Visit London Blog » theatre tickets http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:40:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Free Tickets for Williams and Catherines at the tkts Booth Next Friday http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/04/free-tickets-for-williams-and-catherines-at-the-tkts-booth-next-friday/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/04/free-tickets-for-williams-and-catherines-at-the-tkts-booth-next-friday/#comments Thu, 21 Apr 2011 09:30:29 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=20623

Are you called William or Catherine? Do you fancy a free trip to the theatre?

Then head down to the tkts booth on Leicester Square early on the morning of the big day (Friday 29 April): if you’re among the first 10 Williams and Catherines in the queue, you can get one free ticket to the show of your choice!

You can choose a show on the big day itself, or book ahead (subject to availability).

What show would you go for? A wedding theme (Mamma Mia!); a Queen theme (We Will Rock You); or a ROYAL wedding theme (Betty Blue Eyes)?! Or something totally different: check out our Top 10 London Musicals for something to inspire you.

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Deathtrap at the Noel Coward Theatre http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/09/deathtrap-at-the-noel-coward-theatre/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/09/deathtrap-at-the-noel-coward-theatre/#comments Thu, 09 Sep 2010 14:00:05 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=14343 Playwright Sidney Bruhl (Simon Russell Beale) hasn’t written a hit play for years.

When a student sends him an excellent script for a new comic thriller called (funnily enough) Deathtrap, Sidney and his nervy wife Myra joke about killing the young upstart and claiming the play, and the money it’s sure to make, for themselves.

That’s really all I can reveal about the plot of the twisty, pacy, comic thriller Deathtrap which opened in the West End this week. Anything more, and I’d be giving the game away. Although, I can say it’ll make you laugh.

And it’ll definitely make you jump.

Deathtrap takes place in Sidney’s study; a room you’ll instantly spot is littered with potential weapons. Designer Rob Howell’s impressive set is a murderer’s dream: curtains over doors, a spooky staircase leads upstairs, and there’s a slight feeling that there’s nowhere to hide… The constant references to the fact that the house is in the middle of nowhere just enhance the tension.

Russell Beale plays the ageing playwright Sidney with a suitably self-loathing air. In contrast, Jonathan Groff’s naive but precocious young writer, Cliff, really sparkles with irritating confidence. (Glee fans will be pleased to hear there’s more than a little of Jesse St James in this, Groff’s West End debut: the same smarmy insincerity, as well as those sudden flashes of buried, manic anger…)

Less convincing is Estelle Parsons as batty psychic neighbour Helga ten Dorp. The constant references to the fact that she’s a funny character only serve to highlight that she’s not, and her final summing up of the play in the last act felt like a real waste of time.

But if you like comic, knowing, self-referential melodrama, with an element of the thriller and a touch of silliness mixed in, you’ll love Ira Levin’s witty play. And it’ll probably have you double checking you’ve locked the back door at night…

Deathtrap at the Noel Coward Theatre is booking until 22 January. Book tickets here

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Your Views: The Prisoner of Second Avenue at the Vaudeville Theatre http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/07/your-views-the-prisoner-of-second-avenue-at-the-vaudeville-theatre/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/07/your-views-the-prisoner-of-second-avenue-at-the-vaudeville-theatre/#comments Wed, 14 Jul 2010 10:11:35 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=11948 The Prisoner of Second Avenue opened at the Vaudeville Theatre on the Strand last night.

It’s a black comedy from the 1970s, by a top Broadway writer, Neil Simon. But the main draw for this new production has to be Hollywood star, Jeff Goldblum.

And in terms of laughs, Mr Goldblum certainly doesn’t disappoint. As Mel, a 47-year-old Manhattanite advertising executive on the brink of a breakdown, Jeff delivers every line with great comic timing.

He’s more than matched by a terrific performance from Mercedes Ruehl as Edna, his put-upon wife. The script zings with sharp one-liners, and definitely entertains. Ultimately, however, I found the overall plot was a bit lacking: The Prisoner of Second Avenue is very funny line by line, but the play doesn’t lead anywhere promising in the end.

But that’s just my view! I asked some other audience members what they thought:

Peter, 28, from South Africa
It’s a light-hearted look at a stressed-out couple. I enjoyed the show but I thought the narrative didn’t progress all that much and the comedy was a little forced at times. That said, there were some very funny moments and sparks of great acting throughout.

Nicola, 29, from South East London
A thoroughly enjoyable night out, which although not the funniest of scripts, entertains for the whole two hours. Jeff Goldblum is a little disappointing due to his reserved take on some scenes, but his pairing with Mercedes Ruehl is fab. Worth a watch if you’re looking for something witty that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

John, 30, from Northampton
I thought the two central performances were great. You just couldn’t take your eyes off Mercedes Ruehl and Jeff Goldblum.

Pauline, 30ish, from South East London
I enjoyed the show and am a fan of Jeff Goldblum’s work. The play looks at a married couple driven over the edge by the stresses of modern life; it’s both serious and funny, and is set in the heart of Manhattan madness.

Abby, 32, from London
Set against a back drop of recession, The Prisoner of Second Avenue is particularly relevant to the world today. The main characters have to come to terms with the socio-economic problems and changes of the day. Their increasing levels of stress are humorously portrayed and, although I thought Jeff Goldblum was overly theatrical at times, I thoroughly enjoyed the play.

Bec, 29, from Sydney
A particularly timely production, The Prisoner of Second Avenue was both a really funny night out and, considering it was initially penned in the 70s, incredibly resonant in today’s economic climate. I was really looking forward to seeing Jeff Goldblum on stage, and although his performance certainly didn’t disappoint, it was leading lady Mercedes Ruehl that really blew me away.

Have you seen the show yet? Let us know what you thought in the comments below.

The Prisoner of Second Avenue plays at the Vaudeville Theatre until 25 September. Book your tickets here

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Thursday Theatre News: Star-studded Shakespeare, Award Winners and a New Billy http://blog.visitlondon.com/2009/11/thursday-theatre-news-star-studded-shakespeare-award-winners-and-a-new-billy/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2009/11/thursday-theatre-news-star-studded-shakespeare-award-winners-and-a-new-billy/#comments Thu, 26 Nov 2009 10:06:13 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=4255 The wonderful Judi DenchGreat news this week as my favourite Shakespeare comedy (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) is coming to the Rose Theatre next year, featuring one of my favourite actresses (Judi Dench), set in one of my favourite periods of history: the court of Elizabeth I.

But that’s not all. The fantastic Rachael Stirling (she’s Diana Rigg’s daughter, y’know) is playing Helena – the most fun a girl can have in a Shakespeare show without the responsibility and cross-dressing silliness of a Rosalind. Add to that the sexy Ben Mansfield as her love interest Demetrius (he was great at the Open Air Theatre this summer), and Oliver Chris from the Green Wing and Nathan Barley as Bottom, and, well, it’s all pretty exciting.  I’m also looking forward to seeing the ace Msimisi Dlamini (Philostrate) again after enjoying his performance in the Arcola’s Spanish Tragedy this season. And it’s all directed by Peter Hall. *And* tickets start at just £5. What a treat.

In other casting news, I’m happy to learn Mark Rylance and Mackenzie Crook are going to reprise their performances in the West End version of Jerusalem, particularly as the show won some top prizes at the Evening Standard Awards this week. Many of the other original Royal Court cast members are also coming back for the West End move. Even better news: if, like me, you haven’t got around to booking tickets yet, Jerusalem is offering 20 best-price seats at £10 each, available from the box office from 10am on the day of the performance. Bear in mind you’ve got to show up in person.

Speaking in Tongues has been in the news this week as Ian Hart allegedly lost his temper with an audience member. If you were there, tell us about it… If this has made you even more eager to see the show (which also stars the brilliant John Simm and Kerry Fox), book now: you’ve only got until 12 December…

Finally, news about a show which is a long way from posting closing notices: Billy Elliot. Not only have they extended booking until December 2010, but there’s also a new Billy to boot! Dean-Charles Chapman, 12, is no stranger to the show: he played Small Boy in the original cast when Billy Elliot opened in 2005; and has been playing Michael (Billy’s best friend) since the start of the year. Incredibly, he’s been training for Billy for two years. Break a leg, D-C!

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Video of the Week: Inherit the Wind at the Old Vic http://blog.visitlondon.com/2009/11/video-of-the-week-inherit-the-wind-at-the-old-vic/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2009/11/video-of-the-week-inherit-the-wind-at-the-old-vic/#comments Fri, 20 Nov 2009 12:08:21 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=4139

We head to the Old Vic for this week’s video recommendation. The wonderful Kevin Spacey stars in Inherit The Wind, a fab courtroom drama about the freedom of thought.

When it opened in September this year, the show got some great reviews. It’s currently running until 20 December. If this little snippet whets your appetite, book your tickets now. You won’t be disappointed.

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