When you think of iconic London landmarks, you probably think first of Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and those ubiquitous red telephone boxes.
But London wouldn’t be London without the West End and surrounding theatre scene. Going to watch a show is one of those bucket-list items on pretty much every tourist’s ‘to do’ list in the city, but it’s just as much of a treat to experience a live performance if you’re a resident here.
But if you don’t know where to look, the theatre scene can be pretty overwhelming. So we’ve decided to make all of that easy for you. We’ve partnered up with Grand Marnier to offer you a brand new guide to the London theatre scene. But don’t think that we’ll be focusing on the West End. Here at Secret London, we know what’s what in the world of theatre, so we’ll be showing you the best places, the most talented actors and a big range of local theatres that you might not be as aware of.
Grand Marnier’s association with performance and theatre stems from “La Belle Epoque”, when it was created in 1880 by Louis-Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle. It was the time in Paris when daring, dramatic art was all the rage and theatres like the Moulin Rouge first opened. Grand by name and Grand by nature, this liqueur has been a favourite for royals throughout history, which is why we’re profiling it as the perfect accompaniment to a classy evening at the theatre.
Which brings us to the present day. Throughout the rest of the year, we’ll be highlighting some of our favourite theatres with an up-to-date guide of what’s on and what you should be watching. Think of it as your stage-based Yellow Pages focusing not just on the West End, but also the surrounding areas with theatres all across the city. Get yourself ready for a jam-packed year full of some super swish entertainment with a delicious drink to match.
Over the course of the year, expect to see reviews and our thoughts on the likes of the Old Vic, Park Theatre, The Peacock theatre, Almeida, Donmar Warehouse and Pleasance. We’ll be profiling some of our favourite performances and showing you where to head for the perfect pre or post theatre drink.
All that’s left to do is don your fanciest clothes and start booking some time in your diary for a culture fix.
Also published on Medium.