There is nothing like taking in a really good show to make the perfect evening out. It needn't cost the earth either. From the finest musicals to the best plays in theatre land, you can enjoy a great night out without breaking the bank.
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There are plenty of ways you can save on your night out while still enjoying the best shows. Look out for two for the price of one offers or 50 per cent discounts. These are often advertised in the national newspapers.
National Rail offers a 'two for the price of one' deal for lots of big London shows and you should ask at your local station. It's always worth checking Lastminute for bargains and there is an excellent site called Theatremonkey, which collates lots of deals for you.
If you are willing to leave it until the last moment then try the discount ticket store in Leicester Square. They sell tickets from left over theatre seats. Make sure you visit the Society of London Theatre one though. Try approaching your favourite theatre on the day and you may be able to get discounted seats.
Must see shows:
We Will Rock You Ben Elton and the remaining members Queen bring you We Will Rock You. A very popular show which tops the list of the most popular musicals. Futuristic world where rock music has been banned.
Phantom of the Opera Andrew Lloyd Webber's epic romance is based on Gaston Leroux's gothic novel about life beneath the stage of the Paris Opera House. The Phantom of the Opera has estimated worldwide grosses to date of over five billion dollars. Has won the Laurence Olivier and Evening Standard Award for Best Musical and seven Tony Awards.
Les Miserables is a tale of passion and destruction set in the midst of a revolution. It's an adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel and is a firm favourite in London's West End.
Chicago is Catherine Johnson's tale of love on a Greek island paradise. A daughter tries to discover the identity of her father. The Songs of ABBA help to make this tale of love, laughter and friendship a real winner.
Billy Elliot is an adaptation of the popular British film by the same name. Music is by Elton John and the story follows the life of a young boy who falls in love with ballet.
Mark Rylance, David Hyde Pierce and Joanna Lumley will be starring in a new production of La Bête, premiering in the West End before transferring to Broadway. Matthew Warchus directs the revival of David Hirson's 1991 comedy. Expected to run from June to August.
Tamzin Outhwaite will revisit her performance as Charity Hope Valentine in a production of Sweet Charity when it moves to the West End after a sell out run off the West End. Runs from the 23rd April.
David Suchet and Zoe Wanamaker are to star in Arthur Miller's All My Sons. It's a story of love, guilt and the corrupting power of greed. Starts on May 19th.