Theatre is one of the top things that pop up on many people’s minds when it comes to the ultimate London experience. A visit to the city would be incomplete without seeing a theatrical performance or, at the very least, a visit to one of its illustrious theatres. Whether you are in a lookout for a musical performance to watch or simply wanting to go on a theatre-themed sightseeing tour, here are some of the best places to visit to get your theatre fix.
Location: Barbican Centre, Silk Street EC2Y 8DS
The Barbican is a huge multi-arts venue including two theatres, a concert hall, and more. The main theatre serves as the base for the Royal Shakespeare Company. It is a performance arts hub that draw crowds of locals and tourists alike who come to see the wide array of shows and special events to see all-year round.
Location: South Bank, SE1 9PX
The National Theatre s home to three theatres: the Olivier, Lyttleton, and the Dorfman. It produces top-notch classics and contemporary plays that attract theatre fans from across the globe. The massive complex also serves as a creative hub and features an extensive list of amenities like a bookshop, restaurants, and more.
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Location: Regents Park NW1 4NU
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is an excellent place to enjoy outdoor musical performances. It becomes a vibrant theatre scene every summer as a wide array of musicals and other plays are staged in the midst of beautiful scenery.
Royal Opera House
Location: Covent Garden WC2E 9DD
This theatre houses The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera as well as the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. It is accessible and offers guided tours for visitors. A visit to the Royal Opera House is not only a great way to watch performances. It is also a chance to indulge in your passion for theatre by learning more about the facility and the artistic companies that call it home.
Location: New Globe Walk, Bankside SE1 9DT
Watching a performance at the Shakespeare’s Globe is like being transported in time. The famous theatre is a reconstruction of the original Elizabethan playhouse associated with Shakespeare and many of his works.
The Old Vic
Location: The Cut, Waterloo SE1 8NB
The Old Vic, as its name suggests, has a long and rich theatrical tradition. Many of the biggest names in acting once called it home. The theatre’s programme is diverse and varied – from old and classic plays to contemporary and innovative theatrical performances and everything in between.
Let’s face it.
Broadway has been around since the 18th century, but it’s only recently that new musicals have finally captured the hearts of today’s generation – namely last year’s hit, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; and this year’s hit, Anastasia: The Musical.
Now, the question is: How did these musicals captured the hearts of today’s generation?
Let’s take a closer look:
Who doesn’t know Harry Potter? Who doesn’t know Anastasia?
To put it simply, these were deemed classics – a refreshing take on what still inspires most of today’s generation, as well as a nostalgic take on what still reminds most of today’s generation, when it comes to friendship, bravery, and love – as both musicals were directly based from J.K. Rowling’s book series and 20th Century Fox’s animation film back in 1997.
In Harry Potter, it tells the story of an 11-year-old boy who was just starting to discover his true identity and his adventures during his school days in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In Anastasia, it tells the story of an 18-year-old orphan who was also just starting to discover her true identity and her adventures on the way to meet the Dowager Empress Marie of Russia.
Last year’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child takes place 19 years after the defeat of Lord Voldemort and the epic Battle of Hogwarts. It tells the story of Harry Potter’s challenges of being an overworked employee in the Ministry of Magic, being a good husband to his bestfriend’s sister Ginny Weasley, and being a good father to his three school-aged children – especially his youngest son Albus Severus, who was named after the great men in Harry’s life 19 years ago.
This year’s Anastasia: The Musical, on another hand, simply upped the bar on the original version of Anastasia. With a powerful cast belting out songs that reminds people on what’s truly important in life and an overwhelming script telling the story that makes people realize the value of one’s life, Anastasia was an instant hit – even for those who weren’t born during the source material’s peak.
A big toast to Harry Potter and Anastasia, even better with Discovery Wines, for capturing the hearts of today’s generation!
That thing about thinking outside the box may seem like a tired cliché. But what it stands for never gets old. It is a good reminder of the importance of finding new ways to see and explore things in many different ways. While the idea may seem easy to grasp, doing it can be a challenge at times. You have to tap into your creativity to practice out of the box thinking. Here are some ideas on how to view and ponder about things outside the proverbial box.
1. Conscious switch or change of perspective. Changing your perspectives, literally and figuratively, allow you to see the different angles of a problem. See the flipside of whatever idea or work you are focusing on. Approach a problem from a different angle and imagine how you would solve it based on your changed perspective.
2. Don’t discard the unfamiliar. Learn things unrelated to your job or expertise. Read a wide array of books and materials on topics that are unfamiliar to you. This can help spark associations, connections, ideas, and inspirations that may prove useful when you need to find ways to think outside the box.
3. Disrupt your routines. Enroll in a class, learn a language, read about a different culture, and more. Engaging in something new presents you with new information. This broadens your knowledge and understanding of things around you.
4. Let your ideas flow – Avoid editing ideas as they come. Let ideas flow freely and capture as many as you can by writing them down. Take note of as many ideas as you can and edit them later. Allowing your internal editor free reign all the time can filter potentially innovative ideas that may come randomly in your mind.
5. Be open to sparks of inspiration. Search for inspirations from random things that may be related or unrelated to your current problem. Be open to ideas that random events or things can trigger. Opening your mind to possibilities enable you to catch even the most random thought or idea that can help you create innovative solutions to your problems.
6. Get excited about the possibilities. Leave the self-doubts and thoughts of impossibilities behind. If you want to think outside the box, focus on the possibilities. Thinking that something is impossible or cannot be done significantly limits your ability to discover novel solutions to problems.
Creating the mindset of looking at things and thinking differently promotes out of the box thinking. But sometimes it also means building on old or tried and tested ideas that work.