Theater in many parts of the world could mean the “movies” but London Theater gives you the real thing with no cuts – just plain, raw acting at its best.  Curtain!

London has well preserved most of its vintage culture notwithstanding the high level of modernity the Londoners are enjoying.  The preservation of London theaters has in a great deal housed world class opera talents acting out their crafts in the field of drama, comedy, and musicals adapted from legendary plays like Cinderella, Phantom of the Opera, The Glass Menagerie, and a lot more.  This makes a London theater a great place to visit as well.

If you’re excited to see a London theater show, you’ll never miss out on London theaters that are dotted everywhere in the city.  A London theater has seating arrangements sometimes reaching up to four levels namely: the galaxy, upper circle, circle, and stalls.  The galaxy may relate to the balcony in movie theaters but it’s the topmost and farthest balcony facing the stage offering a top view and seats are arranged in semi-circle.  The upper circle is located lower of the galaxy and beneath these seats is the circle (referred to in some London theaters as the Dress circle), which is the lowest balcony.  The stalls seats are spread across on the floor plan.  London theaters may differ in seating arrangements.

London theaters located on the West End are Wyndham’s Theater (which opens on January 3, 2007 and closes on April 14, 2007 showing “The History Boys”), Trafalgar Studious (shows “Bash” starting on January 10, 2007 until February 3, 2007), Almeida Theater (will show “There Came a Gypsy Riding on these dates January 18 – March 3, 2007), Apollo Theater (shows “The Glass Menagerie” from February 13 – May 19, 2007), Donmar Warehouse (shows John Gabriel Borkman on February 15 – April 14, 2007), Gielgud Theater (shows “Equus” on February 27 – June 9, 2007), and Theater Royal Haymarket (shows “The Lady from Dubuque” from March 15 until further notice).

There many more shows scheduled in several other theaters but for the purpose of discussion, let’s have a little preview of some of the shows mentioned to give a picture of a London Theater.  “The Glass Menagerie” written by Tennessee Williams, will star Jessica Lange and directed by Rupert Goold.  Jessica Lange starred in Bill Kenwright’s 2005 Broadway production bearing the same title.   “The Glass Menagerie” is set in 1930’s in St. Louis and relates the story of the Wingfield family and the rocky relationship accompanied by aging, a domineering mother and her frail daughter.  Depending on the production budget, the settings are likely portrayed in extravagant or experimental props.

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