On 20 February 1908 a group of London theatre managers came together to form the Society of West End Theatre Managers (now renamed the Society of London Theatre, or SOLT). In doing so, they ceased being just separate theatre owners working in London and created an industry that has grown into the exciting, colourful and vibrant arts scene known as London’s Theatreland.
Taking in a show in London's West End is one of those things every visitor to London should do. I didn't-but it is on my list of things to do the next time I am in London. I have always been a big fan of Musicals, and the London Theatre Scene has it's share of great musicals. From Classics like Cabaret and Gigi to more current fair like Disney's High School Musical, there is something fun for everyone.
Among the Now Showings that I would see if I could is The Year of Magical Thinking-25 April 2008 to 15 July 2008-by Joan Didion and starring Vanessa Redgrave . This was an amazing book about the sudden death of Joan Didion's husband and what she went through as a result. The subject of death is explored in great detail and it was a very moving story.
There is no dress code for most theatres, however be would advised that customers dress smart-casual. As a general guide, it is recommended that you make an effort to look smart, but be comfortable.
There are a lot of shows and a lot of theatres in London. Here's a list of the Top Ten London Shows at the moment.
1. BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL
2. PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
3. LION KING
4. MARY POPPINS
5. MAMMA MIA
6. WE WILL ROCK YOU
10. SOUND OF MUSIC
Any of these London Shows looks good to me, well, except for the Phantom of the Opera, I never cared much for that one. Spamalot, that's more my speed.
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