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West end musicals  have always been a popular choice for a night out in the west end.  We have cheap and discount tickets to top west end musicals including blockbuster stage shows like We Will Rock You, Billy Elliot and Wicked.  Special offers are added daily so please check this page on a regular basis for discount tickets as they come on sale.

West end musical tickets are always in high demand as London's musicals are now famous the world over and have been at the forefront of the global theatre scene for generations now with blockbuster stage shows making their world premieres in the capital before being franchised and showcased around the world.

Since the 1990s, there has been a growing tendency for big name actors of both Television and the big screen to play in west end productions such as Guys N Dolls, Blood Brothers, Chicago, Les Miserables and Phantom Of The Opera but this wasn't always the case as the London theatre scene has changed dramatically since it began in earnest nearly 500 years ago.

Theatre in London first began to flourish after the English Reformation period.. The first permanent public venue that showed plays was known simply as 'The Theatre', and was built way back in 1576 in Shoreditch, East London by James Burbage. It was soon joined by a venue called 'The Curtain, and. both theatres are known to have been used by William Shakespeare's company. In 1599, all the timber from The Theatre was moved accross the riverThames to Southwark, where it was used to build the Globe Theatre in what was a new theatre district that was being formed, beyond the control of the City corporation. These theatres were all closed though in 1642 during the interregnum

The first real west end theatre was known as Theatre Royal in Bridges Street and was designed by Thomas Killigrew and built on the site of what is now the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. . The Theatre Royal opened on 7th May 1663 but was unfortunately destroyed by fire nine years later and was then replaced by a new structure designed by Christopher Wren and renamed the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

Outside the west end, the Saddlers Wells Theatre opened in Islington in north London on 3rd June 1683. Taking its name from founder Richard Saddler and some monastic springs that were discovered on the site. it operated as what was known as a 'Musick House,' with live performances of opera; as it was not licensed to stage normal plays. In the west end of London, the Haymarket Theatre opened on December 29th 1720 on a site slightly north of its current location, and the Theatre Royal Covent Garden then opened on December 7th 1732.

The Patent Theatre companies retained their duopoly on plays well into the 19th century, and all the other theatres could perform just musical entertainments, but by the early 19th century, however entertainments known as 'music hall' started to become popular, and presenters found a loophole in the restrictions on non-patent theatres in the genre of melodrama.. Melodrama did not break the strict Patent Acts, as it was accompanied by music. Initially, these entertainments were staged in large halls, which were attached to public houses, but purpose-built theatres then began to be establish themselves in the east end in both the Shoreditch and Whitechapel districts.

What has now become the west end theatre district became established with the opening of many small theatres, including the Adelphi Theatre in the Strand on 17th November 1806. South of the river Thames, the Old Vic, opened on 11th May 1818. The expansion of the west end theatre district started to gain pace with the 1843 Theatre's Act which relaxed the conditions for of live performance plays. The Strand gained another venue when the Vaudeville Theatre opened on 16th April 1870 and over the next few decades many new theatres opened in the west end. The Criterion Theatre opened on Piccadilly Circus on 21th March 1874, and then in 1881, two more theatres appeared: the Savoy Theatre in The Strand, which opened on October 10th and was built specifically to showcase the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan and was the first London theatre to be lit by cooler, cleaner electric lights. Five days later the Comedy Theatre opened as the Royal Comedy Theatre on Panton Street but three years later later abbreviated its name to its current form The theatre building boom continued until about the time of World War One.

During the 1950s and '60s, many of London's plays and musicals were produced in small theatre clubs, in order to evade the censorship that was then exercised by the office of Lord Chamberlain. The theatre's act in 1968 finally abolished censorship of the stage in the UK and since then both west end theatre shows and the sale of theatre tickets in London have flourished into the vast £600 million per year industry that we see today.

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