For me, deciding to study abroad in London was an easy choice. As a theatre major, I wanted a place that would offer a vibrant theatre scene, and London provides just that. I’m only halfway through my time here, and I’ve already seen seven shows! This is partially thanks to ISA, who introduced me to my theatre-going friend, who you’ll see featured in some of these photos!
I’m certainly not an expert, but I’ve learned a few things about making the most of a night out to the theatre! Here are my 5 tips on seeing plays in London:
- Dress Up
Take the opportunity to dress nicely when you go out. Not only will you fit in with the locals, but it also makes the night that much more fun!
- Explore the Area around the Theatre
This is probably the most important thing we’ve learned. Whether you’re attending a West End theatre production or seeing a show at the National Theatre, there are always things to see and do in the area. For this particular show, we were in Greenwich! We went to the Royal Observatory, saw the prime meridian, and walked through the National Maritime Museum. (Fun fact: most of the museums in London have free entry!)
Buy a Program
At some of the smaller theatres, programs are free! However, for other shows I’ve been to, I paid between £2-£4. It’s completely worth it! The program gives a background on the show, bios for cast members, and shows rehearsal pictures.
- Eat Ice Cream at Intermission
This is a tradition of London theatres! Plus, a great excuse to indulge in some ice cream.
- Enjoy the Show!
Going to a show in London is an essential part of experiencing the culture! Whatever you see, whether it’s a comedy, a new-age musical, or even a play you’ve seen a few times before, enjoy the show!
The world awaits…discover it.