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A guide to theatre and the male teenager

OK, so I’m going to make a  broad sweeping statement here… It’s much easier to take a teenage girl to the theatre than a teenage boy. There, I’ve said it. But don’t despair ye who have given birth to boys. Being the theatre-loving Mum of two teenage boys, I have learned over the years what’s hot and what’s not in the male mind when it comes to live entertainment. As youngsters I took

family theatre fun in London

I love London in Summer. I love it in the Autumn, Winter and Spring, too, but the summer months are a bit special because the sun puts a smile on everyone’s faces, the pace is a little bit slower and chilled out plus there’s so many lovely open spaces to enjoy with more hours of daylight to enjoy them! For those of you looking for a family theatre break in the capital

35 Years On: London Theatre Awards 1980

London Theatre Award-Winners 1980 As part of Theatre Breaks’ 35 year anniversary celebrations, we thought it would be rather fun to look back at the awards ceremonies of 1980 and see who and what was winning the coveted gongs in Theatreland the year that we started arranging theatre tickets and theatre packages to London. The first thing to notice was that there were a lot fewer awards ceremonies in those

Lights, action, Punjabi!

Over the last two weeks I have been very fortunate to go to the theatre three times in quick succession. The first show I saw was a preview of new musical Bend It Like Beckham at the Pheonix theatre. I must admit I wasn’t a great fan of the film and I felt the show lacked a little “oomph” in some places, but my friend absolutely loved it and she

£99 Theatre Breaks in London's West End

£99 Theatre Breaks Our £99 Theatre Breaks to London are back for the Winter Season. Featuring a range of popular shows it really is possible to stay in London and see one of Theatreland’s top musicals or plays for less! Each month the shows change. In December we are happy to be able to offer the hit new musical from Broadway: Kinky Boots including ticket and hotel from under £99

Springing into the West End (and beyond)

A gorge of shows are opening in the West End, Edinburgh and Stratford upon Avon during the next couple of months certain to take the chill off the below freezing temperatures we are experiencing at the moment. First up on 10th February, the successful Broadway transfer of Beautiful : The Carole King Musical opens at the Aldwych theatre (and Theatre Break Angels are excited to be seeing it on 25th Feb). Depicting

popular breaks at easter

Chocolate egg hunts, St Georges Day parades, the Boat Race, the London Marathon… it must be Easter in London! London is always a busy place to visit, but make sure you don’t miss the BIG events this Easter when you book some time away with family or friends this Easter by reading our definitive guide of what to see and do. There are tonnes of special Easter events and activities for the

Winter Warmers for 2015

2015 looks to be a promising year in the West End with the return of Sirs Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart to the stage in Pinter’s No Man’s Land and Benedict Cumberbatch in the eagerly anticipated new production of Hamlet which opens at the Barbican theatre in August. However, first let’s concentrate on January and whilst there seems to be a plethora of shows closing (Dance til Dawn, White Christmas, Great

SCHAMAZING CATS!

I was very fortunate to catch a preview performance of Cats at the London Palladium last night. We were seated in the 2nd row which in my opinion was a little too close to the stage… however, the ‘cats‘ do come down and interact with the audience in the front rows so it wasn’t all bad!!

Hunger Games - the musical?

Yes you heard right: Hunger Games the musical! That’s the film (or films there are three of them at the moment) where kids go around killing each other… for food I guess! A cross between junior Masterchef, It’s A Knock Out and Rambo! That’s all you really need to know to vote! At a guess this will be a split between people who know what it is all about and

What's on this Christmas

Hey, did you know that it’s only five weeks until Christmas… yes, FIVE weeks! Didn’t that catch up with us quickly? If, like me, you love visiting the theatre at Christmas time whether it be with family or friends, 2014 in london’s West End does not disappoint when it comes to festive fayre on offer for all ages and groups. Last year, we went en famille to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Made in Dagenham : A very special performance

Every year The Royal Theatrical Fund provides support for over 400 people of all ages who have worked in the entertainment industry. They are people in need as a result of illness, accident or old age. Next month’s fundraising event to continue the support of all those wonderful professionals who have entertained us on stage and screen is a special performance of new musical Made in Dagenham at the Adelphi Theatre. President of The

vouchers for theatre breaks as christmas presents

Theatre Breaks for Christmas Buying a Theatre Breaks Voucher for Christmas presents sounds a great idea: doesn’t it? And you are not the only person thinking that. I’ve just enjoyed a great conversation with one of our regular customers and it seems to cover the ground required to make sure you get the right break at Christmas. This is how it went (the names have been changed to keep the

The Woman in Black - london weekend breaks with show

Having been on a bit of a drought with regards to theatre outings during the summer months I am making up for it this month by going to the theatre to see 3 different shows! The first will be to see new, at least for us Brits, musical Memphis at the Shaftesbury theatre on Monday night. Having been a success on Broadway the show has transferred to the West End and

The woman in black

Can you believe that The Woman in Black has been scaring London audiences at the Fortune theatre since 1989 which means it’s now a whopping 25 years old – a mere whipper-snapper to The Mousetrap its closest rival for longest running play (62 years). I first saw this terrifying stage production back when it first opened in London having transferred from a sell out run at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in

great britain

Hi theatre-goers Having obviously hidden under a stone over the Bank Holiday weekend its only just come to my attention that the extremely popular comedy Great Britain, which has been going down a storm at the National theatre, is being given a run in the West End from 9th September.  The satirical play from the pen of One Man Two Guvnors playwright Richard Bean focuses on the questionable goings-on at The

Les Miserhapsody!

You know when you’ve got too much spare time on your hands when you come up with something like this. The Australian cast of Les Miserables obviously felt that something was missing in their lives when they created this parody of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. What is your favourite bit? I think it just shows what a talented bunch of actors and singers are entertaining us all each night – all

What's Hot in September?

Thought the summer was nearly over? You’d be wrong as the West End is firing itself up for a busy Autumn with smouldering dance shows and enough comedy to keep a warm glow in your belly. In fact the first three weeks of September is like the comings and goings of Terminal 1 at Heathrow with three shows – two new and one not-so-new – opening and four waving bon voyage. The arrivals…. Monday 1st September sees the UK

Stuart Harding

Stuart Harding saw Daytona with Maureen Lipman last week – this is what he was giving away! Daytona: REMARKS Daytona is a love story about three older people living in America. The European, Jewish, American background is not a vital part of the play but does give opportunities for humour that non Jewish people seem to enjoy so much. The play is about the well established and constant love of

alexandra burke in The Bodyguard

Had to share this clip of Alexandra Burke singing Queen of the Night from The Bodyguard. She took over the lead role of Rachel Marron at the beginning of June and has already made it her own! So if that has persuaded you to come and see the show at the Adelphi Theatre, London, you can find out more about Theatre Breaks’ ticket and hotel packages here. We have a

A sensation - Miss Saigon at the prince Edward Theatre

If you follow Theatre Breaks Angels on Twitter you will have known that last night I was lucky enough to see Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre. I saw it 25 years ago when it opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and, whilst I enjoyed it, I have to admit that I felt that it was not as good as Les Miserables, Schönberg and Boublil’s first West End

Theatre Breaks Beyond London

Edinburgh, Liverpool, Blackpool, Cardiff… I guess you could say that we Londoners are a pretty “internal” group seeing as we have pretty much everything on our doorstep… great restaurants, beautiful parks, historic buildings, shops galore and of course the wonder of the West End theatre. However, fortunately, amazing theatre isn’t just constrained to within the radius of the M25 with 2014 seeing smash hit shows take to the road and

Get ready for the Marvelous Month of May

May is always a month to enjoy : it being  ‘bookended’ by two bank holidays makes it a great time to enjoy the delights of London with your family, loved ones or friends. The month kicks off with the opening of Richard Eyre’s production of The Pajama Game which has transferred from the Chichester Festival theatre and stars Joanna Riding and ‘very easy on the eye’ Michael Xavier. A fortnight on and the fantastic