West End theatre refers to the group of professional theatres of London, which along with New York’s Broadway theatre stand for the highest level of commercial theatre for English plays, both dramas and musicals. Watching a west-end play is a very popular tourist activity. A wide and varied range of plays with varied themes and unique presentations are performed by some of the best actors and actresses in the world. The shows are immensely popular all over the world.
The West End theatre district was established in the early 19th century. Now, it is comprised of a number of theatres and halls of different sizes to hold varying capacities. Some of the theatres that attract millions of theatre lovers from around the world include Adelphi theatre, Apollo Theatre, Prince of Wales Theatre, Cambridge Theatre, The Royal Opera House, Victoria Palace theatre and many more. The Prince of Wales theatre has previously staged the popular “Mama Mia”. This play features some of the most popular songs by ABBA was later made into a movie.
The best talents in the entertainment industry including actors, musicians, dancers, artists and technicians all come together to give a treat that will leave a lasting impact. Some of the most famous people who have performed here are James Stewart, Russell Grant, The Beatles, Kiera Knightly and Daniel Radcliffe.
Most of the plays have been being performed for a number of years. While the longest running musical is the Les Miserables, the longest running non-musical and longest running show in the world is the Agatha Christie play the Mouse Trap. It opened on the 25th of November in 1952 at The Ambassador’s Theatre; Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber is another long running musical.
The top ten west-end shows of all time are Les Misérables, The Mousetrap, The Phantom of the Opera, The 39 Steps, Mamma Mia!, Blood Brothers, Shrek the Musical, Lion King, Thriller Live, and Billy Elliot.
The web sites of the box office give all the information about the plays staged, the timings, the availability of tickets and every other detail one would like to know before booking tickets online. There are also other sites that give details about the theatres, synopsis of the plays, information about the actors, etc. You can also read expert reviews as well as viewer reviews and buy west-end tickets at discounted rates.
The ambiance, the atmosphere, the plays and the performances make watching a West-end play an unforgettable experience.