Thursday, August 30, 2012

Theater in London: More Post-Olympics Travel Ideas


We’re still on a high after watching the Summer Olympics, and not all the West End theatrical productions travel to the U.S.  So, moving on to another of my favorite things to do in London -- theater -- here’s a list of some of the best venues to visit when considering your evening (or daytime) entertainment across the pond.

The Shakespeare Globe Theatre – This architectural wonder was opened to the public for performances in 1997 and has since then been one of the most popular places to visit in London. This theatre is in many ways international; it has staged plays by Shakespeare and Shakespearean-inspired works by writers from all over the world and attracts an international audience. The theater was also the first to have showcased a play written by a woman and today hosts many workshops and public events as well. You can book online from anywhere in the world, so you won’t miss out when you get to London.

 
The Shakespeare Globe Theatr













The National Theatre- Three auditoriums make up this top-notch theatre that has been delivering world-class performances. With restaurants, bookshops, live bands, riverside terraces and free foyer exhibitions, the National Theatre is known not only for its shows but also for all types of other entertainment: classics, musicals, family plays and more. Families will definitely want to look at the schedule here, as there are special kids’ weeks and war plays (always fascinating for young boys!). 

 

The Lyceum Theatre – This 2000-seat theatre is one of London’s most beautiful. The interiors are gorgeous and theater is an “event” here. The theatre is currently playing the very popular Lion King. You can also purchase your tickets online, in advance, by visiting their box office. 

New Wimbledon Theatre
– From Legally Blonde the Musical to The Drifters or even the classic Grease, this theatre is a magnet for blockbuster musicals.  There are also special events, courses, and tours for visitors to enjoy.  For something entirely different, look on their schedule for their pantomime performances and stand-up comedy as well.


My advice: don’t be disappointed by not booking your tickets before you arrive in London.  Some of the best deals will be online (just like in the US), using the links above, either through the theater itself or using various ticket sellers. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Backstreet Boys to Perform in Central Park August 31 - Free


Still longing for one more free outdoor-in-the-park concert in NYC?  There’s a big one coming up, the Backstreet Boys as part of GMA’s outdoor morning series.  You have to be willing to get there bright and early, bring your coffee (although then you risk the port-a-potty nonsense), but it’s always a good time.  If last year’s Lady Gaga zipline over Central Park didn’t inspire you to attend, I’m not sure what will.  The Good Morning America Summer Concert Series takes place at Rumsey Playfield, from 7-9am.  Suggest that you arrive by 6am.  Enter at the 72nd Street entrance on Fifth Avenue.

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