Stavekirk church at Washington Island, Wisconsin, USA. I’ll be going there for the summer to see this replica of a Scandinavian stave church. Outside of this Door County (where Washington Island is located) is just a beautiful place to vacation.
are prices like?
Anywhere between 5 and 180 pounds for a standard seasonal show in central
london. A fiver will get you standing at the Globe, but an Opera at the ROH
could set you back 200 quid. An average west-end show will be between 30 and 90
What’s the vibe - aka What
do I wear?
Anything you like, babe. London theatre is pretty laid back as a whole, so don’t fret if
you didn’t bring your opera gloves. Any show will have its share of people in
their full-on Sunday best, and people fresh from work, and people in trainers.
You may have a gran in her pearl earrings on one side, and a teenager in a band
shirt on the other side of you – approximate somewhere between that. All are
do buy a ticket?
In advance: If you live within reach of
London/plan to be here for theatrical shenanigans, as soon as you hear about a
play (an ad, an email, a newspaper article, rumour, anything) get online and get buying
if you want the day and seat of your choice. You snooze you lose. The more popular things (read:
anything with a celebrity) or the smaller venues (like the Donmar) can often
sell out, or just sell out all the good seats. Those that don’t sell out may
just leave you with the back rows if you don’t move fast. A simple google
search will generally direct you to each theatre’s own distributor: this can be
their own branded website, or sometimes one of the larger management companies
like Nimax or Ambassadors theatre groups.
The individual theatre’s street box
cannot stress this enough: If you are able to, GO IN PERSON. Rocking up at during
business hours to the actual theatre you want to go to and speaking to the lil
baby drama student on duty in the little glass booth will get you such
treasure. Just tell them what you want, and hopefully they can help you out as
see everything they have on their all-powerful booking screen and are generally
sweethearts – on short notice this can be better than buying online, as
theatres often have a volume of seats they only release on the day, and you can
ask them for things like ‘do you have anything on a row-end/certain
time/certain day/at this price’ or ‘can you sell me a standing ticket’ (for the
sold out shows), or ‘where do I stand if I want to queue for returns’?.
TKTS: if you wanna see the big hits
(Phantom, Lion King, Book of Mormon etc), the jukebox vaudevilles (musicals
based on movies, or based on ‘the songs of that popular band’), or the big
celeb seasonal draws, then there’s a freestanding booth in Leicester Square
called TKTS that is the big reputable ‘on-the-day’ discount seller for a lot of
the big west-end crowd-pleasers. It’s on the south side of the square, and
clearly-labelled TKTS. They do the big musicals and usually the west-end
transfers of other theatres whose shows hit the big time (eg the NT will move its popular shows to a west end venue to clear their decks for more work at their main house, and allow them to run the play for longer) It’s same-day, so go
ready with a free evening.