A large range of theatres. As night falls, the musical turns into the main protagonist at the West End.

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Theatre and musicals in the West End

The mecca of musicals.

As night draws in, this is the part of London that you must visit if you fancy seeing a show. Around the Palace of Westminster, about forty theatres fan out where you can see representations of any kind. The most famous companies and actors in the whole planet have been in these rooms. The dramatic arts have meant the main cultural and entertainment focal point in this city during centuries and centuries. Even today, the West End means the epicentre for the lovers of this genre, considering that, in addition to the size of the boards, the streets acquire an artistic and cultural tone in the most refined sense of the word. All you have to do is to stop and have a drink or a coffee on Shaftesbury Avenue to see the people queuing at theatre entrances under the infinite number of billboards, illuminated by hundreds of small and bright lights, in order to feel part of a large cultural legacy. Although these shows are famous for their high prices, there is a little secret for the canny spectators: in the same area, go to Leicester Square to buy the tickets in TKTS where you'll find discounts for most of the plays.

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