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Contents:
1. INTRO: Oh, Billy, Looking to Christmas, & Our Picks
2. TOP SHOWS: Leading West End shows
3. FIRST NIGHTS: Openings, Cast News
4. CURTAINS DOWN: Shows ending their runs
5. THEATRE PACKAGES: Tickets and Hotel Packages
6. LONDON ACCOMMODATION: Great deals for London theatregoers
7. GROUPS: Free tickets and big savings

1. INTRO:

Billy Elliot
Victoria Palace Theatre
24 March 2005 - 24 Sept 2005
GET YOUR Billy On - Tickets are one sale for the long-awaited musical from the Golden Globe Winner Billy Elliot. Incorporating the film's writer Lee Hall and choreographer Peter Darling, the show's music was composed by Elton John and stars three new theatrical hopefuls. With a production budget topping around UKP5 million, Billy Elliot is not one to miss. Not suitable for small children.
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Looking to Christmas....


Nutcracker

ENB at The Coliseum
21st Dec - 8th January
ENGLISH National Ballet's extraordinary production of The Nutcracker is a feast for the senses. Vibrant, eccentric and magical; designer Gerald Scarfe and choreographer Christopher Hampson have conjured up a colourful and bold Nutcracker, now in its third year.
Get tickets fast, because it is selling quickly!

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Cinderella
Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House
2nd Dec 2004 - 14th Jan 2005
IF YOU'RE PLANNING a Christmas treat you could do far worse than witness the return of Cinderella, in this lavish new production from last Season. A downtrodden young girl, a glass slipper and a handsome prince combine to make the perfect piece of story-telling,and with a fairy godmother around, anything can happen: pumpkins become coaches, rags turn to ball gowns and there's bound to be a happy ending. Ashton's first full-length ballet, given its premiere in 1948 to great acclaim, draws together a wealth of 39 beautifully drawn characters, portrayed against the wonderfully evocative themes and colours of Prokofiev's great score.

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Our Picks...

Jerry Springer
Run: Booking to January 2005

PARTAKE in the last London hurrah of Jerry, before it packs up to for its native soil. With Jerry headed for Broadway in fall of 2005, the question is: can America handle their Jerry Springer Moment? Click for full review...
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The Producers, Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Run: Booking to April, 2005

SHAKESPEARE was the master of manipulating the metaphorical tool of a "play within a play." But now it is the Brooks, not the Bard, who takes mirror imaging to the stage with his riotous musical, "The Producers," now playing at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. The godfather of modern American satire, Mel Brooks recently brought the script of his 1968 film to the stage, with wild success in New York City. The London cast is headed by Lee Evans and Nathan Lane, who was rushed from the U.S. to fill the tap shoes of an ailing Richard Dreyfus...
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2. TOP SHOWS:

Top Shows - July 2004
Top Sellers (4 Oct - 4 Nov)
1) Phantom of the Opera
2) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
3) Les Miserables
4) Lion King
5) Woman in White
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3. FIRST NIGHTS:

The Hard Nut, Saddlers Wells
Run: 12 - 27 November
THIS IS the Nutcracker with comic relief - a satirical look at the sixties swirls with the same spirit and adventure as the original, although this one incorporates Barbie Dolls and go-go boots. With a touch of adult humour, it is fine fun, but perhaps without the kids.
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4. CURTAINS DOWN:

Cloaca, The Old Vic
Run: finishes 11 December
KEVIN Spacey's artistic directorial debut is a sitcom-on-stage: a tale of four friends in different upturned stages of their lives, trying to sort things out while holding eachother up, and letting eachother down. Starring high-risers Hugh Bonneville, Neil Pearson, Stephen Tompkinson and Ingeborga Dapkunaite.
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5. THEATRE PACKAGES:
For great deals on hotel and theatre packages we now offer a wide variety of theatre and hotel packages. Choose from a list of the West End's top shows and combine your tickets with a range of recommended hotels to suit all budgets.

Full list and info

Special Offers:
The Rat Pack & 3* hotel
- UKP107.50
We Will Rock You & 3* - UKP84.50
Chicago & 3* hotel - UKP96.50

6. LONDON ACCOMMODATION:

London Hotels
Our handpicked guide to London's finest hotels.
See: London Hotels
London Airport Hotels
Our Airport hotels (London: Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and City plus UK airports) are accessible below
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Bed and Breakfasts
Our range of handpicked B&Bs can be accessed via the following booking interface:
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Budget Hotels and Hostels
The full list of private London hostels can be accessed via the following booking interface:
See: London Budget Hotels and Hostels

7. GROUPS:

Theatre for groups:
Are you planning a works party, school trip, birthday treat or laying on
corporate hospitality?

LondonNet's ticketing specialists will be happy to advise you on group
bookings for theatre. Our advisors have in-depth knowledge about shows and
theatres across the West End and are here to help you make the right choice
for your party. Because of our close relationship with the theatres and
ticket wholesalers we are able to obtain discounts on many shows.

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