Shaftesbury is one of the most popular areas in the city of London, and if you’re considering where to stay during your visit to London, we think you’ll be glad you made a choice to stay here. Leicester Square, home to Shaftesbury Avenue, is bursting with numerous theatres, making it easy for you to enjoy what the city’s famous for: its opera and theatre shows.
Consider a stay at the Shaftesbury Paddington Hotel if you want to be close to it all
1. Shakespeare’s Globe
Named after the English playwright, this theatre is dedicated to Shakespeare’s work. The Globe hosts the famous Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing show as well as workshops and post play Q&As for audiences to have a better understanding of the work that goes on in the theatre.
2. The National Theatre
Situated by the Southbank, The National Theatre presents some performances as well as backstage tours, workshops and exhibitions. The National Theatre, close to the Shaftesbury Hotel, also owns three theatres which include the Olivier, Lyttelton and the Dorfman. Favorite past performances have included Hamlet, Othello and Frankenstein.
3.The Old Vic
The Old Vic Theatre, has a rich history that dates back to the 19th The theatre was opened on the 11th May 1818. The Vic has shown and produced some plays starring exceptional British talent like Judi Dench, and due to its temporary closure in March 2013, it has been a creative space with has been turned into an art exhibition and a pop-up restaurant.
4. Lyceum Theatre
Right in the heart of London, the Lyceum Theatre is a stunning and unique building that seats 2000. What makes the space so unique is that the balcony overhangs the circle. The West End theatre is currently showing The Lion King, and this has been running since 1999. Past shows include Christ Superstar and Oklahoma. The Lion King has resonated with millions across the globe; 65 million people have seen the production. The long ongoing show has won many awards including a Tony Award for ‘Best Director of a Musical’ for Julie Taymor who made Broadway history by becoming the first woman to win such a prestigious accolade.