids the world over. It uses fantastic special effects, wizardry, witchcraft, sorcery and spells to captivate you.
- Priscilla Queen of the Desert: If you loved the movie, you’ll love this more. The story of a glamorous performing trio’s journey through Australian outbreak on Priscilla (the battered old bus!) in search of love is the ultimate feel-good theatrical experience. The costumes are extravagant, the acting fresh and the spirit unforgettable.
Going to see a professional theatre production staged in the large, historic theatres of London's 'Theatreland,' or the the West End is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre in the English speaking world. It is glitzy, glamorous and often has as many bells, whistles and special effects as you can imagine!