Musicals of the Night at the Barbican Theatre

Musicals of the Night is a concert style show at the Barbican Hall theatre on Saturday 29th December starting at seven thirty pm.

They promise an exciting new line-up of West End and Broadway show-stopping songs and have gathered enough stars from London’s West End to make a big night out of it.

The musicals from which songs have been selected include:

Mary Poppins
The Phantom of the Opera
Love Never Dies
South Pacific
Mamma Mia!
Jersey Boys

with glittering stars from London’s West End

London Concert Orchestra
David Shrubsole conductor
Celia Graham
Melanie La Barrie
Matthew Cammelle
Tim Howar.

Musicals of The Night takes places a part of the Raymond Gubbay Christmas Festival which begins at the Royal Albert Hall earlier in December and continues at the Barbican Arts Centre where they also present HMS Pinafore on the 27th December and  Music & Dance from the Ballet on New Year’s Eve 31 December 2012.

Music & Dance from the Ballet on New Year’s Eve

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The New Year’s Eve Ballet show is at Two Thirty in the afternoon at  the Barbican Hall and looks a bit like this:

Stunning music and beautifully performed dance from some of the most loved ballets of all time.

London Concert Orchestra
Benjamin Pope conductor
Artists from The Russian State Ballet of Siberia

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Dinner Dance London Theatre Breaks 2 days by coach

Dinner and Dance Theatre Breaks

Popular with people choosing theatre breaks to London to see musicals or plays are the packages that also include an evening dinner dance on top of the show, hotel and travel options. So how do these types of weekend breaks work? Well for example, the “London Theatre Dine & Dance 2 days – by Coach” trip has an itinerary as follows:

Day 1 – After an early morning departure from your local area, our coach will travel to central London, arriving around lunchtime/the early afternoon. On arrival, our coach will drop you at our theatre drop-off point which is nearest to your theatre where you will be able to enjoy a matinee performance of your chosen show. After your show, our coach will pick you up from the theatre drop-off point and transfer you to your hotel. Enjoy dinner in the hotel followed by an after dinner disco.

Day 2 – After breakfast, you will have some free time in London, before commencing the homeward journey during the afternoon.

That all sounds very concise but what’s happening in reality is that you are really packing in a lot of activity around a single night hotel stay in London, so you get the very best value for money in terms of fun per pound. The key here is the matinee performance for your chosen theatre show. By going straight to the theatre on arrival in London, that saves a lot of transfer travel within London and frees up the whole evening for the dinner and dance, without anybody having to rush about at all. Matinee performances are top quality with all of the cast fresh for the day, and if it’s a show you’ve seen before then there is also a chance of seeing perhaps a different star in one of the roles for a change.

Saturday Night Dinner Dance after a Matinee

Its usually a Saturday night, since all the shows have a matinee on Saturdays, but some are midweek as well. Your luggage stays safely stowed away onboard the coach while you relax and enjoy the show, then afterwards you go to the hotel and check in, freshen up and get ready for dinner. The dinner dance part means there’s a disco in the hotel in the evening so you can dance away for as long as you like and when you drop, there’s no journey home at all, your room is upstairs. Or it may be downstairs if it’s a rooftop disco I suppose.

After all that you might think it’s just a question of slinking off back to your home town after breakfast the next day but there’s no hurry to get away, in fact there’s time for a bit of a look around central London, almost another day out before rejoining the coach to travel back up the motorway.

So thats how the dine and dance 2 days by coach holidays work, I wouldn’t like to vouch for what kind of music the disco is playing, I suppose they will try to cater for whichever age groups and tastes appear to be present on the night, you know the kind of thing. This is what the package includes:

Return coach travel from your chosen local departure point – most of the UK is covered from Penzance to Prudhoe, Bangor to Bath etc etc

A ticket for a Saturday matinee performance of the West End show of your choice from our fabulous selection

Our fabulous selection of shows include Billy Elliot, Charlie &

The Bodyguard

The Bodyguard

the Chocolate Factory, Jersey Boys, Les Miserables, Let It Be, Mamma Mia, Matilda The Musical, Phantom of the Opera, Shrek The Musical, Singin In The Rain, The 39 Steps, The Bodyguard, The Lion King, The Mousetrap, The Woman In Black, Top Hat, Viva Forever, War Horse, We Will Rock You & Wicked.

Overnight stay in a twin/double bedded room* at a 4 star outer London hotel

Dinner and full English breakfast

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Les Miserables Theatre Breaks

After dinner disco in your hotel on the Saturday evening

Please note: the disco on the Saturday night will begin between 9pm and 11pm (approximately), and will only be open to adults aged 18 years old and over, and in accordance with each specific hotel’s respective company policy, i.e. children aged 17 years and under will not be permitted to enter the disco.

Here’s the link to choose the date first then the show:

And here’s the link to start at coach breaks, then pick a show, pick the London Theatre Dine & Dance 2 days – by Coach option and see which dates are available in combination with your pickup point.

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Royal Variety Show with Matilda and Bodyguard

This year’s Royal Variety Show features a small selection from the West End musicals again, and the shows to be included are Matilda and The Bodyguard.

The Bodyguard

The Bodyguard

David Walliams is hosting this year’s Royal Variety Show in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen at the Albert Hall on 19th November 2012.

The programme will be recorded and televised on ITV1 in early December, the precise date to be announced later.

The show will include excerpts from two West End shows: Matilda The Musical and the new musical opening next month The Bodyguard featuring Whitney Houston songs. The Bodyguard previews on 6th November at the Adelphi Theatre with a 5th December opening night.

Heading the bill at the Royal Variety Show are Robbie Williams, Girls Aloud, Kylie Minogue, Alicia Keys, Neil Diamond, Rod Stewart with Placido & Domingo and Katherine Jenkins singing a duet. Comedians Rhod Gilbert and Bill Bailey will also appear plus Britain’s Got Talent winners Ashleigh and Pudsey the dog.

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New Musicals for Theatre Breaks

Since the start of this year, 2011 there have been a handful of new musicals for theatre breaks opening in London. The Wizard of Oz began previews back in February with Danielle Hope starring as Dorothy, and has gone from strength to strength ever since. Expect high demand for theatre breaks and tickets around Christmas and early in the new year as families book themselves a winter treat.

With somewhat less of a fanfare, the musical Betty Blue Eyes also opened in March for a limited run and is currently extended unti at least October 2011. Betty Blue Eyes is the story of a household surviving in post World War 2 Yorkshire by raising a pig to avoid the bacon  rationing. Betty Blue Blues is in fact the name of the pig!

Ghost The Musical is the big one, just opened in June in London after try out in Manchester and a showcase at West End Live 2011. The dazzling new musical GHOST, is based on the phenomenal Oscar winning Paramount Pictures film of the same name, and features great rock music by Eurythmics writer Dave Stewart with the help of Glenn Ballard. If you only see one new musical this year, go and see Ghost

Lend Me A Tenor is an old fashioned Vaudeville style musical, which transferred from Plymouth and stars Matthew Kelly

London Tube escalators are full of adverts for The Million Dollar Quartet, a story of fame, friendship, discovery, divided loyalties, professional jealousy and incredible music as four of the music industry’s most extraordinary talents, all in their creative prime, made music together for the first and only time in their careers. A true story of the electrifying night in 1956 when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis came together to make music and ended up making history.

Rock of Ages doesn’t actually start until next month, August 2011, but we had a preview of the soft rock, 1980s style juke box musical at West End Live.

And last but by no means least, we had the opening of Shrek The Musical with Amanda Holden, a major blockbuster of a film and musical which looks set to be a favourite family choice for theatre breaks in London for many years to come.

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London Theatre Breaks Top Musicals and Plays

London Theatre Breaks

The current Musicals for theatre breaks in London

We have collated some useful facts, tips and information about London theatre breaks, starting with the most popular current West End musicals:

Avenue Q Billy Elliot Blood Brothers Chicago
Dirty Dancing Dreamboats And Petticoats Flashdance Grease
The Jersey Boys Love Never Dies Legally Blonde Les Miserables
The Lion King Mamma Mia Oliver Phantom of the Opera
Priscilla Queen of the Desert Sister Act Stomp Sweet Charity
Thriller Live We Will Rock You Wicked

And these are the biggest current plays for London Theatre breaks

The 39 Steps Birdsong The Country Girl Deathtrap
Ghost Stories The Mousetrap Onassis
War Horse When We Are Married Yes Prime Minister


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