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Visiting London will undoubtedly require a trip to a theatre to witness one of the many stand-out London shows that are on offer. After all, the nation’s capital is known all over the world for its theatre, whether the production is a well known musical or a brand new play, and as a result people flock far and wide to see them. But it’s not just the quantity of shows on offer, it’s also the quality.
In the musicals camp we have shows such as Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera and We Will Rock You, to name but a few, and all three have been entertaining audiences for many years. Les Miserables and The Phantom Of The Opera opened in the mid 1980s and they are first and second-longest musicals in the capital, respectively, whilst We Will Rock You has been running for more than a decade. It’s a testament to the high quality of the work on display that audiences keep on coming back for more. Add to these the other high profile shows like Billy Elliot The Musical, The Lion King, Wicked and Matilda the Musical, among others, and you have the makings of a theatre district with plenty of pulling power.
Then there are the non-musicals. The United Kingdom has a proud history of world famous plays whether we are considering the works of William Shakespeare or modern writers like Alan Ayckbourne. London is the home of the National Theatre on South Bank, in addition to the West End venues that house plays, and this means that some of the best new shows can be found here. Recent success stories include National Theatre productions like War Horse; One Man, Two Guvnors and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which all found further success when they transferred to the West End. Then there is the classic The Mousetrap, which is the longest running show in the world, having opened in the West End back in 1952 (beginning at the Ambassador’s Theatre before transferring to St Martin’s Theatre in 1974 without missing a performance).
There are also other London shows that don’t fit these categories either, with children’s entertainers, comedians, musicians and dancers also making their way here to make a big impression. Comics like Bill Bailey, Barry Humphries and Pam Ann have performed in the West End, whilst venues such as Sadler’s Wells, the Peacock Theatre and the Royal Opera House have welcomed international dancers with fantastic results. So there really is something for everyone.
So if you are looking for a stand-out performance you can’t go too wrong with London. The country has a long history of theatre and this is going to continue for some time to come thanks to the myriad of London shows that continues to attract audiences from around the world year after year.