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London’s West End offers some of the best, original and most popular musicals in the world. From the longest standing musical of all time (Les Misérables) to a classic film adaptation (Dirty Dancing), from a musical inspired by Queen (We Will Rock You) to a musical inspired by Abba (Mamma Mia), the West End literally has a show on offer to suit every taste and  generation.

With the increasing participation of celebrity personalities in London shows, including Blue’s Duncan James in Legally Blonde and Rowan Atkinson in Oliver!, contemporary Musical performances have a lot more to offer compared to traditional musical theatre. Additionally, thanks to the encouragement of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s reality TV shows to find the leading roles for top West End shows, including Joseph, the Sound Of Music and his current search for Dorothy and Toto, Wizard of Oz tickets and tickets for other musicals in London’s West End have become increasingly popular.

A trip to the West End can be a night of glamour and romance; one thing a theatre trip isn’t (and is commonly mistaken for!) is expensive. A ticket to London’s top West End shows can range from under £20 to a much more pricey £80. However, with a bit of organisation and compromise you can save money on the show you want to see and get more than the ticket you paid for. Listed below are 3 tips to avoid paying the top end prices.

1. On-line retailers such as lastminute.com and uktickets.co.uk are a great resource for cheap London theatre tickets. Going with one of the leading online travel and leisure retailers, it’s a good start to finding cheap tickets to the theatre in the West End. Look out for tickets that include a pre-theatre supper at participating restaurants!

2. Are you under 26? The Arts Council England are offering young people FREE (yes free!) tickets to theatres all over London. Launched in 2009, A Night Less Ordinary is a scheme that offers thousands of free theatre tickets to anyone under 26 for all sorts of theatre events including comedy, tragedies, musical theatre, dance, modern mime, plays, circus and much more. Check out http://www.anightlessordinary.org.uk to check what is on at your local participating theatre.

3. Theatre ticket booths are located on every corner in London’s Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and Covent Garden. Very often, the best seats in the theatre are reserved for these ticket booths – if seats are still available on the day (very often the case) the tickets are sold at a substantially discounted rate! If you are happy to risk not seeing your first choice of show, then ‘just turning up’ on the day can be the cheapest way if you want a (near) front row seat.

I hope these help, if you have any other ideas on how to get cheap theatre tickets in London then share the wealth 🙂

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The East End Film Festival showcases new talent and homegrown films alongside larger independent releases and special events, informing and inspiring a new generation of filmmakers and audiences from across London and beyond, and raising the profile of this vibrant and diverse area – London’s East End. The Festival is taking place form the 22nd to the 30th April

There is loads going on at this years East End Film Festival, below are some of the free highlights of the event:

Local(eyes) Installation

Spitalfields Market, Daily 23-30 April, 10am – 6pm – FREE

Running (or cycling!) for the duration of the festival, a specially commissioned interactive film installation Local(eyes) shows us East London’s streets from the perspective of a cyclist. Pedal powered projection takes you on a journey through the streets of East London allowing you to share the view of local artist and keen cyclist Mila Lipowicz.

A Riot of our Own Exhibition

Vibe Gallery, Saturday 23 – Friday 30 April, Daily 12pm – 6pm – FREE

‘A Riot of Our Own’ is the feature exhibition of the East End Film Festival. ‘A Riot Of Our Own’ revisits the energy of the Rock Against Racism (RAR) Movement, 1976-1981. The movement based its operations in the East End. It was a collection of black and white political activists, reggae and punk musicians, artists, graphic designers, photographers, actors, writers, fashion designers, and fans who came together to pool their energies and talents in the fight against the growth of racism and the National Front

Silent Cinema: The Lodger + Minima

Spitalfields Market, Saturday 24 April, 8pm -FREE

Wrap up and join us for the free outdoor screening event of the year. After last year’s amazing silent screening of Nosferatu, the East End Film Festival returns once again to Spitalfields Market with acclaimed soundtrackers Minima performing a live accompaniment to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1927 silent film The Lodger. One not to miss!

Cinema Sirens Pop-up Hair Salon

Courtesy of Hair & Jerome and Leons Restaurant (3 Crispin Place, Spitalfields), Saturday 24 April, 5–9pm – FREE

Throughout the screening of The Lodger, East End’s finest award-winning boutique hair salon, Hair & Jerome will be on hand to work their artistry on your tresses in our free pop-up hair salon hosted by Leons Restaurant. Just pop into Leons Restaurant from 5pm for your free session

Heritage Film Trail launch event and premiere screening

26th – 30th April – 18.00 until closing FREE

Compiled from over 30 thirty years of photographs, East End Heritage by Phil Maxwell and Hazuam Hashim is a beautiful visual document of the lives and changes that have occurred in the meeting places, houses, streets and communities of East London over the last thirty years.

This event kick starts at the Waterpoet pub on the Heritage Pub Trail taking place in ten of East London’s oldest and best public houses:

The Waterpoet, Kings Stores, The Gun, The Golden Heart, The Ten Bells, The Princess Alice, INDO, The Grave Maurice, The Blind Beggar and The White Hart

Palimpsests

Four Corners Gallery, Wednesday 28 April, 6:45pm – FREE

Lara Saxby-Soria’s practice embraces a cross-disciplinary approach, which includes photography, sculpture and most predominantly film & video installation. Her installations attempt to engage the medium of film as a physical presence.

‘Give’ & ‘Take’ at the East End Film Festival – FREE

Old Spitalfields Market, Daily Mon 26 – Wed 28th April 2010

The latest craze to hit the streets comes to Spitalfields courtesy of The East End Film Festival.  Cinephiles, Spitalfields regulars, budding artists and eager bargain-seekers are invited to bring along their unwanted clobber from 4-6pm, then be ready at 6pm sharp to rummage through the array of treasures and waltz away with a handful of FREE goodies (yes, your money is no good here). It’s that simple. First come first served, every man for himself!

For mor Information on the East End Film Feastival plkease visit www.eastendfilmfestival.com

Next Friday, The Gallery Cafe in Bethnal Green are launching a brand new monthly night dedicated to country, Americana, bluegrass, roots and rockabilly.

Once a month on a Friday, four of Londons finest Americana acts, as well as playlists of traditional and contemporary country tunes will play throughout the venue .

Entry is free and starts at 7.30pm.

This month’s line-up consists of Old timey bluegrass from the Union Canal String Band, The Green Rock River Band, The Ramshackle Union Band and J.D Smith.

For more details visit http://www.stmargaretshouse.org.uk or call 020 8983 3624

The Gallery Cafe is located at St. Margaret’s House, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9PL

The Hootananny is a bar/club in Brixton is known for having the best atmosphere for live music and also named by Timeout as one of the best nights south of the river. Every Friday hoards of people descend on the venue for the Ska night “Skootananny” for the mega Live Ska party night to see awesome live ska bands and to have a dance.

The night is normally free and runs from 9pm till 3am

This Friday 26 March, The Hootananny will be rocked by two great Ska bands, The Evidents and headliners Intensified this will be an awesome night with lots of dancing and energy. The Evidents are a new 7 piece Ska band from London who play 2 tone, trad and thridwave with rock and a hint of reggae. Intensified have an irresistible dance beat, with original ska and reggae, superbly crafted tunes, corporate music for the white boy ska/reggae generation. This gig is a must see for ska fans!

The Hootananny also serves delicious Thai food at very good prices and has one of the biggest beer gardens in London

The Hootananny is Located at 96 Effra Road, Brixton SW2 1DF. The closest tube station is Brixton and it is a short walk from there

For more details visit www.hootanannybrixton.co.uk

Cargo

Posted on: August 7, 2009

Cargo is one of Londons best known clubs, renowed for it’s DJ’s,cult following and Electro music. Every Friday night, entry to Cargo is free!

Situated on Rivington Street in trendy Shoreditch, Cargo cannot be missed, usually due to the massive queue that has formed outside, so it is advisable to get there early (about 9 ish) if you don’t want to queue for a while. However you can always drink while you’re waiting in line.

Cargo is a good size club, the bar is easy to get to and is not over priced as most clubs in London are. There is a great outdoor seating area complete with a Fussball table. Inside the dancefloor is pumping, and with some of the UK’s top Electro DJ’s playing it is never empty.

For more information on Cargo, vist www.cargo-london.com

The Ashes will be screened on big screens at 3 central London Locations so we can all get in on the action absolutely free.  Screenings are part of a “Great British Summer” themed programme of events taking place across three of London’s shopping and entertainment destinations: Cardinal Place, New Street Square and Bankside Mix.

England are playing on home soil so it’s a great opportunity to get in with the action. The screens are all in areas with lots of restaurants, bars and shops so if cricket’s not your thing then you can go off and enjoy what else is on offer.

Cardinal Place, Victoria Street.   Nearest Tube:  Victoria.
www.cardinalplace.co.uk

New Street Square, New Fetter Lane.  Nearest Tube:  Chancery Lane.
www.newstreetsquare.co.uk

Bankside Mix, Southwark Street. Nearest Tube:  Southwark.
www.banksidemix.co.ukp

The five test matches are:

  • First: 8-12 July
  • Second: 16 – 20 July
  • Third: 30 July – 3 Aug
  • Fourth: 7 – 11 Aug
  • Fifth: 20 – 24 Aug

For the daily screening times please check the site websites

The Scoop is hosting free mini music festivals on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in July.

The Scoop is the sunken amphitheatre on the south side of the Thames Path next to City Hall and near to Tower Bridge. The free music festivals are a great fun way to pass some time whilst on the London South Bank while enjoying the great weather we are having at the moment!

The programme for the mini music festivals covers jazz, pop, funk, folk and up-and-coming bands

visit www.morelondon.com/thescoop for the full programme of events.


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