Sep 182010

Do you like to see a good old fashioned play on the London stage with a proper plot, serious actors not TV stars and a playscript that makes you think, fear, jump in surprise and maybe even laugh? Theatre breaks in London don’t have be just for musicals, there are a number of very good plays on in the West End at any time of year, but the autumn season is particularly good for theatre breaks to see plays. The main difference to booking musicals theatre breaks  is that the plays do tend to be on for much shorter runs. So unless you want to see Mousetrap again, and why wouldn’t you, then you might need to hear about a good play that’s on now, and book it with a hotel break for maybe next month or sometime within a medium timespan when you know the play will still be running. Otherwise you just keep on missing the best ones because they close after about twelve weeks or something like that.

For example, just arrived in London is a play called Deathtrap which is a big production with four great actors and a fantastic set, a proven playscript because it’s been on before in Broadway for a very long run as it happens, and in London once before in the 1980s. But if you want to book theatre breaks to see Deathtrap then you would need to have a date in mind that is before 22nd of January,  2011. That may seem a long way away, but once you start thinking about Christmas and New Year theatre breaks , the time has been and gone!

Simon Russel Beale is in Deathtrap

Deathtrap is one of the bigger productions but there are some others coming up for short runs as well.

The Arthur Miller play – “All My Sons” finished on 2nd October 2010

Season’s Greeting by Alan Ayckbourn starring Catherine Tate opens on December 8th 2010

Top tip for 2011 drama theatre breaks will be Blithe Spirit, a Noel Coward comedy starring Ruthie Henshall and others.

But if you want to see a Noel Coward before next year then Design For Living is on at the Old Vic until November 27th 2010.

Yes Prime Minister is a comedy play based on the TV series but brought up to date for Gielgud Theatre which opened on 16th September 2010 booking through til 15th January 2011. This would be a good bet for theatre breaks in London too.

And if you prefer Oscar Wilde, then “An Ideal Husband” is at the Vaudeville Theatre from 4th November 2010 to 19th February 2011

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