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Friday, 5 August 2016

LONDON | 5 Reasons why you should consider the West End for your next night out

I don't know about you, but up until recently I've always considered the theatre as 'not for me'.

To me, the idea of theatre was always for families - I remember my parents taking me once or twice when I was younger to see shows like Grease and Lion King on the West End - and older, perhaps posh, but mostly rich people.

I'm afraid to say I thought theatre had it's own crowd and that young professionals like you and me - who also like to party and travel - just wouldn't enjoy it.

I was wrong.

I've had to review a couple of West End shows for my job and it's made me realize just how nice of a night it is, no matter what your circumstances are.

Here's five reasons why you should consider the West End for your next night out...

London | 5 Reasons why you should consider the West End for your next night out; Formidable Joy; Formidable Joy Blog; West End; Theatre

Like, seriously glam. Don't get me wrong, if you want, you can rock up in casual clothes (to a certain extent anyway, I can't imagine staff letting anyone into a nice theatre wearing tracksuit bottoms and trainers), but you can go all out, if you want to. People do dress up for the theatre, maybe not as much so as going to the opera for example but if you want to really treat yourself for the evening, you can wear a dress and heels and such and no one will even bat an eyelid. It's nice to dress up sometimes.

The West End is in the heart of London, which means you can make the most of being in the city. You can spend the day visiting attractions or doing a spot of shopping, and many companies offer theatre break packages or packages that include a ticket to the theatre and dinner. Theatre shows end before twelve also, meaning it's a great opportunity to head on for after show drinks or food. One place I've always wanted to try out is Sarastro - a glamorous but offbeat kind of place in the West End which is often considered the 'show after the show' with entertainment on hand also.

Theatre can be pricey, which is sometimes nice in a way, because it's a rare treat for now and then - getting dressed up, going for a nice dinner and seeing a show. But you can take a cheaper route too. Time Out and official theatre booths in London often offer discounted tickets and if there's a group of you, sometimes you can get group discount. Alternatively, it also depends where you sit so if you don't mind a view from the back, your ticket is going to be much cheaper then the price of one right at the front. Purchase a cheap pair of binoculars for this - although some theatre's provide them. 

Some of the big shows worth seeing in the near future include The Lion King, Disney's Aladdin, Guys and Dolls and Breakfast at Tiffany's - to name just a few - or, for something a bit different, Little Shop Of Horrors, David Bowie's Lazarus or American Idiot.

It's also worth looking into getting tickets for smaller and independent shows. These might not be on the West End, but it's always fun to watch something new and relatively unheard of. Again, this is a great way to test the waters if you're not sure that a night at the theatre is quite for you.

Although strictly not on the West End, if you're considering a theatre show for your next night out but want to ease yourself in gently or try something a bit different, why not try an example of immersive theatre? Secret Cinema is one of the most popular companies to offer this, which is essentially cinema mixed with a show and allows you to be 'in' the show. Vaults favourites Les Infants Terribles are great at this too, with shows such as Alice's Adventures Underground and Goosebumps being a prime example of a new, edgier way of theatre.

Have you ever had a night out on the West End or can share any tips? Let me know with a comment!

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  1. I really would like my next night out to be seeing a show in the West End, I would love to see The Cursed Child and Wicked x

    1. I would absolutely love to see Wicked too! x

  2. We tend to have days in the West End, rather than nights, as we have a little one but there is always so much to see and do!

    1. That's a nice idea, I never thought about visiting in the day! x

  3. I ADORE theatre! I try and go as much as I can and there is always so many to see! I was very lucky to get to see The Cursed Child when it was in it's previews and it was magical, I was so blown away!

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