Hitting the West End – London’s theatre culture
Long before the invention of modern technologies such as mobile phones, television, movies, the internet, online streaming services such as Netflix, Londoners created an elaborate system of activities and events to keep themselves entertained. They were expressive and eloquent, bold, self-confident, and passionate. And one of their main passions was theatre.
London’s theatre scene is one of the most diverse in the world. London’s theatre is actually a mirror of society and what happens in it. The stories of London and the theatre are totally linked. Stories of love, literature, drama, and money. It all began in 1572 at Elizabethan Theatre, London. Before that, the art of theatre only belonged to religious communities. Theatre owners in the mid 16th century realized the scope of the theatre culture and the money that could be made by entertaining people by showing them something that the common and the elite would enjoy together. Opening of the Globe theatre in 1599 by Shakespeare reinforced the growth of the theatrical culture. One of the most famous theatres in London’s history was the Globe Theatre. With William Shakespeare as a shareholder, the theatre was built in 1599 by Shakespeare’s playing company, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men.
West End, London is now officially recognized as the Theatre District. The popularity of theatrical art and culture continues to grow to cause an explosion of theatrical construction. Today, about 42 venues comprise London’s theatres, representing the standard of the art in the city. The music, costumes, atmosphere, and the outstanding British culture, and what better place to experience all this than London’s West End? The longest running musical in the history of West End includes Les Misérables, The Lion King, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Along with New York City’s Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre in the English-speaking world. Seeing a West End show is a common tourist activity in London. Famous screen actors, British and international alike, frequently appear on the London stage.
If you are planning to visit London and experience it’s theatre culture, here’s a list of the best theatres in London –
– Royal Opera House
– Shakespeare’s Globe
– Young Vic
– National Theatre
– Sadler’s Wells.
Catch the most iconic movies like Mamma Mia, Matilda, Les Miserables at the theatre. Click here to get great theatre tickets in London.