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BoxOfficeTheatre.com reveals top upcoming West End shows

Loved by generations both past and present, a night at the theatre leaves audiences thrilled like no other form of entertainment. Although the magic of Christmas is slowly wearing off, BoxOfficeTheatre.com has reveal ed its hot list of London’s newest shows at the West End in 2017.

T he London theatre break specialist expects seats to sell out fast as Hamilton the Musical, arguably the biggest and most anticipated new show for years, opens its curtains i n London . Following on from box office success on Broadway, this hip-hop tale of the life of American founding father, Alexander Hamilton, is set to dazzle crowds as it sets sail overseas to the renowned Victoria Palace Theatre.

 

 

Caroline Coulson, Director of BoxOffice Theatre .com said, “ The West End is home to the most creative, astounding and immersive shows across the world, with each year’s offering building on the last. 2017 is packed with exciting new musicals to discover, as well as re-inventions of the classics, forming a night out in London like no other . ”

A movie that many 20- somethings grew up with, School of Rock the Musical takes this funk filled film and transports it straight to the theatre, boasting a mixture of classic rock anthems and original music for a night of dancing ( and possiblyhead- banging ) for those who get lost to the rhythm! A new opening for 2017 that also caters to the rockers and rollers is Bat out of Hell the Musical , true theatrical indulgence in one of the most spellbinding musical genres around.

 

 

Swapping the leather and grit for showbiz and glitz, Dreamgirls the Musical is an other unmissable performance , featuring classic songs such as ‘One Night Only’ amid a backdrop of downtown Detroit in the 1960’s.

Blink and you’ll miss it , Rent the Musical celebrates it’s 20 th Anniversary, continuing its limited run throughout January at St James Theatre – fans of this iconic musical or those that are yet to discover it must act fast to grab the last of the ticket s to this ground-breaking show.

 

 

BoxOfficeTheatre.com is a unique platform for anyone planning a night at the theatre in 2017, offering hotel bookings and restaurant reservations alongside  show tickets as part of its premium service. Perfect for battling the January Blues, you can find out more about thes e new openings and book ticket s to all West End Shows at www.boxofficetheatre.com

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Unmissable upcoming London concerts in September

This fall in London is going to rock! Ticket Select London and Travelguidelondon have prepared a list of the most amazing shows that are going to take place at the nicest of London’s venues. Don’t miss the hottest music events!

Learn about the top rocking concerts coming up this autumn.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

September, 06, 7:00 PM, O2 Academy Brixton

A rare chance to meet the former Oasis guitarist on one of the biggest stages of London. Gallaher released his first solo album in 2015 and presented his listeners with the tracks uniquely sounding in their soft rock style.

Billy Joel

Billy Joel

September, 10, 4:30 PM, Wembley Stadium

September, 10, 7:00 PM, Wembley Stadium

The outstanding songwriter known for his inimitable approach to piano rock. One of Joel’s last work “Moving Out” (2002) for three years had the status of a box-office success on Broadway.

Belle & Sebastian

Belle & Sebastian

September, 11, 11:57 PM, Dartmouth Field

The celebrated indie-rock musicians from Glasgow is on the tour again. The group of seven pieces was breastfed with a mixture of pop-rock and folk-rock coming from the ‘60s. Stuart Murdoch is the leading guitarist, frontman and spiritual leader of the group.

Noah Guthrie

Noah Guthrie

September, 14, 7:30 PM, Bush Hall

Noah’s musical career was set in 2012 after his cover song “Sexy And I Know It” (originally written by LMFAO) became viral on YouTube. The first completed album by Noah saw the world in 2013. The funds for it were raised with the use of Indiegogo, and the final sum totalled to twice of what had been pledged.

Sundara Karma

Sundara Karma

September, 16, 7:00 PM, Heaven

The origins of “Beautiful” Karma go back to a small city named Reading. Their music charged with inner brightness is a stunning finding for ears virgin of the psychedelic indie style. The band is growing in popularity among admirers of a chilling and plangent sound.

Milburn

Milburn

September, 23, 7:00 PM, KOKO

Milburn’s music represents a charming mix of aggressive riffs, raw tones and youthfulness of modern ska. The band made a decision to break up in 2008, although, in the end, the desire to explore musical horizons won, that’s why Milburn is still alive and kicking.

Hot Dub Time Machine

Hot Dub Time Machine

September, 23, 9:00 PM, O2 Forum Kentish Town

Listeners of HDTM claim they can dance all night long while travelling through the weird spirals of mashed-up music history. HDTM’s loud, garish, loaded with audio-visual awesomeness appearance is just what dub party fanciers need.

David Gilmour

David Gilmour

September, 23, 7:45 PM, Royal Albert Hall

September, 25, 7:45 PM, Royal Albert Hall

September, 28, 7:45 PM, Royal Albert Hall

This former guitarist of the legendary band Pink Floyd continues his solo career, bringing to the fans masterpieces written in “that Gilmour’s” progressive style. His solo discography now comprises 4 fully accomplished albums, and last year’s “Rattle That Lock” has already received the Gold UK certification.

McFly

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September, 26, 7:00 PM, O2 Forum Kentish Town

September, 27, 7:00 PM, O2 Forum Kentish Town

September, 28, 7:00 PM, O2 Forum Kentish Town

The band was originated in London and today is considered one of the worthiest Britpop rock’s successors. Rich and sonorous, McFly’s songs are warming the hearts of thousands of admirers the world over.

Red Fang

Red Fang

September, 27, 7:00 PM, KOKO

Red Fang is a widely celebrated hard rock and stoner rock band. The four guys come right from the era when metal could shatter teeth – and their crushing riffs still can do this.

It seems, the loudest venues of London will be crammed with music fans during the following month. A multicolour mix of classical, progressive, folk, electronic and just weird music is going to enliven the city – and gather together many enthusiastic souls at the groupie-packed live performances. Do you want to become a part of this amazing time? TicketSelect.co.uk can help to make your dream come true! Buy tickets online and get unforgettable impressions.

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The Secret To Gaining Entry Into London’s Best Clubs

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How to Become a VIP

London’s clubs are difficult to get into if you turn up on the night – but you can guarantee entry by booking ahead.

London is famed all over the world for its nightlife, and you’ll see pictures of celebrities leaving the capital’s clubs in the gossip pages of newspapers all over the world. It’s because of their superstar reputation that clubs in the city are becoming increasingly harder to make your way into – no matter how you try to bribe the bouncers. To put it simply, if your name’s not down you’re not coming in! So how can you ensure you get into the club of your choice?

Times are Changing

The air of exclusivity surrounding London’s club scene is down to a few different factors. Firstly, there are far fewer clubs in the city than there were a decade ago, yet more and more revellers are hitting them on a night out. So naturally, some of those clubs have had to be very selective about who they let in. This has led to lots of competition between the top nightclubs in the capital, each of whom want to be known as the hottest place in town.

London’s superstar reputation also plays a part. With the rich and famous putting these clubs on the map, they obviously want to build on that good reputation. That means only admitting the right kind of crowd – and many clubs have a strict dress code. This as well as only admitting pre-booked guests means that getting into the best clubs in town can be a tricky process.

The Hottest Clubs in Town

So what are the most exclusive clubs in London at the moment? With so many new venues opening, it can be difficult to keep track of which ones are the best.

First up is Tape, which has been described as ‘game-changing’ by those in the industry. To see what all the fuss is about, secure yourself a Tape table booking.

Next on your list should be Bonbonniere, a favourite of supermodel Jourdan Dunn and rapper Tinie Tempah. This club has only been open for 18 months, but has established itself as one of the best in the city. Planning ahead and getting a Bonbonniere table booking will guarantee you entry into the club.

Last but not least is Drama, the successor to the famous Whisky Mist Club. To say it had big boots to fill is putting it mildly, but it’s more than lived up to expectations with its unique atmosphere and eclectic music selection. A Drama table booking means that you’ll be able to enjoy all that the club has to offer without queuing for entry and being turned away at the door.

A Bit of Forward Planning and You’re All Set

Once you’ve got your name on the guest list or booked a table, it’s time to plan your epic night out in the capital. Whether you’re staying at one club or sampling a few, planning ahead means that you’re guaranteed entry and all the perks of being a VIP guest. You’ll need to dress to impress too of course – you’ll be rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous after all. So wherever you’re planning to go, make your night out run smoothly by booking ahead. You’ll thank yourself for it later on!

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Adrenalin filled Omescape live escape games rooms to launch in London

Gaming fans and adrenalin buffs are invited to find clues, solve puzzles and escape in 60 minutes or less as the original and best Omescape escape rooms game hits London. Pitting players against interactive rooms, the live escape game has taken gaming to a whole new level since its inception. With its launch in the UK, it is now set to capture the imagination of the British people and challenge fans to a high octane fight for survival like never before.

The first live action escape game to be established in Asia, Omescape has gone on to be one of the most successful and well-respected live interactive games in the world. Featuring professionally designed puzzles and high tech props, Omescape is an exhilarating, high-stakes challenge which takes escaping to a whole new level.

Now boasting branches across the United States, Canada, Thailand, Australia and France, it offers three of its best games in the all new London location. Each requiring teamwork and stamina, Joker’s Asylum, The Penitentiary and Biohazard Laboratory are all designed to test players’ abilities and challenge their way of thinking.

Jack W, Co-founder of Omescape London said, “We’re really excited by the launch of Omescape in the UK. With branches all over the world, it was only a matter of time before we introduced escape rooms in London. Having already proven to be a hit with people in all our other locations, we are sure that the British public will love the unique nature just as much. We bring three of our best games with us to London, to capture the imagination of the players and get them to test their mettle against live gaming in exciting new ways.”

 

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Taking the world by storm, Omescape was the first game of its kind to be covered by the Wall Street Journal in 2013. Encouraging players to think inside the box, the game pits players against ‘the room’ in a bid to solve the riddles in order to escape. The expertly designed escape games in London are designed to challenge and push players to think differently. Truly immersing them into the games thanks to high quality production and automated rooms controlled by a central system, the games are great for people of all ages.

 

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Boasting film-like sets, Omescape is popular for team building days, birthdays and hen and stag parties, while also providing a unique addition to a traditional days out. Having established itself as a leader in the industry the world over, Omescape has used its uniqueness to its advantage. Located on Carnegie Street, just a 10 minute walk from King’s Cross Station, the escape innovation is already proving to be a hit with visitors and amassing a cult following. With a 4.5 out of 5 rating on TripAdvisor already, the intriguing and interactive game is set to revolutionise gaming in the capital.

To find out more about Omescape or to book your escape, visit the website: https://omescapelondon.co.uk/

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Visit Covent Garden in London’s West End

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Covent Garden has a long and interesting past. It once belonged to Westminster Abbey. It was the 4th Earl of Bedford that redeveloped what was then the Covent Garden Market in 1630. Once the largest market for fruit and vegetables in Britain, it occupied several of the buildings and covered the entire square. Today it would be difficult for a time traveler to recognize it as there has been a myriad of changes.

Sights to See in Covent Garden

Tourists to the area can visit such attractions as a backstage tour of the Royal Opera House. You will get a peek at the busiest ballet and opera theatre worldwide. You will learn about recent developments as well as the history of the building. Take the kids to London’s Transport Museum. You can explore the tubes, trams, buses and two hundred years of social and transport history of London.

The National Museum of the Performing Arts is smack dab in the middle of London’s Theatreland. It contains the most important and largest collections associated to the stage of the United Kingdom. Visitors may also want to check out Sir John Soane’s Museum, Photographer’s Gallery and St. Paul’s Church.

The National Gallery is a highlight of Covent Gardens with its more than 2200 painting ranging from 13th Century artists to painting of the 20th Century artist Picasso. Somerset House is a masterpiece of architecture that is opened fully to the public. A visit to the National Portrait Gallery gives guests a glimpse of some of the most famous people in British history including such luminaries as astronomers, explorers, artists, sportsmen, British royalty, poets and actresses.

Sizzle After Dark

An eclectic mix of clubs and pubs that caters to every taste is what you will find when you are in Covent Gardens. Huge bars filled with glamour and history, supper clubs and restaurants are all waiting for visitors to go out for a night on the town. If you are in the mood for live music you can find it and if you are looking for a private corner to kiss and canoodle you can find a place for that too.

Covent Garden is located in the West End considered to be the “heart of Theatreland.” Here is where you can see a variety of world famous shows at any of the many theatres. See such shows as Dirty Dancing, Buddy, Billy Elliot and Flamenco Flamen’ka at theatres that include Victoria Palace Theatre, Aldwych Theatre, the Lyric Theatre and the Savoy.

So Much to Do so Little Time

Shopping, dining, people watching, culture, arts and so much more await visitors to Covent Gardens. There are also a variety of accommodation options so that you have even more time to explore all there is to see and do in Covent Gardens in London’s West End. No matter where your interests lie, you will find the perfect entertainment to suit your mood and budget. Check the website www.covent-garden.co.uk/ and come to Covent Garden and become part of the excitement.

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Legendary Shaolin Monks Come To London Ahead of Theatre Show

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Following their globally acclaimed ‘Wheel of Life’ and ‘Kung Fu Masters’ tours, the phenomenal Shaolin Monks return to London with an outstanding new show simply titled SHAOLIN.

Twenty Shaolin monks will take to the stage to demonstrate their martial arts expertise in an awe-inspiring performance.  

Direct from the fabled Shaolin temple in the foothills of the Song Shang mountain range in China’s Henan province The Shaolin Monks will make an exciting return to London to demonstrate their authentic martial arts expertise.

SHAOLIN is the ultimate display of theatre and physical prowess. The twenty-member cast perform incredible “superhuman” feats. The show combines traditional Shaolin Kung Fu, inch perfect choreography with dramatic lighting and sound that evokes the spirit of their traditions in one breathtaking performance.

The Shaolin Temple is the birthplace of Kung Fu.  These are the very best Shaolin Kung Fu experts on the planet and they have come together to create a show that will eclipse any previous performances audiences have ever seen.  

The show will take audiences on an intrepid journey through the mystical history of this ancient martial art and demonstrate the beautiful movements of Chi with spectacular weapons and combat demonstrations.

Depicting the history, philosophy and story of the Shaolin Monks in an authentic and spectacular performance, SHAOLIN will vividly illustrate the rarely-seen Kung Fu masters’ feats of agility strength and skill, using Buddhist Meditation and rigorous martial arts training.

 The Shaolin Monks are the ultimate masters of Kung Fu: Buddhist soldier monks who have refined defensive martial arts over a period of fifteen centuries to a rare and spectacular point of perfection. SHAOLIN showcases the near-miraculous feats of physical endurance, which are the outward expressions of an inner peace, harmony and iron will.

The Shaolin Monks are lifted aloft on sharpened spears, break marble slabs with their heads, perform handstands on two finger tips, splinter wooden staves with their bodies, break bricks on their heads and fly through the air in a series of incredible back flips.

An extravaganza, with impressive backdrops, dramatic music, and stunning production, SHAOLIN will combine the rich vocabulary of the Chinese theatre, the traditional iconography of oriental Buddhism and the technical sophistication of the contemporary music arena. But at its heart are the awe-inspiring skills of the monks themselves.

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Regeneration City Blues exhibition at Seven Dials London

Regeneration City Blues pop-up that launches in Seven Dials on the 13th August until 31st August.

Jane Palm-Gold juxtaposes a celebration of the musical and creative cacophony of late 20th century London with the threat of its imminent silencing under the pile-driver of urban regeneration and corporate redevelopment.

Admission: Free

Where: 55 Neal Street, Seven Dials, London, WC2H 9PJ

The Show: The exhibition explores the musical and subcultural milieu of London after the explosive coming-of-age of popular music in the early 1960’s and the contrast with today’s trend towards urban regeneration driven by multinational development corporations. Today, the older eating and drinking places, independent fashion markets, music related shops and businesses – locals that once incubated the likes of Rolling Stones, David Bowie and the Sex Pistols – are being squeezed out. Soaring land values producing a homogenised wasteland of brands and luxury apartments are threatening originality and vibrant, unpredictable ‘scenes’. ‘Sense of place’ is teetering on the edge of obliteration.

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St Martin’s Courtyard’s Open Air Comedy Night Announced

One night of free live comedy in St Martin’s open air Courtyard St Martin’s Courtyard is proud to  present the first free live al-­‐fresco comedy night in the heart of Covent Garden. Located just off Long Acre, the courtyard will be transformed into an open-­‐air comedy club  showcasing the sharpest comedic talent from across the country. For one night only a stage and 150
theatre style seats will pop-­‐up for an evening of belly aching comedy.

 

Aisling Bea

Aisling Bea

 

‘Comedy in the Courtyard’ will take place on Thursday 30th July starting at 7:30pm with a stellar line up including one of  the fastest rising stars in the UK comedy circuit, British comedian and actor Joel Dommett. The fantastically charming radio  DJ and comedian Justin Moorhouse from Phoenix Nights and finally the incredibly funny and fearless Irish headliner, Aisling Bea, who has regular spots on Russell Howard’s Good News, McIntyre’s Roadshow, Live at the Apollo and starred in the award winning sketch show, Cardinal Burns.

Hosting the evening will be the commanding compere Chris Gilbert, a veteran of five National Comedy Tours for the RAF in  addition to hosting events for Ricky Gervais, Michael McIntyre and Tim Vine.

 

Justin Moorhouse

Justin Moorhouse

 

Tickets are free and available online at www.StMartinsCourtyard.co.uk through an online ballot. Winners will be contacted one week prior to the event and the ticket entitles the holder and a plus one, to a seat in the courtyard. If you’re not one of  the lucky ones to win a pair of tickets, don’t panic – a small allocation will be available on a first come, first served  basis from 6:30pm on the night. Heckling is guaranteed for late arrivals!

Tell us your best joke on Twitter and Facebook for the chance to win a pair of VIP tickets. We have 70 pairs of tickets to  give away and 5 pairs of VIP tickets.

 

Joel Dommett

Joel Dommett

 

Italian wine bar Dalla Terra will be offering a selection of delicious wine & bubbles to purchase throughout the evening at t heir pop-­‐up bar with a larger selection available in house.

For your chance to win a pair of VIP tickets to the evening, follow St Martin’s Courtyard on twitter @SMCCoventGarden and  keep checking the website for more information, giveaways and opportunities to win.

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Seven Dials’ upcoming Spotlight open air free music, arts and culture festival in London

Seven Dials, London’s go to fashion, lifestyle and restaurant destination announces the date for Spotlight, a free one-­‐day festival of arts, music and culture. On Saturday 15th August, 12 noon until 7pm the area will be transformed in to a traffic free alfresco hot spot celebrating arts and entertainment.

The open-­‐air stage will be positioned next to the Seven Dials monument, showcasing an impressive line-­‐up of theatre, dance, comedy and
music performances. Visitors can enjoy the pop-­‐up lawn around the Dial complete with deck chairs and garden games.

 

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In between the performances, shop the selection of independent boutiques and flagship stores to discover a series of indoor and outdoor promotions
and activities. Refuel at one of the many top restaurants, bars and cafes, including Tredwell’s, Kopapa, Earlham Street Clubhouse and Homeslice
to name a few.

Earlham Street will be transformed into a foodie’s paradise, lined with some of your favourite street vendors and Seven Dials bars and restaurants,
offering a selection of vibrant street food.

Don’t forget to SAVE THE DATE and put it in your diary for the perfect day out with family and friends.

Head to SevenDials.co.uk for more up to date information.

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TheatreBreaks.com’s six West End musicals bringing back swinging sixties

TheatreBreaks.com is rolling back the years and conjuring up the spirit of 1960’s London, with a series of ticket and hotel packages for six West End musicals that, between them, feature over 200 songs from the Swinging Sixties.

The 60’s is probably one of the best loved musical eras and, with many bands and iconic tunes currently celebrating their 50thanniversary, it is no surprise that there are plenty of opportunities to experience the sights and sounds of Swinging London!

 

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Currently there are five shows in London with 60’s roots: Jersey Boys , Let It Be , Sunny Afternoon , Beautiful and The Commitments (although The Commitments is set later, most of the music is still unashamedly 60’s).

Theatre Breaks has also just announced that short breaks are also now on sale for the Broadway smash hit musical Motown – the musical which opens in February 2016. It tells the fascinating story of how Berry Gordy created the sound of Motown and, not only influenced the music industry, but also crossed political and racial divides, to bring people together in music.

 

Swinging Sixties

 

The 60’s and its music helped form the world we now live in, so I am so excited that visitors can now come to London and get such a taste of that decade: its music, what it celebrated and what it stood for!” says Simon Harding of TheatreBreaks.com

Personally, I was only born in the 60’s so I didn’t know much about it at the time, but the fabulous music from these shows has always been part of my life.   “Stop in the Name of Love” and “Nowhere to Run” on the Tamla Motown label and the Beatles’ “Ticket To Ride” were in the charts in the UK the week I was born and, coincidentally, it was the same week that The Kinks’ Davies brothers had their famous falling out in Cardiff which ended in the drummer knocking out Dave!

 

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Theatre and hotel packages start at less than £100 per person including top price ticket and accommodation based on two people sharing a twin or double room and Theatre Breaks offers discounts on optional rail travel too, so it doesn’t cost the earth to get to London either!

Further information on Theatre Breaks’ Swinging Sixties Packages is at http://www.theatrebreaks.com/blog/london-musicals-with-songs-from-the-60s

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