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Contents:
1. INTRO:
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:

Cheap Theatre Tickets - Pick up a bargain with Mayor Livingstone's latest theatre sell-off: Get Into London Theatre 2005, with ticket prices sweeping even the UKP10 mark.


Aladdin

The Old Vic
17 Dec 2004 - 22 Jan 2005
UKP10 - 35
Written by Billie Brown, The Old Vic's Aladdin stars all the characters of British Panto. The renowned Sir Ian McKellen will don a gown as Widow Twankey, alongside Roger Allam, Sam Kelly and Maureen Lipman. Tickets are selling fast!
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Aladdin
New Wimbledon Theatre
17 Dec 2004 - 16 Jan 2005
UKP12.50 - 30
Starring Capital Radio's Russ Kane, Robin Askwith, Roger Royle, Paul Zerdin and Claire Sweeney and ... Spiderman, this is a fresh breath on the family classic.
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Aladdin

Churchhill Theatre, Bromley
9 Dec - 23 Dec 2004
UKP15 - 19
Jay Bunyan (Jack Scully in Neighbours), Karl Howman (Brush Strokes), Tudor Davies (as Widow Twanky), and Cezarah Bonner (as The Princess) star in this version of Aladdin, which also includes Spiderman.
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Cinderella
Greenwich Theatre
7 Dec 2004 - 15 Jan 2005
UKP7 - 18
Ella's new family is keeping her busy. Her stepsisters, when they're not scoffing or squabbling about boys, blame her for everything that goes wrong, and as for her lazy stepmother - well, she just treats her like a skivvy. The only ones who really understand Ella are her pets. But surely they can't help - can they? This Cinderella features one ghost, two frogs, three mice, four explosions, five bad jokes, six fiendishly difficult pieces of audience participation and a dame who promises to try really, really hard this year. Starring Simon Thomson and Eric MacLennan. (- The Theatre List)
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Dick Whittington
Richmond Theatre
9 Dec 2005 - 16 Jan 2005
UKP11-20
A CLASSIC panto about Dick Whittington, his cat, and London streets paved with gold.
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Rumplestilskin & Other Grizzly Tales

New Wimbledon Studio
30 Nov - December 23rd 2004
UKP 6.50 - 8.50
AN ENSEMBLE cast brings you a careful selection of silly and spine-tingling stories, including classic Grimms.
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Sleeping Beauty

Barbican Theatre
16 Dec 2004 - 11 Jan 2005
UKP20-25
The Young Vic brings this twisted tale to the Barbican, while their South Bank home is refurbished. Parrault's old tale of a pricked finger finds a new life in true panto fashion: the Barbi's Beauty includes farting fairies and a prince more interested in catching his meal than finding a sleeping girl to kiss.

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The Snowman

Peacock Theatre
8 Dec 2004 - 9 Jan 2005
UKP 12.50 - 30
Back for its seventh year, the staged version of Raymond Brigg's classic book bring back the tradition Christmas characters. When the boy's snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two friends spend the evening on an enchanting journey of exploration, meeting many of the Snowman's friends. On their travels they encounter dancing penguins, reindeer, foxes and people from across the globe before retunring home for Christmas morning.
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Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

Victoria Palace Theatre
17 Dec 2004 - 23 Jan 2005
UKP10 - 35
A traditional panto with a kiss of modernism, Lily Savage breaks open the stage as the botox-filled Wicked Queen. The dwarfs are The Magnificent Seven, the raven is robotic, and the mirror holds a handful of surprises of its own.
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Other Christmas Specialties ...

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...


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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The Producers, Theatre Royal Drury Lane
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 Sellers (5 Nov - 17 Nov 2004)
1) The Producers
2) The Nutcracker
3) Phantom of the Opera
4) The Lion King
5) Fame
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3. FIRST NIGHTS:

Blithe Spirit
Savoy Theatre
Opens 22 Nov
FRESH from its run as part of the 2004 Peter Hall Season, this new production of Coward's own favourite play follows author Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth as they hold a seance as part of research for Charles' new novel. Expecting little more than after-dinner entertainment, their lives are turned upside down when eccentric medium Madam Arcati inadvertantly conjures up the ghost of Charles' first wife. Click for full review...

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4. CURTAINS DOWN:

La Rondine
Finishes 25 November
UKP4 - 70
HIGHLY acclaimed, The Royal Ballet rightfully restores Sylvia to its 3 acts, brandishing late 19th-century ballet as a banner for the Ashton 100 celebrations.
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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.

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

6. LONDON ACCOMMODATION:

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7. GROUPS:

Theatre for groups:
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LondonNet's ticketing specialists will be happy to advise you on group
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