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18 January, 2005, Issue 15/ Home / Theatre / Reviews / Tickets / Subscribe

Contents:
1. NEWS: Webber's big bid and Get Into London Theatre 2005, and 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. NEWS:

Webber's Theatres May Sell - Really Useful Group receives a buy-out offer from an unnamed bidder... (more)

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

Offer Includes:

Blithe Spirit
Savoy Theatre
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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Saturday Night Fever
Apollo Victoria Theatre
Watch the West End go disco with this polyester-loving version of the Travolta-classic. Popstar Kym Marsh and EastEnders' Shaun Williamson (as DJ Monty) help to celebrate the best of the Beegees.
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
London Palladium
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang we love you - the new mantra of cast, kids, critics and theatre producers. The West End has long been wooing a crowd puller to seduce its dwindling audience, and it seems the long awaited new kid on the block has finally arrived.
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Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Criterion Theatre
The Reduced Shakespeare Company, after reveling in previous successes, widdles the complete works of Shakespeare down to just under two hours, breaking sixteen comedies into a high-speed, jovially entertaining classic of its own right.

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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 (17 Nov 2004 - 18 Jan 2005)
1) The Producers
2) Phantom of the Opera
3) Mary Poppins
4) Chicago
5) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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3. FIRST NIGHTS:

A Life in the Theatre
Apollo Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue
Opens February 2

Veteran actor Robert (Patrick Stewart) and fresh-faced John (Joshua Jackson) meet in a fading small town rep. As the cruel uncertainties of the profession bubble to the top, Robert and John's friendship and rivalry moves both on and off stage, mirroring author David Mamet's own life-experiences in theatre.
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4. CURTAINS DOWN:

Jerry Springer
Finishes 19 February
The trailer trash, chat-show comedy that has gained rave reviews while sparking off widespread controversy is off to tour the rest of the UK come October, so get your final London view of Jerry while you still can...

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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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