traveling to the United Kingdom, be sure to surf
or call 800-462-2748 for general information.
information on special events connected to the celebration
of the Queen's 50-year reign, check: http://www.goldenjubilee.gov.uk
information about all theaters in London, visit the Official
London Theater Guide, http://www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk,
Both sites have links to nearly all London's theaters, plus
good practical information, such as the nearest tube stop.
Tickets can be purchased through both these sites and through
Where possible, though, it is preferable to buy tickets directly
through the individual theater's web site. If you don't have
much time before your trip, check out http://www.lastminute.com,
which often posts some great deals. One of my newsletter correspondents
was able to snare a balcony-seat ticket to "My Fair Lady"
plus a pre-theater meal at a nearby restaurant for just $30.
weekly e-mail theater magazine with news of openings, memorabilia
auctions, awards, critics' reviews, and theater info from
all over the world, incl. Broadway. Go to http://www.theatrenow.com
Sells tickets as well as hotel/ticket packages.
sells tickets, but try first Edwards & Edwards via Globaltickets
in the US:
Atlantic Vacations offers packages, as well:
888-YES-VIRGIN or http://www.virgin-vacations.com
British Tourist Authority
Lists current West End productions and sells tickets with
a modest service fee.
lets you buy tickets and also has excerpts--good and bad--from
last-minute tickets, try http://www.lastminute.com.
price booth at Leister Square is at http://www.tkts.co.uk
for half-price tickets on the day of the performance. Cash
only! Formely called the Leiscester Square Half-Price Theatre
Ticket Booth, it's now called tkts. Beware other storefronts
and scalpers around Leicester Square claiming to be the REAL
discounters; only tkts is connected to the nonprofit Society
of London Theatre. It's in front of the Odeon West End Cinema.
In addition to half-priced tickets, you can buy 25% off and
full-price tickets. But if you're paying full freight, avoid
the tkts' fee of $1.50 per ticket by buying at the theater.
Shakespeare Co. at the Barbican http://www.rsc.org.uk
south of the Thames close to the original. You can stand in
the front as a groundling, just as they did in Shakespeare's
time. May to Sept only.