London is one of the most entertaining cities of the world. And this city is also known as the cultural capital of the globe. Here you will find more arts and entertainment hubs than any other parts of the world. London has a rich cultural history and this city has many entertainment centres that suit for the people of all ages. One can say that London is a city where everyone can be entertained without much effort and within affordable prices.
Art galleries are one of the major attractions of this city. But, you cannot visit all the art galleries free. You have to spend some money to enjoy the art galleries of this historic city. Some art galleries offer free admission and the names of these galleries are National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery, the Wallace collection and Tate Modern.
If you are planning a London trip then consider to visit Whitechapel Art Gallery, Courtauld Institute of Arts and the multi- arts Barbican Centre to witness some of the beauties of this city.
Theatres in London
Though Shakespeare is the first name that comes into mind when you think about London theatre, but in mid-time some other names like Tom Stoppard, Stephen Sondheim, David Mamet, and Neil Simon have achieved popularity for their works in theatre arts. The city has more than forty theatres. The presence of forty theatres in one city reveals the craziness and love of theatre arts in this city.
Some popular theatres of London city are:
Shakespeare’s globe theatre
And the Old Vic
Some plays in theatres attract audiences from all over the world. Two popular plays that have got much appreciation are Phantom of The Opera London and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. Any theatre loving person decides to watch these two plays once if he visits London at any period of time.
Phantom of the Opera London: It is one of the successful plays of all time. It is a classic opera. It has been produced in 25 countries covering 149 cities. Anyone likes classic opera will definitely enjoy this play.
Charlie and Chocolate Factory: This show is comparatively new and this one is appreciated by all. But, kids like it more. If you have kids then you should visit this place.
You can also play the Escape Hunt game to be entertained for a while. This is an adventurous game, which is based on the classic escape the room’ online games. Currently, this is very popular and is being played by almost all the countries. This game is designed for 2- 5 players and needs 50 minutes time to be finished. Since the game is based on the theme of the live escape game’, you will have to choose your room theme for playing this game. You can visit them here london.escapehunt.com
Nightlife in London
Nightlife in London is amazing. Here big hotels arrange live entertaining and dancing programmes on Friday and Saturdays. So, if you are planning a London trip, be sure that you will be back with a lot of sweet and good memories.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s romantic musical show, The Phantom Of The Opera is Based on the 1911 gothic novel by Gaston Leroux about an unusual episode in the history of Paris Opera House. A wild and romantic fantasy, the show opened in the West End, immediately capturing the audiences to the epic rock opera. The tortured Phantom captivated theatre-lovers in the timeless tale of a rejected misfit falling in love with a chorus girl.
The Phantom is quite a mysterious masked man who falls for the opera house singer Christine Daae. The show is all about how she becomes the star of the show with the Phantom’s persuasive powers. But, when she reaches the heights, the masked man transforms into a frightened monster from being her friend.
The enchanting score along with picturesque scenery and spectacular special effects create a magical blend of art bringing life to this sad love story each night. The show features a lovely title song along songs The Music Of The Night, All I Ask Of You, The Point Of No Return and Think Of Me.
One of the most successful musical shows of all time, The musical celebrated its 25th anniversary at the Royal Albert Hall with three remarkable sell-out performances in October 2011. Even after over 11000 performances, the musical never fails to charm the audiences at Her Majesty’s Theatre in West End, London. It is undoubtedly a classin defining a complete era accompanied by a lovely electric hair-metal synth vibe. The show has enthalled an estimated 130 million visitors with its remarkable high production values creating some truely breath-taking theatrical effects. Throughout the years, the show has garnered 11 Olivier Awards and has also received a number of international accolades including 5 Mo Awards in Australia and 7 Tony Awards on Broadway.
The Theatre and Audience
The amazingly beautiful, Her Majesty’s Theatre is creatively ornate and just perfect for the musical show. Grabbing a seat in the middle of the stalls is really exciting, but the front of the dress cricle is a great option for those who want to get a better view of everything taking place around the theatre. Phantom is meant for audiences above the age of 12 years because the show is a two and a half hour grand musical, thereby likey to lose the attention of young children.
Cast and Creatives
The musical involves over 130 cast and crew members with each performance having 230 costume changes.
The show is brought to life with excellent performaces by :
– Geronimo Rauch playing The Phantom
– Harriet Jones playing Christine Daae
– Emmi Christensson playing Alternate Christine Daae
– Liam Tamne playing Raoul
– Lara Martins playing Carlotta Giudicelli
– Andy Hockley playing Monsieur Firmin
– Martin Ball playing Monsieur Andre
– Jacinta Mulcahy playing Madame Giry
– John Ellis playing Ubaldo Piangi
– Alicia Beck playing Meg Giry
The creative team includes some exceptionally talented members :
– Music by Andrew Webber
– Lyrics by Richard Stilgoe and Charles Hart
– Book by Andrew Webber and Richard Stilgoe
– Direction by Hal Prince
– Choreography and Musical Staging by Gillian Lynne
– Production Designing by Maria Bjornson
– Lighting by Andrew Bridge
– Orchestra by David Cullen
– Sound by Martin Levan