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London theatre: back to the classics

London’s theatre scene is bursting with dozens of world-class productions. These performances are called ‘classics’ for a reason, so check out our guide below and book yourself the best seat in the house.

 

Long time coming

Agatha Christie’s murder-mystery The Mousetrap is the world’s longest-running play, with its first performance more than 60 years ago. It’s currently showing at St. Martin’s Theatre in Covent Garden and despite more than 26,000 shows under its belt, it’s still going strong. Join the quest to find the elusive murderer in this classic whodunit.

 

To be or not to be

See a range of Shakespeare’s finest plays at the open-air Globe Theatre throughout the summer season. The original straw thatched-roof venue first opened in 1599 and staged some of the greatest Shakespearean tales, such as Macbeth, Midsummer’s Night Dream and Taming of the Shrew. From as little as £5 for a standing ticket, you can enjoy some of the best classical British theatre, and you can also get a behind-the-scenes feel for the Globe with the on-site exhibition and theatre tour, where you’ll hear all the 17th-century stories of this famed venue.

 

Not so miserable

Now celebrating its 30th year, see one of the world’s most iconic and longest-running musicals in the West End. Les Misérables, at London Queen’s Theatre, is based on the classic novel by Victor Hugo set in early 19th-century France, and the storyline follows many characters struggling for redemption and revolution. Book your seats for a night of emotional entertainment, and experience this legendary production on your next trip to London.

 

Open up more

Embrace the beautiful outdoors in a lovely London landmark at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. This summer-in-the-city fixture offers a stunning backdrop to a range of performances running from May through to September. Whether you’re after Shakespeare, comedy or drama, there’s plenty to see and do with rotating shows every season. Enjoy theatre under the stars in this natural setting.

 

World class

Established in 1818, the Old Vic theatre features some of the most acclaimed productions in the UK. The historic Grade II-listed venue has hosted some of the biggest names in the industry, such as James McAvoy, Kevin Spacey and Lindsay Lohan. Make a night of it by dropping into Mark’s Bar for a pre-show cocktail or post-show glass of wine – it’s open until 2am on Thursday – Saturday.

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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre © iStock:godrick

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