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Old November 26, 2018, 05:26 AM
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Default Lets talk about Theatre

Hi,

I have become a regular theatre visitor since I moved to London. For me I find it better than going to movies. I make all our visiting relatives go to a show.

The theatres in London are mainly located more or less in the same area known as the West End. There is always a buzz once you get inside. Some shows are truly a magical experience.

From what I gather it is easier and cheaper to watch a major production in London than New York. A ticket from the back or with restricted views can start from £20 for Wicked, but for average viewing tickets start from £40 (in the middle rows).

I even want my son to immerse himself in such cultural activities. He has done many lead roles at school and has also been to drama school in the summer holidays recently. It builds up confidence in children from what I have read.

I wanted to know what other people's views are as I dont know many Bangladeshis who have been to theatres. Also dont know much about the Bangladesh circuit.
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Old November 26, 2018, 06:00 AM
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Here are a few which I recommend:

Harry Potter Cursed Child (part 1+2): Really a magical experience and the greatest production I have seen. You get everything from magic, demantors taking over the whole hall and Voldermot making a special entrance.

Miss Saigon (closed in London): This also is a great production. Great story line and an amazing scene where a helicopter magically appears. You will see alot of people crying at the end.

The Lion King: This is more geared for children but adults too will enjoy it. They recreate the first scene where all the animals come to the mountain ledge to pay respect to the new cub. You will be filled with nostalgia.

Oliver (closed in London) : Really nice take on Charles Dickens's classic. Alot of nice dancing and comedy.

Mama Mia: It is exactly like the movie. I recommend this one as the tickets are relatively cheap and easier to get even on the day of the show. The theatre has good views throughout. Its quite popular among the Chinese tourists and older generation.

Dirty Dancing: Similar to Mama Mia but this one is for the ladies really. Alot of whistles when Johnny makes his appearance.

The Woman in Black: This only has 4 actors. Not a large production, but the acting is great and has an eerie vibe to it.

Ones I wouldnt recommend:

Aladdin: quite overpriced and very pantomime (kiddish). The bits with the genie are great fun.

Legally blonde: Not much of a memorable show. It did capture the main themes from the movie but it isnt worth it.

Curious incident of the dog : its got some great acting in it and a decent production but overall I wasnt that entertained. It is quite popular as the acting is good and some decent scenes.
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Old November 26, 2018, 08:09 AM
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My all time favorite is Phantom of the Opera. Saw it both on Broadway and in London theatre. Prefer the London version but they are both top quality.

Other ones I would recommend: Wicket, West Side Story, South Pacific.

Really want to see Book of Mormons next.
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Old November 26, 2018, 09:00 AM
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Great thread and recommendation.
Another famous one is "les miserables" (haven't watched it myself)

I hope to someday visit the Bolshoi Theatre (Russia). I would not call it a bucket list but rather a pilgrimage.
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Old November 26, 2018, 10:43 AM
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If any of you are into Opera, I recently saw Madame Butterfly.

Opera's not my thing. My gf's firm gave her tickets so I got dragged into it. Visually, it is stunning. The way they recreate the ending scene is pretty cool. And for non italian speakers, the seats come with display with english translations. But I find the whole opera setup boring, and Madame Butterfly the character is painfully annoying, basically a teenage girl in love and you just wanna shake her and tel her to move on.
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Old November 30, 2018, 04:25 AM
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Some decent suggestions.

Yes been planning to watch Les miserable and Phantom of the Opera but will watch when we have watched everything else.

The Mousetrap, Books of Mormons and Hamiliton is next on the list.

Alot of famous tv actors/actresses also do plays. The most famous I saw was Omid Djalili who played Fagin in Oliver Twist. Took over from Rowan Atikinson
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I'd prefer a Broadway show over an opera.
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Old December 2, 2018, 03:57 AM
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Also another tip: never watch a theatre with a grand production as then you will not be able to enjoy others imo.
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Old December 2, 2018, 03:57 AM
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Quote:
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I'd prefer a Broadway show over an opera.
What Broadway shows have you seen? Is there any play circuit in the Caribbean?
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Old December 7, 2018, 01:37 PM
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In Dhanmondi I heard they do natoks at the ampi theatre. Did go there couple of times but I guess there must be particular times of the year when they do these shows
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What Broadway shows have you seen? Is there any play circuit in the Caribbean?
I have seen Wicked.

FYI, I'm not in the Caribbean
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Old January 24, 2019, 02:03 PM
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Quote:
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I have seen Wicked.

FYI, I'm not in the Caribbean
I sent my Missus and my sister to see that when she was in England.

It's quite sought after
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Old January 26, 2019, 05:08 PM
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Next target to watch is Hamilton. It’s as difficult to get as Harry Potter.
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