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Theatre in Cental London A trip to London wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the colourful West End.

With an eclectic mix of musicals, heavy drama and traditional theatre, The West End has something for everyone. Celebrities from Britain and further afield flock here to be seen treading the boards in one of the world’s greatest theatre districts.

Choose from the familiar sounds of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and My Fair Lady to the newer rock productions such as Tonight’s The Night and We Will Rock You. There’s also some truly spectacular shows that could only be accommodated by the enormous stages of the West End. A visit to The Lion King, The Phantom Of The Opera, or Bombay Dreams is sure to delight the whole family.

Internationally-acclaimed musicals such as Rent and Chicago have set the world stage alight and you can also catch some old favourites such as the enigmatic Blood Brothers and the classical Agatha Christie adaptation Mouse Trap.

If musical theatre isn’t your thing Central London also offers the chance to see award-winning and critically acclaimed plays as well as brand new voices in theatre at venues such as The Young Vic Theatre [map], The Cut, and the close by Royal National Theatre.

Perhaps you want something edgy and experimental. For the play of the moment book your seat at The Royal Court Theatre [map], Sloane Square, for the hippest youth things in playwriting.

When the weather is fine a visit to The Open Air Theatre [map] is a must. Located at Regent’s Park, this is the perfect place to see everything from Greek tragedies to Neil Simon plays.

The Royal Shakespeare Company is based at the imposing Barbican Centre [map], Silk Street. With three performance spaces, you can expect to see some classics from a stellar cast.

Equally imposing, The South Bank Centre [map], Belvedere Road, has three outstanding theatres within its concrete walls, which have a commitment to showing provocative and challenging plays.

Children are not left out and are encouraged to get involved, so if you’ve got a budding Romeo or Juliet in your midst why not check out the range of summer schools and activity days from familiar companies such as Kidz In The Biz Theatre Academy [map], Stamford Street, and The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts [map], Goswell Road.

See where it all began with a visit to The Theatre Museum [map], Russell Street. With a range of exhibitions including costumes, scenery, scripts and manuscripts The Theatre Museum takes your inner-thespian on a journey from Shakespeare to Vaudeville to Andrew Lloyd Webber and covers the fascinating story of theatre from the perspective of the actors, stage hands, directors, wardrobe mistresses and writers who helped shape today’s West End.

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