Posted by Kirstie
This summer all eyes will be on London for the much anticipated Olympic and Paralympic Games. While there’s so much going on in the build up to these huge events, here at Superbreak we’re also excited for the summer season in London’s Theatreland.
With millions of visitors expected in London and top shows such as Billy Elliot and The Lion King remaining open during the Olympics, it’s a promising time for the West End. For those hoping to see a show this summer, the Society Of London Theatre’s (SOLT) ‘Don’t Miss The Real Show’ campaign provides information on which shows are available, as well as advice on travelling to the West End during the Games. In the words of Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, “London theatre is the jewel in the capital’s crown… As London takes centre stage on the international map, our world-beating theatre is just the ticket, with gold medal performances every night.”
As well as the well-known long-running shows attracting visitors from around the globe during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, this summer sees some brand new shows take to the London stage that will dazzle audiences from home and abroad.
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
threesixty Theatre, Kensington Gardens, 10 May – 09 September
Following the huge success of Peter Pan last summer, theatre company threesixty will wow London audiences this year with an enchanting production of C.S. Lewis’ classic tale. Held in the state-of-the-art rainproof theatre tent in the heart of the picturesque Kensington Gardens, this dazzling performance will feature spellbinding video installations and breathtaking puppetry guaranteed to bring the story of Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy to life as never before. Adapted for the stage by directors Rupert Goold and Michael Fentiman, we think this is the perfect summer treat for all the family.
Duke of York’s Theatre, 11 May – 04 August
Heading to the Duke of York’s Theatre as part of the Royal Court’s West End Season, Posh written by Laura Wade promises London audiences an evening of decadence, debauchery and raucous laughter. Inspired by David Cameron’s previous pals from Oxford’s debonair and dastardly Bullingdon Club, Posh tells the tale of the young gents of ‘The Riot Club’ and their antics at their latest meeting. But, this isn’t just a good old knees-up, there’s revolution in the air… We agree with The Times’ description of this new London show, calling it ‘Lively, funny and wickedly timely.’ Perfect for an indulgent summer evening.
Chariots Of Fire
Gielgud Theatre, 22 June – 10 November
What better way to commemorate a great year for London in 2012 than with a theatre break to see the stage adaptation of the 80s classic film, Chariots Of Fire. Currently taking the Hampstead Theatre by storm, Chariots Of Fire transfers to the West End’s Gielgud Theatre from 22nd June. Featuring the classic Vangelis score, this phenomenal production tells the story of a pair of British runners who overcame prejudice to compete in the 1924 Paris Olympics. In an inspirational year for the nation we think this will bring a tear to the eye of every proud British theatre-goer this summer.
Which of these new shows are you hoping to see this summer? Will you be planning a trip to Theatreland during the Olympic Games? Contact SuperBreak if your looking for a hotel in London while visiting one of the events!