Going to the theatre is a great thing to do on holiday. It can be a magical occasion for a child, and there are shows going on to suit anyone from nine to ninety. Focusing on a few popular theatrical regions, below is a small list of theatres to visit and places to stay whilst on your next holiday…
Shakespeare’s Globe, a reconstruction of the original theatre of William Shakespeare, really could not be missed out of this list. The original theatre was built in 1599 by the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, Shakespeare’s playing company; this was burnt in 1613, and a new one was built the following year. In 1997, a reconstruction of the original was built in the same site and called ‘Shakespeare’s Globe’. And today you can book to see a play in these amazing and historic surroundings. The theatre creates productions of Shakespeare’s plays in a variety of languages, with both traditional and modern interpretations. The theatre is situated in Southwark, on the South Bank in London.
The West End is known around the world for its spectacular shows. It is the UK’s theatreland, and is twinned with New York Broadway in terms of providing the most professional and high standard theatre shows in the world. This magical place is located in the west of central London, and is normally defined by the notable points of The Strand, Kingsway, Regent Street and Oxford Street. Some of the longest running shows include Cats, Les Miserables, Mamma Mia, and Chicago, and the West End is also home to the longest running show in the world, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap. Some great shows to see this year are Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre, and The Lion King at the Lyceum.
And whether you’re visiting a show in the West End or going traditional at Shakespeare’s Globe, there’s some great self catered London accommodation to make your stay even better. Go with friends to this luxury and spacious two bedroom apartment on London’s cultural area of the South Bank (property ref. 39525), or stay at the heart of ‘theatreland’ in this modern one bed apartment in the West End (property ref. 30742). Enjoy a stay in some beautiful accommodation, see the sights, shops, eat out then head to the theatre- with the warming thought of a nice comfortable bed only a short distance away!
Broadway theatre in New York is famous, and with good reason. If you’re planning a trip to this magnificent city then you should be sure to catch a show. Like the West End, Broadway is one of the places to go to see a theatre performance, and is steeped in a tradition dating to the mid eighteenth century. The famous Times Square is situated in the Broadway area in Manhattan, and is a constant hub of activity, lights and drama. Some notable shows to see this year include Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre, War Horse at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre and Mary Poppins at the New Amsterdam Theatre.
A self catered property in New York is the ideal base for your holiday, and means you are free to explore the city and peruse the theatre scene at your own leisure. This three bedroom apartment in Times Square (property ref. 33658) is perfect for a group trip and exploring the centre of Broadway itself.
So there you are, the two most famous theatre districts in the world, the home of Shakespeare’s greatest works, and a few ideas on where to stay…hopefully some theatre based holidays have been inspired! Look on www.pureholidayhomes.com for plenty of places to stay during a theatre based trip.