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Right alongside New York City's Broadway, London's West End theatre district represents the pinnacle of commercial theatre in the Western world. Patrons flock from near and far to see the rich assortment of fine shows playing in London's "Theatreland," where the stages host smash hit shows, talented and renowned performers, and a little bit of magic. Get your London theatre tickets today and experience the entertainment and wonder that the West End has to offer.
London's West End, or "Theatreland," as it is now sometimes called, is the city's epicenter of theatre. Containing about forty venues, it sits in the heart of western London, contained in the area between Oxford Street (the northern border), The Strand (the southern border), Regent Street (the western border), and Kingsway (the eastern border). The most theatre-concentrated streets include Drury Lane, The Strand, and Shaftesbury Avenue.
The theatres of the West End are famous for their historic beauty. Many of them are several hundred years old, and their character is meticulously maintained by the theatre owners, who spend huge amounts of money preserving their fantastically detailed interior design features and architecturally gorgeous facades. Though these theatres continually serve as the homes of new shows, their essential attributes are preserved as reminders of the great legacies they represent.
Enjoying the rich theatre scene is one of London's most popular activities for tourists and residents alike. The West End features a wide variety of shows, from long-running classics to brand new hits. The longest-running musical in London's history (still playing) is Les Miserables, the tale of Jean Valjean, an ex-convict on a quest to make a new life for himself and the downtrodden peasants he comes to know in early nineteenth century France. Another enduring classic include Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera, the tale of a mysterious deformed man who haunts an opera house and falls in love with its young ingenue singer, Christine Daae. On the lighter side, there is Mamma Mia, featuring the songs of ABBA, and We Will Rock You, showcasing the songs of Queen.
Some of the West End's newer arrivals have also made quite a splash. Most everyone knows about Wicked, the story of the Witches of Oz before Dorothy dropped in, but there is also a production of The Wizard of Oz, which brings the classic movie to life on stage and serves loosely as Wicked's sequel. The inspirational Billy Elliot, about a boy who dares to pursue his dream of dancing in a conservative, blue-collar society, is also an audience favorite, as is Jersey Boys, the story of the meteoric rise and eventual disbanding of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons featuring all of their biggest hit songs. Whichever show you choose, you simply can't go wrong. Get your London theatre tickets today and see what the city's renowned theatre scene has to offer!
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