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West End

West End

London's West End is at the centre of Theatreland. It stretches from the Strand in the south to Oxford Street in the north, and from Regent Street in the west to Kingsway in the east.

Theatre started to flourish in London after the Reformation. The West End started to establish itself as a theatre going area in the early 1800's with the opening of a number of small theatres, such as the Adelphie in the Strand. Besides the Strand, the main theatre streets within Theatreland include Haymarket, Shaftesbury Avenue and Piccadilly. Many of the theatres are of late Victorian or Edwardian design. Most feature grand Romanesque designs with grand interior decoration.

With approximately forty theatrical venues to choose from, it is no wonder that a visitor to London has seeing a Westend show as a main priority. There is such a wide variety of genre including drama, musicals, dance, comedy, opera and ballet.

Outside of the Westend are many other well established theatre's that are popular with the public. These include The Old Vic (Waterloo), The National (Southbank), The Globe (Bankside) and Sadlers Wells (Islington). The length of a show really depends on ticket sales. For instance, The Mousetrap is the longest running show in the world and opened in 1952.

The cost of tickets can be expensive, so it is important to know cheaper alternatives. This best option is to book on the day of the show. The TKTS ticket booth in Leicester Square generally offers the best seats at half the normal price. At the National, if you queue before the box office opens, you can purchase very cheap seats for that days performance. A grounding ticket (standing) at the Globe or a slips ticket (sharing a bench) at the Royal Opera House is another money saving alternative.

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Annual audience figures in the West End are over 13 million.

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Theatreland stretches from the Strand in the south to Oxford Street in the north, and from Regent Street in the west to Kingsway in the east.

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