By all means give our regards to Broadway, but can any theatrical experience truly compare to London’s wonderful West End?
To the pre-show excitement among the chattering crowds as those distinctive black cabs weave through the capital’s bustling, neon-lit streets; the rising sense of anticipation… and then the mesmerising event itself?
We don’t think so, which is why with tender loving care we’ve devised a little something called Virgin’s London, Culture & Theatre Experience – a 4-night getaway vacation package providing the ultimate West End experience.
British stage-and-screen superstar Tom Hiddleston summed up the allure of the London stage rather well when describing the version of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus in which he’s appeared: “At its absolute best, a play like that can unite its audience. They can go into the theatre as strangers and leave as a group, having understood and been through something important together.”
Hiddleston, famous also for playing Captain Nicholls in Steven Spielberg’s 2011 adaptation of War Horse, and Loki in the Thor franchise, was one of a new generation of cool Brits strutting their stuff on London’s theatre stages in the past few years. Since 2014, we’ve seen Jude Law, Rupert Grint and a host of other celebrities join the theatre scene. In late 2017 and early 2018, you can look forward to performances by luminaries such as Jeremy Irons and Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer, plus American stars like Bryan Cranston and Christian Slater.
They, as they say in Blighty, are just for starters. Think London theatre, think groundbreaking new British productions and must-see Broadway imports, much-loved musicals and unmissable world premieres, laugh-out loud comedies and don’t-look-now thrillers. Some West End favorites right now include Thriller-Live, celebrating Michael Jackson; Wicked, the Broadway classic; Kinky Boots and An American in Paris.
Plus, you’ll be taking it all in from a seat in one of London’s historic theatres. From the sumptuous Art Deco stylings of the Apollo Victoria Theatre, where you can currently catch Wicked, to the incredible 1881 Savoy Theatre (home to Dreamgirls at press time) you’ll be whisked away to another time, when opera, vaudeville and even movies were deemed worthy of gilded palaces.
As well taking in one of these unforgettable shows – courtesy of your London Theatre Passport – you’ll have plenty of time to do your own thing in arguably the world’s greatest city. Spend the days at your own independent leisure or take advantage of an optional tour booked before you travel – perhaps a Royal London Morning Tour, trip to Madame Tussauds, Fortnum & Mason Full Afternoon Tea, breathtaking ride on The London Eye or a spooky Jack the Ripper Tour.
It’s just our way of ensuring that you see more and save money too. ‘Quids in’, as they say in London Town.
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