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London ~ The Home of Theatre

August 03, 2012

Most people would agree that theatre truly planted its roots in modern society in London. This was the home of the greatest minds known to theatre and it continues to be an epicentre of theatrical innovation and excellence. See the world famous Globe Theatre where William Shakespeare had his start and head next door to the much more modern National Theatre where the greatest actors have given their best performance. This is the home of theatre and the place that gave New York City’ Broadway its inspiration.

London is second to none when it comes to seeing a professional theatrical play or show for a very cheap ticket price. The theatre is nationally funded by the British government. What this means to you is that the ticket price can be well under $20, or roughly about fifteen British pounds. There are very few places in the rest of the modern world where theatre is more available to the people than in London. Certainly New York City plays run an average of twice this amount and the quality of acting and theatrical production is just as high, if not higher, in London.

Just about any style of play and show is currently in production in London. In the chic West End, which is equivalent to New York’s Broadway District, there are dozens of plays that range from dramatic and obscure to playfully bawdy and risqué. Updated and classical staging’s of Shakespeare, Harold Pinter and Tony Award-winning plays such as War Horse and Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has audiences laughing, crying and celebrating live performances in the land where theatre was perfected.

If you are planning a visit to London, don’t miss the opportunity to experience London theatre up close and personally. If you are not sure where to begin, a good place to start is with The National Theatre. The venue is conveniently located on the South Bank of the Thames River in Central London. Matinees and evening performances are on-going throughout the season and ticket prices are about ten quid, which translates into about fifteen dollars in American currency. The National Theatre has seen the likes of Sir Laurence Oliver, Jessica Tandy, and the very best in acting, directing and scenic design.

London is the home of live performance. No other city has the profound history of theatre as well as a current theatre scene that is hotter than ever. Seeing a show here is truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Author Bio: Angelina Lawson is a Content Writer with an interest in topics relating to Theatre, Films, Box office, art, culture etc. You can follow her @boxofficeltd on Twitter.

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