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Theatre Tickets & Theatre Breaks for London West End Shows

Theatre Breaks: Everything you need to know

Take the hassle out of organising your trip to the West End! Simply purchase a voucher from Wish.co.uk for the West End experience that best suits you.

Choose a show from a great selection including Chicago, Thriller, Blood Brothers, Priscilla Queen of the Desert or the smash hit Queen musical We Will Rock You.

If you want to make an occasion of it, no problem! Just pick up the Theatre and Dinner voucher to get your evening off to a great start with a slap-up meal: available restaurants include Dial, Planet Hollywood and Maxwell’s Bar and Grill.

Go even further and extend your visit with a stay in a four star hotel! For something a little bit different - or as a special treat to round off your once-in-a-lifetime weekend away - book a table on our London Showboat Cruise. You’ll board a fabulous Thames cruise boat before enjoying a delicious dinner. You can then take to the dancefloor and show off your best moves to the tune of your favourite songs from all the hit shows.

Showboat Cruise vouchers are available for one or two people. Whatever you decide to do, we know you’ll have a wonderful time!

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FAQs

Q: The lights! The greasepaint! The seats!
A: Can I help you?
Q: I’ve got West End fever! Which is slightly less serious than West Nile fever. I need some delicious hot theatre action right this second.
A: Fabulous! We have a variety of amazing theatrical experiences just screaming out for your purchase.
Q: What shows can I see?
A: You get to sort all of that out when you book. Just purchase your voucher and all the necessary information should be provided. You’ll have at least five West End humdingers to choose from. You’ll get to pick the show and the dates then.
Q: Oh I see, so you expect me to look but don’t expect me to eat?
A: But we do! You can combine your theatre visit with a swanky slap-up meal at a top London eatery (please don’t actually slap-up your meal, this is frowned upon in London society). There will usually be a two-course pre-theatre dinner on offer. The restaurants are specially chosen for their convenient location close to the theatres and are usually no more than a 5-10 minute walk away. Some of the amazing gaffs on offer include Spaghetti House, Cranbourn, Prezzo Haymarket, Sophie's Steakhouse, Porters, Thai Sq Hanover and Planet Hollywood.
Q: But what if I’m on an all kale diet or that kind of thing.
A: Most restaurants have a vegetarian option or can deal with many special dietary requirements. Just let them know when booking.
Q: So you expect me to eat things and then see things but provide me nowhere to sleep?
A: Banish all those thoughts for the furthest reaches of your brain. We also offer a theatre break with accommodation at a super swanky hotel. After your show, retreat to your 3-star hotel and enjoy a relaxing stay and a delicious complimentary breakfast with your companion.
Q: Can I go anytime?
A: Usually Saturdays are excluded from this package and there may be other exclusion periods during certain holidays. Just check with the supplier when booking.
Q: Yeah theatres are fine, but they can’t float can they? What about that?
A: Well we do offer a river cruise on the Thames that includes dinner and then dancing to a live band playing all your favourite showtunes! So if that sort of thing floats your boat, just check that experience out.

Fun Facts

  • 1. The first permanent public playhouse, known simply as The Theatre, was constructed in 1576 at Shoreditch by James Burbage. Try a bit harder with the name next time Burbage.
  • 2. Theatre Royal Drury Lane is one of four theatres which were built at the same location, the earliest of which dates back to 1663, making it the oldest theatre site in London. Rumours that Bruce Forsyth performed on the opening night are completely untrue.
  • 3. The total London theatre attendance in 2012 was nearly 14 million. And 8 of those were for my portrayal of Anne of Cleves in my musical ‘Cleves!’ which I just made up.
  • 4. Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is the longest-running show in the West End and has set a world record with over 25,000 performances since 1952. And it’s the longest running musical based on a boardgame – much more successful than Buckaroo the Musical.
  • 5. One West End disaster was Carrie the Musical in 1988, which closed after just 16 previews and five performances. I guess people weren’t ready to see a show about people carrying things.
  • 6. The famous 19th century clown Joe Grimaldi is said to haunt the corridors of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Great, thanks for adding ‘ghost clowns’ to my list of ‘most feared things’.
  • 7. The Savoy Theatre was the first theatre to be illuminated by electric lights. Previously gas lamps had been used, but that was just a stage it was going through.
  • 8. The first known performance of a Punch and Judy show at Covent Garden was recorded in Samuel Pepys's diary in 1662. Not to be mistaken with the Richard and Judy Show, which actually debuted a year later (or so it feels).
  • 9. London’s Wilton’s Music Hall is the world’s oldest surviving Music Hall, built in 1743 and still in use today. I imagine the world’s oldest jokes must have been told there, and then repeated on Dave ever since.
  • 10. The purchaser of the 1millionth ticket for We Will Rock You in 2006 was a 61-year old grandmother who was buying a ticket to treat her 4 year old great grandson. I’m sure the smiling spirit of Freddie Mercury was looking down and thinking ‘Ben Elton wrote this?’