West End Live is a celebration of London’s theatreland and will be taking place over the weekend of 23 and 24 June 2012 in Trafalgar Square.
Run by the Society of London Theatre and Westminster City Council it is the largest free theatre festival in the world, and if you fancy a theatre break to london but don’t want to pay for the theatre ticket then book a London hotel and come and down and join in the fun.
Every London musical will be represented from longrunners like Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera, to relative newcomers Dreamboats and Petticoats, Singin’ in the Rain, Sweeney Todd and Tim Minchin’s recent smash hit show Matilda The Musical.
You will be able to see every West End musical over the weekend: Billy Elliot, Chicago, Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia!, Rock of Ages, Shrek The Musical, Stomp, The Lion King, Thriller Live, We Will Rock You, Wicked, the soon to be closing Ghost The Musical and The Wizard of Oz and the amazing War Horse.
This year West End Live is part of the London 2012 Festival and runs 11:00 to 18:00 on Saturday 23 June and 12:00 to 18:00 on Sunday 24 June 2012.
Julian Bird, chief executive of the Society of London Theatre, said: “London is truly the theatre capital of the world. West End Live will showcase exactly why nearly 14 million Londoners and visitors (he’s talking about us!) flocked to our theatres last year and give a taste of the world-class musicals they can enjoy this summer.”
Cllr Robert Davis, deputy leader of Westminster City Council, said that West End Live is “… part of the council’s wider commitments to help rejuvenate the West End…” so Londoners pay for it through their taxes and we get to see it for free! Bonus!