Are you a fan of the performing arts, whether plays or musicals? Then keep reading! We have gathered some of the best destinations for theater travel. From ancient to Victorian to more modern, there is something for everyone. Each of these theatres are located in a perfect destination for a vacation as well so there will be plenty more things for you to do on your theatre travel trip!
Shakespeare in London: You can visit the Globe Theatre in London for a play between May and October; at other times of the year there are guided tours. The Globe is actually a reconstruction of the original globe a mere 230 meters from the original grounds. The original one was accidentally burnt to the ground in the 1600s. It’s an exciting visit for both theatre lovers and historians!
The West End, London: Dating back to the medieval period, this sophisticated theatre reminds visitors of history as well as continuing to provide some of the highest level of commercial theatre in the English-speaking world. It ranks at the same level as Broadway in NYC. William Shakespeare’s company has performed on the first two theatres built in this district. Many of the theatres used for the high-end plays and musicals today were built in the late 1800s; their grandeur, class, and architectural feats are all very impressive. One of the most popular shows running now is Les Miserables (the longest running musical in West End); The Mousetrap is the longest running production in the world, being it isn’t a musical. Other very famous, critically acclaimed shows are The Phantom of the Opera, Lion King, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Mamma Mia!, Hamilton, The Book of Mormon, and The Woman in Black.
Broadway, NYC: With 41 professional theatres all within one world famous theatre district, how does a theatre lover choose which plays or musicals to see? The Big Apple is an American classic that everyone should visit if they have the chance. Some of the longest runs and most famous musicals/plays still performed here include the following: Chicago, The Phantom of the Opera, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King, Hamilton, and Wicked.
Odeon of Herodes Atticus: If you are really looking for an authentic and ancient experience, this is the perfect theatre for you. Originally built in 161 AD and only minimally renovated in the 1900s, this theatre still provides the same experience and atmosphere it did over a thousand years ago. Some of the most famous people of both ancient and modern times have performed here and been spectators. Watching a performance here is a truly amazing and humbling experience. An additional bonus is that you are able to tour the rest of the beautiful country of Greece on your trip here as well.
These are only a few of the amazing theatres to visit across the world. If you want more information on theatre travel, call AurTravel today at 402.891.6909.
Debbie Lee – Certified Travel Consultant (CTC). Debbie has been in the travel industry for more than 25 years and has held various positions. Her responsibilities include coordinating business travel, promoting AurTravel on social media, and handling general office duties. Outer Banks, NC and Disney World are favorite and frequent vacations for her and her family. Some of Debbie’s travel highlights come from living in Ankara, Turkey for two years and finding exciting places to travel each weekend.