For centuries, theatre has always created a diversion from the stresses and strains of the daily grind. From Shakespeare to Marlowe, Pinter to Miller, we have been inundated with shows which embrace a range of subjects; many of which are still relevant in the present day.
‘Othello’, for example, demonstrates how jealousy can drive someone to madness, with disastrous consequences. ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is a tale of forbidden love, which results in tragedy on both sides of the family. And ‘Macbeth’ is a story of how power can result in loss of morale, respect and self-worth.
Tragedies aside; there are plenty of feel-good musicals which have emerged in recent times, as smash-hit productions such as ‘Jersey Boys’, ‘Motown the Musical’ and ‘We Will Rock You’ have treaded the boards with rave reviews. All of these musicals are based around songs from particular eras, so you can re-live your childhood and reminisce about the ‘good old days’.
In fact; shows which are centred around the careers of famous bands and solo artists are proving incredibly popular. This may not come as much of a surprise when you consider how diverse and multifaceted the industry is as a whole, as all tastes are catered for. From rock to pop, soul to funk, R&B to hip-hop; there really is something for everyone!
This is why programmes such as ‘How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?’, ‘Any Dream Will Do’ and ‘I’d Do Anything’ have proved to be smash-hit successes in recent times. And, of course, the man at the helm of all these talent shows is the one and only Andrew Lloyd Webber.
He is considered by those in the know as the king of modern theatre, and his works have been showcased in the West End since the late 1960s, when he composed ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’. He has gone on to write some of the most well-known and highly regarded musicals, with ‘Cats’, ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ being notable examples.
If you are stuck for something to do in the West End, then why not visit one of the many auditoriums in the area and treat yourself to an evening of culture? Even if you are not normally a fan of the theatre, you could be in for a pleasant surprise. After a hearty meal at a nearby pub, you can relax and put your feet up and spend an hour or two enjoying a performance with your nearest and dearest.
Before you decide where to go in order to get the best seats in the house, it is advisable to take advantage of the multitude of pre-theatre bargains which are prevalent in the city centre. Many establishments have tailored menus for you to peruse, whilst others may decide to promote two for one cocktail offers or ‘buy one, get one free’ deals.
Who can resist the allure of a delicious burger, complete with all the trimmings, before embarking on a truly magical musical experience? If you favour a more high-end dining experience, then there are plenty of options to choose from. The Inn @ West End is a beautiful gourmet gastropub which specialises in modern British cooking, created by enthusiastic chefs with years of expertise in the industry. In the warmer summer months, you can cool off in their spacious garden with a glass or two of chilled white wine whilst awaiting your pumpkin soup, goat’s cheese mousse or spiced monkfish.
However; there is still the pressing issue of where to stay for the night. You do not want to be holed up in an average, run of the mill B&B, nor do you want to pay extortionate rates for a substandard hotel which lacks finesse and elegance. Therefore, you may need to spend a little time deliberating exactly what it is you are looking for before making a final decision.
One thing is certain; if you book a suite at the tasteful Piccadilly London West End Hotel then you certainly will not be disappointed. It is sumptuous, luxurious and oozes class and style without going OTT. Each and every room has been furnished with the greatest care and consideration, and is guaranteed to make every guest feel completely at home.
You will want for nothing if you decide to spend a weekend at the Piccadilly West End Hotel, so why call 020 7871 6000 and make a reservation today?