NATIONAL THEATRE

Situated on London’s South Bank, National Theatre offers bespoke tours backstage, which are performed by knowledgeable and entertaining guides. Here, visitors are free to follow in the footsteps of past productions and uncover secrets that bring stories to life on stage. Tours take a little over an hour and are available for groups of 8 or more at £7.50 each. To book email tours@nationaltheatre.org.uk

A scene from 39 Steps at the Criterion Theatre features actors playing 139 roles in 100 minutes

A scene from 39 Steps at the Criterion Theatre features actors playing 139 roles in 100 minutes

SOUTHBANK CENTRE

Built in 1951, Southbank Centre is a modern, artistic venue that offers a diverse range of guided tours for groups that explore the venue’s unique architecture and rich heritage. Each tour runs for approximately one hour on select dates throughout the year. To book email tours@southbankcentre.co.uk

SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE

Shakespeare’s Globe offers a combined Globe Exhibition & Tour, which gives groups the opportunity to learn more about the antique building and its famous playwright, William Shakespeare. Expert guides escort visitors around the iconic Globe Theatre, with tours commencing every 30 minutes. Group bookings must be made via the Group Request Form. For more information visit www.shakespearesglobe.com

LONDON COLISEUM

St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4ES

T: 020 7845 9300
E: bomanager@eno.org
W: www.eno.org/guidedtours

 

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

T: 020 7304 4002
W: www.roh.org.uk/visit/tours

 

THEATRE ROYAL DRURY LANE

St Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5JF

T: 0844 412 4660
W: www.reallyusefultheatres.co.uk

What’s on?

Victoria Palace Theatre

BILLY ELLIOT – THE MUSICAL

Booking To: December 2015

Times: Mon-Sat 1930, Thu & Sat 1430

Length: 3hrs

Celebrating 10 years on the stage, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dreams come true.

Groups of 10 plus receive a reduced rate of £31, valid for Monday-Thursday performances. Groups of 10 plus attending a performance on Friday evening will receive a reduced rate of £36.50. Groups of 10 plus attending a Saturday matinee will receive a reduced rate of £36.50. www.billyelliotthemusical.com

 

#SEE GTW’s INTERVIEW WITH DEKA WALMSLEY IN OUR MAY 2015 EDITION OR ONLINE AT WWW.GROUPTRAVELWORLD.COM

 

Theatre Royal Drury Lane

CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

Booking To: June 2016

Times: Mon-Sat 1930, Thu & Sat 1500

Length: 2hrs 30mins

Charlie & The Chocolate Factory sees Roald Dahl’s deliciously dark tale come to life in the West End. Backed by an award-winning creative team, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory is guaranteed to dazzle your senses. Groups of 12 plus receive a reduced rate of £45, valid for Monday-Friday performances and Wednesday matinees. Groups of 40 plus receive a reduced rate of £35, valid for Monday-Thursday performances. www.charlieandthechocolatefactory.com

 

Piccadilly Theatre

JERSEY BOYS

Booking To: October 2015

Times: Tue-Sat 1930, Tue & Sat 1500, Sun 1700

Length: 2hrs 35mins

Jersey Boys documents the rise to fame of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, featuring such hits as Bye Bye Baby (Baby Goodbye) and Big Girls Don’t Cry.

Jersey Boys has been seen by over 20million people worldwide and has won 55 major awards, including the Olivier Award for ‘Best New Musical.’ Groups of 10 plus receive a reduced rate of £32.50, valid for Tuesday-Thursday performances. Friday evening and Sunday matinees are reduced to £37.50. Groups of 40 plus receive a reduced rate of £32.50, valid for Friday evening and Sunday matinees.

www.jerseyboyslondon.com

 

Queen Theatre

LES MISERABLES

Booking To: March 2016

Times: Mon-Sat 1930, Wed & Sat 1430

Length: 3hrs

Les Misérables is set in 19th century France and tells the enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption. Celebrating its 30th year, such songs featured include I Dreamed A Dream, Bring Him Home, One Day More and On My Own. Groups of 10 plus receive a reduced rate of £42.50, valid for Monday-Thursday performances and Wednesday matinees. Educational Workshops and Backstage Tours are available and provide an informative insight into the history of the production and stagecraft used during each performance.

Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre celebrates its 30th year in 2015

Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre celebrates its 30th year in 2015

Groups are admitted at £8.50 per pupil, with Backstage Tours available for an additional £5 per pupil. Choral Workshops costs £8.50 per pupil. www.lesmis.com/uk

 

Lyceum Theatre

THE LION KING

Booking To: October 2015

Times: Tue-Sat 1930, Weds, Sat & Sun 1430

Length: 2hrs 45mins

The Lion King celebrates its 16th year at London’s Lyceum Theatre and depicts the evocative rhythms of Africa through glorious colours, stunning special effects and enchanting music. The Lion King recently concluded its UK & Ireland Tour, with the popular West End production seen by over 75million people worldwide.

Groups of 12 plus receive a reduced rate of £45 (Stalls & Dress Circle) and £35 (Grand Circle), valid for Tuesday-Friday performances. Groups of 40 plus receive a reduced rate of £39.50 (Stalls & Dress Circle) and £29.50 (Grand Circle), valid for Tuesday-Friday performances. www.thelionking.co.uk

 

Novello Theatre

MAMMA MIA

Booking To: October 2015

Times: Mon-Sat 1945, Thu & Sat 1500

Length: 2hrs 30mins

Mamma Mia at the Novello Theatre celebrates the timeless music of ABBA

Mamma Mia at the Novello Theatre celebrates the timeless music of ABBA

Mamma Mia at the Novello Theatre celebrates the timeless music of ABBA, and invites students of various ages to discover their inner disco diva by recreating some production highlights through an Educational Workshop. Groups of 10 plus are permitted at £8.50 per person. Groups of 10 plus attending Mamma Mia at the Novello Theatre will receive a reduced rate of £38.50, valid for Monday-Friday performances. www.mamma-mia.com/london

 

Cambridge Theatre

MATILDA – THE MUSICAL

Booking To: December 2015

Times: Tue 1900, Wed-Sat 1930, Wed & Sat 1430, Sun 1500

Length: 2hrs 40mins

Based on the twisted novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda The Musical is a captivating masterpiece produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Matilda The Musical revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and narrates the inspirational story of a young girl who dares to change her destiny. Groups of 10 plus receive a reduced rate of £45, valid for Tuesday-Thursday performances. Groups of 40 plus receive a reduced rate of £39.50, valid for Tuesday to Thursday performances. www.uk.matildathemusical.com

 

St Martin’s Theatre

THE MOUSETRAP

Booking To: December 2015

Times: Mon-Sat 1930, Tue 1500, Sat 1600

Length: 2hrs 15mins

The world’s longest running musical celebrates 63 years in 2015, with The Mousetrap recently celebrating its 25,000th performance at St Martin’s Theatre. Agatha Christie’s classic ‘whodunit’ is an unmissable piece of theatrical history.

The Mousetr ap celebrates 63 years in the West End, making it the world’s longest running musical

The Mousetrap celebrates 63 years in the West End, making it the world’s longest running musical

The Mousetrap embarked on its diamond anniversary tour on April 2015. A maximum of nine tickets can be purchased online via www.the-mousetrap.co.uk. For bookings of 10 or more, contact the Box Office on 0844 499 1515.

 

Her Majesty’s Theatre

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Booking To: March 2016

Times: Mon-Sat 1930, Thu & Sat 1430

Length: 2hrs 30mins

Phantom of the Opera is celebrating its 29th year at Her Majesty’s Theatre.

Phantom of the Opera features an unforgettable score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, combined with intense scenery and breathtaking special effects that work to bring the legendary love story to live on stage. Groups of 10 plus receive a reduced rate of £39.75 (£42.50 from September 28, 2015), valid for Monday-Friday performances and Saturday matinees. Thursday matinees are reduced to £28.

Q&A’s are available to book following the Thursday matinee performance. A pre-matinee Educational Workshop is available for those who wish to make a day of it. Q&A costs £5 per pupil, with groups of 10 plus permitted to the Workshop at £8.50 per pupil. www.thephantomoftheopera.com/london

 

Lyric Theatre

THRILLER LIVE

Booking To: April 2016

Times: Tue-Fri 1930, Sat 1600 & 2000, Sun 1530 & 1930

Length: 2hrs 30mins

Celebrating its 6th year, Thriller Live commemorates the late musician, Michael Jackson. Thriller Live opened at the Lyric Theatre on January 2, 2009 and has since become the longest running show performed at the venue. From pop to rock and soul to disco, Thriller Live features such tunes as Smooth Criminal, Dirty Diana and Thriller. Groups of 8 plus receive a reduced rate of £29.50, excluding Friday and Saturday evenings. www.thrillerlive.com

 

New London Theatre

WAR HORSE

Booking To: February 2016

Times: Mon-Sat 1930, Tue 1900, Wed-Sat 1930, Thu & Sat 1430

Length: 2hrs 40mins

Adapted from the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse is a powerfully moving and imaginative drama that transports the audience from the sublime fields of rural Devon to the harsh trenches of World War One. War Horse features astonishing life-sized horses specially constructed by Handspring Puppet Company.

Groups of 10 plus receive a reduced rate of £45, with groups of 30 plus receiving a reduced rate of £39.50, valid for Monday-Thursday performances.

War Horse Puppetry Workshop has been designed to give students a primary understanding of characterisation. Practitioners at the National Theatre – who mirror as performers and puppeteers in the production – run the War Horse Puppetry Workshop. www.warhorseonstage.com

#SEE GTW’s INTERVIEW WITH EMMA THORNETT, WHO PLAYS BABY JOEY IN WAR HORSE, ONLINE AT WWW.GROUPTRAVELWORLD.COM

 

Apollo Victoria

WICKED

Booking To: April 2016

Times: Mon-Sat 1930, Wed & Sat 1430

Length: 2hrs 50mins

Wicked is a creative reimagining of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, narrating the tale of the frightfully misunderstood Wicked Witch of the West. Based on Gregory Maguire’s acclaimed 1995 novel – Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the WestWicked tells the untold friendship of two girls; Glinda and Elphaba.

Groups of 10 plus receive a reduced rate of £29.50, valid for Monday-Thursday performances. Friday evening and Saturday matinee performances are reduced to £32.50. Groups of 35 plus receive a reduced rate of £25, valid for Monday-Thursday performances, with Wednesday matinees reduced to £32.50.

www.wickedthemusical.co.uk

 

Fortune Theatre

WOMAN IN BLACK

Booking To: January 2016

Times: Tue-Sat 2000, Tue & Thu 1500, Sat 1600

Length: 2hrs

Woman in Black is celebrating 25 years in the West End, with Robin Herford’s gripping production a brilliantly successful example of atmospheric, illustrious and controlled horror. Reduced rates are available for parties of 8 or more, with school groups of 10 plus permitted at certain performances.

Woman in Black Workshop welcomes visitors into the Fortune Theatre, ready to tread the set and experience how the Woman in Black conveys tension to hugely dramatic effect. Fully experienced West End professionals lead the Workshops. Cost depends on group size, with Workshops taking approximately 60-90 minutes.

Additionally, Q&A sessions are available exclusively for schools and groups and last approximately 20 minutes. To arrange a session contact Jon Huyton on 07971078411.