Show recommendations for mid-March trip?

frogs_fan85
Broadway Legend
joined:12/3/05
Hi everyone,

I'll be over in London for about ten days smack in the middle of March and was hoping to get some recommendations. The only shows I really have my mind set on are THE WEIR and JEEVES AND WOOSTER. I'm more partial to straight plays, but am considering revisiting DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS to see Robert Lindsay again, who I saw on my last trip in THE LION AND WINTER. Also, toying with OTHER DESERT CITIES because the casting and in-the-round staging sound interesting. I look forward to hearing what else you guys strongly recommend I see during my trip.

Thanks in advance!

Updated On: 2/14/14 at 09:42 PM
Hello doll!
Chorus Member
joined:1/5/14
Mmmmm...there is all the usual suspects, however you may want to try and see 'Stephen Ward' and 'From Here to Eternity' as it don't look like they will be around for an eternity. Lots of good hype about 'Oh what a lovely war' at the Stratford East and 'Urinetown' too. In London the world is your lobster.
Phantom of London
Broadway Legend
joined:3/26/08
I am guessing you like both plays and musicals from your post and will be happy to see both? You haven't said how many shows you hope to see when you come over, are you hoping to see a couple and spend most of your time sightseeing or are you going to be like me when I go to New York and see every show possible, slot permitting, so usually bag up with 15 shows.

I posted this in a thread earlier this year, so hope this might help you too?

London is unlike New York the outside of the theatres are far more beautiful and palatial looking. it could be true that the same could be said on the inside, however London theatre is far more spread out than New York, which is concentrated in 12 blocks around Times Square, London theatres are in various touristy areas, which you can enjoy before and after your show. So here is a brief guide how you can plan your sightseeing with theatre (after all, we all need a rest from sightseeing).

Victoria, Buckingham Palace & St James Park

Apollo Victoria Theatre - Wicked
Victoria Palace Theatre - Billy Elliot
St James Theatre - Urinetown

Oxford Street, Marble Arch, Tottenham Court Road & Hyde Park

Dominion Theatre - We Will Rock You
London Palladium - I Can't Sing - The X Factor Musical
Shaftsbury Theatre - From Here To Eternity/The Pajama Game

Soho, Chinatown, Charing Cross Road for book shops, Leicester Square, these theatres are only 5 minutes walk from above

Phoenix Theatre - Once
Palace Theatre - The Commitments
Queen's Theatre - Les Miserable
Gielgud Theatre- Strangers On A Train/Blithe Spirit/The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nightime
Lyric Theatre - Thriller
Apollo Theatre - Dark
Prince Edward Theatre - Jersey Boys/Miss Saigon
St Martins - The Mousetrap
Ambassador Theatre - Stomp
Cambridge Theatre - Matilda
Donmar Warehouse - Various

Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, National Gallary, Charing Cross Road for book shops, Leicester Square, this theatre area is just south of the area above

Piccadilly Theatre- Dirty Dancing/Jersey Boys
Critorian Theatre- 39 Steps
Prince of Wales Theatre - Book of Mormon
Theatre Royal, Haymarket Theatre - One Man, Two Guvnors
Her Majestys Theatre- The Phantom of the Opera
Harold Pinter - Relative Values
Wyndham Theatre - The Weir
Garrick Theatre - 12 Angry Men
Noel Coward Theatre- The Full Monty/Shakespeare in Love
Duke of York Theatre - Jevves and Wooster
Trafalgar 1 Theatre - Ghosts
Trafalgar 2 Theatre - Various
The Playhouse Theatre - Spamalot

Covent Garden
Adelphi Theatre - The Bodyguard
Vaudeville Theatre - The Duck House
Novello Theatre - Mamma Mia
Aldwych Theatre - Stephen Ward
Duchess Theatre - Various
Lyceum Theatre - The Lion King
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
New London - Warhorse
Fortune - The Woman in Black

The South Bank, The Mayflower, Tate Modern Gallery & The Shard
The National Theatres - Various
Shakespeare's Globe - Various (Summer Only)
Menier Chocolate Factory - Various

Regents Park, very remote from other theatres though
Regents Park, Open Air - Various (Summer Only)
2014 Theatre: Billy Elliot***** Meet Me In St Louis*** American Psycho**** Tell Me On A Sunday**** Jeeves and Wooster: Perfect Nonsense* Stephen Ward**** Charlie and the Chocolate factory*** Dirty Dancing** Stephen Sondheim's Puttin It Together*** Candide*** The Lion King***** The Book of Mormon****** Les Miserable***** Stephen Ward**** The Weir**** Fortune's Fool*** Spamalot*** Superior Doughnuts**** Seven Brides For Seven Brothers**** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Finans Rainbow**** The Commitments** Boeing Boeing*** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) The A-Z of Mrs P** Billy Elliot***** Wicked** Good People***** Urinetown***** Spamalot*** The Full Monty**** Other Desert Cities*** Ghosts*** Dirty Rotten Scoundrels***** It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman*** Stephen Ward**** King Lear**** A Taste Of Honey** Blithe Spirit**** From Here To Eternity**** Spamalot*** Fiddler On The Roof** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Relative Values**** Fatal Attraction*** Matilda***** 39 Steps**** Another Country** handbagged** Two Into One*** The Beautiful Game***** Let The Right One In**** Once**** Privacy*****
Hello doll!
Chorus Member
joined:1/5/14
As you may have read on this message board, this time appears to be quiet and there are lots of theatres that would be aided by selling more seats. I have just booked a number of seats at last minute.com There is an abundance of tickets throughout March and a number of bargains to be had. The tickets are of most value midweek and at matinee times. Enjoy ur time in London, however just remember that the streets are not paved in gold.
frogs_fan85
Broadway Legend
joined:12/3/05
Hello doll- thanks for the show and website recommendations. lastminute.com looks interesting.

Thanks for reposting that list Phantom. I was in London two years ago and ran around with one of those hotel lobby maps that showed all of the theaters, but nothing else. With your list I can visualize a lot better. I got a lot of the general touristy stuff out of the way last time, so I'm hoping to get about 5-6 shows in over the 8 days that I'm there. I like both plays and musicals, but am more partial to straight plays. On my last trip I saw THE LION IN WINTER and MATILDA.

Has anyone been in the new Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe? I'm really interested to see that space and THE KNIGHT OF THE BURNING PESTLE will be running while I'm there.
Phantom of London
Broadway Legend
joined:3/26/08
Fatal attraction or/and Thd Full Monty seems to be good bets.

your original choice with Jeeves and Wooster seems to be a good choice, with everyone loving it, except for me.
2014 Theatre: Billy Elliot***** Meet Me In St Louis*** American Psycho**** Tell Me On A Sunday**** Jeeves and Wooster: Perfect Nonsense* Stephen Ward**** Charlie and the Chocolate factory*** Dirty Dancing** Stephen Sondheim's Puttin It Together*** Candide*** The Lion King***** The Book of Mormon****** Les Miserable***** Stephen Ward**** The Weir**** Fortune's Fool*** Spamalot*** Superior Doughnuts**** Seven Brides For Seven Brothers**** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Finans Rainbow**** The Commitments** Boeing Boeing*** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) The A-Z of Mrs P** Billy Elliot***** Wicked** Good People***** Urinetown***** Spamalot*** The Full Monty**** Other Desert Cities*** Ghosts*** Dirty Rotten Scoundrels***** It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman*** Stephen Ward**** King Lear**** A Taste Of Honey** Blithe Spirit**** From Here To Eternity**** Spamalot*** Fiddler On The Roof** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Relative Values**** Fatal Attraction*** Matilda***** 39 Steps**** Another Country** handbagged** Two Into One*** The Beautiful Game***** Let The Right One In**** Once**** Privacy*****
VernonGersch
Broadway Star
joined:8/9/10
This thread has been quite helpful. Got tickets to see Ghosts, The Weir and The Bodyguard

Any word on Fatal Attraction?
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frogs_fan85
Broadway Legend
joined:12/3/05
I want to reiterate my thanks to everyone that provided recommendations and information in general.

I just returned from my trip and saw VERSAILLES, URINETOWN, JEEVES AND WOOSTER, BEING SHAKESPEARE, A TASTE OF HONEY, and THE WEIR. I enjoyed them all very much, especially URINETOWN and BEING SHAKESPEARE. I got the 10 pound Barclays tickets from the Donmar and a partial view front row seat for URINETOWN in advance. The rest were all day seats. My only regret was not getting around to DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS.

 

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