With a host of dazzling shows lighting up West End stages week in week out, it's no surprise that London theatre breaks 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 £115 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, feel-good hits like We Will Rock You to exciting newcomers The 39 Steps and the Book of Mormon, 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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A Chorus Line
Billed as an iconic musical masterpiece following the story of a group of auditionees as they describe the events that have shaped their lives and led to their decisions to become dancers! Featuring classics such as What I Did For Love, At The Ballet…
Suitable for anyone over the age of 12.
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.
Once The Musical
A wonderful show featuring the classic 'boy meets girl' scenario combined with a fantastic celebration of love, friendship and music – resulting in an unforgettable night for all who see it!
Suitable for the whole family. Parents' discretion required.
One Man, Two Guvnors
Billed as being one of the most glorious comedies on the planet, Richard Bean's award-winning play is based upon 'The Servant of Two Masters' and is a celebration of British Comedy. Starring Rufus Hound as 'Francis Henshall'.
Suitable for anyone over the age of 14.
Rock Of Ages
Take a nostalgic step back to the 80's with some of the greatest rock tunes around entwined with self- mockery! Follow the love story of Drew and Sheree where you'll discover that on The Strip dreams on which you enter are not always the dreams with which you leave, but everything still rocks!
Suitable for adults only.
Singin' In The Rain
Set in 1920's Hollywood, Don Lockwood meets a talented young chorus girl that is set to steal his heart! This is the ultimate in feel-good shows featuring classics: Good Morning, Make 'em Laugh and the unforgettable Singin' In The Rain!
Suitable for the whole family. Children over the age of five. Perfect for couples.
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 Bodyguard Musical
A romantic thriller following former Secret Service agent, Frank Farmer, who is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Featuring irresistible classics: Queen of the Night, I Have Nothing, I Will Always Love You…
Suitable for couples and anyone over the age of 12.
The Book of Mormon
A hilarious tale about the experiences of two young Mormon missionaries who are sent to Uganda to try to convert the locals to the Mormon faith. Written by the creators of South Park.
Suitable for adults. If you are easily offended, this show isn't for you!
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!
Top Hat The Musical
This wonderful show brings the glamour of Hollywood's golden age to the West End featuring the tap-dancing magic of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Packed full of Irving Berlin's musical hits including: Cheek to Cheek, Top Hat, Let's Face The Music and Dance.
Suitable for the whole family. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Perfect for couples.
Viva Forever! The Musical
Wowing audiences with its mix of hits by The Spice Girls and the irresistible humour of Jennifer Saunders as you follow the story of a young girl as she enters the superficial world of celebrity. Includes hits such as Stop, Say You'll Be There and 2 Become 1.
Suitable for the whole family, particularly fans of The Spice Girls.
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.
We Will Rock You
If you love music by rock legends Queen then you'll want to see this show written by Ben Elton. Celebrating its 11th year at the Dominion Theatre, this promises an evening of sheer entertainment and enjoyment that will have you rocking into the night!
Suitable for the whole family, particularly Queen fans. Parents' discretion required.
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.