Drury Lane cuts through the West End from New Oxford Street to Aldwych. It houses its own theatre the New London Theatre and also offers easy access to other parts of West End’s Theatreland.
London’s West End, offers some great plays and shows for tourists and natives alike, there are long runners such as Les Miserable, The Mouse trap, The Lion King and newcomers Mama Mia and Curious Incident of a dog in the nighttime. But also new productions such as School of Rock, which I saw not long ago at the New Theatre on Drury Lane and Disney favourite Aladdin, both transplanted from Broadway.
My greatest discovery of London were theatre day-seats. When the theatre’s box office open at 10 am every morning, some will offer cheap seats, usually on the first row for around £20. A bargain for these shows. Not all theatres offer them and there is a great variety of where you get to sit etc. but its a true gift for a low-paid freelancer.
For some of the more popular productions it has not been unheard of people camping out overnight for day-seats. I have been lucky on slow days, when they have seated me in the middle of the stalls, more than excellent seats.
The best production I have seen so far from the first row was 1984, where being in the front row brought you right in the play and the intensity of the drama. Some first row seats have been less successful such as Shakespeare in Love, where you didn’t see all the action on stage, but you get what you pay for and sometimes you are lucky and sometimes you are not. I have never been disappointed though, because you have to go there with the mindset that you paid £20 for a seat that others on the row behind you have paid considerably more for. If it wasn’t for the day seats I would not have been able to see as many shows that I have during my time in London.
The extra bits: If it wasn’t because of the high gates and the almost impossibility of seeing anything of worth I would have picked Downing Street as my favourite D-street, a small street that houses the Prime Minister at No. 10 and the Chancellor of the Exchequer at No 11 and is an important part of the British government.
Let me know in the comments if you have a favourite D street in London or in your own hometown/favourite city.
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