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Pre-Theatre Restaurant Recommendations

16 March 2014 - 06:14 PM

I thought it might be a good idea to start up a board where everyone can suggest good restaurants ideal for dining at prior to going to see a show. I know, being a regular theatre-goer who travels to London frequently to see musicals, that it can sometimes be difficult to choose a restaurant out of the countless amount in the city for dining that is within close proximity of the theatre you are going to, and so this was my solution where I hope we can all share our experiences and recommendations.

A couple that I can recommend from previous experience:

Strada (Tavistock Street) - Located just off the Strand and just along the road from the Lyceum Theatre, this Italian restaurant would be ideal for The Lion King, Mamma Mia! and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I have been here on two occasions and ordered the same meal; their Margherita pizza is simply the best I have ever tasted!

Jamie's Italian (Upper St. Martin's Lane) - Just round the corner, this is perfect for a family meal before seeing Matilda. The spaghetti bolognese from here is a firm favourite but I also highly recommend the sausage pappardelle for something a little different.

I know these two restaurants are not unique to London but I thought I would share them nonetheless.  This year I am seeing Les Mis (2nd time seeing, the last time I dined at a lovely Italian called Little Sicily down Rupert's Street which has sadly closed) and Miss Saigon so any suggestions for restaurants near the theatres would be great. And, of course, for any other show too!

Musical Theatre Goers

13 November 2013 - 09:46 PM

I do apologise that this coincides with another survey that is going on that is of a similar theme. As part of my college course we need to do a project on our chosen subject (mine is musical theatre and its trends/nature) and so I have had to construct a survey as part of it to analyse in a report. I would really appreciate it if you could take 5 minutes to complete the survey below as it forms an important part of my grade for my course.


Survey Link:

War Horse Live Cinema Screening

09 October 2013 - 08:29 PM

The London production of War Horse is to be screened live to cinemas around the world on the 27th Febraury 2014.

Although there are vebues still to be announced, there is a map of the ones that have already been confirmed here:


London Box Office Grosses?

20 June 2013 - 03:23 PM

There may be a very simple answer to this, but I'm curious as to why there isn't a public record of the London West End Box Office grosses like there is for Broadway on Broadwayworld.com?

I find it really interesting comparing the various shows and their performances and you can clearly see which shows are selling the most seats.

Views On Going To The Stage Door

06 June 2013 - 05:18 PM

I saw this topic on a different forum a while back and was just interested to hear everyone's views on it here. What does everyone think about "stage dooring"?

I know there are plenty of people who enjoy going to the stage door after a show to meet and greet the actors, have merchandise signed and have their photos taken with the cast. But there are also people who frown upon it and think "these actors are complete strangers to you and I, why would you want to invade their privacy and get your photo taken with them?".

Personally, I only go to the stage door to meet specific cast members who have particularly moved or "wowed" me with their performance or because they are my favourite actor. I have only done it on two occasions. I don't see anything wrong with it so long as people respect the actors involved and understand that they may not want their photo taken or are sometimes in a rush to be elsewhere after the show. I see it as a priveledge; these actors don't have to stop and take the time to speak to individuals but they do and I think that's really nice of them and shows they appreciate the support.