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  1. 1. WHAT’S ON LONDON 2014 1984 PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: THE 39 STEPS PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: ALL MY SONS PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: ANOTHER COUNTRY PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: BAKERSFIELD MIST MUSICAL SCHEDULE: VENUE: WEST END THEATRE AND ENTERTAINMENT John Buchan's The 39 Steps, memorably filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1935 - is thrillingly adapted for the West End stage. Nothing has been cut from this hilarious and spectacular version of Britain's most spell -binding thriller - legendary scenes include the chase on the Flying Scotsman, the escape on the Forth Bridge, the first theatrical bi-plane crash ever staged and the death-defying (or nearly!) finale at the London Palladium! With four actors playing a minimum of one hundred and thirty nine roles, this is the most astonishing theatrical tour de force of the year. Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Criterion Theatre, Piccadilly Circus, London, W1. Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus Arthur Miller’s 20th Century classic is a moving story of denial, guilt and social responsibility. As the spectre of war overshadows a summer’s day, long-forgotten secrets strike at the heart of the Kellers' family life. Timothy Sheader directs following his critically acclaimed production of The Crucible in 2010. Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Performances 15 May to 07 June. Kathleen Turner returns to the London stage to play opposite Ian McDiarmid in this new play by Stephen Sachs, inspired by true events, which asks vital questions about what makes art and people truly authentic. Maude, a fifty-something unemployed bartender, has bought a painting for a few bucks from the thrift store. Despite almost trashing it, she now thinks it’s a Jackson Pollock worth millions. In fact she’s certain it is. But when world-class art expert, Lionel Percy, flies over from New York and arrives at her trailer park home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he really has no idea what he is about to discover. Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Performances from 10 May. Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, London, NW1. Nearest Tube: Baker Street April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching. Orwell’s ideas have become our ideas; his fiction is often said to be our reality. Following a sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre, the critically acclaimed production of Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece, 1984, transfers to the West End for a strictly limited season. The 'definitive book of the 20th century' is re-examined in a radical new staging exploring surveillance, identity and why Orwell’s vision of the future is as relevant now as ever.***** Time Out, The Independent, The Times, The Guardian. Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Performances 18 April to 19 July. Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2. Nearest Tube: Embankment What would lead a man to betray his country? What would lead a boy to betray his friends? Julian Mitchell’s Olivier Award- winning play follows a company of public schoolboys through a summer term in the early 1930s where Bennett and Judd are both outsiders; one coming to terms with his homosexuality, the other already a committed Marxist. But the Establishment has traditional ways of dealing with rebels and when a scandal rocks the school, the young men must confront their beliefs and make choices which will have a momentous impact on their lives and on the future of their country. Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Trafalgar Studios 1, Whitehall Street, London, SW1A. Nearest Tube: Charing Cross Duchess Theatre, Catherine Street, London, WC2. Nearest Tube: Covent Garden Two lovers are blown apart by love and war...Cleopatra, the alluring and fascinatingly ambiguous Queen of Egypt, has bewitched the great Mark Antony, soldier, campaigner and now one of the three rulers of the Roman Empire. When Antony quarrels with his fellow leaders and throws in his lot with Cleopatra, his infatuation threatens to split the Empire in two. Roman virtue and Eastern vice, transcendent love and realpolitik combine in Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare’s greatest exploration of the conflicting claims of sex and power, all expressed in a tragic poetry of breathtaking beauty and magnificence. Performances 17 May to 24 August. In repertory; please enquire or see online calendar. Shakespeare's Globe, Bankside, London, SE1. Nearest Tube: London Bridge
  2. 2. WHAT’S ON LONDON 2014 BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL MUSICAL SCHEDULE: VENUE: BLITHE SPIRIT PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: THE BODYGUARD MUSICAL SCHEDULE: VENUE: THE BOOK OF MORMON MUSICAL SCHEDULE: VENUE: BRING UP THE BODIES PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY MUSICAL SCHEDULE: VENUE: Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Theatre legend, Oscar-winner and five-time Tony-winner Angela Lansbury returns to the West End this spring in a new production of Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit. Researching for his new novel, Charles Condomine invites the implausible medium Madame Arcati to his house for a séance. Whilst consumed in a trance, Madame Arcati unwittingly summons the ghost of Charles' dead wife Elvira. Appearing only to Charles, Elvira soon makes a play to reclaim her husband, much to the chagrin of Charles' new wife Ruth. One husband, two feuding wives and a whisper of mischief in the air - who will win in Coward's unworldly comedy? Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Performances through 07 June. Victoria Palace Theatre, Victoria Street, London, SW1. Nearest Tube: Victoria Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Rd., London, W1D. Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus One of the most celebrated, award-winning musicals on stage today, Billy Elliot has been dazzling the West End since 2005. Set in a northern mining town, against the background of the 1984-85 miners’ strike, it's the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Follow Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever. With unforgettable music by Elton John, sensational dance and a powerful storyline, this theatrical experience will stay with you forever. Hilary Mantel's novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies plays in repertory. Anne Boleyn is now Queen, her path to Henry's side cleared by Cromwell. But Henry remains without a male heir, and the conflict with the Catholic Church has left England dangerously isolated as France and the Holy Roman Empire ominously manoeuvre for position. When the King begins to fall in love with the plain Jane Seymour, Cromwell must negotiate an increasingly dangerous court as he charms, bullies and manipulates nobility, commoners and foreign powers alike to satisfy Henry, keep the nation safe, and advance his own ambitions. Performances 01 May to September 06. In repertory; please enquire or see online calendar. Aldwych Theatre, Aldwych, London, WC2B. Nearest Tube: Drury Lane Theatre Royal, Drury Lane,Catherine Street, London, WC2. Nearest Tube: Covent Garden Nine 2011 Tony Awards say it's the Best Musical of the Year. Vogue says, "It's the funniest musical of all time." And The New York Times says, "It's the best musical of this century." It's 'The Book of Mormon', the Broadway phenomenon from 'South Park' creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and 'Avenue Q' co-creator Robert Lopez. Time Out New York calls it "Musical comedy heaven. The most exuberantly entertaining Broadway musical." "LET’S REJOICE THAT THE MORMONS ARE FINALLY COMING. I LOVE THIS SHOW." Baz Bamigboye, The Daily Mail When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it’s the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets he’s always dreamed of. But beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as down the sugary corridors, and amongst the incredible edible delights, the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems. Roald Dahl’s deliciously dark tale comes to life in an ingenious new musical with direction by Oscar winner Sam Mendes, and a new score by Tony and Grammy winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray, "Smash"). In this romantic thriller based on the smash-hit film, former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmerm is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge – what they don't expect is to fall in love. The score features a number of Whitney Houston's hits, including Queen of the Night, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, How Will I Know, Jesus Loves Me, and one of the greatest songs of all time – I Will Always Love You. Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Adelphi Theatre, Strand, London, WC2R. Nearest Tube: Covent Garden Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Prince of Wales Theatre, Coventry Street, London, W1. Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus
  3. 3. WHAT’S ON LONDON 2014 THE COMEDY OF ERRORS PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: THE COMMITMENTS MUSICAL SCHEDULE: VENUE: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS MUSICAL SCHEDULE: VENUE: DOCTOR SCROGGY'S WAR PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: FATAL ATTRACTION PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: Take one pair of estranged twin brothers (both Antipholus), and one pair of estranged twin servants (both Dromio), keep them in ignorance of each other and throw them into a city with a reputation for sorcery, and you have all the ingredients for theatrical chaos. One Antipholus is astonished by his foreign hospitality; the other enraged by the hostility of his home town. The Dromios, caught between the two, are soundly beaten for obeying all the wrong orders. Based on Plautus' farce, Shakespeare caps the mayhem of his Roman original to build up a tale of violent cross-purposes, furious slapstick and social nightmare. Performances 30 August to 12 October. In repertory; please enquire or see online calendar. Shakespeare's Globe, Bankside, London, SE1. Nearest Tube: London Bridge Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Performances resume 24 June. Winner - 7 Olivier Awards including Best Play! Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears' dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, but his detective work, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world. The National Theatre's production based on Mark Haddon's acclaimed novel. The Commitments, Roddy Doyle's best-selling novel is now live on stage for the very first time. Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working class music fan, who shapes an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians and friends into an amazing live act, the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced. The humour kicks in as the band get to know each other and their instruments, and proceed through early rehearsals for their first gig. Just as they improve and begin to get a name for themselves they combust. The show is adapted by Roddy Doyle himself, directed by Jamie Lloyd, with choreography by Ann Yee. Tuesday – Sunday. Dark Monday. Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1. Nearest Tube: Leicester Square In Howard Brenton’s epic new play about the First World War, Jack Twigg, 19 years old, enlists in the London Regiment and goes on a journey he never imagined – nor did the rest of the world. On his way, he meets the pioneering medic Harold Gillies, who saves his life and his sanity. But who is the mysterious ‘Doctor Scroggy’ who appears at night in Gillies’s hospital dispensing champagne to the patients? Howard Brenton and John Dove, return to the Globe depicting Gillies’s war against war. Hilarious and moving, Dr Scroggy’s War gives a sideways look at the First World War a hundred years after its onset. Performances 12 Sept to 10 Oct. In repertory; please enquire or see online calendar. Shakespeare's Globe, Bankside, London, SE1. Nearest Tube: London Bridge Based on the hit comedy film starring Sir Michael Caine and Steve Martin, be transported to the French Riviera where two con men compete for a bet to swindle a millionaire soap heiress. Do they have any idea what they've let themselves in for? Olivier and Tony winner Robert Lindsay, stars against comedy legend Rufus Hound, and Olivier nominee Katherine Kingsley. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell, whose smash hit musicals include the 2013 Best Musical Tony winner Kinky Boots, Tony Award winner Hairspray and Olivier Award winner Legally Blonde. Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Savoy Theatre, The Strand, London, WC2. Nearest Tube: Charing Cross See the timeless thriller dramatically re-interpreted for the stage by original screen writer James Dearden, in this compelling production directed by Trevor Nunn, at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. The famous story of obsession and revenge explores how a chance meeting in a bar and a casual encounter quickly becomes a living nightmare for Dan Gallagher, a successful New York lawyer, and his young family. After spending one weekend with the gorgeous Alex Forrest, he assumes he can just walk away, but Alex is a woman who refuses to be ignored. Starring Natascha McElhone, Mark Bazeley, and Kristin Davis ("Sex and the City). Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Performances through 21 June. Theatre Royal Haymarket, Haymarket, London, SW1. Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Rd., London, W1D. Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus
  4. 4. WHAT’S ON LONDON 2014 GHOST STORIES PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: GOOD PEOPLE PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: HANDBAGGED PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: HOBSON' CHOICE PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: HOLY WARRIORS PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: I CAN'T SING! - THE X FACTOR MUSICAL MUSICAL SCHEDULE: VENUE: Olivier Award-winner Imelda Staunton is "sensational" (Evening Standard) in highly acclaimed dark comedy. In South Boston you're starting on the wrong side of the tracks, so just making ends meet will require all the energy you can muster. And when sharp-tongued single-mother Margie loses her job she'll do anything it takes to pay the bills. Hearing that an old boyfriend who has made good is in town, she decides to corner him with stunning consequences. David Lindsay-Abaire's funny, tender and provocative drama explores how even if you live on the brink, destiny always has a way of surprising you. Tuesday – Sunday. Dark Monday. Performances through 14 June. Noel Coward Theatre, St. Martin's Lane, London, WC2N. Nearest Tube: Leicester Square Vaudeville Theatre, Strand, London, WC2R. Nearest Tube: Charing Cross Arts Theatre, Great Newport Street, London, WC2H. Nearest Tube: Leicester Square Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the theatre, Ghost Stories returns to London, more intense than ever before.Ghost Stories mixes the very best of theatre with the buzz of a thrill-ride, delivering something truly unique. With some new moments of shock, this revival promises more jolts than ever. You haven’t seen horror, until you’ve seen it live! WARNING: PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT GHOST STORIES CONTAINS MOMENTS OF SEVERE SHOCK AND TENSION. IT IS UNSUITABLE FOR ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 15. THOSE OF A NERVOUS DISPOSITION ARE URGED TO THINK VERY SERIOUSLY BEFORE ATTENDING. Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Performances through 02 August. Tuesday – Sunday. Dark Monday. Saladin’s great army have corrected a great wrong by taking Jerusalem back for Islam, after the barbaric slaughter of their people one hundred years ago. But for Muslim and Christian alike Jerusalem is a Holy City. Across England and Outremer, nobles answer the call to arms from Richard the Lionheart to march on Jerusalem in the third crusade and retake the Holy City from Saladin. Written by David Eldridge (Festen, In Basildon), Holy Warriors is a kaleidoscopic tale of holy war and revenge in the struggle for Jerusalem, taking in over two millennia of bloody conflict Performances 19 July to 24 August. In repertory; please enquire or see online calendar. From the cobbles of Lancashire, bombastic boot-shop owner Henry Horatio Hobson takes umbrage to his daughter’s intention to marry long-suffering boot-maker Willie Mossop. Through her determination, they wed, set up a rival establishment and orchestrate Hobson’s fall from grace. But it is Willie who triumphs in this unlikely love story, as newfound fortitude deals a resolution that is - Hobson’s choice. By Harold Brighthouse. Director Nadia Fall’s recent credits include The Doctor’s Dilemma at the National Theatre. Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Performances 12 June to 12 July. Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, London, NW1. Nearest Tube: Baker Street The monarch - Liz. Her most powerful subject - Maggie. Two enduring icons born six months apart. One destined to rule, the other elected to lead. But when the stiff upper lip softened and the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand? Handbagged is the ‘wickedly funny' (Evening Standard) new play that opens the clasp on the relationship between two giants of the 20th Century. Moira Buffini's ‘irresistibly mischievous' (The Independent) comedy speculates on that most provocative of questions: What did the world's most powerful women talk about behind closed palace doors? I CAN'T SING! goes behind the microphone and under the judges' desk to reveal the (not necessarily accurate) story of heartache and laughter that keeps millions tuning in every week. We follow Chenice, the only girl in the world who has never heard of The X Factor. When she accidentally stumbles into the audition queue with her talking dog, she starts a journey to both stardom and love. Along the way she’s joined by contestants with vastly varying degrees of ability, some judges you might well recognise and Max, a handsome ukulele playing plumber and part time eco-warrior. Co-produced by Simon Cowell. Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. London Palladium, Argyll Street, London, W1. Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus Shakespeare's Globe, Bankside, London, SE1. Nearest Tube: London Bridge
  5. 5. WHAT’S ON LONDON 2014 THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: JERSEY BOYS MUSICAL SCHEDULE: VENUE: JEEVES & WOOSTER IN PERFECT NONSENSE PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: KING LEAR PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: JULIUS CAESAR PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: THE LAST DAYS OF TROY PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: You know their songs...now discover their story! Jersey Boys , the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, is now open at the Prince Edward Theatre. Discover the rags-to-rock-to-riches tale of four boys working their way from the streets of New Jersey to the heights of international pop stardom. Featuring all the classic hits: “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don't Cry”, “Can't Take My Eyes Off You”, “Bye Bye Baby (Baby Goodbye)”, “Working My Way Back To You”, “Walk Like A Man”, “December 1963 (Oh What A Night)” and more. Old King Lear, weary of royal duties, proposes to break up his kingdom and divide it among his three daughters. But this rash generosity is cruelly repaid and Lear discovers too late the false values by which he has lived – and, in turn, the suffering common to all humanity. Its tempestuous poetry shot through with touches of humour and moments of heart-rending simplicity, King Lear is one of the deepest artistic explorations of the human condition. Performed at the Globe and touring on a small-scale, Elizabethan-style stage. Performances 06 August to 23 August. In repertory; please enquire or see online calendar. Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Shakespeare's Globe, Bankside, London, SE1. Nearest Tube: London Bridge Duke of York's Theatre, St. Martin's Lane, London, WC2N. Nearest Tube: Leicester Sq. The Greeks are laying siege to Troy to win back their abducted queen, Helen. But as the conflict drags on, and despite battlefields scarlet with blood, opposing forces have reached a bitter stalemate. Desperate and exhausted, both Gods and mortals squabble amongst themselves for the spoils of war and the hand of victory. The Last Days of Troy completes Homer’s Iliad, with award-winning poet and author Simon Armitage’s dramatisation bringing the war to a brutal conclusion. It reveals a world locked in cycles of conflict and revenge, of east versus west, and a dangerous mix of pride, lies and self-deception. Performances 11 June to 28 June. In repertory; please enquire or see online calendar. Shakespeare's Globe, Bankside, London, SE1. Nearest Tube: London Bridge When Caesar returns to Rome from the wars a virtual dictator, Brutus and his republican friends resolve that his ambition must be curbed – which in Rome can mean only one thing: the great general must be assassinated. But once the deed is done, the idealistic conspirators must reckon with the forces of a new power bloc, led by Mark Antony and Caesar’s nephew Octavius. When their armies close at Philippi, will Caesar’s ghost be avenged? Opposing dictatorship and republicanism, private virtue and mob violence, Shakespeare’s tense drama of high politics reveals the emotional currents that flow between men in power. Oscar Wilde’s much loved and brilliantly witty masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest is known to elegantly lampoon the hypocrisies of a Victorian society and opens as two bachelors, the dependable, John Worthing, J.P. and upper class playboy Algernon Moncrieff, feel compelled to create different identities in order to pursue two eligible ladies Cecily Cardew and Gwendolyn Fairfax. The hilarious misadventures which result from their subterfuge; their brushes with the redoubtable Lady Bracknell and the uptight Miss Prism results in a plot that twists and fizzles with some of the finest dialogue to be found in theatre. Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Performances 27 June through 25 October. Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton Street, London, SW1Y. Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus Tuesday – Sunday. Dark Monday. Join P.G. Wodehouse’s iconic double act - the effervescent, aristocratic fool "Bertie Wooster" and as his dutiful valet, "Jeeves" - as a perfectly delightful trip to the countryside takes a turn for the worse! Bertie Wooster is unwittingly called on to play matchmaker - reconciling the affections of his host’s drippy daughter Madeline Bassett with his newt-fancying acquaintance Gussie Fink-Nottle. If Bertie, ably assisted by the ever-dependable Jeeves, can’t pull off the wedding of the season he’ll be forced to abandon his cherished bachelor status and marry the ghastly girl for himself! Performances 20 June to 11 October. In repertory; please enquire or see online calendar. Shakespeare's Globe, Bankside, London, SE1. Nearest Tube: London Bridge Piccadilly Theatre, Denman Street, London, W1. Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus
  6. 6. WHAT’S ON LONDON 2014 LES MISÉRABLES MUSICAL SCHEDULE: VENUE: LET THE RIGHT ONE IN PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: THE LION KING MUSICAL SCHEDULE: VENUE: MADE IN DAGENHAM MUSICAL SCHEDULE: VENUE: MAMMA MIA! MUSICAL SCHEDULE: VENUE: MATILDA THE MUSICAL MUSICAL SCHEDULE: VENUE: Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Winner of a record-setting 7 2012 Olivier Awards! The Royal Shakespeare Company's sensational production of Roald Dahl's much-loved story bursts onto the West End stage in this brand new musical version by Dennis Kelly and award-winning musician and comedian Tim Minchin. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination. Directed by Matthew Warchus with choreography by Peter Darling (Billy Elliot the Musical). The Evening Standard hails this production as "a triumph. Enchanting, bold and ingenious." Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street London, WC2H. Nearest Tube: Covent Garden Lyceum Theatre, Wellington Street, London, WC2. Nearest Tube: Covent Garden Tuesday – Sunday. Dark Monday. Tuesday – Sunday. Dark Monday. Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Performances from 09 October. Adelphi Theatre, Strand, London, WC2R. Nearest Tube: Covent Garden Novello Theatre, Aldwych, London, WC2. Nearest Tube: Covent Garden Night after night, audiences are having the time of their lives at Mamma Mia! . Catherine Johnson's sunny, funny story of love, laughter and friendship has been thrilling London audiences for over 10 years. More recently it became a hit movie when the three women who created the worldwide stage smash adapted it for the silver screen. Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA's songs, from “Dancing Queen” and “Take A Chance On Me” to “Super Trouper” and “Thank You For The Music”. Queen’s Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1. Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus Cameron Mackintosh's legendary production of Les Misérables is indisputably the world's most popular musical. This international award-winning show sweeps its audience through an epic tale of passion and power set against the backdrop of a nation in the grip of revolution. A spectacular adaptation of Victor Hugo's masterpiece novel, Les Misérables continues to thrill audiences night after night. Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D. Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney's multi-award winning musical The Lion King will redefine your expectations of theatre. A spectacular visual feast, this adaptation of Disney's much-loved film transports audiences to a dazzling world that explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music. At its heart, The Lion King is the powerful and moving story of Simba - the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands. Essex 1968. Rita O’Grady's life is about to change forever when it’s announced that the girls in the sewing room of Ford’s Dagenham car plant will have their pay grade dropped to ‘unskilled’. Quickly drawing on a strength she never knew she had, Rita leads her friends in a battle against the might of Ford and the corruption of the Union supposed to protect them. As the girls’ inspiring journey gets bigger than anyone could have imagined, can Rita keep up the fight and the happy home she’s worked so hard for? This unny, touching and timeless story shows how ordinary people can do extraordinary things when they stand together. Oskar is a lonely boy from a broken home. He's bullied at school and is longing for friendship. Eli is a troubled girl who's just moved in next door. She never goes to school and is compelled to fill an eternal emptiness. When a series of brutal killings plagues the neighbourhood, these two young misfits make a deep connection, sensing in each other a kindred spirit. But the shocking truth about Eli tests Oskar's loyalty and love beyond imaginable limits, in this chilling tale of loneliness, love and legend. Tony and Olivier winner John Tiffany (Once) directs this new production, based on the Swedish film and Hollywod remake. Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday.
  7. 7. WHAT’S ON LONDON 2014 MEMPHIS MUSICAL SCHEDULE: VENUE: MISS SAIGON MUSICAL SCHEDULE: VENUE: THE MOUSETRAP PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: ONCE MUSICAL SCHEDULE: VENUE: OTHER DESERT CITIES PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. The Old Vic presents the UK premiere of celebrated playwright and screenwriter Jon Robin Baitz' fierce and funny drama deftly exploring family politics, love, loss and redemption. Brooke Wyeth returns to the family home in Palm Springs for the first time in six years with some incendiary news for her Republican parents Polly and Lyman, her brother Trip and her recovering alcoholic aunt Silda. She is about to publish a memoir about her family, exposing a pivotal moment in their painful and explosive past, her actions threatening to push fractured family relations to a point beyond repair. Presented in-the-round. Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2. Nearest Tube: Leicester Square Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton Street, London, W1. Nearest Tube: Leicester Square THE LEGENDARY MUSICAL FROM THE WRITERS OF LES MISÉRABLES! Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production is making its highly anticipated return to the West End. Since Miss Saigon's sensational record-breaking run at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane 25 years ago, it has played in 300 cities in 15 different languages, winning awards around the world. This epic love story tells the tragic tale of young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with an American GI called Chris - but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap is now in its 60th year of keeping audiences guessing! This world record-breaking production continues to enthrall, to entertain and to thrill audiences still flocking to St Martin's Theatre from every corner of the globe. In her own inimitable style, Dame Agatha Christie has created an atmosphere of shuddering suspense and a brilliantly intricate plot where murder lurks around every corner. Be part of history. Get tickets to The Mousetrap . Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Based on and featuring all the magical songs Oscar-winning film, Once is an extraordinary, original and irresistibly joyous celebration of love, friendship and music. When an Irish busker and a young Czech mother meet through a shared love of music, their songwriting sparks a deep connection and a tender, longing romance that neither of them could have expected. An old- fashioned love story that dares to be different, this Best Musical Tony Award winner is an achingly beautiful, thrillingly inspirational stage adaptation takes you right to the heart of the action in a rapturous production that dazzles with invention. Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Performances through 24 May. St Martin’s Theatre, West Street, London, WC2. Nearest Tube: Leicester Square Claudio loves Hero and Hero Claudio and nothing seems capable of keeping them apart. Claudio’s friend Benedick loves Beatrice and Beatrice Benedick, but (because neither will admit it) nothing seems capable of bringing them together. Only the intrigues of a resentful prince force Benedick to prove his love for Beatrice – by killing his best friend. Driven along by a romance, this miracle of comic and dramatic suspense and gives us, in the bantering Beatrice and Benedick, one of Shakespeare’s wittiest, most lovable pair of lovers. Performed at the Globe and touring on a small-scale, Elizabethan-style stage. Performances 28 April to 19 May. In repertory; please enquire or see online calendar. Shakespeare's Globe, Bankside, London, SE1. Nearest Tube: London Bridge Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical, Memphis centres on a black singer (Beverley Knight) whose career is on the rise, but who can't break out of segregated clubs of 1950's Memphis. Then she meets a white radio DJ whose love of music transcends race lines and airwaves. When the two collaborate, her soulful music reaches radio audiences everywhere, and the Golden Era of early rock 'n' roll takes flight. But as things start to heat up, whether the world is really ready for their music - or their love - is put to the test. Memphis features a Tony-winning story and rock by Joe DiPietro and Bon Jovi's David Bryan. Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Performances from 09 October. Shaftesbury Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave., London, WC2. Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Rd. Old Vic Theatre, Waterloo Road, London, SE1 Nearest Tube: Waterloo Tuesday – Sunday. Dark Monday. Performances from 03 May.
  8. 8. WHAT’S ON LONDON 2014 THE PAJAMA GAME MUSICAL SCHEDULE: VENUE: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA MUSICAL SCHEDULE: VENUE: PITCAIRN PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS MUSICAL SCHEDULE: VENUE: RELATIVE VALUES PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: Noel Coward Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2. Nearest Tube: Leicester Square Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Performances 17 July to 23 August. Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, London, NW1. Nearest Tube: Baker Street In the southern Pacific Ocean on the remote island of Pitcairn, the infamous mutineers of The Bounty, led by Fletcher Christian, begin to establish a new society alongside their Tahitian followers. Tensions quickly swell as the British settlers refuse to relinquish the vices of their past. Social, racial and sexual schisms render the once paradisiac island into a hotbed of discord and bloody violence. Richard Bean’s telling of the colonisation of this remote island charts – with salty humour and growing horror – the spiralling descent of a new Eden of freedom and equality to a brutal dystopia. Contains nudity and scenes of sexual nature. Shaftesbury Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave., London, WC2. Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Rd. In this critically acclaimed transfer from the Chichester Festival Theatre, Richard Eyre's sensational production of the Broadway classic, romance is blossoming at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory as handsome new Superintendent Sid Sorokin falls head-over- heels for feisty Union rep, Babe Williams. But when the employees are refused a seven-and-a-half cents an hour raise, the pair find themselves riotously at odds in this joyous musical comedy. Will love, eventually, conquer all? The Pajama Game features the classic songs including: Hey There, Once-A-Year Day, Hernandoʼs Hideaway, There Once Was A Man and Steam Heat. Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Performances 01 May to 13 September. Promising young playwright Will Shakespeare is tormented by writer’s block until he finds his muse in the form of passionate noblewoman, Viola De Lesseps. Their forbidden love soon draws everyone, including Queen Elizabeth herself, into the drama and inspires Will to write the greatest love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet. This sweeping romantic comedy promises to transport audiences back to Shakespeare's London, teeming with characters and all its vibrant colours, music and life, reveling in the sheer joy of love itself. Based on the Oscar-winning screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, adapted by Lee Hall. Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Performances through 21 June. Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton Street, London, SW1Y. Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Performances from 02 July. Far beneath the majesty and splendour of the Paris Opera House, hides the Phantom in a shadowy existence. Shamed by his physical appearance and feared by all, the love he holds for his beautiful protégée Christine Daaé is so strong that even her heart cannot resist. Now in its 28th record-breaking year, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA continues to captivate audiences in London's West End, after more than 11,000 performances. Andrew Lloyd Webber's mesmerising score along with jaw-dropping scenery and breathtaking special effects, magically combine to bring this tragic love story to life each night. Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Her Majesty's Theatre, Haymarket, London, SW1Y. Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus Three of the UK’s top comedy performers - Patricia Hodge, Caroline Quentin, and Rory Bremner - unite in a glittering revival of Noel Coward’s hilarious portrayal of the culture clash between 1950s Hollywood and the stiff upper lip of the English aristocracy. There is consternation at Marshwood House when the young Earl announces he is to marry a Hollywood film actress, but the family is well and truly flummoxed when it comes to light that the starlet’s sister is none other than Moxie, the Earl’s mother’s maid... Performances 22 Sep to 11 Oct. In repertory; please enquire or see online calendar. Shakespeare's Globe, Bankside, London, SE1. Nearest Tube: London Bridge A powerful story of love and betrayal, Porgy and Bess is celebrated as a landmark piece of American theatre. Porgy, a crippled beggar, is devoted to taming wild Bess and saving her from a life of ruin. Yet new beginnings give way to temptation as Bess is haunted by the demons of her past. Directed by Timothy Sheader, this musical masterpiece includes ‘I Got Plenty of Nothing’, ‘It Ain’t Necessarily So’, ‘I Loves You Porgy’ and the poignantly beautiful ‘Summertime’, an icon of the Great American Songbook. Book Adapted by Suzan-Lori Parks with Musical Score Adapted by Diedre L. Murray.
  9. 9. WHAT’S ON LONDON 2014 THE SILVER TASSIE PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: SKYLIGHT PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: A SMALL FAMILY BUSINESS PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT MUSICAL SCHEDULE: VENUE: STOMP EVENT SCHEDULE: VENUE: A TASTE OF HONEY PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: King Arthur and his Knights of the (very) Round Table have travelled up and down the length and breadth of the land in their quest for the Holy Grail and now ride triumphantly into London’s West End! The show features the hilarious songs He is Not Dead Yet, Knights of the Round Table, Find Your Grail and of course the Nation’s Favourite Comedy Song Always Look on the Bright Side of Life and features Eric Idle himself as God. ‘I felt I might actually die of laughter’ - The Independent; ‘Glorious irresistible silliness’ - The Sunday Times Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Performances through 12 April. Thursday – Monday. Dark Tuesday and Wednesday. On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant, a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires. Bill Nighy stars alongside Carey Mulligan - making her West End stage debut - and Matthew Beard. Skylight is written by the famed David Hare and is directed by the acclaimed Stephen Daldry. When her mother Helen runs off with a car salesman, feisty teenager Jo takes up with a black sailor who promises to marry her, before he heads for the seas, leaving her pregnant and alone. Art student Geoff moves in and assumes the role of surrogate parent until, misguidedly, he sends for Helen and their unconventional setup unravels. An explosive celebration of the vulnerabilities and strengths of the female spirit in a deprived and restless world. Bursting with energy and daring, this exhilarating and angry depiction of harsh, working-class life in post-war Salford is shot through with love and humour, and infused with jazz. In reperatory; please see online calendar. Performances through 11 May. Lyttelton Theatre, National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 Nearest Tube: Waterloo Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, London, WC2. Nearest Tube: Leicester Square Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2. Nearest Tube: Embankment Featured on the London 2012 Closing Ceremony and continuing its second sensational decade in London, STOMP is now FRESHER, FASTER and FUNNIER than ever before, with new routines, new choreography and new music. This multi-award winning show has a universal language of rhythm, theatre, comedy and dance. Eight performers use everything from Zippo lighters, plastic bags, bin lids and even the kitchen sink to hammer out an explosively feel good rhythm. Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Performances 06 June to 23 August. Wyndhams Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H. Nearest Tube: Leicester Square Lyttelton Theatre, National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 Nearest Tube: Waterloo Alan Ayckbourn’s A Small Family Business, a riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed, returns to the National where it premiered in 1987. Jack McCracken: a man of principle in a corrupt world. But not for long. Moments after taking over his father- in-law’s business he’s approached by a private detective armed with some compromising information. Jack’s integrity fades away as he discovers his extended family to be thieves and adulterers, looting the business from their suburban homes. Rampant self-interest takes over and comic hysteria builds to a macabre climax. In reperatory; please see online calendar. Performances through 31 May. Olivier Theatre, National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 Nearest Tube: Waterloo Peppered with acrid wit and dark vaudeville humour, Sean O’Casey’s powerful, huge and rarely performed anti-war play of 1928 displays a jagged madness that belies its Dublin tenement setting and gives full expression to the horror and waste of war. Ireland, World War One. Dashing Harry Heegan leads his football team to victory, arriving home in swaggering celebration before he grabs his kit and heads for the trenches. A nightmare world awaits. The men, reduced to cannon-fodder, speak in mangled incantations as the casualties stack up. Months later, everyone but the shattered war veterans dances and forgets. In reperatory; please see online calendar. Performances 15 April to 21 May.
  10. 10. WHAT’S ON LONDON 2014 THRILLER - LIVE MUSICAL SCHEDULE: VENUE: TITUS ANDRONICUS PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: TWELFTH NIGHT: Re-imagined For Everyone Aged 6+ PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: TWELVE ANGRY MEN PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: TWO INTO ONE PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: URINETOWN MUSICAL SCHEDULE: VENUE: All George Pigden has to do is book a hotel room for MP Richard Willey to meet his mistress. But the bumbling aide makes a series of disastrous mistakes, and extreme complications ensue...This hilarious comedy is written and directed by the master of farce Ray Cooney OBE, one of the most successful British playwrights of the modern era. The undisputed king of farce has an impressive catalogue of 22 plays which have been performed around the world and translated into over 40 languages. His most successful play Run for Your Wife ran for 9 years in the West End. Tuesday – Sunday. Dark Monday. Performances through 26 April. This madcap tale of mistaken identity is guaranteed to captivate younger audiences this summer. With music, laughs and lots to join in with, Shakespeare’s original text sizzles with anticipation as confusion clears to reveal a happy-ever-after (except for that dastardly steward, Malvolio). Whether you are six or sixty, it’s the perfect play to share with all the family. Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Performances 21 June to 12 July. Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, London, NW1. Nearest Tube: Baker Street Tuesday – Sunday. Dark Monday. Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1. Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus Tom Conti, Jeff Fahey, Nick Moran and Robert Vaughn star as jurors who have murder on their minds and a life in their hands as they decide the fate of a young delinquent accused of killing his father. But what appears to be an open and shut case soon becomes a huge dilemma as prejudices and preconceived ideas about the accused, the trial and each other turn the tables every which way, until the nail-biting climax. This new production of Twelve Angry Men brings to the stage the taut brilliance of the 1957 three-time Academy Award nominated film, considered to be one of the great 'must-see' movies of all time. Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Rd., London, WC2. Nearest Tube: Leicester Square This spectacular concert celebrates the career of the world's greatest entertainer and undisputed King of Pop. Established in 2006, award-winning director Gary Lloyd brings to life the sensational dancing and distinctive sound of Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5. Thriller Live includes over two-hours of non-stop hit songs in a show that pays homage to the world-class spectacle of Jackson's legendary live performances. Expect your favourite songs delivered by an exceptionally talented cast and live band, including the smash hits: I Want You Back, ABC, Off The Wall, Smooth Criminal, Beat It, and Thriller, plus many more! Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark St, London, SE1. Nearest Tube: London Bridge St. James Theatre, Palace Street, London, SW1E. Nearest Tube: Victoria In a city of the future that has been inflicted with a terrible drought, business tycoon Caldwell B. Cladwell has made his fortune through bribery and the monopolization of all public toilets. With a brutal police force maintaining law and order, it’s not a place to get caught short! Risk it and you will be sent off to a place no one returns from – the infamous Urinetown. The city needs a revolution and every revolution needs a hero… however unlikely. Jamie Lloyd is directing the UK premiere of Tony Award winning URINETOWN The Musical, with music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis. Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Performances through 03 May. Returning to Rome from a war against the Goths, the general Titus Andronicus brings with him the queen Tamora and her three sons as prisoners of war. Titus’ sacrifice of Tamora’s eldest son to appease the ghosts of his dead sons, and his decision to refuse to accept the title of emperor, initiates a terrible cycle of mutilation, rape and murder. And all the while, at the centre of the nightmare, there moves the villainous, self-delighting Aaron. In this spectacular proction, grotesquely violent and daringly experimental, Titus was the smash hit of Shakespeare’s early career, and is written with a ghoulish energy he was never to repeat. Performances 24 April to 13 July. In repertory; please enquire or see online calendar. Shakespeare's Globe, Bankside, London, SE1. Nearest Tube: London Bridge
  11. 11. WHAT’S ON LONDON 2014 WAR HORSE PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: WE WILL ROCK YOU MUSICAL SCHEDULE: VENUE: THE WEIR PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: WICKED MUSICAL SCHEDULE: VENUE: WOLF HALL PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: THE WOMAN IN BLACK PLAY SCHEDULE: VENUE: A new dramatisation of Hilary Mantel's Man Booker Prize winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies plays in repertory. England in 1527. Henry VIII has been King for almost 20 years and is desperate for a male heir. Intent on divorce he demands that Cardinal Wolsey persuade the Pope to grant him an annulment. With every month that passes without progress the King's anger grows. Into this volatile court enters the commoner Thomas Cromwell. A one-time mercenary, master-politician, lawyer and doting father, he sets out to grant the King his desire whilst methodically and ruthlessly pursuing his own reforming agenda. Performances 01 May to September 06. In repertory; please enquire or see online calendar. Aldwych Theatre, Aldwych, London, WC2B. Nearest Tube: Drury Lane Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Dominion Theatre, Tottenham Court Rd. London, W1. Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Rd. Apollo Victoria Theatre, Wilton Road, London, SW1. Nearest Tube: Victoria Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Fortune Theatre, Russell Street, London, WC2. Nearest Tube: Covent Garden Since 1989, over 7 million people have lived to tell the tale of one of the most exciting, spooky, gripping and successful theatre events ever staged. Unanimously acclaimed by the critics, Stephen Mallatratt's adaptation of Susan Hill's bestselling novel combines the power and intensity of live theatre with a cinematic quality inspired by the world of film noir. It is a formula that provides audiences with an evening of unremitting drama as they are transported into a terrifying and ghostly world. Following the critically acclaimed sell-out run at the Donmar Warehouse, this is the first major British revival of one of the great modern classics by Conor McPherson. In Brendan's isolated pub on the west coast of Ireland, four men are gathering for a session, where their boasts are matched by their pints. The arrival of a stranger in their midst – a woman– spurs them to impress her with their story-telling. They are stories of souls past and of spirits very much present. But one story is more chilling and more real than any of them could have foreseen. Featuring Risteárd Cooper, Brian Cox, Dervla Kirwan and Ardal O'Hanlon. Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Performances through 19 April. Wyndhams Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H. Nearest Tube: Leicester Square At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He's soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man's land. Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home. This powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and magnificent artistry. Experience the emotional journey that charges through the battlefields of history straight to hearts of audiences around the world. If you think you know the Wicked Witch of the West, think again... Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl, Elphaba. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. The spectacular, multi award-winning stage musical, with music & lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman, has become the most spellbinding and successful new musical in years. New London Theatre, Drury Lane, London, WC2. Nearest Tube: Holborn or Covent Garden Tuesday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Seen by over 10 million people worldwide, We Will Rock You is now storming into its 9th year and is the biggest rock theatrical event of the century! This sensational mega-hit phenomenon continues to raise the roof and brings audiences to their feet with rapturous standing ovations every night. Created by Queen and Ben Elton, the show includes over 24 of Queen's classic hits, including “Killer Queen”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”,” Radio Ga Ga”... and, of course, “We Will Rock You”. Monday – Saturday. Dark Sunday. Performances through 31 May.
  12. 12. WHAT’S ON LONDON 2014 ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA The Winter/Spring Season 2013-2014 VENUE: Cosi Fan Tutte 16 May – 06 July Benvenuto Cellini 05 June – 27 March The Pearl Fishers 16 June – 05 July THE ROYAL OPERA Season 2013 - 2014 (more productions on sale soon) VENUE: Le Nozze Di Figaro 16 September – 15 May La Traviata 19 April – 20 May Tosca 10 May – 26 June Dialogues Des Carmelites 29 May – 11 June THE ROYAL BALLET Season 2013 - 2014 (more productions on sale soon) VENUE: The Winter's Tale 10 April – 08 May The Sleeping Beauty 22 February – 09 April LONDON CLASSICAL EVENTS Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London WC2E. Nearest Tube: Covent Garden London Coliseum, St. Martin's Lane, London, WC2N. Nearest Tube: Charing Cross Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London WC2E. Nearest Tube: Covent Garden
  13. 13. WHAT’S ON LONDON 2014 BIG BUS TOUR SIGHTSEEING SCHEDULE: VENUE: EDF ENERGY LONDON EYE ATTRACTION SCHEDULE: VENUE: HAMPTON COURT PALACE ATTRACTION SCHEDULE: VENUE: HARRY POTTER - WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON TOUR SCHEDULE: DEPARTS: JACK THE RIPPER COACH AND WALKING TOUR TOUR SCHEDULE: VENUE: KENSINGTON PALACE ATTRACTION SCHEDULE: VENUE: Premium Tours, Thistle Marble Arch, London, W1H. Nearest Tube: Marble Arch Hampton Court has grown from humble beginnings in the 11th century to one of the finest palaces in the world. Over 800 years of history can be explored through this magnificent palace whose previous owners include Cardinal Wolsey, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. Visitors are offered an introductory exhibition, a guide through Tudor kitchens, a costume guide tour, and the opportunity to see the Queen's state apartments, the King's apartments, the Wolsey and Georgian rooms, and the most impressive Great Hall, Englands last and greatest medievel hall. Your tour begins with a coach drive direct to the dark side of London. See the Old Bailey, the Royal London Hospital where the Elephant Man lived, and where Braveheart was tortured, and hear tales of gangland warfare, butcherous barbers and great train robbers. In the East End, a hotbed of crime and vice in the 19th century, you'll leave the coach and walk his death trail inspecting the murder sites, deciphering the evidence and discussing his suspects. End the tour in the Sherlock Holmes Pub, which boasts a wide collection of the investigators memorabilia. Duration 3 hours. Departures daily, except Tuesday and Thursday. 48 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W. Nearest Tube: Victoria ATTRACTIONS, SIGHTSEEING TOURS, AND OTHER UK ESSENTIALS People the world-over have been enchanted by the Harry Potter films for nearly a decade. And now, for the first time, the doors are going to be opened for everyone at the studio where it first began. You'll have the chance to go behind-the-scenes and see many things the camera never showed. From breathtakingly detailed sets to stunning costumes, props and animatronics, explore a unique showcase of the extraordinary British artistry, technology and talent that went into making the most successful film series of all time. Tour includes return transportation. Available daily except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Available daily except Christmas Day. 4 Fountain Square, London, SW1W. Nearest Tube: Victoria Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1. Nearest Tube: Waterloo or Westminster Your open-top bus tour offers you a day to explore all of London’s famous landmarks and reveals London’s colourful 2,000-year history and the hop-on, hop-off facility will enable you to get on and off the bus at many places of interest. Your tour includes your a choice of a recorded commentary or a live commentary delivered by entertaining guides, a free cruise on the river Thames and four guided walking tours for you to enjoy. The Big Bus Sightseeing Tour is a safe and relaxed way to experience this great city. The perfect introduction to London and a fun day out for all. Open daily with some exceptions. Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8. Nearest Rail: Hampton Court Palace Open daily except Christmas Day and some exceptions. Kensington Gardens, London, W8. Nearest Tube: High Street Kensington Enjoy a wide range of daytime and evening events at the newly renovated Palace, including exhibitions, special activities, tours, talks and live performances. Enjoy four redesigned visitor routes revealing both the secret and public lives of Kensington's inhabitants. Enjoy FASHION RULES, a glamorous new exhibition featuring rare and exquisite dresses from HM Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales, and VICTORIA REVEALED, discovering stories from Queen Victoria's life told in her own words; the magnificent King's State Apartments; the world-renown Palace Gardens; and much more. Open daily with some exceptions. The London Eye is the world's tallest observation wheel, over 40 stories high, with miles of panoramic views on a clear day. The gradual flight in one of 32 high-tech glass capsules takes approximately 30 minutes and offers spectacular views of London and its famous landmarks such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and St Paul's Cathedral. The London Eye is the most distinctive addition this century to the world’s greatest city, loved by Britons and tourists alike! Standard Flight and Fast-Track options are available.
  14. 14. WHAT’S ON LONDON 2014 LEEDS CASTLE, CANTERBURY, DOVER & GREENWICH TOUR SCHEDULE: VENUE: MAGIC OF LONDON WITH CHAMPAGNE TEA TOUR SCHEDULE: VENUE: OXFORD, STRATFORD, WARWICK CASTLE & COTSWOLDS TOUR SCHEDULE: VENUE: ROYAL LONDON MORNING TOUR TOUR SCHEDULE: VENUE: ROYAL MORNING WINDSOR CASTLE TOUR TOUR SCHEDULE: VENUE: SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE TOUR & EXHIBITION EXHIBITION SCHEDULE: VENUE: At Warwick Castle, the greatest medieval castle in Britain, enter over the footbridge and explore the castles ramparts, towers and gardens. In charming Stratford-Upon-Avon, you'll explore the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Lunch in a 15th century inn in the picturesque Cotswolds (food/drink not included). Oxford, the city of dreaming spires, boasts one of the worlds greatest - and oldest - universities. Enjoy a unique, all-access tour, before heading to the colleges spectacular dining hall, chosen as a key location in the Harry Potter films. Premium Tours, Victoria Coach Station, London, Sw1V. Nearest Tube: Victoria Duration 11 hours. Departures daily. Hotel pick-up available. Enjoy a private tour of Leeds Castle, described as the "loveliest castle in the world", exploring the chapel, galleries, courtyards and banqueting hall. Then, see the famous white cliffs of Dover with a scenic drive along the old coastal road before stopping for lunch (not included). Then visit the ancient city of Canterbury and its Cathedral, the center of Christian worship for almost 1,700 years. Finally, end the tour with a visit through Greenwich, and enjoy an exclusive reception of tea/sparkling wine and muffins, as you gently cruise on the Thames back to central London. Duration 9 hours. Departures daily except Thursday and Sunday. Hotel pick-up available. Premium Tours, Victoria Coach Station, London, Sw1V. Nearest Tube: Victoria Duration 9 hours. Departures daily. Hotel pick-up available. The Globe's expert guides will take you on a fascinating tour of the iconic Globe Theatre and auditorium, bringing the space to life with colourful stories of the 1599 Globe, of the reconstruction process in the 1990s, and of how the 'wooden O' works today as an imaginative and experimental theatrical space. Then, imagine the Globe as it would have been: the centre of what was once London's most notorious entertainment district, surrounded by raucous taverns and bawdy-houses. The Globe Exhibition, housed beneath the Globe, uses modern technology and traditional crafts to bring Shakespeare's world to life. Tours begin every 15-30 minutes. Shakespeare's Globe, Bankside, London, SE1. Nearest Tube: London Bridge Premium Tours, Victoria Coach Station, London, Sw1V. Nearest Tube: Victoria Following a coach drive past London's most famous landmarks, arrive at the Tower of London and be met by Yeoman Warder for a private tour, including the Crown Jewels) before it opens to the public. After free time, head to The Mall to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Next, a short cruise on the River Thames before a traditional pub lunch (food/drink not included). At St Paul's Cathedral, listen to the 1695 organ that Mendelssohn played, and gain special entry to Whispering Gallery, not usually visited by groups. End with Champagne Tea Service. Premium Tours, Victoria Coach Station, London, Sw1V. Nearest Tube: Victoria At Windsor Castle, over 900 years of royal history are waiting for you. From William the Conqueror all the way through to our current Queen, successive monarchs have lived here and left their mark on what is now the largest continuously occupied castle in the world. Your ticket allows entrance to the castle, so you can see for yourself the splendour of St. Georges Chapel and the sumptuous state apartments. Then explore Windsor itself is a pretty town full of traditional shops and historic pubs. Duration 4 hours. Departures daily. Hotel pick-up available. Following a coach drive past London's most famous landmarks, including Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, and along the Embankment, arrive at the Tower of London and be met by Yeoman Warder for a private tour, including being the first group of the day to see the Crown Jewels before it opens to the public. After free time, head to The Mall to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Next, a short cruise on the River Thames ending near Big Ben, where you can depart, or join the group for a traditional pub lunch in Whitehall (food/drink not included). Duration 5 hours. Departures Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Hotel pick-up available. Premium Tours, Victoria Coach Station, London, Sw1V. Nearest Tube: Victoria
  15. 15. WHAT’S ON LONDON 2014 TOWER OF LONDON ATTRACTION SCHEDULE: VENUE: TOTAL LONDON FULL-DAY TOUR WITH LONDON EYE TOUR SCHEDULE: VENUE: THE VIEW FROM THE SHARD ATTRACTION SCHEDULE: VENUE: WINDSOR CASTLE, STONEHENGE AND BATH TOUR SCHEDULE: VENUE: Premium Tours, Victoria Coach Station, London, Sw1V. Nearest Tube: Victoria London’s newest and most eagerly awaited attraction is now open! The Shard is an iconic, landmark building on the London skyline, designed by Master Architect Renzo Piano. At a height of 1,016ft, the tallest building in Western Europe, The Shard redefines London’s skyline and is a dynamic symbol of London, recognizable throughout the world. The View is situated at the top of The Shard, on floors 68, 69 and 72, and almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in London. 800ft into the skies above London, you’ll experience an astonishing 360 degree, 40 mile view over the city and beyond unfurled beneath you. Open Daily. The Shard, Joiner Street, London SE1. Nearest Tube: London Bridge There are dozens of amazing sights and activities at the Tower. Be dazzled by the 23,578 gems that make up the Crown Jewels, including the world’s most famous diamonds; join a Yeoman Warder tour (included in your admission ticket) and you'll be entertained by tales from the Tower; see five hundred years of spectacular royal armor; explore the new interactive prisoners' exhibition. Open daily except 24-26 December and 1 January. Tower Hill, London EC3N. Nearest Tube: Tower Hill Premium Tours, Victoria Coach Station, London, Sw1V. Nearest Tube: Victoria Be amongst the first people to enter Windsor Castle, where 900 years of royal history are waiting to be discovered. See Runnymede where the Magna Carta was signed in 1215. Soak up the charming atmosphere of your traditional pub lunch, included in the price (through 31 March). Unlock the secrets of Stonehenge, the remarkable and mysterious feat of engineering and design. Then, enjoy the beautiful Georgian city of Bath, followed by time to shop and explore - why not head to the Jane Austen Centre or enjoy afternoon tea in the Pump Rooms while listening to a string quartet? (Roman Baths Entry included from 01 April.) Following a coach drive past London's most famous landmarks, arrive at the Tower of London and be met by Yeoman Warder for a private tour, including the Crown Jewels) before it opens to the public. After free time, head to The Mall to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Next, a short cruise on the River Thames before a traditional pub lunch (food/drink not included). At St Paul's Cathedral, listen to the 1695 organ that Mendelssohn played, and gain special entry to Whispering Gallery, not usually visited by groups. End with a flight on the London Eye! Duration 9 hours. Departures daily. Hotel pick-up available. Duration 12 hours. Departures daily, with some exceptions. Hotel pick-up available.

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