2 day break from only £109 per person
With a host of dazzling shows lighting up West End stages week in week out, it's no surprise that London theatre breaks by coach are a popular choice. Whatever's happening in the outside world, the show must go on; these award-winning, highly acclaimed shows will raise the roof and spirits alike, where you can escape to a world of colour, music and dance.
With theatre breaks to London by coach, rail or self-drive as well as matinee or evening performances available for all the top West End shows, there's a range of theatre packages to suit your plans. Breaks incorporate a range of 3 or 4* breakfast accommodation in the London area (unless of course it's a day trip), travel of your choice, hotel to show transfers (depending on the travel method), theatre ticket to your chosen show and of course time for some essential London sightseeing. For those wishing to make it that little bit more special, you can even upgrade your ticket for a really show-stopping experience.
Our popular London weekend theatre break by coach starts from just £119 and takes the hassle away from having to navigate London yourself, including; return coach travel, 4* accommodation, hotel-to-theatre transfers, standard evening ticket to your chosen show and time for sightseeing. Self-drive breaks start from as little as £91, and rail and day trips are also available.
With so many hit shows running from classics like Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera to family favourites Matilda and Wicked, to exciting newcomers like Kiky Boots and Beautiful, there's a theatre break to cater for every audience.
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Theatre dress code
Theatregoers these days don't dress in black tie or ball-gowns so you can leave those at home. However 'being comfy' is the order of the day so smart but casual dress will be fine.
You will be requested to turn off your mobile before the show starts. Also, cameras are prohibited. Don't spoil the enjoyment of others and refrain from talking when you shouldn't be.
When does the show start?
Matinee performances start at around 2pm. Evening performances around 7-7.45pm. You'll need to be in your seat approx. 15-30 minutes prior to the show starting otherwise you’ll be let in at a convenient point in the show.
Should you wish to have a drink or snacks during the interval, order these before the show starts as it will prevent you having to queue.
Is it wheelchair friendly?
Please note that the majority of theatres are very old and therefore do not necessarily cater for wheelchairs. It would be wise to enquire about facilities before you decide to book your tickets.
I'd like tickets for a Sunday or Bank Holiday performance?
Nearly all West End theatres are only open Mon-Sat. A few now offer Sunday shows but they are an exception. Most theatres only close on Christmas Day.
What's the difference between The Stalls and Dress Circle?
The Stalls are located on the ground floor. Dress Circle is the floor above The Stalls. Upper Circle (Grand or Royal) is the next one up. The Balcony is the circle above the Upper Circle.
Where are the best views?
Some of the best views are from the middle of The Stalls. Be far enough back so you are not straining your neck. Good views can also be from Dress and Upper Circle. You’ll need binoculars for The Balcony.
What else can you do in London?
Shop till you drop in Oxford Street, enjoy the entertainment in Covent Garden, have a wonderful meal in Leicester Square, cruise along The Thames or take a flight on the London Eye.
Where to eat before the show?
There are usually a variety of cafes, bars and restaurants located within the vicinity of the theatre. If you mention to your waiter/waitress that you have theatre tickets, they will turn your meal around quickly for you.
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Billy Elliot The Musical
Seen by over 8 million people across the world, Billy Elliot tells the story of a young boy who discovers a passion for dance. Featuring unforgettable music by Sir Elton John, this is a thrilling and inspiring story that will stay with you forever!
Suitable for adults. Children over the age of 12. Parents discretion required.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Follow the much-loved children's story by Roald Dahl of Charlie Bucket and his encounter with Willy Wonka and his Chocolate Factory. Directed by Academy Award© winner Sam Mendes featuring a chocolate garden, an army of squirrels and the 'Oompa-Loompas'!
Suitable for the whole family.
Quite simply the story of how Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons got together to achieve worldwide success. Winner of 55 major awards worldwide. Featuring hit songs: Oh What a Night, Walk Like A Man, Big Girls Don't Cry and so much more…
Suitable for the whole family, although strong language is used.
The world's longest running musical! Follow the story of ex-convict Jean Valjean whose life changes forever when he agrees to look after Fantine's daughter Cosette. Featuring the songs: I Dreamed A Dream, Bring Him Home…
Suitable for adults, not really for young children due to the show's content.
Over 50 million people have already seen and fallen in love with Mamma Mia. A funny tale of a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father. Featuring a variety of ABBA classics and promising to be the ultimate in feel-good entertainment!
Suitable for the whole family. Children over the age of five.
Matilda the Musical
Award-winning musical that's smashing theatre records! Based upon the story by Roald Dahl with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, follow Matilda as she dares to change her destiny with the power of her imagination!
Suitable for anyone over the age of six.
A show without words based on rhythm so it doesn't matter if your taste in music is jazz, classical, dance or pop – you should love STOMP. Recently celebrating its 8th year in London's West End.
Suitable for the whole family.
The 39 Steps
Based upon the Hitchcock classic and starring 4 actors playing 130 roles in 100 hilarious minutes! The hero, Richard Hannay must solve the 39 steps to acquit himself of murder and save King and country! Winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.
Suitable for anyone over the age of eight.
The Lion King
Set against the Serengheti Plains of Africa, follow the story of Simba and his epic journey to fulfil his destiny as King of the Pridelands. It's a show filled with colour, stunning effects and enchanting music. A theatrical event that you will never forget!
Suitable for the whole family. Children over the age of six.
The Phantom Of The Opera
Now in its 25th record-breaking year, the tragic love story between the Phantom, Christine Daaé and Raoul continues to captivate audiences after more than 10,000 performances. Featuring a mesmerising musical score, awesome scenery and fabulous special-effects!
Suitable for the whole family. Children over the age of 10. Perfect for couples.
The Woman In Black
This is one of the most terrifying live theatre experiences in the world! Celebrating 24 years in the West End, it tells the gripping yet spine-chilling tale of Arthur Kipps and his experiences with the Woman In Black on Eel Marsh House.
Parents should use their discretion regarding children attending – it's not for the faint-hearted!
A powerfully moving and imaginative drama based upon the novel by Michael Morpurgo focusing on the horses used on the battlefields of World War 1. Marvel as South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company brings the full-scale horses to life!
Suitable for adults. Children over the age of 10.
Wicked The Musical
If you think you know all there is to know about the Wicked Witch of the West, you need to think again as you follow the untold story of witches Glinda and Elphaba and their encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz! Multi award-winning show that will have you defying gravity!
Suitable for the whole family. Children over the age of eight.