A guide to visiting London theatre

29 October 2019

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London theatres are extremely busy on a regular basis, London show tickets have generated a lot of revenue over the years. The latest showing of Lion King that I attended was packed to the rim, there was not one empty seat that we could see.  According to the Society of London Theatre, there are 241 theatres across London which range from grand West End playhouses to smaller performance locations such as pubs and converted spaces.

Out of the 241 theatres there are 46 best west end shows that are eligible for the Oliver Awards.

The first ever London theatre was named “The Theatre”. This was built by James Burbage; this venue was opened in 1576. The audience members were charged as little as 1p to attend the showings. The Theatre Royal was opened on the 7th May 1663 on the present site of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. The theatre was a common pastime for the wealthy British citizens, more playhouse were built to accommodate the growing demand which included the Adelphi Theatre and the Vaudeville Theatre.

Theatres are usually renovated on a regular basis; this is because they need to withstand the pressures of thousands of people attending alongside West End Productions. Recently the Theatre Royal Drury Lane has been renovated. The Queen’s Theatre will be renovated later in 2019.

Here is a guide to visiting London theatre shows:

  • It is important to book your tickets in advance, you might think that there will be plenty of tickets on the day but they get snapped up very quickly. The worst thing is to have your heart set on a performance and you miss out seeing it because it is fully booked up. With theatre performances, planning your trip well in advance will be beneficial.
  • Once you are in the theatre, it is important to make sure that your phone is switched off. Most people’s biggest pet peeve is mobile phones. You don’t want to pay good money for a theatre performance and be sitting next to someone that is scrolling on their phone.
  • Cameras at the theatre are a big no. some people may not realise but taking a camera into the performance and using it is actually illegal due to it infringing the copyright laws. This is the same rule for cinemas. It is important to be immersed into the show and not watching it through a tiny screen.
  • When attending a theatre performance you need to try and get their early. This will give you enough time to buy a programme and any snacks that you might want. In the interval there will be lots of people who want to either go to the toilet or go out to grab some snacks. This can cause a lot of delay in getting back to your seat.
  • Once the show is over, be sure to share your opinion about the show to others on social media. This will help people to decide whether they want to attend the show or whether it’s their cup of tea.

Planning to go to the theatre? Are you looking for the best West End shows? Come and check out the shows we have on offer at KX Tickets and book your London theatre show tickets now!